In the news

Below is a selection of news articles on issues related to the work of the CNCA. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the network.


Canada has a new watchdog for corporate ethics. But where are its teeth?

09 April, 2019

“International Trade Minister Jim Carr could have — make that should have — waited until he had the real goods before announcing on Monday the appointment of Sheri Meyerhoffer as the first Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise (CORE).” – Jennifer Wells writes for the Toronto Star.

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Feds vowed a watchdog to oversee Canadian businesses abroad. Where is it?

29 January, 2019

Doing business the Canadian way. What does that mean precisely?

I posed that question a year ago when the federal government announced the creation of the Canadian Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise, or CORE….Twelve months later, where are we? Global Affairs Canada says that “progress continues” in the selection of the ombudsperson.

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Human rights groups concerned about powers for long-delayed mining, textile ombudsman

28 January, 2019

The government is getting ready to finally appoint its ombudsperson for responsible enterprise, a year after it announced a plan to do so, but some human rights advocates close to the file are concerned that it is under pressure to go back on its promise to give the new watchdog powers to compel documents and testimony.

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Human rights activists frustrated over delay in naming mining ombuds

08 January, 2019

“Not only are we concerned about the ombudsperson not being named yet, but we still don’t have certainty that the ombudsperson that we’ve worked so hard for will have the powers it needs.” – Elana Wright, Development and Peace

Next week marks 1 year since the federal government announced the creation of a human rights ombudsperson with powers to independently investigate allegations of abuses by Canadian companies abroad. Read the latest from the Catholic Reporter on the lack of meaningful progress in appointing an ombudsperson.

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Op-Ed: Canada’s new corporate ombudsperson needs real power

03 December, 2018

Canada has a clear choice: Be a world leader or a laggard when it comes to human rights and the mining industry. Canada can either invest the ombudsperson with real powers to investigate abuses and redress the harm caused by Canadian companies, or it can create a position without adequate powers, call it an ombudsperson, and leave individuals and communities harmed by Canadian mining companies with nowhere to turn to for help.


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Op-ed: Human rights ombudsperson will bring long-awaited accountability to Canadian mining

14 February, 2018

The government has an opportunity to entrust the ombudsperson with the responsibility to ensure that the rights of women and girls are respected, that resource extraction does not result in increased gender-based violence, and that the unique perspective and concerns of women are taken into account when resource extraction projects are being considered.

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