The International Labour Organization reports that, "The global economic crisis is expected to lead to a dramatic increase in the number of people joining the ranks of the unemployed, working poor and those in vulnerable employment..."
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The Canadian Press reports that, "The Canadian combat mission in Afghanistan could cost taxpayers around $11.3 billion by the time it ends in 2011, according to a new government estimate."
The Coalition Against Water Privatisation in South Africa writes today that, "For three days (Monday 23rd – Wednesday 25th February) the appeal against the historic High Court judgement on the rights of poor communities to equitable, adequate and affordable access to, and enjoyment of, water was heard in front of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein."
The Canadian Press reports this afternoon that, "Opposition Leader Michael Ignatieff is positioning himself as a staunch defender of the Alberta oil sands."
The Calgary Herald reports that, "The Dene Nation and the Assembly of First Nations -- along with the Pembina Institute's office in Yellowknife-- are raising concerns about the risk of toxic waste from the oilsands seeping into the Northwest Territories' water supply."
The National Union of Public and General Employees writes in Straight Goods that, "Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday when he flew to Ottawa for his first foreign visit as president of the United States that he wants labour and environmental 'side agreements' brought into the main body of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)."
This month's issue of National Geographic contains a 24-page feature on the tar sands, titled Scraping Bottom. The impact could be huge - the magazine has 50 million readers in 32 languages.
Reuters is reporting today that, “Nestle is cutting investment in bottled water as it suffers from the economic downturn and environmental concerns, but will push the health benefits to help the business rebound, it said on Tuesday.”
Columnist Linda McQuaig writes in the Toronto Star today that, “The thousands who braved the cold for hours on Parliament Hill weren't there to show their support for deeper Canada-U.S. integration – the agenda of the our financial elite. They were there because Obama's message is the first sign of a possible breakthrough in dealing with the world's two foremost crises, the global economic meltdown and climate change, both products of the unregulated capitalism of recent years.”
The Canadian Press is reporting today that, "Quebec Premier Jean Charest is calling on the United States to support and even expand free trade. In a speech before some 150 Ivy Leaguers at Boston's Harvard University on Monday, Charest suggested the North American Free Trade Agreement be re-opened and expanded across the Americas."