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Japan Legal Action Against Ontario Green Energy Act “Concern” for WTO – International Institute Sustainable Development


IISD convenes meeting at WTO – international trade/investment laws

GENEVA—October 11, 2011—The International Institute for Sustainable Development has convened a one-day meeting of specialists from the climate change and the international trade law communities aimed at developing a better framework to address unilateral trade-related action on climate change, at the World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva on Thursday.

“Several high profile measures have already sparked legal challenges in the WTO, a clear sign of things to come,” said IISD senior advisor and associate Aaron Cosbey.

The most prominent case is the action Japan has brought against Canada over Ontario’s Green Energy Act, which provides preferential incentives to green energy (solar and wind), but only if it uses components manufactured by local manufacturers. If Japan succeeds, it could mean lost jobs and a roadblock to Ontario’s ambitions to be a clean energy exporter.

“This is a major concern to all members of the WTO, as the uncertainty has stalled critical and urgent investments in clean energy infrastructure and other climate change-related investments,” said Cosbey.

Despite the urgency, Cosbey said it will still take years to establish a framework to deal with the complex issues. “This meeting is just the beginning, but the issues are so important we expect a lively and productive discussion at the very least.”

He said the aim is to foster greater international cooperation in an effort to keep investment flowing in the direction of initiatives that help countries develop the infrastructure needed for climate change adaptations and mitigation.

The meeting will also look at issues around border carbon adjustment, which pose serious challenges for international cooperation on trade and investment, as well as in the ongoing climate change negotiations.

Please see the agenda for a full list of presenters at the conference: Trade, Investment and Climate Change: Searching for Progress on Key Issues,on October 13, 2011.

source: IISD


World’s Largest Green Building Conference & Expo in Toronto October 4 – 7


[from Author: I will be at the Green Building Expo. I have signed up for many educational sessions with some amazing speakers, but I think I am most looking forward to the discussion I get to attend with Steve Zornetzer Associate Director for Research – NASA HQ! Please connect with me via Twitter & perhaps we will see eachother there! Profile: TheVillageGreen]

Greenbuild’s economic impact on local economy an expected $26 million CAD with 25,000 delegates

TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /CNW/ — The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual conference and expo is making its way to Toronto next week to celebrate “what’s next” in green building. Greenbuild is the world’s largest green building conference and expo and is expected to make an economic impact of $26 million CAD, bringing 25,000 delegates from over 115 countries to the event. A release from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre earlier this week also stated that Greenbuild will generate a positive impact on the local economy of over $58 million from delegate spending.

Toronto was selected by USGBC as the host city for the conference for several reasons, including its growth in the green building movement with nearly 300 building projects registered and seeking LEED certification and 44 green building projects already LEED-certified in the Toronto area.

“Toronto and the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) have been a tremendous force in the recent growth of the green building movement in Canada,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, USGBC. “Toronto’s building market has continued to boom and prosper and it’s the perfect backdrop for the 10th anniversary of Greenbuild.”

Held in conjunction with the Canada Green Building Council, Greenbuild promises to inspire and educate with hundreds of educational sessions; dozens of master speakers; one and two day summits focused on green jobs, residential and affordable green building, and the international green building marketplace; more than 1,000 companies showcasing the most innovative green building products and services in the world’s largest expo hall dedicated to green building; and top-notch plenary speakers that include New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, former Prime Minister of Canada Kim Campbell, ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts, medical anthropologist and physician Dr. Paul Farmer and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The opening plenary event will also feature Grammy award-winning band, Maroon 5.

“It’s appropriate that the first Greenbuild outside of the United States is being held in Canada because it demonstrates the huge impact LEED, and the close partnership between the USGBC and CaGBC, have had on green building in Canada,” said Thomas Mueller, President and CEO, CaGBC. “There is no doubt that Greenbuild will be a game changer for Toronto and for Canada by taking green building to the next level in terms of industry and government recognition and international trade.”

About U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. With a community comprising 79 local affiliates, nearly 16,000 member organizations, and more than 168,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USGBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. GDP from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students. For more information, visit, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

About Greenbuild The U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo convenes the industry’s largest gathering of representatives from all sectors of the green building movement. Three days of extensive educational programming, workshops, a vast exhibition floor and ample networking events provide unrivaled opportunities to learn about the latest technological innovations, explore new products, and exchange ideas with other professionals. Greenbuild is the three time recipient of IMEX Green Meetings Award and the 2011 show will be held on Oct. 4-7, 2011, in Toronto, Canada. This past year’s conference in Chicago, Ill. drew more than 28,000 attendees and featured more than 1,800 exhibit booths. Visit for more information.


A Map of Investments in Ontario (January – June 2011)


Here is a visual map of publicly listed investments in Ontario that have been reported for the period January 2011 – June 2011. These investments are only ones that are either under study or new builds. There are also refurbishments etc. and if interested, the information is available at Who’s Investing in Ontario?

When clicked, the icons will display all information relating to that investment.

Just keeping track for all those interested.

But what do I know? 🙂


GM Canada announces $235M investment into St. Catharines plant in Ontario


GM Canada has reported today that it will invest $235 Million into its plant sitting in St. Catharines, Ontario. GM Canada reports that it will build its next generation of highly fuel efficient small block engines.

Power Train

GM invests $235M into St. Catharines Plant

GM also reports that 400 jobs will be (re)created as a result.

It sucks that GM took a blind eye a few years back to the possibilities of creating cars and trucks of the future. Living in a society where glitz and glamour have had their day perhaps, and with the demise of gas guzzlers like the Hummer – GM’s recent financial woes & set-backs, perhaps its a sign of a turn around and hope.

What do I know? Seems everything is still about the buck, however, if people in one of Canada’s poorest areas (Niagara Region), where industry and tourism have substantially died between SARS and the bouncing dollar economy, it is a ray of hope to see some jobs coming back into the area.

Two months ago, the Welland Tribune reported that Stats Canada released figures (February 2010) that Niagara’s unemployment rate rose from 11% to 11.2% while the National average dropped by .1% to 8.3%.

In 2008, the Niagara Falls Review reported that Stats Canada’s unemployment rate for Niagara was at 7.7% already almost 2% over the National average at that time.

Niagara’s unemployment rate has increased by 3.5% in just 2 years making it one of the highest reported unemployment rates next to Windsor, now at 12.8%, in Canada.

Most people aren’t even getting a yearly salary increase of 3.5%.

With networking, education, discussion and connections, perhaps we can encourage bigger companies in Canada to regenerate, recreate and invest in us, workers in Ontario that have viable skills. Alot of these skills can be transferred into the new emerging economy of sustainable, renewable energy and technologies.

I am currently working with the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association to help create a model that can help workers and companies think about how work is executed based on muti-skills.  I won’t get into it here, but I would like to emphasize that we need to move forward with news plans on how we work together in the new green economy.

If we do not change our old working ways, we will repeat the same mistakes of our past.  We are smarter than that. 

So, GM, if you are listening, let’s see if you keep moving forward to bring back, recreate and design more work for Canadians.  Teach them more than just engine assembly – arm them with skills they can move forward with …

JUST IN CASE YOU GUYS BLOW IT AGAIN (as I said, history can repeat itself).  That way, maybe, just maybe, we can make people unpoor, unignorant and motivated again.

But what do I know?

Peace 🙂

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