January 13, 2007

Jan. 13, 2007: The Switch, Environment & Lack of Accountability

Why the Switch from using a Corporate Account to a Canada Account?

Who win? Who could lose? ... If you read "The finer points of the Environmental Review Framework (ERF)" below, you will note that:


The EDC has to be accountable only to the EDC Board of Directors, not to the public, nor to any independent agency.




Note:

* The words "Canadian Exports": Check how much content in the finished reactors is actually Canadian. It is in one of the jpgs that will be posted in this series. It was in the area of -20% to 25%.

* It was with the Wolsong project that there was a switch from the EDC Corporate Account to an EDC Canada Account. All sales to China are through the EDC Canada Account. Note the total for which Canadian taxpayers are ultimately responsible.

* It was the External Aid Organization, now called CIDA, which helped Pakistan's AQ Khan on the road to nuclear power. Did no-one in Canada think about extremist Islam and the Waziristan area at the time of the KANUPP / Pakistan sale? Anyone who had ever travelled overland between Karachi, Islamabad, or Lahore, Pakistan via Kabul, Afghanistan to Europe would have questioned that sale. In that era there were several who had made that overland trek. What knowledge did officials in External have about the world? Other than its better hotels and a well-travelled, educated elite which they undoubtedly met? What have they learned in DFAIT/CIDA since?











EDC Environmental Policy: Read the fine print





The finer points of the Environmental Review Framework (ERF)

* The ERF only requires the EDC to "consider" international environmental standards.
* EDC only requires compliance with "host country laws".
* The ERF provides no guarantee of public consultation.
* The ERF absolves the EDC of the need to disclose any information.
* The ERF absolves the EDC of the need to disclose any information to the public without the consent of ALL parties. (China?) See jpg below.
* The EDC has to be accountable only to the EDC Board of Directors, not to the public nor to any independent agency. (See screen capture)







Check for more on the environment and the environmental review in another post in this series: Jan. 13, 2007: Canatom NPM & Network Part 2

Pay special attention to:

Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) ... 2003

The triangular relationship between the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, Aboriginal Peoples and the Government of Canada

Aboriginal Peoples have a role to play in assisting the Government ... the long-term management of nuclear fuel waste, particularly because of their traditional knowledge.

$880 million dollars
trust funds
The National Aboriginal Organisations

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