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Don’t bankroll the next foreign mine disaster

Last November’s massive mine spill in the state of Minas Gerais was Brazil's worst environmental disaster. Export Development Canada provided one of the mine's joint venture owners, Brazilian multinational Vale, with hundreds of millions of dollars in financing for its global operations. Canadians shouldn't bankroll the next foreign mine disaster, argues Above Ground's director in an opinion piece published today in Embassy.

2018-04-02T23:03:39+00:0012 January 2016|Tags: , , , |

Legal experts meet to discuss transnational litigation

On 10 December 2015, Above Ground met in Toronto with Canadian and international litigators. The meeting sought to advance collective analysis on transnational civil litigation involving corporate defendants. Participants discussed recent legal developments in Canada and other jurisdictions. The outcomes of the meeting will inform Above Ground’s ongoing Access to Justice work.

2016-12-19T21:07:21+00:0011 December 2015|Tags: , |

Further correspondence with EDC regarding its clients under investigation for corruption

Several corporations financed by Export Development Canada are currently being investigated for corruption by U.S. government authorities. In correspondence with EDC, we seek clarity on how this public agency prevents corrupt practices and what steps it takes when clients are investigated for corruption. This letter responds to correspondence received from EDC.

Above Ground testifies at Queen’s Park

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.

2016-12-19T21:18:26+00:001 October 2015|Tags: |

Major protest in Peru involving Canadian oil company

Canadian company Pacific Exploration & Production was recently granted a concession to oil block 192 in the Peruvian Amazon. Residents in the region of Loreto have since staged a series of protests including a two-day regional strike. While many in Loreto, including the regional government, are angry that the state oil company was excluded from the concession, indigenous people affected by the oil block raise other concerns.

Yudja indigenous people request consultation on Belo Sun

Canadian company Belo Sun wants to mine for gold in the Brazilian Amazon, next to the massive Belo Monte dam, which is currently under construction. The mine would affect several indigenous nations, including those who live in voluntary isolation. While the Brazilian Public Prosecutor challenges the mine licensing process in court, affected indigenous people demand that they be consulted by the company.

2017-02-06T14:01:55+00:0017 July 2015|Tags: , |