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Video: The Philippines: A toxic legacy

December 17, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

The island of Marinduque in the Philippines is a small paradise. The island rises in a mountainous peak that is covered in lush tropical forests and its calm villages imbue the island with a peaceful tranquility. On closer inspection, however, the island has strange colours that flow through its rivers, some which are half dried up. That’s because there is a toxic legacy on the island, one left behind by a Canadian mining company. Even if the mine was abandoned in 1996, the community is still living the impacts of the mine. And still trying to find justice.

Video: Honduras and Peru: The right to free, prior and informed consent

November 18, 2013
by 
Mayalène Lavigne-Martel, Online Outreach Officer

The governments of Honduras and Peru award concessions to mining companies. Villages are displaced, fields and streams are contaminated and the communities have no say. Even so, they are demanding one thing: that their right to free, prior and informed consent be respected.

Human rights affected by mining industry in Latin America: Report on IACHR hearing

November 13, 2013
by 
Mayalène Lavigne-Martel, Online Outreach Officer

On November 1, in Washington D.C., seven Latin American delegates attended a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS). The delegation consisted of representatives from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Honduras and Peru.

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It’s Meet your MP Week!

November 12, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

This week, Members of Parliament across the country will be receiving visits from their constituents who want to share an important message with them from communities in the Global South: Canadian mining companies that don’t respect their rights should be held accountable.

This is why Development and Peace and several other organizations across the country are calling on the Canadian government to put in place an ombudsman here in Canada for the extractive sector.

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The Philippines: Is consent too much to ask?

November 6, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Over thirty people have crammed into a small wooden hut surrounded by mountains and rice paddies in the village of Bayog. Inside, a lively debate is raging.

“When the company put the monuments to demarcate the land of the mine, some of our land was included inside, but we don’t want our lands to be inside,” states someone in the hut.

A Voice for Justice: An Ombudsman for Responsible Mining

November 1, 2013
by 
Pat Kennedy, President, Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace

On September 30, 2013 the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) launched its national Fall Action Campaign, A Voice for Justice. I had the pleasure of participating in the launch with representatives of our Canadian Bishops, three guest Bishops from the Global South, local members and staff from the Montreal area, and many more who joined us for the live webcast.

Communities in Peru divided by mining projects

October 31, 2013
by 
Mayalène Lavigne-Martel, Online Outreach Officer
Arturo Castro, leader of the community of Cruz Pampa, a village that will be displaced by a mining project.

Near Huancayo in Peru, several communities will be affected by a major phosphates mining project that is spread out over 27,700 hectares.

Canadian civil society is calling for access to justice

October 24, 2013
by 
Elana Wright, Education Material Officer

23 Canadian organizations issued a call to action to Members of Parliament and all Canadians this week, to ensure that victims of abuse by Canadian extractive companies abroad can access justice in Canada.

Meet your MP Week: November 11-15

October 23, 2013
by 
Elana Wright, Education Material Officer
Meeting with MP John McKay by members and staff of D&P and Citizens for Public Justice

Join other Canadians across the country who will be asking for support for the Voice for Justice campaign from their Member of Parliament during the week of November 11 to 15.

Mine unearths conflict in the Philippines

October 16, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Timuay Boy Anoy, a tribal leader of the indigenous Subanens of the Philippines, knows all too well the conflicts that come with a mine. When the Filipino Government handed over Subanen ancestral lands as a concession to a Canadian mining company, the community quickly dissolved into factions of those in favour of the mine and those opposed. Rumours, resistance, manipulation and a lack of transparency began to pull apart the social fabric of the tribe.