Trade and Environment
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 »
New York Times March 24, 2011
General Electric, the nation's largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010.The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.... Read more »
http://ictsd.org/i/news/biores/100097/ 7th February 2011
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
Environmentalists say Canada-EU Trade Pact bad for Climate Change
Environmentalists in Europe lashed out at policymakers last week over aspects of a planned free trade pact with Canada that they say would compromise the EU´s ability to effectively regulate greenhouse gas
The critics say EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) contains an investor-state dispute settlement clause that would allow corporations to sue governments if climate change regulations inhibited their ability to produce fossil fuels.
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