The Trans-Pacific Partnership talks, which continue in Singapore today and tomorrow, are "not progressing according to plan," says the U.S. negotiating chief in one of two new leaked documents published online today by Wikileaks. "The results are mediocre" leading up to Singapore, says the U.S. internal briefing note, and "even leaving aside the more complex issues (Intellectual Property, State-Owned Enterprises and Environment), demonstrates a situation that makes it very difficult to think of a complete closure in December."
Reuters reports that a new energy bill was introduced by Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and opposition conservative lawmakers (the National Action Party, PAN) on Saturday, that Senate committees debated it on Sunday, and that the debate on the bill will resume today. "Outside the Senate, hundreds of protesters beat rocks and spoons against barricades covered with graffiti assailing the energy reform, as riot police looked on."
"(The bill) would open up the world's 10th-biggest oil producer to private investment (and) let private firms partner with (the) state oil firm Pemex. ...The draft marks a major break with tradition in Mexico, where assets of foreign oil companies were expropriated in 1938 to create Pemex..."
The Globe and Mail reports, "On its 4,000-kilometre path across the country, TransCanada Corp.’s Energy East’s pipeline would traverse the traditional territory of 180 different aboriginal communities, each of whom must be consulted and have their concerns accommodated as part of the company’s effort at winning project approval."
The Vancouver Sun reports, "British Columbians from a cross-section of ethnic groups called on the Liberal government Friday to dramatically broaden an 'obscure' public consultation process over a proposed apology to the Chinese population for discriminatory policies that existed more than six decades ago." The apology is reported to be for "the Chinese head tax, which ended in 1923, and the Chinese Exclusion Act, which was repealed in 1947."
The Ontario Geological Survey (which is part of the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines) drilled test holes for shale gas near Little Current on Manitoulin Island in 2012. That information was buried in the Ontario Geological Survey publication ‘Summary of Field Work and Other Activities for 2012, Section 29 on the Potential Ordovician Shale Gas Units in Southern Ontario’.
The Manitoulin Expositor reports that this hidden information was revealed in an online blog by Council of Canadians water campaigner Emma Lui, who also highlighted this news in an article in Canadian Perspectives.