The record-setting $130-million NAFTA settlement with AbitibiBowater has effectively privatized Canada's water by allowing foreign investors to assert a proprietary claim to water permits.
Feb 6, 2011
OISE, Room 5150
252 Bloor Street W. (At St. George Subway)M5S 1V6 Toronto , ON
Canada43° 40' 4.854" N, 79° 23' 54.0816" W
The first of five educational sessions this winter entitled Extracting profits: Perspectives on Latin America and the Caribbean.
It has been a commonplace for right-wing continentalists to insist that without binding agreements between Canada and the United States, Canadian exports will be shut out of the American market.
Ottawa's $130 million out-of-court settlement with forestry giant AbitibiBowater has created a precedent undermining provincial ownership and control of resources.
Academic experts on investment arbitration are proposing large-scale reform of current investor protections at the WTO and in trade agreements. The Canadian government should listen.
Jun 24, 2010
Queen's Park Toronto
Canada43° 39' 9" N, 79° 22' 54.0012" W
The Defenders of the Land are working to build a broad support base for changing the economic parameters of western economies to include Indigenous Peoples in decision-making and benefit-sharing.
The global economy is undergoing a dramatic transformation, the greatest since the decline of the British Empire as the world's leading economic power.
The Calderon government is waging a drug war and a class war to destroy the independent labour movement while its NAFTA partners look the other way.
16 years after NAFTA the Zapatistas and their many supporters have managed to create more than 30 autonomous municipalities along with participatory rather than representative government.
As long as Stephen Harper's government holds the reigns of power, Canada will remain a global environmental pariah.