Trade and Environment

Economics show -- demand does not support new DRIC bridge

2011-01-19

Sierra Club Ontario released an Econometric Research Limited study that concludes that there is no need for a new Windsor-Detroit bridge. Econometric Research determined that projections for increased cross-border traffic are erroneous, defy common sense are in deep denial of the fact that cross-border traffic has been down since 1999, two years before 9/11.

Click title above to go to attachments page & download the Econometric's report.

CETA New Report: Keep Europe Out of the Tar Sands!

Published by The Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth Europe, Indigenous Environmental Network, UK Tar Sands Network, January 2011

Canada’s tar sands are attracting global concern and criticism. The tar sands have become one of the last frontiers for “Big Oil,” including major European multinationals BP, Total and Shell. The unfolding social and environmental disaster in Alberta demands urgent action, including the respect of Indigenous rights, stronger regulations on carbon emissions, water use and contamination, and more. Yet the proposed Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), if completed as planned, threatens to undermine stricter tar sands regulations in Canada and stronger climate policies in Europe. This is confirmed in legal analysis prepared for the Council of Canadians and The Indigenous Environmental Network based on draft CETA text....

For full report see:... Read more »

Defenders of endangered species condemn NAFTA review process; call it a ‘sham’

Sierra Club Canada

Media Release, January 17, 2011

OTTAWA — An international coalition of environmental groups has condemned a NAFTA review process after it was made known that the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the so-called watchdog regarding NAFTA environmental matters,  halted an investigation of wrongdoing by Canada.

In 2006, the coalition of environmental groups, which included Sierra Club Canada, formally complained to the CEC that the Canadian government was failing to enforce laws to protect at least 197 at-risk species in Canada. 

A CEC decision released Monday confirmed an investigation should occur, but the scope of the complaint would be reduce to just examine 11 at-risk species.... Read more »

There is no need for DRIC (letter to editor in The Windsor Star)

© Copyright (c) The Windsor Star

By Dan McDermott December 28, 2010true

Re: Millions spent on snake housing, opinion column, by Chris Vander Doelen, Dec. 21.

Chris Vander Doelen is concerned about the public money that the McGuinty government plans to spend to attempt to mitigate the damage that the Windsor-Essex Parkway would cause to at least eight species at risk.... Read more »

CETA New Study: Out of Equlibrium Impact of CETA on the Real Economy

Out of Equilibrium

The Impact of EU-Canada Free Trade on the Real Economy

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

October 27, 2010

by Jim Stanford

About this Publication

Canada already has a large bilateral trade deficit with the EU—$15 billion in goods and close to $4 billion in services, and loses some 70,000 jobs as a result. This study finds a free trade agreement would make that imbalance worse.... Read more »

   

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