Digby Quarry and the Case for Responsible Trade


Halifax, NS - Sierra Club Canada Foundation and East Coast Environmental Law are hosting a panel discussion on the case to stop the Digby Quarry and implications of trade agreements on our ability to protect the environment.

Last year, Sierra Club Canada Foundation and East Coast Environmental Law joined the legal battle to stop Bilcon from collecting $100 million from the Canadian government because a NAFTA Tribunal found that the US company had been treated unfairly in their efforts to start a quarry on Digby Neck. This case - which brings environmental assessment and our ability to stop environmentally destructive projects into question - is now making its slow way through the courts.

Meanwhile, US President Trump has pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and opened up NAFTA for re-negotiation, and Canada has begun consulting with Canadians on a new deal. Our panel will discuss the original agreement and implications of the battle to stop the Digby Quarry, and offer expertise on opportunities for positive reform in the context of NAFTA re-negotiations.


Ben Beachy, Senior Policy Advisor for the Sierra Club US Responsible Trade Program

Janet Eaton, Trade Policy Advisor, Sierra Club Canada Foundation

Lisa Mitchell, Executive Director, East Coast Environmental Law


WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

WHERE: Room 104, Weldon Law Building, Schulich School of Law, 6061 University Ave, Halifax, NS

Interviews with speakers available upon request.



Gretchen Fitzgerald, National Program Director, Sierra Club Canada Foundation

Mobile: 1-902-444-7096 / Email:- [email protected]