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Angélica Choc with photo of Adolfo Ich; Photo: mimundo.org
Over eighty organizations from Canada, the US, Europe and Guatemala, and 650 individuals, have signed onto a statement to express international solidarity with women defenders throughout Latin America and with all people who are defending their water, land, life and territory. These individuals, solidarity groups, and social and environmental justice organizations are deeply concerned about the rising number of attacks against land and environment defenders throughout Latin America, particularly at the hands of multinational extractive companies and related actors, often taking place with...
Photo of demonstration in the central plaza of Mexico City. The message reads: "It was the state"
It is two years today since the disappearance of 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teacher Training College in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico with no sign of their whereabouts, except for the remains of 19-year-old Alexander Mora Venancio. International experts have shown the Mexican authorities’ version of events to be impossible, but the government sticks to its own unbelievable story and refuses to follow leads that would take them to the door of the army – believed to have been involved in the crime and to have important information about what took place – while it continues to...
Oil pollution in Ecuador
Thursday, September 15 @ 7:00pm @ Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor St. W., Floor 2, Room 212 Organizers: International Human Rights Program of the University of Toronto (IHRP), MiningWatch Canada, Educators for Peace and Justice, and Union of People Affected by the Oil Operations of Texaco (now Chevron) (UDAPT) Sponsored by: Latin American Studies of the University of Toronto (LAS) This week the court of Toronto will hold a trial concerning the recognition and enforcement of the Ecuadorian sentence condemning Chevron to pay for the remediation of the damages caused in the...

A North-South Dialogue on Extractivism: Resistance and Alternatives by MiningWatch Canada

This workshop was held on August 11, 2016, as part of the World Social Forum in Montreal. It was jointly presented by Kairos and MiningWatch Canada. Predatory extractivism — the exploitation of natural wealth for short-term profit without regard for its consequences — is being challenged ever more fiercely both intellectually and theoretically and on the ground. Indigenous and popular movements, writers and thinkers in different parts of the world use different approaches and strategies, but the fundamental struggle for ecological, climate, and social justice is the same. This workshop...
The World Social Forum is coming to Montreal August 9-12, with tens of thousands of people from around the world, hundreds of workshops, and dozens of major assemblies on all kinds of pressing issues, from climate changes to tax justice. Join us in the midst of the craziness to focus on predatory extractivism – the exploitation of nature for short-term profit without regard for the consequences – and what people around the world are doing to stop it, and to work together for a fair and just world. We are hosting, sponsoring, and supporting a series of workshops, strategy sessions, and “...
Eldorado - Skouries
Eldorado Gold’s stock is soaring on the NYSE and TSX stock markets following the rising price of gold, but investors are unaware of the most recent developments regarding the company’s Greek projects. In Greece, Eldorado is developing the Kassandra Mines in the northern peninsula of Halkidiki, comprising the Skouries gold-copper and the Olympias gold-silver-base metals projects, as well as the producing Stratoni base metals mine. Central to the company’s plan, and the most basic term of its contract with the Greek state, is Eldorado’s obligation to construct and operate a gold metallurgy...
Dominic LeBlanc
No less than six Cabinet ministers stood in the foyer of the House of Commons yesterday to announce sweeping reviews of key environmental laws. The details are not clear yet – in fact, the government has (perhaps wisely) asked for public input before it finalizes the review processes – but it is clear that there is an opportunity to not only undo the damage that the Harper government had done to environmental assessment and the protection of fish and fish habitat, but to go much further and fundamentally change our approach to environmental planning and industrial development. The federal...
Join the call for #Justice4Berta / #JusticiaParaBerta , sign and share our petition here . Yesterday, dozens of people gathered in front of the Honduran Embassy in Ottawa to demand justice for Berta Cáceres, a world-renowned Indigenous Lenca leader who was brutally murdered while she slept on March 2. Mexican activist Gustavo Castro also faced an attempt on his life at the same time. The June 15 demonstration took place as part of a Global Day of Action convened by the Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras ( COPINH ), which Berta co-founded. Since Berta's...
Canadian tax havens
“The scandal is what’s legal.” – Edward Snowden The massive leak of secret banking information tagged “The Panama Papers” has made a lot of waves in the weeks since its contents started being made public, and they were renewed this week with the release of a searchable database of leaked material. Those waves may yet prove strong enough to overcome the sandbag redoubts created by banks and wealth individuals and corporations (who are also legally people, right?) to protect their wealth from marauding tax collectors. If they do, it will be because the public decides that it has...
police guarding waste dump
RAID and MiningWatch Canada have engaged in extensive exchanges with Acacia Mining over the past two years about security and human rights concerns at the North Mara Gold Mine. Our organisations have been critical of the continuing high level of violence at the mine site and the lack of a transparent and effective remedy programme. In March 2016, RAID and MiningWatch Canada and their legal advisors had a preliminary discussion with Acacia at the company's offices in London. The purpose of the meeting was to clarify the process and procedures of North Mara’s Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanism...