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2012-09-11  |  Janet Eaton

BY MARK MacKINNON , VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIA - The Globe and Mail, SepT. 09 2012,
As China begins rolling out what amounts to a mini-stimulus package, Ottawa and Beijing have inked an agreement intended to better protect Canadian businesses that might want to capitalize on such opportunities.

And with Ottawa in the midst of evaluating a proposed $15.1-billion takeover of Calgary-based oil and gas producer Nexen Inc. by China's state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corp., Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he used a Sunday meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao to nudge him on the issue of greater reciprocity in terms of market access for Canadian investors, who remain locked out of key sectors that Beijing considers "strategic."
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"We did not discuss today, the Chinese side did not raise the issue of the Nexen takeover. I think they understand that that is subject to a Canadian legal process on...

2012-09-08  |  Janet Eaton

Xinhua | Agencies Published on September 06, 2012 15:34
Member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC) are striving to forge a regional free trade facility to be known as FTAAP (Free Trade Area of Asia-Pacific).
The following are operating and negotiating FTA agreements with APEC member economies.
Operating FTA agreements:

NAFTA - signed in December of 1992 and known in full as the North American Free Trade Agreement, it has removed taxes on products traded between Canada, Mexico and the United States; it also protects copyright, patents and trademarks; it was updated with the North American Agreement on Environment Cooperation.

APTA (Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement) - signed in 1975 as the longest standing preferential trade agreement among developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region, it is aimed at promoting economic development and cooperation through the adoption of mutually beneficial trade...

2012-09-08  |  John Bennett

A great Sierra Club environmental victory went largely unnoticed a couple of weeks ago. President Obama announced new fuel economy standards (an increase up to 54 miles per gallon) by 2025. As is generally the case, Canada will undoubtedly follow suit soon.

Working on both sides of the border, Sierra Club campaigners played a critical role in forming and executing a North American “clean car” strategy. It was brilliant, really. I'm proud to have been part of it.

It was a simple encirclement of Detroit. The car companies controlled the US Congress and Ottawa, but did they control sate and provincial governments? They certainly didn’t control California – always in the forefront of clean car regulations.

California Senator...

2012-09-06  |  Janet Eaton

By  Janet M Eaton      Visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore. Dr. Amitendu Palit, in his artilce TPP may drive BRICS into action, offers that the TPP has given rise to the following major geo-policial and strategic concerns :   1] The first is that the agreement maximizes US business interests and minimizes those of others. He gives as an example the strong and rigid IPR rules that will allow US products easy entry into other countries, while similar products from other countries may be denied access to the US market on grounds of piracy.  

 2] The second concern is that the TPP attempts to create a major trade block without some of the biggest emerging economies e.g. none from the BRICS group - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. China's exclusion has given rise to views that the US is driving the TPP with the strategic...

2012-08-31  |  Paul Beckwith

INTRODUCTORY CLIMATE BLOG

By John Bennett and Paul Beckwith

I'm sharing my space this week with climatologist Paul Beckwith because an enormous cyclone blew over the North Pole all this month - an event that has kept scientists around the world up at night.

It’s very rare for there to be such a storm in the summer. In the past a storm like this would arise in winter and blow snow around on top of a thick ice cover. This summer, over thinner ice, the wind creates large waves which, combined with warm temperatures of air and water, are causing havoc with a keystone of the global climate.

Arctic ice physically reflects most of the incoming solar radiation harmlessly back into space, keeping the surface temperatures cold. When water replaces the melting ice it absorbs much, much more sunlight and thus increasingly heats up the ocean and atmosphere. This extra heat melts even more ice in a vicious heat amplifying feedback cycle....

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