CONFERENCE PODCAST ~ Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad
October 13th, 2010 - 4:00am
Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad
Canada's Operations Abroad - Community Impacts and the Case for New Legislation
September 27th, 2010
Centre Block, House of Commons
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On September 27th, Peter Julian, NDP Critic on International Trade and MP for Burnaby- New Westminster, hosted a conference entitled “Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad.” Activists, lawyers and politicians alike gathered at the House of Commons for a day-long series of panels exploring international violations of human and environmental rights at the hands of Canadian corporations. The conference was intended to show the importance of Peter Julian’s Private Member’s Bill: C-354 – an act to amend the Federal Courts Act in the interest of promoting and protecting human rights on an international level. The first panel of the day featured the voices and experiences of those in other parts of the world.
Mark Rowlinson, United Steelworkers' Canadian National Office legal department
Peter Julian, MP (Burnaby-New Westminster), NDP International Trade Critic
Rick Arnold, Common Frontiers
Tenzin Lobsang Wangkhang, National Director of Students for a Free Tibet
Jose Luis Abarca Montejo, Mexican Network of Persons Affected by Mining
Denis Tougas, Entraide missionnaire
Bodia Macharia, Friends of the Congo
An interview with Jose Luis Abarca Montejo is included in the recording, following his portion of the panel.
This podcast brings you a recording of the second panel from MP Peter Julian’s “Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad” conference held September 27th at the House of Commons. The event was held to examine violations of human and environmental rights at the hands of Canadian corporations abroad, and to explore legislative solutions such as MP Peter Julian’s Bill C-354 to amend the Federal Courts Act in the interest of international human rights. Whereas the conference’s first discussion explored stories from impacted communities around the world, the panel that followed looked at popular sector responses and strategies in North America to the abuses committed abroad by Canadian extractive industries. It was moderated by Laura Avalos, President of the Salvadorian Canadian Association of Ottawa and National Capital Region.
Grahame Russell, Co-Director of Rights Action, author of Code Z59.5: There is Only One People Here
Sakura Saunders, Editor and Co-Founder of ProtestBarrick.net
Jamie Moffett, Documentary Filmmaker, Return to El Salvador
On September 27th, NDP International Trade critic Peter Julian hosted a conference in Ottawa to assess the impacts of Canada’s industries abroad. Over the course of the day, four panels took place. Each one explored a different aspect of the issue, from the voices of affected communities themselves, to legislative solutions such as Julian’s proposed Bill C-354 to amend the Federal Courts Act in the interest of international human and environmental rights. The third of these panels looked at Canadian legal responses to rights abuses abroad. It was moderated by Ian Thomson, Chair of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA).
Mark Arnold, Partner in the Toronto law firm, Gardiner Miller Arnold LLP
Dermod Travis, Executive Director, Canada Tibet Committee
Cory Wanless, Lawyer with Klippensteins, Barristers & Solicitors
This podcast presents the fourth and last panel recorded at the “Walking the Talk: Human Rights Abroad” conference held September 27th at the House of Commons. For this portion of the event, discussion focused on how to take action towards corporate accountability through new legislation – namely, NDP International Trade Critic Peter Julian’s proposed Bill C-354. Julian himself moderated the panel, which featured Nick Milanovic of Carleton University’s Department of Law, Terry Collingsworth, a labour and human rights attorney in Washington DC, and Mark Rowlinson of the United Steelworkers’ Canadian National Office legal department. After hearing from these speakers, the discussion grew to include Liberal MP John McKay and Bill C-300 on corporate accountability for mining, oil and gas corporations in developing countries (based on the original Private Member's Bill C-565, proposed by now-retired NDP MP Alexa McDonough). This recording includes the majority of a question and answer period which followed the panel discussion.
Nick Milanovic, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Law at Carleton University
Terry Collingsworth, Managing Partner of Conrad & Scherer (Washington DC office)
Mark Rowlinson, Counsel, United Steelworkers' Canadian National Office legal department
*For more information about Bill C-354, visit http://peterjulian.ndp.ca/Bill_C-354