Howard Mann is an Associate and Senior International Law Advisor to International Institute for Sustainable Development. On December 5, 2013, Mann presented to a parliamentary trade committee on the risks to public policy from investor-state lawsuits in the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Thank you Burghard Ilge of the Netherlands-based development NGO Both Ends for sharing this Vatican statement on the WTO Ministerial meeting happening in Bali, Indonesia this week. Pope Francis has made his views about global capitalism very clear over the past year. This week, the Pope recognizes the locking-in effect of global trade rules, though he does not go as far as some on the ground in Bali in demanding that the WTO be junked altogether:
The Council of Canadians has joined with MiningWatch Canada, MiningWatch Romania, Greenpeace Canada, Greenpeace Romania and other groups to denounce the proposed Rosia Montana mine in Romania.
On December 15-16, federal finance minister Jim Flaherty and the provincial and territorial finance ministers will meet in Meech Lake, Quebec to discuss pension reform.
Toronto Star columnist Martin Regg Cohn has written, "The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) pays only 25 per cent of the average industrial wage (currently about $50,000) — capping pension payments at a mere $12,500 a year. ...(A discussion paper by federal officials says) we could raise the CPP’s 'replacement rate' from 25 to 35 per cent of current income. And we could boost the eligible earnings ceiling from $50,000 to about $75,000. Doing so would go a long way to narrow the pension shortfall (estimated at an average of $6,200 per person a year) — the amount by which retired Canadians will be unable to meet their needs annually."
Earlier this summer, I wrote an article titled Coal, Oil, Gas: None Shall Pass!, a title inspired by activists who dropped a banner, opposing an oil export terminal in the Port of Vancouver, Washington. Well, the time has come again to send the same message.
In light of this article entitled Why the Climate Movement Should Have No Keystone, I once again encourage all readers, organizes, activists, jugglers, musicians, or whatever, to make sure we look at all the projects that are destroying the planet and communities. You may ask “why?” and I mentioned a few reasons in the previously mentioned article, but here are a few other reasons: