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Enough talk, Canada needs extractive industries ombudsperson

By Jean Symes      

The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability has just released proposed legislation that would accomplish just that.

Two mechanisms the government relies on to uphold human rights within the extractive sector both report to Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, who is responsible for promoting Canadian companies overseas, including mining companies. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

At least 44 people killed. More than 400 people injured. Hundreds more repressed and criminalized for defending their land, their health, and their livelihoods. These figures are not from a war, although often it feels that way to those whose lives are being described. Rather, these shocking details of human rights abuses were all connected with the activities of Canadian mining companies, throughout 13 countries in Latin America. And they represent barely the “tip of the iceberg.” This

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