Posts Tagged "corporate accountability"

What mine eyes have seen….

November 30, 2013

As the Guatemala study tour draws to a close, KAIROS BC/Yukon regional representative Janet Gray, one of the group’s photographers, talks about the pictures in her camera and those in her mind.

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Reflection on the International Day to End Violence Against Women

November 27, 2013

On the International Day to End Violence Against Women, we remember and support victims and survivors of all forms of violence against women, and express solidarity with all those working to end this violence. In this post, Helen Knott, a…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

UN Climate Talks Move Backwards: Developed States Refuse Meaningful Action

November 26, 2013

Once again a UN conference on climate change has failed to take meaningful action despite the devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan. Youth attending the conference in Warsaw singled out Canada and Australia for refusing to hear the urgent pleas for…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

A Beauty that Hurts

November 25, 2013

During a “day off” in Antigua, Wilf Bean, former director of the Tatamagouche Centre, wrestles with the contradictions and questions he faces as a Canadian on this tour studying the impact of Canadian mining companies.

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights, Latin America

The Road to San Marcos

November 21, 2013

In her first blog from Guatemala, Tanis Desjarlais from Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan explains how she found hope and inspiration on the road to San Marcos.

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Day One in Guatemala!

November 20, 2013

Lynn Hamilton, United Church clergy, writes a guest post on Day One of the Guatemala Study Tour. “Tuesday. Our first full day together as a group. Folks from Victoria, the Miramachi, and 12 points in between begin a day of…

Post filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage, Latin America

Partners in Guatemala question proposed moratorium and demand respect for Indigenous rights

July 22, 2013

On June 13, KAIROS signed onto an open letter to Guatemalan President Otto Molina Perez to support the call by Guatemala social movements for his government to revoke a mining license that had been recently granted to Vancouver-based Tahoe Resources….

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights, Latin America

Keystone Debate is Heating Up

April 9, 2013

While ecologists and Indigenous peoples are increasing pressure on President Obama to deny a permit to the Keystone XL pipeline, Canadian government and oil industry executives are lobbying hard for its acceptance. This bulletin updates KAIROS’ analysis of the debate…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

Alternative Mining Indaba 2013

February 27, 2013

Ian Thomson, KAIROS Program Coordinator for Ecological Justice through Corporate Accountability, represented KAIROS at the Alternative Mining Indaba, held February 3-5 in Cape Town, South Africa. Here, he shares his reflections and news from the Indaba (Zulu for ‘meeting’), including…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

Is the new BlackBerry 10 conflict free?

February 23, 2013

This article first published in ‘rabble‘ Much of Canada is abuzz with news of Research in Motion’s launch of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Canadians are understandably both proud of the Waterloo-based RIM, and anxious about its future. Many Canadians…

Post filed in: Africa, Ecological Justice

Congolese massacre victims denied justice in Anvil Mining lawsuit

January 16, 2013

Two years ago, a group of Congolese citizens launched a class action lawsuit in a Quebec court against Anvil Mining Ltd., alleging that the company was complicit in widespread atrocities committed during an October 2004 raid by the Congolese military…

Post filed in: Africa, Indigenous Rights

CIDA and the role of the private sector in international development

December 7, 2012

A new study on the role of the private sector in international development, by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (SCFAID), has been generating a great deal of public debate in recent weeks.  The study recommends,…

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KAIROS partners in the Philippines seek a meeting with Prime Minister Harper

November 9, 2012

KAIROS civil society partners in the Philippines are seeking a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss allegations of irresponsible activities of certain Canadian mining companies. The Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights in the Philippines (EcuVoice), Kalikasan…

Post filed in: Asia-Pacific, Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

KAIROS Policy Briefing Paper – Rio + 20: Whose Green Economy?

