TV Ontario’s The Agenda – Steve Paikin Interviews With Mining Industry and NGO Critics (TV Ontario – May 31, 2017)

Toronto: Mining Capital of the World

Ask yourself: what’s the most important mining city in Ontario? Sudbury? Timmins? You could argue, it’s Toronto, where almost 60 per cent of all publicly-traded mining companies in the world are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX-Venture Exchange. And while all that may be well known to those in the business world, it’s far from widely appreciated beyond that. The Agenda discusses how Toronto rose to be a mining capital.

Troubles With Mining Abroad

Mining is one of the industries that built this country. And today, Canadian companies operate resource extraction interests in more than 100 countries. But in some of those places, not everyone is rolling out the welcome mat for companies putting down roots and mine shafts. That is the case for some in the Philippines, and The Agenda examines why.

Canadian Mining Accountability Abroad

Canadian companies that work in foreign jurisdictions are subject to the laws of the land they’re operating in. And that’s no less true for Canadian mining companies, who have interests around the world. The Agenda discusses the overseas responsibilities of Canadian mining companies.

In regards to the above interview with York University Professor Shin Imai – Canadian Mining Accountability Abroad – the sexual assault of women in the vicinity of the Barrick gold mine in Papua New Guinea is a horrible tragedy. The women have been financially compensated by the company. However, most NGO critics of Barrick do not provide the media with any background context of the social and cultural conditions of that country. The following article gives some of that vital background context that highlights the difficult social environment of working in Papua New Guinea, especially in remote areas of that country. – Stan Sudol ( owner/editor).

Why 70 per cent of Papua New Guinea’s women will be raped in their lifetime – by Jonathan Pearlman (The Telegraph – February 1, 2016)

Sydney – Early last year, a mother-of-four in the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea began staying in a prison cell with her young baby even though she had committed no crime.

The woman, named Lily Joe, had decided she and her one-year-old boy were safer in a dark cell inside a police station in the bustling capital, Port Moresby, than at home, where they might encounter her husband.

“When he drinks beer with his mates, he comes back home and beats me up using a machete or anything,” she told a reporter from ABC News. Tragically, Lily Joe’s fate is hardly unusual in her home country of Papua New Guinea.

The Pacific nation, just 100 miles off Australia’s northern tip, was last week described by Human Rights Watch as “one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman”.

An estimated 70 percent of women in the nation of seven million people experience rape or assault in their lifetime. The nation’s grim statistics can be hard to fathom: more than half of women experience rape within marriage and 68 per cent are beaten at home. A study in one region found 41 per cent of men had raped a woman who was not their partner.

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