• We All Live in a Mediocracy

    A review of Alain Deneault’s book “Mediocracy: The Politics of the Extreme Centre.” Keep reading »

  • Canada’s Ongoing Complicity with Exploitive Extraction Schemes

    On June 15, 1841, the newly established Legislative Council of the Province of Canada – a body of twenty-four appointed lawmakers – was gathered in its chamber in Kingston. Its speaker, a businessman and nationalist named Austin Cuvilliers, began the day’s proceedings by reminding his peers of their mandate: “Many subjects of deep importance to … Keep reading »

  • Mexicans Denounce Canadian Mega-Mining Projects

    As Prime Minister Trudeau makes his first official visit to Mexico, writes Mining Watch Canada, “the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People” (REMA by its initials in Spanish) has issued a communiqué to call on Trudeau to live up to his commitments and stop the devastation of Indigenous and campesino communities that has enabled Canadian … Keep reading »

  • Mine Tailings Dam Collapses in Canada and Brazil

    “Accidents” or “Environmental Crimes”? Toronto – 29 May 2017 Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil, November 5, 2015: Worst environmental disaster in Latin American mining history. Mount Polley, British Columbia, Canada, August 4, 2014: Worst environmental disaster in Canadian mining history. Moderated by Judith Marshall (CERLAC, York University). Presentations by: Bruno Milanez, researcher, Brazilian Network for Environmental Justice: … Watch video »

  • Profits, Coercion, and Resistance

    An Introduction to the symposium on Blood of Extraction: Canadian Imperialism in Latin America An article published in Third World Quarterly in 2008 was our initiation into collaborative work on Canadian mining imperialism and the popular forms of resistance it systematically engenders in Latin America. The first seed. After a lengthy stretch of germination, this led … Keep reading »

  • Canadian Mining Corporations in Latin America: Solidarity Rally

    Toronto — 14 October 2016. Trade agreements are a weapon against communities! Community consent over corporate bullying! La lucha sigue; the struggle continues! In 2008, after years of violence, conflict, environmental degradation, and water pollution at the hands of mining companies, then-president of El Salvador Antonio Saca stopped issuing new mining permits. This decision has … Watch video »

  • Canadian Mining and Popular Resistance

    Canada is one of the world’s centres of the mining and extractive sector. Toronto is the centre of the trade in mining stocks and in financing mining operations. Canadian mining capital operates in more than 100 countries and is among the top five world producers of potash, uranium, nickel, gold, platinum, aluminum, diamonds and steel-making … Watch video »

  • Drawing a Line in the Tar Sands

    Of all possible futures, the least likely is one in which business as usual continues unabated. Peoples’ movements will either succeed in transforming our economic and political systems to build a new world, or we will burn with the old one. Our title invokes a metaphor of uncompromising resistance because the tar sands are an … Keep reading »

  • Coeur Mines Treading in Dangerous Water at San Bartolome Mine in Bolivia

    Recent protests surrounding the New Mining Law by the cooperative sector in Bolivia climaxed to dangerous levels this past week. The approval of the law was stalled when legislators modified the project in the Legislative Assembly. They claimed that an article allowing cooperatives to sign third-party contracts with private or foreign capital was unconstitutional and … Keep reading »

  • All Signs Point to Deepening Opposition to the Fossil Fuel Industry Assault in British Columbia

    The outcome of the May 14 election in British Columbia was a setback to progressive forces in the province and across Canada. The incumbent Liberal Party won a fourth straight term with 21.8 per cent support from eligible voters (44.4 per cent of those who voted). Its principal election plank was “full steam ahead” on … Keep reading »

  • Harper Pushing Extractive Industry in Latin America But Communities Are Pushing Back

    On the ground at the Peoples Summit – Cartagena, Colombia At the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, Stephen Harper spoke to CEOs from across the Americas and unveiled Canada’s plans to expand into Latin America with vigor. Trade and investment, especially in the resource extraction sector, will be the engines driving this expansion. Canadian … Keep reading »

  • Ottawa Tar-Sands Protest: Reports and Impressions

    I participated in the demonstration against the Alberta tar sands outside the Canadian Parliament here in Ottawa on September 26. As was widely reported, the civil disobedience component of the action resulted in over 200 arrests. I am cross-publishing here two accounts of the day’s events that are much more informative than what appeared in … Keep reading »