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Submission to UN expert on contemporary forms of slavery

In a joint submission with the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability, we’ve written to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery to share our concerns that Canadian laws are inadequate to prevent or remedy forced labour in companies’ supply chains.

UN human rights body should consider Canada’s role in fossil fuel industry expansion

Canada’s human rights performance is up for review by the UN Human Rights Committee. The committee should ask Canada to explain how it squares its duty to protect the right to life with its policies favouring expanded fossil fuel production in a world wracked by climate change, we argue in a submission with the Center for International Environmental Law.

Reality check on Canadian government policy

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 to the editor: Why the silence on mining oversight?

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.

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.