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Peterborough chapter hosts Dr. Shiv Chopra talk on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Still of Dr. Chopra speaking in Peterborough last night from the CHEX-TV news report.

The Council of Canadians Peterborough chapter hosted a public forum last night with Dr. Shiv Chopra speaking on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and its potential impacts on the Food and Drugs Act.

To watch the CHEX-TV news report on that, please click here.

Chapter activist Roy Brady tells us, “The chapter was ably assisted by student groups, Kawartha World Issues, OPIRG, Student Association for International Development and main moderator Melissa Johnston from Trent student body for the event program.”

Additionally, the Council of Canadians Comox Valley chapter will be hosting Dr. Chopra on April 7.

The Comox Valley Record reports, “Canadian scientist and former Health Canada regulator Dr. Shiv Chopra knows better than anyone that not all science is equal. And now, the 81-year-old is in for the fight of his life as he joins the groundswell of voices calling on governments to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The public is invited to a forum about local food production, food safety and food quality on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in the Rotary Hall of the Filberg Centre. Sponsored by Comox Valley Council of Canadians and GE Free Comox Valley, this public forum is part of a national tour by Dr. Shiv Chopra and will include Jan Slomp, president of the National Farmers Union.”

That article adds, “Both Chopra and Slomp are concerned that the TPP threatens our current health and safety protections and has the potential to hurt the quality of Canadian food. In particular, the deal allows foreign milk products to cross the border, with no provisions to monitor or stop bovine growth hormone (BGH), legal in the United States, from entering our milk supply. There are myriad other ways that we may be required to ‘harmonize’ our food and health standards with those of our trading partners. Current standards may become simply unenforceable.”

Council of Canadians chapters will also be hosting Dr. Chopra in:

Nanaimo (Mid-Island) – April 8

Victoria – April 10

Ladner (Delta-Richmond) – April 12

Chilliwack – April 14

Guelph – April 27

Windsor – May 14

London – May 31

The Council of Canadians is also supporting Dr. Chopra’s tour in:

Duncan – April 9

Langley – April 13

Vancouver – April 16

In addition, Council of Canadians trade campaigner Sujata Dey spoke alongside Dr. Chopra at a public event in Ottawa on March 10.

For more on these dates, please see this website and this Facebook page.

To sign our petition opposing the TPP and BGH, please click here.

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