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February 25, 2009

The National Union of Public and General Employees writes in Straight Goods that, "Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday when he flew to Ottawa for his first foreign visit as president of the United States that he wants labour and environmental 'side agreements' brought into the main body of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)."

OBAMA RAISED NAFTA WITH HARPER WHILE IN OTTAWA "The president told a joint news conference with Stephen Harper on Parliament Hill that he raised the issue during their first face-to-face talks since Obama took over from George Bush on January 20."

February 25, 2009

This month's issue of National Geographic contains a 24-page feature on the tar sands, titled Scraping Bottom. The impact could be huge - the magazine has 50 million readers in 32 languages.

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS
Colimnist Don Martin writes in today's Ottawa Citizen that, "It opens to a three-page aerial spread of pristine boreal forest dotted with lakes beaming through the trees as a luminescent robin-egg blue. This is the 'before' picture. Flip over the fold-out at the front of this month's National Geographic magazine and you're confronted by the 'after' photo, a ground zero of environmental devastation, with sickly grey ponds bisected by slick roadways prowled by mammoth trucks carrying now-discounted black gold."

BABY-SEAL MOMENT
"This photo shoot for the magazine's influential global audience is described as the 'baby-seal moment' for Alberta's oilsands, a public relations hell equal to a seal pup's skull-clubbing death that no amount of damage control can overcome, no matter how reasoned the argument."

February 24, 2009

Reuters is reporting today that, “Nestle is cutting investment in bottled water as it suffers from the economic downturn and environmental concerns, but will push the health benefits to help the business rebound, it said on Tuesday.”

NESTLE CUT CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ON ITS WATER BUSINESS BY $236 MILLION IN 2008, MORE CUTS PLANNED FOR 2009

"Chief Financial Officer Jim Singh told an investor roadshow webcast from London that Nestle had cut capital expenditure on its water business by 275 million Swiss francs ($236 million), or 26 percent, in 2008, and would trim further in 2009."

NESTLE WATER BUSINESS RECORDED FALLING SALES IN 2008

February 24, 2009

Columnist Linda McQuaig writes in the Toronto Star today that, “The thousands who braved the cold for hours on Parliament Hill weren't there to show their support for deeper Canada-U.S. integration – the agenda of the our financial elite. They were there because Obama's message is the first sign of a possible breakthrough in dealing with the world's two foremost crises, the global economic meltdown and climate change, both products of the unregulated capitalism of recent years.”

NAFTA

February 24, 2009

The Canadian Press is reporting today that, "Quebec Premier Jean Charest is calling on the United States to support and even expand free trade. In a speech before some 150 Ivy Leaguers at Boston's Harvard University on Monday, Charest suggested the North American Free Trade Agreement be re-opened and expanded across the Americas."

Charest is quoted saying NAFTA should be re-opened, "Not for the purpose of closing it down but enhancing, for example, with a continental agreement on energy. That would be a good place to start."

The article also notes, "Charest also outlined his desire for free trade between Canada and Europe and expressed hope that the U.S. would support such an initiative."

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