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Challenging the Neoliberal Development Paradigm: Women’s Experiences and Narratives in Guyana and Guatemala

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 6:00pm


252 Bloor St W. Rm 5-250
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 11.6136" N, 79° 22' 59.4624" W

The rhetoric of development is often deployed as a means of legitimizing neoliberal projects. This event examines the ways that neoliberalism, as a set of policies and a governing logic, has differential impacts on the lives of women in the global South, examining two specific cases.

Michelle Baobala (MA Candidate Development Studies, York University) will address the disjuncture between the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDG) rhetoric of gender equality, implementation on the ground and the lived realities of urban Guyanese women. The MDG’s are significant, as the global framework by which the international donor community adheres, underpinned by a neoliberalizing logic.

Barrick Gold CEO gets called out at Toronto mining convention

Once a year, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) throws the world's largest mining convention in downtown Toronto. This year, the convention featured a track on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that was open to the public. The final session of this track was a CEO panel featuring Jamie Sokalsky, the CEO of Barrick Gold.

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Today, the Algonquins of Barriere Lake are re-affirming their opposition to the proposed exploration activities of the junior mining company Copper One within their unceded traditional territory.
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February 27, 2013 |
The outcome of this case should be a landmark decision as to whether the federal government has been acting illegally by permitting the use of lakes as dump sites for metal mining companies in Canada.
February 25, 2013 |
Members of Neskonlith have drafted a water declaration stating the importance and sanctity of their watersheds and their opposition to mining in the territory.

Is the new BlackBerry 10 conflict free?

The Blackberry 10. (Photo: Martin uit Utrecht / flickr)

Change the conversation, support today.

Much of Canada is abuzz with news of Research in Motion's launch of the new BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Canadians are understandably both proud of the Waterloo-based RIM, and anxious about its future. Many Canadians are hopeful this new phone succeeds as the company plays an important role in the Canadian economy, including in jobs and high-tech research. 

But in all the hype there is one important question that has not been asked: can RIM assure customers that its products are free of conflict minerals? If so, it would be another way to set itself apart from the competition. 


February 1, 2013 |
Following years of denial, Barrick Gold is implementing a remedy program for victims of rape by employees of its Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea.

'They know they are not alone': Anti-mining activists connect-the-dots in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Between January 17th and 20th, nearly 500 activists from across Mexico, Central America and beyond, gathered in the Mexican mountain town of Capulálpam de Méndez, Oaxaca, to support a growing tide of resistance to the human and environmental impacts of the extractive industries in the region.

'Yes to life! No to mining!,' organized by the Oaxacan Collective for the Defence of Territories, was one of the largest anti-mining gatherings the region has seen, as local opposition to some of the many thousands of individual extractive projects in Mesoamerica has grown dramatically in recent years.

Canada in the hot seat


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