Toxic Tour takes to the streets in Vancouver
COAST SALISH TERRITORIES – The 2015 Toxic Tour wound its way through downtown Vancouver this afternoon. The guided tour stopped outside major Canadian extractive industry headquarters with information on human rights and other abuses practiced by notorious Canadian resource companies like Chevron, Goldcorp and Barrick Gold. Speakers came from Latin America, Africa , Northern BC, and the Philippines.
Communities affected by Canadian extractive projects increasingly report conflict, environmental devastation, water toxicity and scarcity, violations of indigenous rights, and other human rights abuses including violent repression–even murder–of residents who speak out in opposition to extractive projects. But instead of regulating extractive practices, Canada’s government actively assists extractive corporations with tax breaks, subsidies, lax stock market regulations, diplomatic support, and immunity from prosecution for abuses overseas.“