Trade and Environment
We are asking you to show solidarity with asbestos victims in the Third World and support the campaign to demand the Canadian government ban asbestos mining and exports. Asbestos kills over 100,000 people every year, and Canada is a major player in the death-dealing industry.
In a change of tactics, we’re not targeting all Conservative Members of Parliament (MPs) - but just one. A number of other like-minded organizations are also ‘adopting’ a MP and focusing their efforts on convincing him/her what their party is doing is wrong, unethical and immoral.
In our case – we have chosen to focus our efforts on the Federal Environment Minister, the Hon. Peter Kent, MP for Thornhill, Ontario.... Read more »
Whilst welcoming progress in negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the European Parliament nonetheless raised some potential concerns; one was the environmental impact of extracting oil from tar sands, due to its high CO2 emissions and its local impact on biodiversity. Another was serious harm to the health of workers mining asbestos, the processing and use of which is already banned in the EU.... Read more »
Lest we Forget - The new Can-US Regulatory Co-operation Council and Perimeter Security Accord is the next generation of NACC and the SPP.Submitted by Janet Eaton on Tue, 2011-05-10 22:36
By Janet M Eaton, Sierra Club Canada Trade and Environment Campaigner
May 10th, 2011
A Vancouver Sun May 9th article entitled "Is 'harmonizing' code for cutting standards?" cites the Canadian government, industry representatives and consumer group reaction to a new Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council. 
It should be noted that this new Regulatory Cooperation Council Is part of an initiative formally entitled "Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Competitiveness" "A Declaration by the President of the United States of America and the Prime Minister of Canada" sometimes called the Perimeter Security accord. Less formally this initiative has been referred to as the Son of SPP, and Fortress North America. 
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From Daily Commercial News & Construction Data (Markham, ON) published April 25, 2011
Windsor, Ontario parkway fence serves as endangered species protection
Thirteen kilometres of black geotextile fencing has been almost fully installed along the corridor of the Windsor-Essex Parkway, the planned extension of Hwy 401 linking to a new bridge between Windsor and Detroit.
The entire project is known as the Detroit River International Crossing (DRIC).... Read more »
By Janet M Eaton
The following announcement that Julia Gillard's Australian government has rejected investor-State dispute settlement in trade agreements  is good news for those who care about good government, democratic legislation and process, fairness, poverty reduction, the environment, and the planet not to mention a sustainable economy. For indeed the investor state mechanism in Free Trade Agreements [FTAs] has been widely discredited on many fronts. [For more on Investor state, sometimes referred to as investor privileges, see here.
There has been a very contentious debate in the US on this matter. Obama campaigned on reviewing NAFTA Ch 11 [investor state] and other harmful aspects of Free Trade Agreements in general. Since then over 100 Congress persons and many progressive NGOs are supporting the TRADE [Trade Reform, Accountability, Development and
Employment ] Act tabled by Representative Michael Michaud [D- Maine] and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) - [For more see: http://www.citizen.org/trade/tradeact/
Public Citizen, other progressive NGO's and many Democrats have been campaigning hard to encourage the Obama administration to reject the old guard form of free trade and investment agreement which has... Read more »