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May 28, 2015

The Hardy Boys: A Figure in HidingWith every free trade agreement, comes promises of shiny, new jobs and economic prosperity.

CETA, the Canada European-Union Comprehensive Economic Trade agreement is no different.

Ed Fast, International trade minister has repeatedly promised 80,000 jobs created by CETA. A Google search shows that this is one of the government’s main CETA talking points. According to Blacklock’s Reporter, “The Prime Minister’s Office in 2013 first cited the jobs claim after signing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement.”

May 28, 2015
The Council of Canadians and allies have lobbied at the European Parliament against ISDS and CETA, and will be there again.
The Council of Canadians and allies have lobbied at the European Parliament against ISDS and CETA, and will be there again.

The European Parliament's trade committee has voted to back the United States-European Union Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The resolution endorsing the agreement now goes to the full European Parliament in Strasbourg for a plenary vote expected to take place June 8-10.

May 28, 2015
Harper Cameron
Will Cameron's threat to walk away from the EU complicate Harper's CETA agenda?

As the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) goes to the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as well as the European Parliament for ratification votes, it appears that the UK and Europe could be embroiled in another issue. Will the UK leave Europe?

May 27, 2015
Federal Court of Appeal
Last month Council of Canadians organizer Mark Calzavara and Ailish Morgan-Welden joined Clyde River Mayor Jerry Natanine at a Federal Court of Appeal hearing in Toronto.

The Council of Canadians has been working with the people of Clyde River, Nunavut and allied organizations to stop seismic testing for oil and gas exploration in Baffin Bay.

May 27, 2015

Karunananthan speaks at the UN last week on unregulated private sector participation in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The United Nations is calling on the Harper government to increase its foreign aid spending to help finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Unfortunately, there are strong indications that they are also discussing - and supporting - "private sector" funding for the SDGs.

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