December 17, 2014

A new leak of US proposals to the ongoing Trade In Services Agreement (TISA) reveals that US negotiators are seeking sweeping obligations that would lift restrictions on the cross-border movement and storage of data, and other rules that would undermine net neutrality and prohibit requirements that service suppliers site their servers within a specific country.

December 17, 2014

The European Parliament has narrowly voted to allow a weakened Fuel Quality Directive, a modest climate measure to reduce emissions from transport fuel by 6 per cent by 2020, to proceed.

Originally the Directive included a label identifying tar sands as a high carbon fuel, thereby discouraging it's use. This label was removed after heavy, well funded lobbying on the part of federal and Albertan governments, and industry.

December 17, 2014

Marilyn Reid and Ken KavanaghNewfoundland and Labrador premier Paul Davis has again threatened to withdraw his government's support for the Canada-European Union 'free trade' deal. CBC reports Davis saying, "When the time comes, if we have to withdraw our support for CETA [the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement], we'll withdraw our support for CETA. Our support is contingent on Prime Minister Harper providing that fund. That's the agreement that we have."

December 17, 2014

The NuStar Terminals Canada Partnership in Point Tupper includes a ship loading facility. Photo by Tom Ayers, Cape Breton Bureau/ The Chronicle Herald.

Could the Energy East pipeline be headed for Nova Scotia?

December 16, 2014

Site C Dam not clean, not green, not economical and not in the public interest

Today, after Premier Christy Clark announced the approval of the controversial Site C dam, the Council of Canadians expressed its indignation over the B.C. government’s environmental short-sightedness.

BC Hydro would be building its third dam on the Peace River, flooding 5,550 hectares of land over an 83-kilometre stretch of valley. Site C would flood 78 First Nations heritage sites, including burial grounds and places of cultural and spiritual significance.