March 6, 2009

A Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade media release issued yesterday states, “The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, today announced that Canada and the European Union have agreed on the areas to be negotiated in a possible comprehensive economic agreement, which are outlined in a joint report.”

The joint report outlines findings in the areas of trade in goods, sanitary and phytosanitary issues, technical barriers to trade, trade facilitation, customs procedures, cross-border trade in services, investment, government procurement, regulatory cooperation, intellectual property, movement of persons, competition policy and other related matters, institutional arrangements and dispute settlement, and sustainable development.

March 6, 2009

Great news today! Toronto Mayor David Miller has signed the Council of Canadians ‘tap water pledge’.

It only takes a moment to do this, so please add your name today at

March 6, 2009

The Saint John Telegraph-Journal reports this morning that, “Mayor Ivan Court is hinting he may try to reopen the debate on banning the sale of bottled water in municipal buildings. Court presented a motion to common council last fall that called for a ban, which he said would promote the city's water supply, while encouraging consumers to spend less on plastic bottles that often end up in landfills. But several councillors argued consumers should have the right to choose between bottled and tap water and the mayor's motion was narrowly quashed. Court said Thursday he may ask naysayers to rethink their positions should a national lobby group (the Federation of Canadian Municipalities) call for a country-wide ban during a vote expected this weekend.”

March 6, 2009

"Water On The Table is a character-driven, poetic, social-issue documentary that explores Canada’s relationship to its freshwater, arguably its most precious natural resource."

"Water On The Table features Maude Barlow who is considered an 'international water-warrior' for her crusade against the privatisation of water. She believes that Canada has a special responsibility to steward its freshwater and set an example for the rest of the world. She is especially concerned with the escalating pressure to export bulk water to the United States. Barlow was recently appointed as the first U.N. Senior Advisor on Water by Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the 63rd Session of the United Nations."

"Water On The Table is produced in association with TVO...Stay tuned for updates and for the broadcast premier in March 2010."

Water on The Table is a Liz Marshall film. Chapter activists may remember her and her sound person Jason Milligan from our annual general meeting in Edmonton.

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March 6, 2009

The Globe and Mail reports this morning that, "Trade Minister Stockwell Day said yesterday that Canada and the European Union will begin negotiations for an 'economic agreement' on certain sectors."

Day says, "We've reached an agreement with the European Union on sectors that will be the subject of negotiations for an economic agreement with the EU."

Day also said Canadian and EU officials agreed they "should be seeking an ambitious agreement" covering sectors such as trade in goods, intellectual property and competition policy.

The Globe and Mail adds that, "The Canadian government will now prepare a negotiation mandate in consultation with provinces and territories..."

The full article can be read at