Analysis

D'Aquino says the SPP is 'probably dead'

Brent Patterson | March 5, 2009
Embassy Magazine reported on March 4 that, "the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership 'is probably dead,' the Commons' Foreign Affairs committee was told on Feb. 25. However, Thomas d'Aquino, head of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, said something else…

Maude to be honoured with Earth Day Canada award

Brent Patterson | March 4, 2009
The Miramachi Leader reports today that, "As part of the (6th Annual Earth Day Canada Gala) event, Maude Barlow, the first Senior Advisor on Water Issues to the President of the United Nations General Assembly, will be honoured with EDC's 'Outstanding Commitment to the…

Canada to launch WTO challenge against EU ban on seal products

Brent Patterson | March 4, 2009
The National Post reports today that, "Canadian Fisheries Minister Gail Shea said Ottawa is planning to challenge (a proposed European Union ban on seal products) before the WTO." EU BAN ON IMPORTING SEAL PRODUCTS "The EU moved closer Monday toward adopting the trade ban after…

Canada-EU trade pact 'scoping exercise' now underway

Brent Patterson | March 4, 2009
On February 23, CanWest reported that, "European businesses are demanding the right to bid on provincial government goods and services contracts" to be part of the proposed Canada-European Union trade deal. As the Council of Canadians has previously noted, the proposed Canada-…

Three Canadian soldiers killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

Brent Patterson | March 4, 2009
CBC reports this morning that, "Three Canadian soldiers were killed and two injured in Afghanistan after an improvised explosive device detonated near their armoured vehicle. Warrant Officer Dennis Raymond Brown, Cpl. Dany Fortin and Cpl. Kenneth O'Quinn were killed Tuesday…

US opposition to Harper's climate-energy pact proposal

Brent Patterson | March 3, 2009
The Canadian Press reports this morning that, “Canada's environment minister sat down Monday for a chat with one of the most powerful senators in the United States, but the issue that's hounding Jim Prentice back home -- Alberta's oilsands -- was not discussed…Prentice is in…

Council signs open letter to Secretary Chu and Administrator Jackson

Brent Patterson | March 2, 2009
An open letter was sent today by nineteen groups – including the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace Canada, the Sierra Club of Canada, the Rainforest Action Network, and the Council of Canadians - to US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson…

Ken Wardroper passes away

Brent Patterson | March 2, 2009
Ken Wardroper passed away on February 26 at the age of 87. His obituary in the Ottawa Citizen notes that, “He served with the Canadian Scottish Regiment during the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Holland. He attained the rank of Captain with the regiment and was…

Prentice in DC today to push energy-environment accord

Brent Patterson | March 2, 2009
The Globe and Mail reports today that, "Canadian federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice lands in Washington today to pursue the Canada-U.S. co-operation on energy and the environment that was promised when the new President visited Ottawa two weeks ago. In meetings with…

Blue Gold screens at Connecticut film festival

Brent Patterson | March 2, 2009
Chronogram Magazine reports that, "the Kent Film Festival, which bills itself as 'Connecticut’s premier film festival,' is one of the region’s best-kept cultural secrets. For four days each spring, the festival screens world-class feature films in the northwest corner of the…

WIN! Shapleigh, Maine bans the selling of its water

Brent Patterson | March 1, 2009
The Portland Press Herald reports that, "Shapleigh residents have banned companies from drawing or selling its water." SHAPLEIGH Shapleigh is a town in Maine with a population of approximately 2,326 people. It is part of the Portland–South Portland–Biddeford, Maine Metropolitan…

Water and tar sands hearings expected to start Thursday

Brent Patterson | March 1, 2009
The National Post reports this morning that, "The House of Commons environment committee is wading into a raging public relations war over the Alberta oilsands with a study of the industry's impact on water resources. The MP who proposed the study is Montreal-area Liberal…