Trade and Environment
Nova Scotia activists are expressing surprise that former US president Bill Clinton has apologized for flooding Haiti with cheap American rice beginning in the mid 1990s. During testimony before a US Senate committee three weeks ago, Clinton admitted that requiring Haiti to lower its tariffs on rice imports made it impossible for Haitian farmers to compete. The trade policy forced farmers off the land and undercut Haiti's ability to feed itself.
Janet Eaton, trade and environment campaigner for Sierra Club Canada, says members of the global democracy movement have long known about the failures of the globalized food system and Clinton’s apology to Haitians only reinforces what many activists have talked and written about for years.... Read more »
What appeared to be a postponed deal resurfaced on the agenda of the Canadian government last week when Trade Minister Peter Van Loan re-introduced the Canada-Colombia free trade agreement into Parliament.... Read more »
A coalition of Canadian mining watchdog groups sent documents to the RCMP on Wednesday, along with a request that the Mounties investigate activities of Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. and its Mexican operations.
The groups, including MiningWatch Canada and Sierra Club Canada, allege the company should be probed under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. Blackfire has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in connection with its Mexican mining operations.
Groups File Documentation with RCMP on Canadian Mining Company’s Involvement in Mexican Corruption Case
(Ottawa and Toronto) A coalition of Canadian non-governmental groups today filed a memo with the RCMP asking it to investigate Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. and its Mexican subsidiary under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. Blackfire had submitted documentation of its payments to the mayor of Chicomuselo in the state of Chiapas, Mexico to the state Congress in June, 2009. These documents are now in the hands of the RCMP. Bribing a foreign public official is illegal under the rarely-used Act, one of the few Canadian laws that applies internationally. Under this Act any person found guilty could face up to five years in jail.... Read more »
Nine groups have signed a letter asking the RCMP to review whether payments totalling about $20,000 were made by Blackfire Exploration to the mayor of Chicomuselo, located in southern Mexico, intended to quell local dissent toward the mine.
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