Most Canadians haven’t heard of the Three Gorges Dam in China, but in all likelihood this proposed dam on the Yangstze River will soon become a household term, not through praise and the largest dam in the world, but due to the notoriety and disgrace it could bring Canada. We have been loved and admired by the Chinese since the days of Dr. Norman Bethune, but that admiration could turn to contempt if the Three Gorges dam is built.
(December 31, 1989) Through the Asian Development Bank, Canadian taxpayers financed studies recommending up to 15 giant hydroelectric dams on the upper Mekong and 40 tributary dams; Mekong farms, fisheries and water supplies, vital to the livelihoods of 100 million people, are threatened.
Environmentalists, fed up with World Bank rhetoric, demand promises be honoured
The plight of the barabaig
(August 24, 1989) Some critics of China’s environmental politics have been driven from office or are imprisoned – as with the detention of China’s outspoken journalist Dai Qing.
“India’s Greatest Planned Environmental Disaster” Sardar Sarovar largest of 30 mega-dams on Narmada river
(July 13, 1989) The world in general, and the Thrid World in particular, is in a sorry state if it “needs” the debt crisis to solve its environmental problems.
Canadian-financed dam uproots 25,000 without fair compensation
(April 17, 1989) In reference to Paul Knox’s March 9 column on Canada and the World Bank, I would like to correct the mistaken notion that the Canadian government is being secretive in its relations with the bank.
(March 9, 1989) As Latin Americans struggle to revive their stalled hopes of progress, it is becoming clear that they will achieve little unless the world’s economic powers offer them concerted help.
(March 9, 1989) The Canadian public has no right to know how Canada will be voting on a controversial, $500 million US loan to Brazil that will speed rainforest destruction, according to Michael Wilson, Canada’s governor to the World Bank, in a recent letter to Probe International.
(March 1, 1989) In yet another sign that China has lost control over its intellectuals, a group of journalists banded together, yesterday to launch a campaign against a major government project: the massive dam proposed at the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River.
(February 16, 1989) IBRD Articles of Agreement require the bank to “make arrangements to ensure that the proceeds of any loan are used only for the purposes for which the loan was granted.” World Bank
Petro-Canada is threatening rainforest species – and native communities – with extinction.
(December 6, 1988) The FCPA prohibits corrupt payments to foreign officials for the purpose of obtaining or keeping business. The Department of Justice is the chief enforcement agency, with a coordinate role played by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).