March 10, 2003
On March 13, 2003, people on all sides of the Chalillo dam controversy will discuss the legal actions in Belize and the implications for Canadian public policy and governance of Canadian companies investing outside Canada.
Video of the forum (Realplayer format, 2 hours 21 minutes)
EnviReform [PDFver here] University of Toronto’s Web site on the Forum
Thursday, March 13, 2003, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Vivian and David Campbell Room
Munk Centre for International Studies
University of Toronto
South Wing, Main Floor
1 Devonshire Place
Toronto, M5S 3K7
1:00 p.m. Opening Remarks and Introduction
John Kirton, Director, EnviReform Project
University of Toronto
1:15 p.m. Panel Session
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., senior attorney Natural Resources Defence Council, and lecturer, Pace University – From Duke Energy (U.S.) to Fortis and AMEC (Canada) in Belize 1:30-2:45 p.m. Panel Forum
Hevina Dashwood, Department of Political Science Brock University – Global Governance and Corporate Responsibility
Elizabeth Graham, Director, London Institute of Archaeology; former Archaeology Commissioner of Belize; and Director, Lamanai Project Belize– When Cultural Heritage is at Risk: What Canadian companies should be required to do before threatening to flood the Macal River Valley
Ari Hershowitz, Coordinator, Latin America Program, Natural Resources Defense Council – International and Scientific Experts’ Views on Canada’s Dam Project in Belize
Greg Malone, political satirist and hydro activist, Newfoundland – Fortis at Home and Away: What Fortis Shareholders and Investors Need to Know
Sharon Matola, Director, Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre – Wildlife threats posed by the Chalillo dam
Gr√°inne Ryder, Probe International – Aid for Chalillo in Whose Interest? Lessons from the Canadian International Development Agency’s Governance Crisis/Role in the
Macal River Controversy
The Macal River Valley and its tributaries in Belize are the only known
nesting sites for the world’s largest and most spectacular species of
Plans by a Newfoundland-based power company, Fortis, to build a hydro dam in Belize’s Macal River Valley have generated international opposition for the last two years.
The proposed dam has prompted two lawsuits and a Supreme Court of Belize order for public hearings to be held before the Belize government makes a final decision on the dam’s fate this year. The project’s environmental assessment was paid for by the Canadian International Development Agency and conducted by Toronto-based engineering multinational, AMEC.
proprosed 35-metre high dam would flood almost 1,000 hectares of lush
rainforest, home to some of the world‚Äôs most endangered species. This
undisturbed jungle is one of the last large havens for Belize‚Äôs
national animal, the tapir, for jaguars (which roam 40 miles a day in
search of food) and for river otters, freshwater crocodiles, howler
monkeys [right], ocelots, and scarlet macaws, fewer than 200 of which
remain in Belize.
Please RSVP to Mary Lynne Bratti, at
or telephone (416) 946-8901. Space is limited.
Categories: Chalillo Dam, Odious Debts
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