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2012-07-23  |  John Bennett

A pan-Canadian Energy Plan is on the agenda of the Council of the Federation meeting this week in Halifax (July 25-27). It was going to be way-down on the priority list – that is, of course, before B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced her government’s new position on the Northern Gateway Pipeline (NGP) and news of the $15 Billion bid by the Chinese government to buy Nexen – a Canadian energy giant.

The idea of any kind of ‘national energy plan’ discussion happening would have been unthinkable only months ago, but something’s happened - and I’m not talking about deadly and destructive weather....

2012-07-21  |  Janet Eaton

By Dana Gabriel. " Over the past several months, the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border action
plan has taken significant steps forward. This includes efforts to modernize and expand
infrastructure at key land ports. In a move that went largely unnoticed, both countries also
recently agreed on a statement of privacy principles that will guide information sharing across
the border. Meanwhile, a separate joint initiative has been announced which addresses
energy and environmental issues.".

President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the U.S.-Canada
Clean Energy Dialogue (CED) in 2009 to promote new ways to reduce greenhouse gases
and combat climate change. The CED Action Plan II released last month, outlines the next
phase of activities both countries will undertake. This includes continued work on carbon
capture and storage, as well as integrating the electricity grid. In a press...

2012-07-19  |  Janet Eaton

On 18 July the European Commission published a study analysing the contribution of further trade liberalisation to economic growth and job creation in Europe. The EU, the world’s largest exporter, importer, source and recipient of foreign direct investment, largely benefits of trade and the contribution of trade to GDP is expected to increase even further in the next years. The study concludes that if the EU pursues its ambitious external trade agenda, this could boost the EU's GDP by 2% or more than €250 billion.
 http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2012/july/tradoc_149807.pdf

2012-07-18  |  Janet Eaton

Published on Jul 18, 2012 by

In 2011-2012, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Council of Canadians organized a 16-city tour to sound the alarm about a new trade deal being negotiated between Canada and the European Union. "Canada's communities are not for sale!" documents the tour, highlighting key concerns about the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5h6zVnlHF8

2012-07-17  |  Janet Eaton

The WTO issued its first ever ruling on a dispute over financial services earlier this morning. The case was brought in 2010 by the Obama administration against China's credit card policies.

This sprawling case - which alleged that a myriad of diverse Chinese policies operated collectively to violate WTO rules - failed on most counts.

But even the partial U.S. success raises more questions than in answers. U.S. credit card companies were reportedly less than enthusiastic about the case, and even the most optimistic U.S. job impact of China's credit card policies represent only a drop in the bucket relative to the considerable job displacement caused by Chinese industrial policies in U.S. manufacturing.

The greater significance of the ruling...

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