The following assessment touches on the most important areas where the trade and environment agendas intersect. We begin with an overview of the WTO, and describe how in a general way its agenda impacts environmental law and policy.
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Ever since the advent of free trade Canadians have worried that trade rules would one day be used to challenge Canadian efforts to restrict bulk water exports. They needn't hold their breath any longer because a US based company, Sun Belt Water Inc., has decided to do just that.
Despite the urgent need for early action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this brief is in part intended to alert readers to the potential negative implications of developing a credit for early action system.
This paper begins with a brief description of existing international and domestic environmental law relating to climate change.
Thank you for providing us with another opportunity to appear before this Committee to express our concerns about the establishment of investor-rights as part of Canada’s international treaty obligations.
The Multilateral Agreement on Investment is an international treaty for investor, corporate and property rights that was to be established under the auspices of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
The Environment Management Amendment Act, 1998, (Bill 40) introduces a number of potentially very significant changes to British Columbia’s environmental management regime.
The following offers our assessment of the potential impacts of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (the MAI) on policies, laws and programs relating to the forest and fisheries sectors of British Columbia.
Bill 12, the Mining Rights Amendment Act, 1998, was introduced into the BC legislature on April 22nd and rushed through to Second Reading on April 29th. It appears to have been developed in closed door discussions with the mining industry.
Thank you Mr. Chair and Members of the Committee for inviting me here today. As you will know from the material we have provided, our Association has several broad concerns about the impacts of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI).