(January 7, 2013) Canada’s Access to Information Act perversely gives Export Development Canada (EDC) the legal power to keep records of its operations secret, charges Probe International. In its submission to the Office of the Information Commissioner’s review of Canada’s 30-year-old Access to Information Act, Probe International declares it is time to reform the Act and remove EDC’s extraordinary privileges.
(July 4, 2012) Chile’s HidroAysén mega-dam scheme is suddenly on hold as one of the owners of the controversial dam scheme suspends its support for the risky project.
(January 5, 2012) Yang Yong on the future of river management in China and the issues currently facing the country’s more controversial dam projects.
(December 8, 2011) The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada held an online conversation on the question: is there a “best way” for Canada to promote human rights in Asia? Patricia Adams of Probe International says that there is: by “getting its own house in order and ensuring that Canada does not aid and abet abuses abroad.”
EDC releases internal documents to Probe International under Access to Information, but reveals little: UPDATE
(February 27, 2009) Heavily censored data keeps tight lip on Canadian investments in Chile.
(May 10, 2011) Activists fear ecological haven will be destroyed but government says project is vital for economic growth
(May 10, 2011) Dam projects are drawing increased criticism in South America, which boasts three of the world’s four biggest hydroelectric dam complexes. Chile is pushing forward with a $7 billion dam project.
(May 9, 2011) The HidroAysen dam project in Patagonia is awaiting government signoff.
(April 15, 2011) Patricia Adams writes: Chinese authorities will invent crimes, if need be, to silence dissidents for exercising their right to freedom of speech. However, renewed efforts to curb criticism and protest reveal an entrenched public distrust towards the government: the people of China, and the world, are done listening.
(January 23, 2011) It was touch-and-go for Export Development Canada last October when Bill C-300, which would have cut off EDC funding of Canadian mining companies that violate human and environmental rights in Third World countries, was narrowly defeated in the House of Commons.
(November 8, 2010) International environment groups continue to protest against plans to build dams in Chilean Patagonia.
(October 28, 2010) Last night Canadian lawmakers defeated legislation that would hold mining companies accountable to taxpayers—who subsidize their investments through the Export Development Corporation—and citizens in the developing world on the front line of such investments. Read the story from the Globe and Mail below.
(October 27, 2010) Contact your Member of Parliament to show support for tonight’s third reading of Bill C-300.
(October 26, 2010) Industry wants carte blanche use of taxpayers’ funds, writes Patricia Adams in the Financial Post.
(October 18, 2010) Probe International’s Executive Director, Patricia Adams, discusses the upcoming third reading of Bill C-300, which would hold Canadian mining companies accountable for their environmental and human rights abuses.