When asked, the vast majority of Canadians identify themselves as peace-loving citizens who would like to see justice and prosperity for all. It may come as a surprise to these gentle souls then when they discover they’re donating significant portions of their paycheques to the acquisition, mobilization, and utilization of some of the deadliest armaments ever devised.
What’s worse, the weapons systems, and soldiers using them, they bankroll are being deployed to be used against some of the poorest people in the world.
Richard Sanders is founder and coordinator of Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade and serves as editor to COAT’s publication, Press for Conversion. COAT has just released its latest rundown of just what your government of Canada nest egg is being used for.
Richard Sanders in the first half.
And; 2014’s Mount Polley mine tailings spill, the worst in history at the time, seems to have done little to change the way British Columbia deals with just who picks up the tab to clean up after the mining industry’s frequent and costly environmental messes.
Ugo Lapointe is the newly minted Canadian Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, authors of a new report on BC’s relative failures to hold industry to account. Lapointe has broad experience in the mining sector, working from both within industry and outside it, for government agencies, non-governmental organizations, research groups, First Nation organizations, and ethical investment firms. He’s also co-founder of the Coalition Québec meilleure mine, a not-for-profit organization boasting 30 member organizations that work to, “promote better social, environmental, and economic mining practices in Quebec.”
Ugo Lapointe and tracking the costs of the extractive industry’s environmental fails in the second half.
But first, Richard Sanders and your pension serving the Lords of War.