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2012-05-21  |  Janet Eaton   OTTAWA — Canada's free trade deal with Colombia is again threatening to explode into controversy after the Conservative government released a report this week that was supposed to detail the agreement's impact on Colombia's human rights situation — but didn't.

Trade Minister Ed Fast told the House of Commons on Wednesday that the government did not have enough information to conduct a full assessment by the time it was required to submit the report to Parliament.

"As the agreement has only been in force for the last 4 1/2 months in 2011, there's not enough available data to do a comprehensive analysis," he told the House of Commons. "That analysis will be done in 2013."

But the answer has done little to mollify human rights groups and the NDP, which are again charging that the Conservative government's interest in the troubled Latin American nation is based purely on profit —...

2012-05-21  |  Janet Eaton

May 15th.  It is oddly fitting that U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk would celebrate today’s implementation of the U.S.-Colombia trade deal at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. After all, even as the U.S. government’s own projections showed that this pact and a similar one with Korea would increase the U.S. trade deficit, both USTR and the Chamber worked overtime to misrepresent this and other likely impacts.
At a time when nearly four out of ten Americans are unemployed or simply not participating in the labor force, it is unconscionable to implement a trade deal...

2012-05-14  |  Janet Eaton

MEDIA RELEASE, May 14, 2012
 Canadian NGOs and labour unions have sent an amicus curiae submission to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the eve of a second hearing tomorrow into Japan´s and the European Union´s joint attack on the Ontario Green Energy Act. The groups address Canada´s failure to properly defend Ontario´s actions and call upon the WTO to respect the priority of Canada´s international climate change obligations.

"These are the first international trade disputes which create the potential for conflict between a nation´s commitments under the WTO and its obligations under the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. It raises fundamental questions about whether the goals of trade liberalization can be reconciled with ecological imperatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and if not, which are to prevail," says the joint amicus curiae submission from Blue Green Canada,...

2012-05-13  |  Janet Eaton

Two dozen rogue "delegates" disrupted the corporate-sponsored
welcome gala for the high-stakes Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
trade negotiations yesterday with a fake award ceremony and "mic
check." Other activists, meanwhile, replaced hundreds of rolls of
toilet paper (TP) throughout the conference venue with more
informative versions, and projected a message on the venue's facade.

 The first action began when a smartly-dressed man approached the
podium immediately after the gala's keynote speech by Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade
Representative and former mayor of Dallas. The man (local puppeteer David
Goodwin) introduced himself as "Git Haversall," president of the "Texas
Corporate Power Partnership," and announced he was giving Kirk and other
U.S. trade negotiators the "2012 Corporate Power Tool Award," which

2012-05-10  |  Janet Eaton


James Hansen. Dir. of NASA Goddard Institute for Space studies,  urges President Obama to deny tar sands oil additional access to Gulf Coast refining, which Canada desires in part for export markets, but also to encourage economic incentives to leave tar sands and other dirty fuels in the ground. He says If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate and civilization would be at risk..

Game Over for the Climate

Op-Ed Contributor
Game Over for the Climate
Published: May 9, 2012

GLOBAL warming isn´t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so
troubled to read a recent interview with...

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