(June 8, 2001) The Access to Information Act should apply to the Export Development Corporation – Montreal’s Métro newspaper quotes Probe International. The government makes "excessive and unreasonable" use of certain clauses in the Access to Information Act in order to "protect the corporations it awards contracts to," says Probe International (PI) in a document submitted to a federal task force established to review the Access to Information Act.
(June 1, 2001) Probe International argues that the Canadian government’s growing predilection for secrecy is alarming. Probe recommends that the disclosure of information on public interest grounds should prevail over corporate interests.
(June 1, 2001) Encouraging new efforts toward river protection are in contrast to Canada’s past record as a stalwart supporter of large dams and refuge for the troubled hydro industry.
It was hailed as a model project, but the Theun-Hinboun dam in Laos has harmed the livelihoods of thousands of villagers, writes Grainne Ryder.
(February 28, 2001) Letters of correspondence between Grainne Ryder, Probe International, and Theun Hinboun Power Company General Manager, Mr. Hourihan.
(February 24, 2001) Japan may review its seven-billion-yen (US$60.9 million) loan for the Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant in Samut Prakarn, Finance Minister Kiichi Miyazawa said yesterday.
(January 23, 2001) During a visit to Klong Dan wastewater site yesterday, two Japanese MPs said they will ask their government to review its foreign aid policy to Thailand.
(January 18, 2001) Pressure has grown for the Asian Development Bank to review its Bt4-billion loan to the controversial Klong Dan wastewater treatment plant with more than half of the Senate backing the move because of serious concerns over its environmental impact.
(January 5, 2001) Forgiving the poorest countries’ loans is only a start, say Sara Stratton and church groups campaigning for reform.
(January 1, 2001) Letter from the ADB responding to concerns expressed in Bruce Shoemaker’s December 2000 Theun-Hinboun Report.
(December 22, 2000) Following is a letter to the WCD Chair, signed by the ADB President, and information about a workshop organized by WCD at ADB’s headquarters from February 19-20, 2001.
Canada’s Executive Director to ADB responds to Probe International, Re:Samut Prakam Wastewater Plant
(December 7, 2000) Response Letter of Julian H. Payne, Executive Director to ADB, to Grainne Ryder, Policy Director, Probe International.
(December 3, 2000) Fortis seeks and gets Canadian funding Article quotes Grainne Ryder.
(December 1, 2000) I am writing to urge you, as the ADB Executive Director for Canada, to immediately suspend loan disbursements to the Samut Prakarn astewater Management Project in Thailand and launch an inspection panel investigation into the violation of ADB policies, the contravention of Thai law, and allegations of corruption in connection with the project.
(December 1, 2000) Re: ADB-financed Samut Prakarn Wastewater Management Project, Thailand