(June 1, 2001) Probe International argues that the Canadian government’s growing predilection for secrecy is alarming. Probe recommends that the disclosure of information on public interest grounds should prevail over corporate interests.
(June 1, 2001) Canada’s Export Development Corp. has come under fire for helping finance the Urra dam, which has displaced thousands of members of the Embera-Katio tribe in northwestern Colombia.
(May 22, 2001) The Export Development Corporation has made a stunning reversal in its disclosure policy, mostly in response to pressure from non-governmental organizations and the media.
(May 16, 2001) More than 90 per cent of Export Development Corporation projects examined in a scathing report by the auditor general were not properly assessed under the corporation’s environmental review process.
(May 15, 2001) The Senegal River Basin Development Project, a US$1-billion dam project, completed in 1988, has already brought economic ruin, malnutrition, and disease to hundreds of thousands of West African farmers, and is expected to spread more misery when it starts generating power in 2002.
(May 15, 2001) The Export Development Corporation is still assisting environmentally and socially disastrous projects around the world even after a framework review was introduced, says a new report by the NGO Working Group on the EDC.
(May 15, 2001) Auditor General of Canada says that EDC needs to address gaps in its environmental review process and to be more open with the public, particularly concerning environmentally risky projects.
(May 15, 2001) In an effort to counter a damning report expected to be handed down today, the federal government’s export-development agency is planning to open its books to public scrutiny for the first time in its 32-year history.
(April 3, 2001) Alberto Achita, a leader of the Embera Katio tribe in Colombia, and Sara Imilmaqui Aguas of the Mapuche nation in Chile say the Canadian government is contributing to their forced dislocation by helping finance controversial hydro-electic dam projects.
(April 3, 2001) 130,000 Canadians sign letters addressed to Minister Pettigrew calling for tighter regulation of the Export Development Corporation.
(January 11, 2001) EDC’s Ian Gillespie responds to Patricia Adams’ letter regarding EDC’s accountability and its adherence to the findings in the World Commission on Dams report.
(November 30, 2000) In the interest of an informed public debate about Canada’s role in large dam projects around the world, Patricia Adams asks EDC to provide the names of each dam that EDC has supported in the past, as well as the present and future.
(November 3, 2000) Pierre Pettigrew, Minister for International Trade and responsible for the Export Development Corporation, responds to a letter questioning EDC’s involvement in the trouble-plagued Urra dam in Colombia.
(October 16, 2000) ICCHRLA has been informed by the leadership of the Embera Katio people of the Upper Sinu in northern Colombia that the 21 people who were abducted on September 16 by army-backed paramilitary gunmen have been released unharmed.
(September 19, 2000) Canadian churches hold Colombian government responsible for Embera Katio disappeared by paramilitary and call for prompt intervention to save their lives.