This page links to information concerning a number of projects on which we have worked, in solidarity with local communities. In some cases, the projects rely on World Bank funding. In others they involve Canadian companies that may be seeking, or have secured, financial support from Export Development Canada (EDC). Sometimes they involve both. Regardless of the source of funding, in all cases, communities have contacted us because they are concerned about the significant adverse environmental, social and human rights impacts of the projects.
Between December 1998 and March 1999, in a campaign led by the Halifax Initiative Coalition and that led to a number of Committee and Parliamentary debates (Oct. 16, 1997; Oct 28, 1998; Feb 3, 1999 Part 1 and Part 2), Canadians rallied in support of a Private Member's Motion in the House of Commons, which stated, "that in the opinion of the House, the government should enact a tax on financial transactions in concert with the international community."
Wherever possible, the Halifax Initiative acknowledges all photos that appear in our publications and on this web site, and secures permission to use photos that are not the property of the coalition. Such photo credits will normally appear below the photo or on the inside cover of the publication. In the case of the photos that appear in the banner of this home page, they are from left to right:
Between 1981 and 1997 the less developed countries paid over US$2.9 trillion in interest and principal payments. This is about US$1.5 trillion more or double what they received in new loans. (1)
In 1998, the Highly Indebted and Poor Countries average debt load was 165.6% of their gross national product. (2)
PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS
TAX ON FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS
Some Examples of Weakening of the World Banks Safeguard Policiesa
Negative changes (paragraphs)
Environmental Assessment OD4.01 [October 1991]
"Sacred Land, Scarred Land" - a video, backgrounder, and action sheet about 4 projects involving Canadian companies and the impacts on communities, with a particular focus on the violation of land rights. Two of the projects highlighted received support from Export Development Canada. Video available for $10. (Video - 2000)