Thursday, October 10, 2013
As organizations in Canada and Quebec, we are appalled that Calgary-based Infinito Gold has decided to sue the Government of Costa Rica for $1-billion under the Canada-Costa Rica bilateral investment treaty. This is just the latest - and arguably most disturbing - attempt by Infinito management to intimidate the people, court system and government of Costa Rica over their rightful decision not to approve the controversial Crucitas gold mine near the San Juan River system.
Video produced by Brazil-based Canadian documentary maker Todd Southgate.
Also check out this Avaaz grassroots petition launched by Brazil based Social-Environmental Institute - ISA.
See the press release below referencing a letter that Polaris signed:
Canadian Mining Project Seeks License Despite Environmental Irregularities
Global organizations mobilize to oppose Belo Sun mining activities in Brazilian Amazon
The Polaris Institute has been involved in the Climate Space process that began in the lead-up to the last Social Forum in Tunis. The following is its most recent statement on the state of our climate emergency in relation to the world's trade regime.
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To confront the climate emergency we need to dismantle the WTO and the free trade regime
Citizens' groups demand an end to the impunity of transnational corporations through an International People’s Treaty
Brussels, 5 September 2013
Civil society groups, trade unions, affected communities and MEP’s, will gather at a conference in Brussels later this week to urge the EU to promote an International People’s Treaty & International Tribunal that regulates transnational corporations and investments for the public interest.
Public interests at risk for SNC-Lavalin’s profits - La soif de profits de SNC-Lavalin va à l’encontre de l’intérêt public
June 27 2013
New corporate profile highlights controversial record of multinational P3 giant
Ottawa, ON – With allegations of fraud, money-laundering, and bribery in Canada and around the world, the scandals plaguing SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. have been well publicized. Yet municipal governments across Canada are still considering entering into public-private partnerships (P3s) with the controversial multinational corporation.
(UPDATE June 26th: 20 people Arrested. All have been released.)
Things are heating up just outside of Hamilton after 5 days of an occupation closing down Enbridge's Westover pump station. Today, courts have issued an injunction at the request of Enbridge Inc. demanding that protesters leave Enbridge's property. Protesters responded by locking themselves down at the Pumping station with no clear intention to leave.
More to come.
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Extreme Energy development is a risk for investment and the planet, Indigenous delegates tell Royal Dutch Shell shareholders
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday May 21st, The Hague, Netherlands - Today members of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) and the Native Village of Point Hope, Alaska attended the Royal Dutch Shell AGM to confront the Chairman and Board over Shell's decision to pursue highly risky 'extreme energy' projects without adequate consultation and accommodation of Indigenous communities. Projects such as Arctic off-shore drilling and tar sands will have little long term benefit for the company, and expose it to reputational damage, political and financial risk, including litigation.
This declaration comes as a result of the activities of the Climate Space at the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunis, Tunisia. The Polaris Institute co-organized two of the 14 Climate Space workshops and was one of the 20 facilitators.
The Climate Space inside the World Social Forum 2013 in Tunisia was organized as a space to discuss the causes, impacts, struggles, alternatives and strategies to address climate change.
To Reclaim Our Future, We Must Change the Present. Our Proposal for Changing the System and not the Climate
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Richard Girard will assume the role of Executive Director of the Polaris Institute effective April 15, 2013. He succeeds Tony Clarke who founded Polaris in 1997 and has served as Executive Director for the past 15 years.
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March 18th is Bottled Water Free Day; thousands mark day with events across Canada
New video released today! (sous-titres disponibles en français)
Ottawa, ON - People across Canada and around the world are marking today as the fourth Bottled Water Free Day. Over 25 events are being held across the country highlighting the negative impacts of bottled water, and the need to defend public water resources and infrastructure from privatization.