The Canadian and BC governments are currently exploring the development of Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) around the province with a specific proposal for a zone at Deltaport, which is located south of Delta near the community of Ladner, BC. There has been very little public information provided about this proposed zone, or debate about its potential social, environmental and economic impacts.
Northern Alberta’s tar sands are home to 175 billion barrels of recoverable bitumen, a tar-like substance that requires intensive processing to become liquid fuel. Approximately 1.4 million barrels of bitumen are produced daily with plans to increase to 2.2 million barrels by 2015. But The impacts of this massive project stretch much further than just Alberta.
There are two competing narratives about the earth’s freshwater resources being played out in the 21st century.
Instead of renewing its support for public health care, the federal Conservative government is letting the forces of privatization dismantle our most treasured social program. Unless ordinary Canadians from every part of the country rise up to defend it, our public health care system will not survive this onslaught from the for-profit sector.