Advocacy

Honduras: Development and Peace supports the women of the Siria Valley on International Women's Day

March 8, 2013
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
Women of the Siria Valley have heavy metal presence in their blood due to a mine

It has now been two years since the suited managers of the San Martin open pit gold mine, owned by Goldcorp, packed their bags and left the Siria Valley in central Honduras. They had spent literally hundreds of hours of air time, reassuring the population that the mine hadn’t harmed the surrounding environment.

As proof, they even built an eco-tourism hotel on the mine site, raised cattle and poultry and planted eucalyptus trees everywhere – although the thirsty nature of these in an area with a gradually diminishing water supply seemed to escape them.

Follow-up regarding changes in Canadian international aid policy

March 1, 2013
by 
Ryan Worms, Deputy Director, In-Canada Programs

Dear members and supporters of Development and Peace,

Since the launch of our 2012 Fall Action campaign highlighting our concerns about Canada's new orientations in its international assistance policy, local parish-based Development and Peace groups from across the country have been organizing meetings with their local MPs. The organization's members have used these meetings to highlight the necessity of restoring the needs of the world's poorest and most disadvantaged peoples to the heart of Canadian international assistance policies and strategies in the pursuit of sustainable alternatives to unjust economic, political and social structures.

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World Day of Social Justice

February 20, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico and Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officers

It is appropriate that this year World Day of Social Justice falls during our Share Lent campaign - a moment where we celebrate our commitment and solidarity towards building a just world. Social justice touches on questions of rights, human dignity and solidarity. It is also deeply connected to questions of ecological justice and respect of natural resources with regards to their management, conservation and justice.

Members express concern over international aid nationwide

January 30, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Members in Sherbrooke, Quebec, with Bishop Luc Cyr

We’ve been seeing some cold temperatures across the country this January, but that has not discouraged members of Development and Peace from getting out and meeting with their Members of Parliament to discuss Canada’s international aid policies. 

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Development and Peace supports the Kairos call for solidarity fast with Chief Spence on January 11

January 9, 2013
by 
Molly Kane, Advocacy and Research Officer
Women lead a KAIROS solidarity action on Parliament Hill, June 2011. Photo: KAIROS/Sara Stratton

On Friday, January 4, the Prime Minister announced that he would meet with First Nations leaders on January 11, the one month anniversary of Chief Theresa Spence’s fast to bring attention to the treaty relationship between First Nations and Canada.

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Join Development and Peace in recognizing International Human Solidarity Day

December 20, 2012
by 
William Reynolds, Online Outreach Officer

In 2005, the UN General Assembly proclaimed December 20th to be International Human Solidarity Day to promote and strengthen the culture of solidarity and the spirit of sharing necessary for working towards the eradication of poverty.

World leaders recognized that in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, solidarity and cooperation would be imperative to international relations in the 21st century. After all, the United Nations has been a long-standing proponent that striving for international peace and security relies on unity, harmony, and solidarity.

Development and Peace responds to change in Canadian international aid announced by Minister Fantino

December 19, 2012
by 
Michael Casey, Executive Director

Development and Peace is concerned by recent comments made by the Minister of International Cooperation that Canadian foreign aid will be increasingly directed towards private-sector initiatives.

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Bolivia becomes the fourth state to Ratify New International Treaty on Domestic Workers

December 5, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer
Most of Bolivia’s domestic workers who stand to gain from the new treaty are indigenous women.

Bolivia became the fourth state on November 20 to formally ratify the new Convention 189 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Adopted by the ILO on 16 June 2011, the passage of Convention 189 has been celebrated by workers around the world as they expect the landmark measure to change the lives of at least 100 million workers globally.

Congo: Call for action to end violence in DRC

November 23, 2012
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Kanyaruchinya camp North of Goma where 38,000 displaced seek assistance and protection from the conflict.

The capture of the city of Goma by ‘M23’ rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has been a major cause for concern for the security of the local population. Ongoing violence in the DRC since 1996 has led to five million deaths and this latest incident has caused the displacement of an estimated 100,000 people.

Bolivia: The impact of a mine on a community’s women

November 1, 2012
by 
Mary Durran, Latin America Programs Officer

These days, things are booming in the mining town of Huanuni, Bolivia. Tin prices are at nearly $10 a pound, compared to $2 in the eighties. The tin extracted from the mine is processed in local foundries, and then sent by boat to Asia, where it ends up in cell phones, laptops, iPods and other electrical goods. Miners are earning unprecedented salaries, which has spawned a tin rush that has men literally fighting for jobs at the COMIBOL state run mine, and young women fighting over the wage-earning miners.