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Toronto Chapter of the Council of Canadians Holds “Challenge the TPP!” Event

Image: Public interest lawyer Steven Shrybman addresses the crowd; Michael Brothers from the Toronto Chapter introduces a series of films

Last night, the Toronto Chapter of the Council of Canadians hosted a “Challenge the TPP!” speaking event and film screening. The evening began with a series of short films (a few can be watched online here, here, and here), introduced by chapter activist Michael Brothers, followed by speeches by public interest and international trade lawyer Steven Shrybman, and Council of Canadians regional organizer Rachel Small.

Chapter member Tara Seucharan said “it was eye-opening to learn how deliberately anti-democratic these free trade deals are.”

Through animated presentations and conversation participants explored why the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a dangerous, costly and outdated “free trade” deal that threatens many of the things we care about: climate action, affordable medicine, clean air and water, Indigenous sovereignty, and a strong democracy that works for the people. 

Click here for more information on the Council’s work concerning the TPP.