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 will inevitably replace the controversial forum.”

D'Aquino said, "Why it will be replaced is because the energy, environment, trade, financial regulation, and agriculture, all these things that we do in the form of millions of cross-border transactions everyday are going to have to be co-ordinated."

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 Environment Award.'"

The Earth Day Canada gala will take place in Toronto on Wednesday June 10, 2009.

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Congratulations Maude!

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."

"The EU moved closer Monday toward adopting the trade ban after its committee on internal market and consumer affairs approved a proposal that would prevent EU countries from importing seal products."

"The ban has yet to be approved by the members of the European Parliament -- a vote is set for April 1 -- and after that by individual EU governments."

"Products from traditional Inuit seal hunts from Canada and Greenland would be exempted under the proposed ban."

WILLIAMS WITHDRAWS SUPPORT FOR CANADA-EU TRADE DEAL On February 23, CanWest reported that Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams, citing the EU ban, said, "At this point, we are not willing to sign on to support the negotiation of a new and comprehensive economic agreement with the European Union."

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-EU trade deal reportedly exceeds NAFTA in scope and would allow companies to access government contracts and public-sector services.

Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams, citing a proposed EU ban on seal products, said, "At this point, we are not willing to sign on to support the negotiation of a new and comprehensive economic agreement with the European Union."

"But a European official said Monday the overwhelming support of other provinces, who issued their own pro-free trade statement Friday, is good enough to justify ongoing talks."

European official Jan Sliva "said the EU is still attempting to clarify 'the commitments of Canadian provinces' in terms of their willingness to implement the accord’s terms."

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 evening..."

The article notes, "The deaths bring the Canadian military's death toll to 111 since the Afghan mission began more than seven years ago. One Canadian diplomat and two Canadian aid workers have also been killed."

The full article is at

As the numbers of Canadian soldiers and civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan grows, the need for the Canadian government to revise its foreign and military policies becomes more urgent each day.