June 14, 2012

When the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development convenes in Rio de Janeiro on June 20th marking the twentieth anniversary of the original Earth Summit, government delegations and civil society organizations will debate contrasting visions for a “green economy.” KAIROS…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

KAIROS at Fair Tax Summit

April 5, 2012

KAIROS, along with 24 other civil society organizations, co-sponsored a lively conference convened by Canadians for Tax Fairness in Ottawa on March 29-30 of this year. The fact that the summit coincided with the release of federal budget (one that…

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Call to Action: Vigil for human rights and social justice in Colombia

September 20, 2011

On Thursday September 22nd, those able to afford the minimum $1,000 ticket price will attend a gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto to honour Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as Statesman of the Year. The award from the Canadian Council…

Post filed in: Latin America

KAIROS is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent murder of Father José Reinel Restrepo

September 19, 2011

View the Joint Letter ‘Re. the Assassination of Father José Reinel Restrepo of the municipality of Marmato, Colombia’   KAIROS is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent murder of Father José Reinel Restrepo, parish priest of the municipality of…

Post filed in: Latin America

Fate of Tar Sands Pipelines Crucial for Climate Justice

August 12, 2011

Please read KAIROS’ Report “Fate of Tar Sands Pipelines Crucial for Climate Justice” President Barack Obama is facing a crucial decision that will define the U.S. position on climate justice. He can heed the advice from the Environmental Protection Agency…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

Letter to Hon. John Baird re. visit of Salvadoran Attorney General Romeo Barahona

August 11, 2011

Dear Minister Baird: We write as Canadian organizations with long standing relationships with human rights, development, environmental and faith based organizations in El Salvador. Our organizations represent Canadians from across the country concerned about the increasing violence perpetrated against Salvadoran…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Latin America

Lawsuits on mining-related abuses will test limits of Canadian law

July 7, 2011

Four groundbreaking lawsuits have been launched in Canada over the past two years by plaintiffs alleging that they or their family members suffered grave human rights violations linked to the activities of Canadian mining companies operating abroad. KAIROS is hopeful…

Post filed in: Africa, Ecological Justice

Ecumenical Conference on Mining – Final Statement

May 5, 2011

(Conferencia Ecuménica sobre Minería >>) Gathered under a banner bearing Psalm 24’s reminder – “The Earth is God’s, and all that is in it” – about 150 people from all parts of the Earth considered the impact of Canadian mining…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice

The Rights of the Lubicon Must be Protected

April 6, 2011

“My grandmother and mother have a trap line of their own on which they go hunting and snaring but it is rare that they will bring any rabbits, moose, deer, prairie chickens, or even bears back home…With all these roads,…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice, Indigenous Rights

The Struggle for Mining Accountability Continues in the Wake of Bill C-300

October 28, 2010

KAIROS is deeply disappointed by the defeat of Bill C-300 at its third reading in the House of Commons. The private member’s bill, which would have created new mechanisms to hold Canadian mining, oil and gas companies accountable when they…

Post filed in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Ecological Justice, Latin America

Quel sort attend le projet de loi sur la responsabilité des compagnies minières canadiennes?

July 14, 2010

Lorsque la Chambre des communes reprendra ses travaux en septembre, l’un des premiers sujets à aborder sera le projet de loi C-300, un projet de loi privé visant à établir des normes de conduite minimales pour les compagnies minières, pétrolières…

Post filed in: En français

KAIROS commends new Amnesty International report revealing extent of oil and gas development on Lubicon Cree traditional territory

June 18, 2010

For decades, eleven churches and religious organizations have joined together in KAIROS to support the Lubicon Lake Cree in their struggle for recognition and justice.  In 2003, then-federal negotiator professor Bradford Morse said it was his intention to be the…

Post filed in: Indigenous Rights

Les députés reportent le débat sur le projet de loi sur les mines

May 21, 2010

Le député libéral John McKay continue de faire face à un barrage de critiques de la part du lobby minier au sujet de son modeste projet de loi pour interdire au gouvernement de financer les opérations minières irresponsables.  Son projet…

Post filed in: En français, Media Releases

KAIROS Briefing Paper #19: Financial Crisis An Opportunity for a New Global Order

November 1, 2009

The current financial crisis has created an exceptional opportunity for transforming the global economic order. In this report we shall first explore the proximate causes of the crisis that began with excessive speculation in the US housing and financial markets. In Part II…

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KAIROS Briefing Paper #11: Regulating Canadian Mining, Oil and Gas Companies Operating Internationally

May 22, 2007

Canada has a unique opportunity to become a world  leader in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the mining, oil and gas sector. In March 2007, the Harper government was handed a blueprint  for a new approach to promoting Corporate Social Responsibility…

Post filed in: Ecological Justice