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A Better Balance is Possible Between Trade & Environment

Sierra Club Canada's Trade and Environment Campaign is centered on the mounting evidence that unfettered economic globalization and its agenda of free trade, de-regulation, and privatization implemented over the past two decades without public consultation, has had a devastating impact on our immediate environment, the ecosystems of the planet and broader planetary cycles that are now deeply out of balance from pollution, depletion of resources and excessive CO2 and other emissions. The Trade and Environment Campaign focuses on: (i) the cascade of bi-lateral and internal FTAs being pushed through without adequate consultation or impact studies (ii) the imperative of re-negotiating NAFTA, and all free trade agreements, iii) working to rid all trade agreements of the unjust, undemocratic and unsustainable NAFTA Chapter 11 investor state mechanism, and iv) working towards fairer trade models and sustainable economic systems. The Trade and Environment Campaign works to increase awareness of how globalization, free trade and NAFTA impact the environment and ecosystems and works with the membership and other national NGO´s and coalitions to oppose trade agreements that are harmful to the environment, local economies, and sovereignty.

Latest Posts

Malaysia's Petronas Plans $35 Billion LNG Project in Canada, Najib Says

Bloomberg News

Petroliam Nasional Bhd., Malaysia’s state energy company, will build a C$36 billion ($35 billion) liquified natural gas plant and pipeline in Canada, Prime Minister Najib Razak said yesterday.

“This is a very significant landmark decision by Petronas, done in the wake of our friendly relationship,” Najib said at a press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Putrajaya, outside of Kuala Lumpur.... Read more »

PM Najib, Malaysia: TPPA may not be concluded this year

Sunday Octover 6th, 2013

PUTRAJAYA: A huge free trade deal in the Asia-Pacific is unlikely to be signed this year, Malaysia said Sunday, a day after the United States said the year-end deadline was achievable.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the end of the year was a "very tight timeline" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

He told a press conference after a bilateral meeting with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper that discussions at the two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit starting Monday would offer "a sense of whether that timetable is feasible".... Read more »

NZ 5000 sign TPPA petition in 3 days

Friday, 4 October, 2013 - 09:34

In just over three days, more than 5000 New Zealanders have signed the petition to release the draft text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). The petition was launched on Tuesday as the TPPA trade ministers prepared to meet in Bali this week to discuss political trade-offs in the hope of concluding the deal. A video by well known New Zealand musicians, actors and commentators has been released to promote the petition under the banner "It's not democracy - and it's not right!".

‘This response is a wake up call for the government’, said said Robert Reid, FIRST Union General Secretary, a sponsor of the petition.

‘Prime Minister Key and trade minister Groser seem to think the secrecy of the TPPA is a non-issue and if they keep saying "trust us" people will just say "OK". ‘... Read more »

What the CETA negotiations could have in common with the Canada-Chile FTA

By | Oct 4, 2013  It has been suggested recently that Canada and the European Union could be weeks away from reaching their comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA) - "in principle," at least.... Read more »

Fracking lawsuit sparks warning about trade pacts (and Investor State) re Lone Pine vs Quebec

October 3, 2013 - 5:36pm By THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — Free trade critics say a damage suit being pursued as a result of Quebec’s moratorium on fracking is proof Canada needs to be careful in negotiating trade pacts around the world.

The Council of Canadians, the Sierra Club and Quebec-based Eau secours say the suit by Lone Pine Resources Inc. proves that trade deals that include investor protection clauses are a bad idea because they can prevent governments from passing laws to protect the environment.... Read more »

            

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