Parliament wants the government to stop supporting destructive mining projects overseas

Parliament has called on the Government of Canada to take action to end the devastating social and environmental impacts of Canadian mining operations overseas.

A recent Parliamentary report calls on the Government to: (i) stop using taxpayer money to support destructive Canadian mining projects abroad; (ii) hold Canadian mining companies legally accountable for environmental and human rights violations in other countries, and; (iii) force the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to respect international human rights standards.

The Government has about 60 days left to respond and, not surprisingly, it would like nothing more than to sweep the report under the carpet. So, like most of the good things that happen, the changes demanded will only take place as the result of many people’s efforts. Our participation is needed, as always, to pressure the Government to adopt Parliament’s recommendations and to address ongoing international scandals associated with the Canadian mining industry.

What can we do to help make this happen? The websites of Friends of the Earth Canada and Mining Watch have a lot of info on these issues and ways to take action.

About Fernando

Fernando lived in Argentina for almost 30 years, studying biology and working as little as possible, when he decided to use money he got from a bad bad corporation that laid him off to go for a year-long trip around the world. The end of the trip found him ready to get married to a Canadian, balder, and less interested in biology. Now he lives in Toronto. He is now a father, which will do for a happy biography ending.

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