October 27, 2016

This protest against CETA is taking place this hour in front of the European Commission building in Brussels.

An 11th hour deal has been struck between Belgium and the Belgian region of Wallonia to allow the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) to move forward.

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow has tweeted, "CETA deal has been made. Must see what it says. Will not be an easy ride even now. Horrible flawed deal and process. CETA 'deal' likely includes no ICS (ISDS) to be adopted right away which means it might never be in CETA at all! This would be huge."

October 27, 2016

Council of Canadians organizer AJ Klein and Wilderness Committee campaign director Joe Foy address the town hall last night. Photo by Torrance Coste.

The Council of Canadians and Wilderness Committee held a town hall meeting last night on the Site C dam.

More than 200 people came out for the event!

The outreach for the event had noted, "There's a heist happening in the province, a 9 billion dollar heist, and it's going on right under our noses! Even worse, the head bandit in charge of this whole scam was put in charge by taxpayers. Christy Clark is taking us all for a ride, and she's making a killing for her rich friends along the way. It's up to all of us to stop her. Join Grand Chief Stewart Phillip with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, Emma Gilchrist with DeSmog Blog, Ben Parfitt with the Canadian Centre for Policiy Alternatives, and Morag Keegan-Henry of Fight C for an evening of myth busting and truth telling. These folks will be cutting to the chase, and you'll leave with some knowledge and tools to help put an end to this boondoggle."

October 27, 2016

Photo by Lynaya Astephen.

The Council of Canadians Saint John chapter hosted a talk by Gordon Laxer last night on his book After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians.

Saint John chapter activist Lynaya Astephen says, "There was an excellent attendance of about 100 people."

Laxer is a political economist, a professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, and the founding director of the Parkland Institute. He is also an opponent of the Trans Canada 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East tar sands export pipeline and a proponent of attaining energy security through the phasing out of carbon fuel use and transitioning to renewable energy.

October 27, 2016

Update as of 7 am EDT: Just minutes ago, Belgium announced a deal has been reached with Wallonia on CETA. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel says, "All parliaments are now able to approve by tomorrow at midnight." No word on when a signing summit would take place. As noted in the blog below, it's still very possible that the controversial investment court system (ICS) will never be implemented.

Despite intense efforts by proponents, the Canada-European Union summit to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will not happen today!

At this hour, EU Observer reports, "Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has cancelled a trip to Brussels, as Belgium failed on Wednesday (26 October) to clear internal opposition to CETA."

October 26, 2016

Brent Patterson, Tracey Ramsey, Helene Bertrand

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated, "It’s difficult to imagine a world where Canada would turn its back on [the Trans-Pacific Partnership given it includes] three of its top five trading partners. We established very clearly during the campaign that we’re a pro-trade party."

Today, The Council of Canadians delivered a petition signed by 20,000 people from across this country who can imagine a world where fair trade is prioritized over corporate rights agreements like the TPP.

Member of Parliament Tracey Ramsey accepted the two boxes of petitions at the doors that lead into the House of Commons.

Ramsey represents the southern Ontario riding of Essex, is the NDP trade critic, and is a member of the Standing Committee on International Trade.