As reported in the Charlottetown Guardian, "Trade, social justice and environmental groups in P.E.I. have banded together to raise concerns over the Canada-European trade agreement and how it could have serious negative impacts for the province." The 23-member organizations launched the provincial petition at a press conference yesterday.
The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles Koch that advocates for 'individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace', including abolishing the minimum wage and affirmative action, and for privatizing Social Security. Dan Ikenson is director of Cato’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, where he coordinates and conducts research on all manners of international trade and investment policy. This week he wrote in the influential business magazine Forbes that, "Much of the public’s antipathy toward trade agreements can be boiled down to concerns about the so-called Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision."
Today, the National Energy Board (NEB) approved an extremely risky project which will threaten the drinking water supply of millions of people. Council of Canadians chapters across Ontario and Quebec have been actively opposing the proposal by Enbridge (a company with a reputation for major pipeline accidents) to reverse the direction of Line 9 from Sarnia to Montreal and to increase the capacity of this 40-year-old pipeline by 25%- from 240,000 barrels per day to 300,000 per day.
A report from “Niagara at Large” states:
Enbridge has announced that it intends to increase shipments on its 1,660 kilometre-long Line 3 pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, which is situated on the western tip of Lake Superior.
While the media spin is that Enbridge is simply replacing the existing 46-year-old Line 3 using improved steel and coating, the reality is this will allow them to increase the barrels per day shipped through the pipeline from the current 390,000 bpd to 760,000 bpd.
Enbridge hopes this 'upgrade' will mean that it can avoid seeking a new presidential permit for the increased capacity given the delays the company has experienced seeking a similar permit to increase the flow of its Alberta Clipper pipeline to 880,000 barrels per day.
Enbridge CEO Al Monaco claims, “Line 3 already operates under an existing presidential permit. What we’re doing here is restoring Line 3 to its original condition, so there’s no permit required.”
Lynne Fernandez writes, "Women's rights, status and voice continue to be limited. Certainly the data on wage inequality are unequivocal. Women's income remains stubbornly less than men's: men with a high-school diploma earned on average $975,000 in the 20-year period between 1991 and 2010; women earned $525,000. So in 20 years, women lost $450,000! In the same period men with a bachelor's degree earned $1,707,000 while women earned $973,000 -- a loss of $734,000."