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Investor-state dispute settlements are a lesser known but significantly harmful mechanism that allows large corporations to target environmental policy and resource management decisions in developing nations.
OTTAWA—Canadian mining companies continue to target environmental policy and resource management decisions in developing nations through increasingly costly investor-state lawsuits that threaten human rights, sustainable development and action on climate change, according to new analysis released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press April 7, 2022
Russia’s war on Ukraine reminds us of an important lens through which to consider Canada’s energy policies responding to climate change. 
This week, Canada and Indonesia, the largest palm oil producer and exporter in the world, are completing the first round of negotiations on a proposed C
In the two years since Canada’s pandemic experience began, transit ridership across the country has plummeted. Or perhaps, more accurately, riders who had the ability to work remotely or the ability to find alternate transportation to work did so. Early in the pandemic, ridership in Toronto, for example, declined as much as 85% resulting in a $21 million per week revenue loss for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). In turn, the TTC laid off 450 employees and reduced service.
VANCOUVER — The company operating the world’s largest wood-fired thermal electricity plant has too much control of British Columbia’s wood pellet industry and must be ordered to divest of some of its holdings, union, environmental and public policy organizations say. 
Previously published by the Winnipeg Free Press January 25, 2022  
Big Oil in City Hall: Climate and Energy Politics in the Queen City is the first comprehensive look at the oil industry’s lobbying and advocacy campaign against Regina city council's proposed fossil fuel sponsorship ban.

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