Oil exploration threatens Ecuadorian rainforest
Subsidies to Canadian corporations are fueling the Third World’s debt and destroying its environment
(March 21, 1990) It contributes to the Third World’s debt and to the destruction of the Third World’s environment. It provides handouts to Canadian corporations, and administers a muti-billion dollar federal government pot called the “Canada Account,” which provides still more handouts and contributes to our own deficit. It acts so irresponsibly that Kenneth Dye, Canada’s Auditor General, rebuked it for misleading the public by failing to follow “generally accepted accounting principles.”
(March 15, 1990) Proposal to dam the Yangtze provokes fierce debate.
Canada hosts development bank meeting
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.