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Questions remain over Canada’s phase-out of overseas fossil fuel finance

23 January 2023

Above Ground has written to Export Development Canada and International Trade Minister Mary Ng to seek clarification regarding the government’s new guidelines for implementing the Glasgow Statement. The statement, signed by dozens of countries at the 2021 UN climate talks, commits signatories to ending direct financing for the overseas fossil fuel sector.

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Letters and Submissions

Canada’s importation of seafood supports labour abuse

5 January 2023

Unacceptable working conditions are ubiquitous in many global fisheries, and Canada is falling behind other countries on taking action to end the abuse, write staff from Above Ground and the Centre international de solidarité ouvrière in this Toronto Star op-ed.

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We’ll need more than disclosure to stop worker abuse in supply chains

15 December 2022

Governments in Europe are legally requiring businesses to respect human rights in their supply chains. Instead of following their lead, Canada is expected to adopt a law that will merely require companies to say what they’re doing, if anything, to reduce the risk that they’re sourcing goods produced by forced labour.

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Submission to Parliament on modern slavery corporate reporting legislation

24 November 2022

Above Ground has submitted the following brief to the parliamentary committee studying Bill S-211, which would require companies to report on the steps they’re taking, if any, to address the risk of forced labour and child labour in their supply chains.

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Letters and Submissions

As yet another Canadian mining giant faces human rights lawsuit, advocates call on Ottawa to act

23 November 2022

Social justice groups are urging Ottawa to fulfill a pledge to crack down on human rights abuse involving Canadian multinationals after legal action was filed today against Barrick Gold in an Ontario Court.

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