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2012-07-15  |  Janet Eaton

The Times of India|, July 14th The Gujarat government and several Indian companies are looking to invest in an export LNG terminal in Canada for importing gas from the country, a senior official said here.

."The State government and Indian companies are ready to invest in Canada if the Harper government is willing to export LNG to India," said D J Pandian, Principal Secretary in the state's Energy and Petrochemicals Department, on Thursday.Pandian, who is leading an Indian business delegation here, was addressing businesses at a reception organised by the...

2012-07-14  |  Janet Eaton

By Stuart Trew, July 10, 2012  According to the Toronto Star’s Internet law columnist Michael Geist, Canada and the European Union are trying to ratify the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement through the backdoor, by including almost all its Internet and enforcement provisions in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The news, which is based on a newly leaked copy of CETA’s intellectual property chapter, has turned a relatively sleepy Twitter hashtag (#CETA) into an overnight sensation, with hundreds of people talking about the Canada-EU deal and what it could mean for Internet users. That has a lot to do with the European parliament voting against...

2012-07-14  |  Janet Eaton
Inside U.S. Trade - 07/06/2012 SAN DIEGO--A U.S. trade official this week said the U.S. plans to seek new market access commitments from Canada in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations once that country joins the negotiations, but not from Mexico because it has already fully opened its market to the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "We have actually a comprehensive agreement already with Mexico, so there's not new market access that we would be seeking because we already have 100 percent coverage," the official said in a July 2 press briefing. In contrast, the U.S. does not have "100 percent coverage so we would be seeking new market access opportunities from Canada," the official said. For example, in the NAFTA, Canada did not fully open its agriculture market in contrast to Mexico and maintained the restrictions on imports of dairy and poultry that were...
2012-07-14  |  Janet Eaton

Althia Raj, Posted: 07/09/2012 6:06 pm Updated: 07/10/2012 11:07 am Huff Post Canada

OTTAWA — Canadian provinces are either ill-equipped or incompetent when it comes to defending their rights in a massive and overarching free trade agreement Canada is currently negotiating with the European Union, says a lawyer who has studied leaked drafts of the text.

“The provinces are selling us out and they are not doing their homework,” Steven Shrybman, an international trade and public interest lawyer, told The Huffington Post Canada.

The federal government, along with provincial and territorial representatives, is finishing up negotiations on CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, which it hopes to sign with the EU by the end of the year. The deal, the government says, will boost bilateral trade and inject $12-billion annually...

2012-07-14  |  Janet Eaton

Movements around the world have put the spotlight on bailouts and tax evasion that have enriched the 1% at the expense of the 99% but this is only part of the picture. Now TNI have launched a new accessible popular video animation that exposes how international investment agreements are also at the heart of an international economic system that is enriching a small corporate elite at the public expense.

The video shows how:

  • corporate lawsuits against governments have risen by almost 1200% since 1990
  • Argentina's legal bill for fighting corporate lawsuits has come to US$ 912 million, equivalent to the annual average salary of 140,000 teachers or 75,000 public hospital doctors
  • corporate lawyers, based mainly in the UK and US, are earning around $800 dollars an hour encouraging corporations to sue...

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