Maude Barlow was in Vancouver yesterday to celebrate the third anniversary of the Save the Fraser Declaration and to sign a solidarity accord of support for it.
Yesterday, the Council of Canadians joined with MiningWatch Canada, MiningWatch Romania, Greenpeace Canada, Greenpeace Romania and other groups issued a joint letter to denounce the proposed Rosia Montana mine in Romania. The Canadian company Gabriel Resources Ltd. wants to build this massive open-pit gold mine in the Carpathian mountains. They would use cyanide to mine about 314 tons of ton of gold and 1,500 tons of silver. This would involve destroying mountainsides, displacing about 2,000 villagers, and creating a 300-hectare toxic tailings pond.
Howard Mann is an Associate and Senior International Law Advisor to International Institute for Sustainable Development. On December 5, 2013, Mann presented to a parliamentary trade committee on the risks to public policy from investor-state lawsuits in the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Thank you Burghard Ilge of the Netherlands-based development NGO Both Ends for sharing this Vatican statement on the WTO Ministerial meeting happening in Bali, Indonesia this week. Pope Francis has made his views about global capitalism very clear over the past year. This week, the Pope recognizes the locking-in effect of global trade rules, though he does not go as far as some on the ground in Bali in demanding that the WTO be junked altogether:
The Council of Canadians has joined with MiningWatch Canada, MiningWatch Romania, Greenpeace Canada, Greenpeace Romania and other groups to denounce the proposed Rosia Montana mine in Romania.