SNC Lavalin the corporate face of Ugly Canadian

While the Justin Trudeau government’s interference in the prosecution of SNC Lavalin highlights corporate influence over politics, it is also a story about a firm at the centre of Canadian foreign policy. In a recent story titled “Canada’s Corrupt Foreign Policy Comes Home to Roost” I detailed some of SNC’s controversial international undertakings, corruption and... Continue Reading →

Laurentian the latest university to be mined by rich Canadians

He who pays the piper picks the tune. This bit of folk wisdom seems not understood or ignored by many institutions of “higher learning.” The neoliberals running Canadian public universities have signed a slew of deals with mining companies that are engaged in violently extracting resources from the Global South. In two of the more... Continue Reading →

Manitoba Hydro helps privatize Nigeria utility

It's the black eye few Manitobans knew they had. "Senate Passes Motions on Unwholesome Practices by Manitoba Hydro Limited," read one recent Nigerian press headline while another blared: "Manitoba sued over transmission contract extension." Largely unbeknownst to its owners, Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) has stirred significant controversy in Africa's most populous nation. Over the past four years... Continue Reading →

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