United Nations experts are urging the Canadian government to step up its efforts to prevent and remedy human rights abuse by corporations.
The Hill Times recently published two letters from Above Ground about federal government policy on extractive companies working abroad—a topic that’s seen revived media coverage in the past two months.
Letter from Karyn Keenan, published Wednesday, May 4 in The Hill Times Re: “Feds show little interest in tougher oversight of mining firms’ actions abroad,” (The Hill Times, April 20, p. 1). In March the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights slammed Canada on its failure to ensure that its mining, oil, and gas companies respect human rights in their work abroad.
Bill 52, the Protection of Public Participation Act, seeks to protect public interest organizations from SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) suits. Karen Hamilton testified before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy where she shared Above Ground's experience being threatened with such a suit and encouraged Ontario legislators to adopt the measure.