Category: Canadian Mining

Mining Counsellor Resigns – A Do Nothing Government Office.

 

Evans

Before reading this post on Marketa Evans, you might want to read a previous post on this issue to put it in context: CANADIAN MINING CORPORATIONS – SCANDALOUS SITUATION.

On October 18, the CSR Counsellor, Marketa Evans, quietly resigned after four years in the position. No news release, no information about her departure on the official website of the office. *(If the link to Marketa Evans does not work cut and paste this url into your browser: www.cba.org/CBA/cle/PDF/ENV12_evans_bio.pdf ) In four years she did not mediate any of the six cases brought before her, and none of the complainants received remedy. I know of two print media reports on her resignation: The Ottawa Citizen (October 31, 2013) – here is a link to a modified version of the article, and the Canadian Business Magazine (Volume 86, Issue 20-December 9, 2013). To read the full article you will need to purchase a copy. Here is a brief quote from the article entitled, A GOVERNMENT OFFICE THAT DOES ALMOST NOTHING – MINING MEDIATION COUNSELLOR RESIGNS WITH LITTLE TO SHOW FOR HER EFFORTS:  “Today the office has no cases in progress. With total operating expenses of about $400,000 a year it hasn’t broken the bank. But it hasn’t fulfilled its mandate, either. Although Ottawa and industry associations continue supporting it, a consortium of activist groups called the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability has begun campaigning for an ombudsman reminiscent of that proposed by Mackay years earlier.  –Matthew McClearn

End This Tragedy

 

Working Our Land

On the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time I included a quote that statistically painted a picture of what the world situation was like in terms of quality of life for all. It portrayed the world in terms of a small village of 1000 people, and showed the great disparity between the rich and the poor. It really isn’t a very pretty picture. There is one small thing that all of us can do to make a difference, however, and that is take a look at the Development and Peace initiative and participate. Each one of us can make a difference, if we use our gifts and talents to give a voice to those impoverished by the behavior of others. Please take a look at what some of our Canadian Mining Corporations are doing to the land and the life of others, and join Development and Peace in trying to end this tragedy for some of our poor sisters and brothers who live in our global village. DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE

Canadian Bishop’s Tackle Environmental Issues

In a powerful little booklet (pastoral letter) entitled, The Need for Conversion, the ‘Social Affairs Commission of the ‘Canadian confidence of Catholic Bishop’s’ challenged Canadians this March 2008 to take a hard realistic look at the way that we, as Canadians, are treating our planet. “Are we not like the prodigal son”, they ponder, “who asked his father for his inheritance and then left home and proceeded to waste it (Luke 15:11-32)?” Commenting on our excessive need for more and more, the Bishops observe that we are mismanaging the Garden of Eden: “In our drive to earn more, to possess more, to consume always more, we have sacrificed a great deal to the economic almighty, which has become like the substance of modern life. We have mismanaged the Garden of Eden entrusted to us.”

Stating that we have the knowledge and know-how to protect the environment, they compare our present attitudes and behaviors to those of selfish ‘spoiled children’. “We have yieled to the innate selfishness that marks each of us like a scar.” “We have tarnished the image of God that is within us.”

The letter is a personal and communal call to conversion, and a timely and forceful reminder to our elected representatives. The Bishops conclude, The Need for Conversion, by offering us a choice between death and life: “Our faith in Christ, offers us a radical choice: To choose between life and death (Deuteronomy 31:15). This could not be a timelier invitation. Only genuine conversion will help us mend the ruptures and re-establish our life relationship with nature, our sisters and brothers, and the Creator of Life. For this St. Francis of Assisi presents a beatuiful model of renewed humanity and rediscovered harmony.

The Full Pastoral Letter may be downloaded here.