Health & Environment

Free Trade Doesn't Work: What Should Replace it and Why

Further to the first Activist Chat Video with John Bennett and Janet Eaton which
highlights issues around economic globalization and free trade, the
need to renegotiate NAFTA and alternatives being proposed at this
time in the US under the TRADE Act, comes an invaluable book which
provides a more indepth look at this very subject.

"Free Trade Doesn't Work - What Should Replace it and Why" by Ian Fletcher, not only explains in detail why the standard economic arguments free traders use all the time are false and what's wrong with NAFTA, CAFTA, the WTO, it also looks at what kind of economic ideas underpin changes required and provides a discussion of what a managed trade system could accomplish.

I'm ordering this book today and will provide further insights on this site at a later date. Check out the book review below. Exemplary praise from a diverse number of NGO's and experts in the field of free trade and its impacts.... Read more »

Changing the Channel

Riding on the bus this morning I was pondering how good Québec Premier Jean Charest looked standing up to Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, this week. 

On Monday, Mr. Prentice attacked Québec for establishing California standards for car emissions which are tougher than the Xeroxing of U.S. federal fuel economy regulations that Mr. Prentice had his staff do in order to create national mileage regulations for Canada.  Prentice talked about Quebec going alone when in fact there are 14 U.S. states and four other provinces in Canada that are all going down the same road.... Read more »

Still No Justice for the Environment in Canada

OTTAWA--Sierra Club Canada is disturbed that today’s Supreme Court of Canada’s decision allows the Red Chris mine in British Columbia to go ahead despite acknowledging the federal government violated the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). While Sierra Club Canada is pleased that the Supreme Court reaffirmed Canada’s environmental laws, we are concerned that the Red Chris mine will be allowed despite avoiding a rigorous assessment.... Read more »

Injunction sought to block DRIC border work


WINDSOR, ONT. -- A Canadian environmental group and the Ambassador Bridge have applied for a judicial review of the $5-billion plan to build a new Detroit River bridge.

The requests by the Sierra Club and the bridge were filed in federal
court Dec. 31 and seek an interim injunction blocking any construction related to the project.

Additional Excerpt:

Toronto-based director Dan McDermott admits he is looking to kill the DRIC project. He believes the billions in government funds would be better spent on environmentally friendly projects or improving railways.

“The environmental community is unanimous there is no need for DRIC and see it as a destructive project,” he said.

“For the life of me, I can’t see why this project is attractive for
government to fund. We need to move away from (vehicles) as a means to get around.”... Read more »

Water Campaign

SCC's Water Campaign

ActionH2O seeks to harness a grassroots collective effort to develop new conservation and efficiency-based approaches to water management that are adopted by local governments. This bottom-up effort has HUGE potential to change how water is managed across the whole country! The goal of ActionH2O is to work with 20 cities and towns across Canada over the next 1½ years to identify locally relevant solutions and opportunities for action on water conservation.

The Action H2O website can be found here.

            

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