Today, the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) is releasing a Parliamentary Report Card- Corporate Accountability for Canada’s mining oil and gas sectors – sept 2015 documenting: 1)    the commitments made by Canadian federal political parties to adopt corporate accountability mechanisms in Canada and 2)    the MP voting record on legislation to create an Ombudsman for [...]

On September 28, 2015, the CNCA published a Parliamentary Report Card Corporate Accountability for Canada’s Mining, Oil and Gas Sectors Abroad. Responses from political parties were obtained via email and/or directly from a party’s political platform. See the full text of the parties’ positions/responses, below: Conservative Party of Canada Response to CNCA -PDF (English) New Democratic [...]

The CNCA is pleased to co-sponsor the screening of The Price We Pay – Le Prix à Payer – Film at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on October 1. Mining, oil and gas companies are among the biggest users of tax havens, which can be used to shift profits and avoid taxation. Almost $1 trillion a [...]

Important decision today: Canadian courts have jurisdiction to decide if Ecuadorian villagers allegedly harmed by Texaco’s (now merged with Chevron) operations in their region can have the Ecuadorian judgement (US$ 9.51 billion in environmental and punitive damages) recognized and enforced in Canada (against Chevron Canada). ”The establishment of jurisdiction does not mean that the plaintiffs [...]

Important development in corporate accountability litigation in Canada- HudBay:

Ontario court orders Hudbay Minerals to disclose internal corporate documentation in Guatemalan human rights lawsuit, including documents relating to its corporate structure and its control over its subsidiary in Guatemala, documentation relating to the corporation’s relations with the plaintiffs’ communities in Guatemala and HudBay must reveal its security policies at its other mining operations, such as those in Manitoba (“Any differences between such policies would be the basis for legitimate enquiries as to the reason for such differences, for example, why there might be differences between security policies in Guatemala and Manitoba.”)

“Lawyer Cory Wanless, who argued the case for the in-depth documentary disclosure, said this was the first time a court in Canada had ordered production of internal documentation from a Canadian multinational corporation for alleged abuses overseas … “Canadian companies operating abroad should realize that Canadian law permits and requires extensive examination of exactly what was done and not done inside the company and the company’s subsidiaries when their operations abroad result in abuses.”