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May 25, 2015
Allies protest the TPP and fast-track authority outside the White House. Photo by Ellen Davidson.
Allies protest the TPP and fast-track authority outside the White House. Photo by Ellen Davidson.

It appears that the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "free trade" deal has been stalled over the issue of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), also known as fast-track authority, in the United States. That in turn could also be delaying progress on the proposed Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (CJEPA).

May 24, 2015

Ken KavanaghThe Council of Canadians St. John's chapter says that the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) doesn't make sense.

VOCM reports, "CETA will not just take away minimum processing requirements, it could also force Newfoundland and Labrador to pay millions of dollars a year for lesser known provisions of the free trade agreement, according to Ken Kavanagh of the Council of Canadians. Kavanagh is urging the public to better inform themselves about the negative impacts of CETA 'before giving up sovereignty'."

May 24, 2015
Workers overturn a streetcar, troops patrol the streets after Bloody Saturday
Workers overturn a streetcar, troops patrol the streets after Bloody Saturday.

Council of Canadians activists gathered in Winnipeg this weekend are dismayed to hear that the Canadian Museum of History has removed its exhibit on the Winnipeg General Strike.

May 23, 2015
Windsor-Essex march
The Windsor-Essex chapter was at their local March Against Monsanto gathering today. Photo by Randy Emerson.

The Council of Canadians Windsor-Essex chapter participated a global March Against Monsanto day of action today.

The Windsor Star reports, "A Windsor group is joining forces with demonstrators around the world marching against genetic modifications to food. On Saturday, about two dozen people met in downtown Windsor to demonstrate against Monsanto, a biotechnology company that produces genetically modified food and crop protection chemicals. ...After meeting at the corner of Riverside Drive and Oullette Avenue, the march moved to City Hall Square where several guest speakers addressed the crowd. They included: Claire Ferris from the Blue Dot Movement, Cheryl Hardcastle, the NDP MP candidate for Windsor-Tecumseh and Randy Emerson, from the Canadian Council of Canadians."

May 23, 2015

A low voter turnout has benefited both Harper and Cameron

The Guardian UK warns of the prospect of a Conservative minority or even majority government come the October 19th federal election.

It reports, "The reason parallels the situation in the UK, where David Cameron returned with a majority of seats conjured from a bare plurality of votes." In the recent UK election, 66.1 per cent of eligible voters voted, with 36.9 per cent of the popular vote giving Cameron a majority government with 51 per cent of the seats in Parliament. That roughly compares to the 2011 election in Canada when 61 per cent of eligible voters voted, with 39.6 per cent of the popular vote giving Harper a majority government with 53 per cent of the seats in Parliament.

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