- April 04, 2012 - 09:07
Great article Sue. NIce to see a reporter telling the story of humanity in the face of corporate greed. The Abitibi expropriation had alot to do with the water rights Harper handed over via the NAFTA settlement afterwards. The court case was picked up by the Council of Canadians who believe that it may have been an attempt to privatize Canadian water via NAFTA Chapter 11. The sister dam to Star Lake is Rattle Brook which is owned by EMERA via Algonquin Utilities, who have continuously bought into that utility since '09. The changes to the water act and the legislation covering both dam projects were changed b/w '01-'03. They are using that legislation + the NAFTA payout for non-existent water rights to rewrite BC's water act and the regulations around water licences out there. EMERA is here to set up a water market before CETA gets engaged and they can then sell off the rights. Kruger will follow if we allow it all to go through. I know for a fact Abitibi had a room full of lawyers working on the water rights associated with that mill. The 999yr inperpetuity lease, renewed in '03 Abitibi had on Red Indian Lake was taken as well, not sure where that sits now or how it fits in under NAFTA/CETA. If we do not continue to ask questions and demand water stay out of corporate control we will be paying the salaries of CEO's in NY every time we turn on a water tap for a shower, to drink a glass of water or bath our children. DETAILS DETAILS EH??!! Keep up the good work.
- Don II
- March 29, 2012 - 09:31
The Mill workers in Grand Falls all cheered and backed Danny Williams to the hilt when he ordered the immediate expropriation of Abitibi. Who benefited from that abuse of corporate rights by the Government of Newfoundland? Abitibi got $300 Million from the Government of Canada and laughed when the Government of Newfoundland inadvertently expropriated the contaminated Abitibi Mill thereby releasing Abiitibi from any responsibility for cleaning up the environmentally degraded Mill and land. It appears that privately owned houses and other lands that were not involved with Abitibi were also expropriated by mistake and had to be returned! The workers lost their jobs and the Government of Newfoundland sent such a negative message to corporations around the world that if you come to Newfoundland to invest, do not displease us or we will expropriate your property just because we can! Who benefited? Danny Williams did because he was cheered and voted for as a hero standing up for Newfoundland. Of course that was not really the case. Williams actions did permanent damage to the reputation of Newfoundland as a place for corporations to invest. Nalcor got Abitibi hydro electrical generation assets for a pittance but those assets are old or obsolete and will cost Nalcor dearly in the years to come. Did the workers in Grand Falls benefit from the expropriation of Abitibi? No way! Act in haste and repent at your leisure.This is what happens when you elect a dictator and a brainless Government!