Trade and Environment
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 »
© Copyright (c) The Windsor StarBy Dan McDermott December 28, 2010
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 »
Out of Equilibrium
The Impact of EU-Canada Free Trade on the Real Economy
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
October 27, 2010by 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 »
Trade with Europe would be a good idea if it meant more good jobs and better social services. But like all “free trade” agreements, the CETA (Can-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) is not about that. It’s about boosting corporate rights, lowering environmental standards, and weakening public services and procurement. As currently written, the CETA will threaten many aspects of our lives, from our public services, to our jobs, our environment, our food, our culture, our telecommunications, our water and resources, indigenous people's right and even our democratic rights! Read on:
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