A Forum on the Macal River Controversy in Belize

WHEN: Thursday, March 13, 2003, 1 to 4 PM

WHERE: Vivian and David Campbell Room, Munk Centre for
International Studies, South Wing, Main Floor, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, M5S 3K7.


Plans by a Newfoundland-based power company, Fortis, to build a hydro dam in Belize's Macal RiverValley have generated international opposition for the last two years, prompting two lawsuits and an order from the Supreme Court of Belize for public hearings to be held before the Belize government makes a final decision on the dam's fate this year. The project's environmental assessment was paid for by the Canadian International Development Agency and conducted by Toronto-based engineering multinational AMEC.

The purpose of this forum is to bring together people on all sides of the Chalillo controversy for a dialogue on the legal actions in Belize and implications for Canadian public policy and governance of Canadian companies investing outside Canada.

The forum will be moderated by Professor John Kirton, and is jointly sponsored by the Munk Centre for International Studies, the Envireform Project, the Centre for International Studies, the Department of Political Science and the Masters of International Relations Programme, the Program on Water Issues, University of Toronto.

Forum speakers include Robert F. Kennedy Jr., senior attorney
with the Washington-based Natural Resources Defense Council, key government and industry representatives, and leading
members of the Canadian environmental community. Students and faculty members with an interest in environmental and global governance issues are encouraged to attend.

Please RSVP to Mary Lynne Bratti, at [email protected]
or by phone at (416) 946-8901 as space is limited.

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