February 13, 2006

Workshop assembles Canadian, U.S. experts to discuss waste shipping from Ontario to Michigan

EAST LANSING, MICH-The contentious issue of solid waste shipments from Ontario to Michigan will be examined at a half-day workshop presented by the Canadian Studies Centre at Michigan State University (MSU) on March 6, 2006. Toronto councillor Jane Pitfield and Brad Van Guilder from Ann Arbor's Ecology Center will review the controversy's background. Rod Muir, from the Sierra Club of Canada, will examine Toronto's plan to recycle its way to "100% waste diversion" and thus eliminate its shipments. Representatives from the U.S. Congress and International Trade Canada will discuss current efforts to block solid waste exports. Finally, Dr Julia Ya Qin and Katherine Razdolsky of Wayne State University's law school will examine the legal aspects of the controversy. "Ontario's side of the controversy has not been covered well in the state," said organizer Michael Unsworth, MSU's assistant director of Canadian studies and organizer of the workshop. "This event will bring together Canadian and American experts from government, environmental groups, and higher education for an in-depth exploration of the problem," he explained.

The workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the MSU campus in East Lansing. The registration fee is $35.00 (U.S.). More information is available on the workshop Web site, http://mcsrt.org/resources/trash/Workshop06, or from Michael Unsworth, 517/432-6123 x125, E-mail unsworth@msu.edu.

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