Canada’s experience with food regulations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) shows that the threats trade agreements pose to food quality and safety are very real in free trade agreements.
This is an update of a December 2015 review by Dr. Ken Froese of TransCanada’s Human Health Risk Assessment since the company announced it was doubling the size of its tank farm in Saint John and updated its assessment. Gaps remain.
Dr. Froese identifies three key environmental health issues:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is bad medicine. This trade deal, which was recently signed by Canada, the United States, Mexico and nine other Pacific Rim countries, will keep the costs of prescription medications high, undermine the ability to draft quality public health care policy, and make it more difficult to create a national pharmacare program.
In 2007, Alton Gas applied to develop salt caverns to store natural gas and brine discharge infrastructure. The company plans to take water from the Shubenacadie River to hollow out the salt from the caverns, making room for natural gas to be stored. This would create a brine mixture that would be mixed with water in ponds next to the estuary before it is released back to the river.
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This briefing paper shows how the pipeline route puts watersheds at risk, provides a realistic estimate of the likelihood of a pipeline rupture, and uses modelling to determine the potential costs of an oil spill in the North Bay area.
This report summarizes key state, provincial and national legislation governing oil transport and shows glaring gaps in environmental assessments, spill prevention and preparedness, spill response capacity, funding and other safety issues.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a multilateral investment and corporate rights agreement involving 12 Pacific Rim countries. Canada joined the negotiations in 2012.
The drinking water in Edmundston, Saint Leonard, Saint Anne de Madawaska, Grand Falls, Cambridge Narrows, Hampton, Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick would be at risk from an Energy East pipeline spill. A detailed analysis of the proposed Energy East pipeline route shows that across Canada the project could lead to the contamination of crucial sources of drinking water not identified in...
The Council of Canadians, Friends of the Earth Europe, Food & Water Watch, the Transnational Institute and nine other groups based in the European Union and the United States have released a new 8-page briefing paper titled Oil Corporations Vs.