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April 29, 2016

In Part 1 we ended with the question: So what (or who) is driving this Liberal government to follow the Harper governments path in championing trade deals that are not in the interest of the country and why is this government evading its responsibilities to improve health of Canadians?

We know the TPP was negotiated with asymmetric secrecy, away from the public and behind closed doors. Sham ‘consultations’ aside (i.e. waiting for the US congress to make a decision and wanting to present the auspices of public input), this deal has been driven by industry. Specifically the major force behind this deal is the pharmaceutical industry, or ‘big pharma’ as it is colloquially known.  While media attention, especially in Canada, tend to focus on the ‘big oil’s’ role in influencing government policies, behind the scenes the pharmaceutical industry and their lobby make all others look like bit players.

April 29, 2016

Blog by Gerard Di Trolio

Ottawa is already the landfill capital of Canada, and more may be on the way.

April 29, 2016

Well over 300 Ottawa Centre residents packed a room last night to participate in Environment and Climate Minister Catherine McKenna's climate change consultation. The public townhall is part of new initiative launched by the federal government encouraging people to 'have our say' on climate change.

There is no doubt of the appetite for public consultation towards a national climate plan.

I had RSVP'ed on Monday and wound up getting an email yesterday afternoon suggesting I was too late to participate in one of the official group discussions, but could attend in 'overflow.' I know others who wanted to participate but sent in their request after Monday and received a reponse saying the event was at capacity, and they would be contacted were there another townhall held, so who knows how many others may have attended (note: there absolutely should be!). 

April 29, 2016

Niagara Centre Liberal MP Vance Badawey supports the FTZ designation.

On April 15, the Government of Canada announced "the designation of the Niagara Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point, serving the region's 12 municipalities from east of Hamilton to the United States border." According to the media releases, "This is the first FTZ Point established in Ontario."

The federal government claims, "The FTZ Point will promote Niagara as a hub for international trade and will attract foreign and domestic investment."

The Welland Tribune reports, "The designation announced last week — the culmination of a decade of work by local economic development organizations — gives the region a competitive edge in luring investment, by offering easier access to government programs allowing qualified companies the ability to defer taxes and tariffs charged on goods being imported."

April 29, 2016

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter and allies protest the biodiversity offsetting plan in front of Niagara Falls City Hall, April 12, 2016.

The Council of Canadians South Niagara chapter has been opposing the loss of provincially significant wetlands in their community and protesting against a concept called biodiversity offsetting.

The concern has been that Niagara regional council would permit 13 acres of provincially-significant wetland in the city of Niagara Falls to be destroyed to accommodate a $1 billion "Paradise" development project, which includes a hotel, entertainment facilities, apartment housing, and a private school.

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