Philippine environmentalists march in protest outside the Canadian Embassy in Manila on Tuesday to demand the Canadian government speed up the removal of the garbage. (Bullit Marquez/The Canadian Press via AP)

Garbage war: Canada’s plan rejected

Share

Philippines-Canada dispute adds another chapter

For years Canada’s Liberal government has promised to deal with dozens of shipping containers filled with garbage that were shipped to the Philippines.

Originally labelled as recyclable plastics, some 103 containers were sent to the Philippines, officials became alarmed at the size of the shipment-which was beyond the capacity of the importing company to treat the material. The officials ordered an inspection of the containers and found they in fact contained unrecyclable garbage.

Philippine President Duterte became angry at the long delays and promises  by Canada to deal with the situation and insisted Canada take back the containers and gave a deadline of May 15. He threatened to have them shipped back and dumped in Canada, even going to the extent of threatening war after Canada missed the deadline.

Of the original 103 containers, 69 remain. Canada has long argued the trash was a commercial transaction not backed by the Canadian government. After years of delay, the Liberal government has arranged to have the containers returned to Vancouver, but the process won’t begin for several more weeks.(Yas Coles/CBC News)

Recently Canada made a $1.14 million deal with the Canadian division of a French company to fumigate and return the containers by the end of June. The original Canadian company involved in sending the containers has since closed making it difficult to recover costs.

Latest chapter

There are 69 containers remaining of the original shipment, most of the others had the contents dumped in a landfill.

Through a presidential spokesman, the Philippines has said the Canadian plan to repatriate the remaining garbage is not soon enough. Yesterday (Thursday) the spokesman said “we will not become a dumping ground” and said the containers will be sent back probably within a week, but “definitely not the end of June” and threatened to dump them in Canadian waters.

The Philippines threat may not be so easy however, as the load would have to go to China first and transferred to a larger ship before heading to Canada. China would have to grant permits to have the waste enter Chinese territory as it may be classed as “hazardous” under the international Basel convention on transboundary shipments of such waste.

Additional information-sources

Share
Categories: Economy, Environment, Health, International, Politics, Society
Tags: , , , ,

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

*