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2012-03-22  |  John Bennett


Dear Friends,

Below find a letter that I sent yesterday to Patricia Best of Natural Resources Canada.

It pertains to remarks she made to Canadian Press about Sierra Club Canada, which we feel are inaccurate and derogatory.

Sincerely,

John Bennett, Executive Director
Sierra Club Canada
jb@sierraclub.ca

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Patricia Best, Director of Communications
Natural Resources Canada
21st Floor, Room C2-2
580 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4

Wednesday, March 21, 2012M

Re: Apology

Dear Ms. Best,

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2012-03-19  |  Janet Eaton
B y John Cavanagh, Robin Broad  March 14, 2012 - 1:00 PM ET

Editor's Note: Jeffrey Sachs's candidacy for World Bank president has drawn the backing of a number of progressives, who laud his focus on ending extreme poverty and hunger and improving agricultural outcomes in developing countries. Should we throw our support behind Sachs? John Cavanagh, director of the Institute of Policy Studies, and Robin Broad, professor of international development at American University, argue that his approach to development sounds good but remains flawed. Jeffrey Sachs himself responds. We'll publish the next round of debate in the coming days!

See also very good dialogue at the end of the article with well known pundits chiming in on the issue. JE

Jeffrey Sachs—economist, author and United Nations adviser—has publicly...

2012-03-19  |  Janet Eaton
B y John Cavanagh, Robin Broad  March 14, 2012 - 1:00 PM ET

Editor's Note: Jeffrey Sachs's candidacy for World Bank president has drawn the backing of a number of progressives, who laud his focus on ending extreme poverty and hunger and improving agricultural outcomes in developing countries. Should we throw our support behind Sachs? John Cavanagh, director of the Institute of Policy Studies, and Robin Broad, professor of international development at American University, argue that his approach to development sounds good but remains flawed. Jeffrey Sachs himself responds. We'll publish the next round of debate in the coming days!

[See also very good dialogue at the end of the article with well known pundits chiming in on the issue. JE]

Jeffrey Sachs—economist, author and United Nations adviser—has...

2012-03-19  |  Janet Eaton

Korean Party Expected to Win Warns Obama It Will Revoke Pact Absent Changes  WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Obama administration should accept Korean demands to remove controversial private corporate protections from the Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), rather than rush to implement the deal ahead of the April 11 Korean parliamentary elections (which recent polls indicate will elevate a political party that has vowed to terminate the pact unless the “investor-state” enforcement system is altered), Public Citizen said today. The mid-month implementation date being pushed for the Korea FTA is extremely rare for the United States. Generally, trade pacts are implemented on the first day of a month, since tariff cut phase-ins are determined from the date a pact goes into effect.

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2012-03-19  |  Janet Eaton

Ottawa and Montreal (March 14, 2012) - The Trade Justice Network and Quebec Network on Continental Integration (RQIC) make the following comments on the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT) on the ongoing Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiations, which was tabled in the House of Commons this week:

- The committee is split on the value of the CETA to the Canadian economy.  This is clear from the concerns and recommendations of the NDP and Liberal members of the trade committee in dissenting opinions attached to the CETA report. The two networks agree with many of these recommendations, in particular those calling for full transparency and public input into the CETA text before it can be signed. The committee had insufficient information on the agreement to conclude it was in Canada's best interest since its contours are still being determined through negotiation.

- The...

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