The Geneva Week of Mobilization Begins

The Polaris Institute's Executive Director, Richard Girard, is in Geneva this week to participate in a week of mobilization organized by the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power to pressure the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt binding codes that would regulate Transnational Corporations and provide access to justice for victims of human rights violations committed by corporations.

The week action kicked off with a hearing of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal:

Corporate giants go on trial for human rights abuses in Geneva

Tribunal hears cases of corporate violations highlighting the need for a global treaty

For Immediate Release

June 23-27, Geneva - Week of mobilization to stop corporate crimes and impunity

Polaris team member Richard Girard will be heading to Geneva to participate in the June 23-27 Week of mobilization organized by the Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power during the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Richard Girard, membre de l'équipe de Polaris, se rendra à Genève du 23 au 27 juin pour participer à une semaine de mobilisation organisée par la campagne pour démanteler le pouvoir corporatif en marge d'une réunion du Conseil des Nations Unies sur les droits humains.

Peoples' Tribunal on Mining - TPP sur l'industrie minière - Montréal, 29 mai - 1er juin

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FIRST HEARING OF THE PERMANENT PEOPLES’ TRIBUNAL ON THE CANADIAN MINING INDUSTRY!

Hearing on Latin America

From May 29th to June 1st, 2014, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will be held in Montreal, for the first hearing of an international opinion tribunal on the Canadian mining industry.

Register online to participate in the Tribunal

NS Energy Minister Shut Down by Mi’kmaq Women: Demand Treaties Upheld


(MI’KMAQ’I, HALIFAX, Monday March 31st, 2014, Maritimes Energy Association Briefing) — Several Mi’kmaq women shut down a Maritimes Energy Association briefing held at the Westin Nova Scotian this morning around 8am, supported by a rally of over a hundred protesters. The NS Energy Minister intended to give a briefing on the Province’s plan to move forward on oil and gas projects to members of industry. Two banners were dropped from the hotel roof declaring Water Is Sacred and Stop the Energy East (pipeline), and an imitation frack­well was erected to show opposition to the controversial shale­gas exploration process.

Indonesia takes a brave decision to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands

Release distributed by some of Polaris' international allies.

PRESS RELEASE
Indonesia for Global Justice - Both ENDS - Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) - Transnational Institute (TNI)

Amsterdam/Jakarta, 24-03-2014

After South Africa, Indonesia takes a brave decision to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands

Get Big Oil Out of Alberta Education!

Online e-action engine Sum Of Us recently sent out an action alert explaining that Education Alberta has asked Syncrude, Cenovus and Suncor to help draft "Alberta’s future curriculum" from kindergarten to grade 12.

This is worrying and should be denounced. It represents yet another example of the Canadian Petro-State. Large for-profit corporations should not be allowed in our classrooms.

Take action here!

Canada's push to privatize water services

Originally posted in the Winter edition of Public Sector Digest.

December 2013

The WTO pushes through bad deal in the final hours; Developed countries and TNCs are the big winners

STATEMENT/PRESS COMMUNIQUE

The 9th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) pushed through a Bali Package in the final hours, extending the Conference to December 7, but at the cost of the developing countries, the poor and the hungry.

Facilitating Trade for TNCs

Museum’s tar sands funding pollutes Snow exhibit, says snowperson

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Snowpeople are now distancing themselves from controversial tar sands funding of the Museum of Civilisation from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). This morning a Snowperson protested the funding arrangement with a sign saying ‘CAPP pollutes snow’.