April 10, 2009

The Dogwood Initiative writes, "The approval process for tar sands related tankers and pipelines in British Columbia is inadequate and time is running out to get our voice heard. We only have until Tuesday April 14th."

They ask that you "Write to Stephen Harper and let him know the Enbridge Northern Gateway project needs a comprehensive public inquiry, not a rubber stamp."

"The current approval process run by the National Energy Board (NEB) and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is set up to assess how a project proceeds, not if a project proceeds. It won't consider the consequences of eliminating the longstanding tanker ban, the impact of pipelines on the expansion of the tar sands nor the projects relationship to Canada's policy on global warming."

"Write the Prime Minister and tell him that proposals to ship half the current production of the Alberta  tar sands to Asia via pipeline to tankers in the waterways of the Great Bear Rainforest needs real scrutiny."

"The comment period for the scope of the NEB/CEAA review ends Tuesday April 14th so don't delay."

April 10, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports that, "federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice said Ottawa is reviewing its (carbon emissions) policy to ensure its conforms with whatever climate change legislation is passed in Washington...Mr. Prentice said that while the final outcome of U.S. climate change debate remains uncertain, Ottawa must ensure its regulations and enforcement mechanism are 'comparable' to the U.S. to avoid 'trade-related consequences.'"

"A bill introduced in the House of Representatives last week would establish U.S. national emission caps and a trading system for emission allowances. It would also impose border duties on importers whose home governments are deemed to be lax in the climate change fight."

But Alberta and Saskatchewan are saying that "any federal climate change policy needs to be consistent with their own approaches to greenhouse gas regulations, which set industrial emission standards based on levels of production rather than strict caps."

April 10, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports that, "Dow AgroSciences LLC has decided to sue the federal government over Quebec's ban on the residential use of pesticides. The U.S.-based company, maker of the herbicide 2,4-D, is claiming $2-million (U.S.) in damages, using controversial provisions in the North American Free Trade Agreement that allow businesses to sue governments over regulations that harm their interests."

"The case has attracted wide interest because so-called cosmetic pesticide bans are becoming increasingly popular, with Ontario recently following Quebec's lead in introducing one and many retailers removing chemical bug and weed killers from their shelves."

"(Dow says) Quebec has 'no scientific basis to impose the ban.' It says 2,4-D, a weed killer often used on dandelions, has received extensive testing and there is 'no evidence' it poses a 'health or safety risk to humans when used according to label directions.'"

April 9, 2009

Please see Council of Canadians trade campaigner Stuart Trew’s ‘ACTION ALERT: Tell your MP ‘vote no to the Canada-Colombia FTA’ at

Time is of the essence, so please act now.

April 9, 2009

As you may remember, David Emerson was the Minister of Industry in the Paul Martin government, and the Minister of International Trade then Minister of Foreign Affairs under Stephen Harper, before leaving federal politics in September 2008.

The Calgary Herald reports that, “David Emerson, in his first wide-ranging interview since retiring from politics, says…’There was a real kind of noticeable impression out there in the world community that Canada is not as visible as we used to be, and should be,’ he told Canwest News Service in an interview. Emerson said Canada's visibility problems existed under previous Liberal governments and are possibly linked to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which he said made Canada ‘U.S.-centric.’”