July 24, 2017

Do so-called 'free trade' agreements trump your right to know the origin of a product?

According to the Trudeau government, yes they do.

Wines from the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery are made from grapes grown, fermented and processed in the West Bank, an Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory.

On July 6, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a directive to all Canadian liquor boards about two wines labelled as "Made in Israel". That directive stated that the Government of Canada “does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied in 1967 (the Golan Heights, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip)” and “as such wine products from these regions that are labelled as a Product of Israel would not be acceptable.”

As such, this decision would appear to be based on existing Canadian foreign policy as it applies to labelling standards outlined in the Food and Drugs Act.

July 20, 2017

This well head supplying drinking water to Paris, ON is next to the gravel pit

People in Paris, Ontario are anxiously waiting for a decision from Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray – their last hope to protect their drinking water from being contaminated by the activities of a new gravel pit situated between two of the town’s Wellhead Protection Areas. We have been supporting the Concerned Citizens of Brant ( in their five year long struggle and we are asking everyone to sign on to a letter encouraging Minister Murray to make the right decision.

July 18, 2017

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter visited the Sisson Brook today.

Chapter activist Joan Green tells us, "The Fredericton Chapter Council of Canadians & Allies visited The Wolastoq Mothers & Grandmothers who are exercising their inherent rights by moving on to the land at Sisson Brook above Stanley, N.B. Sisson Brook is the site of one of the world’s largest open-pit mines proposed near Stanley on traditional Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) territory. Fredericton COC & Allies were happy to deliver supplies to them & are looking forward to working with them in the future."

The Council of Canadians is opposed to the proposed Sisson Brook mine in New Brunswick that was approved by the Trudeau government in late-June.

July 18, 2017

Lawrence L. Herman, a senior fellow at the right-wing C.D. Howe Institute think-tank, says US President Donald Trump's NAFTA demands include, "at least four major bombshells, signalling an extremely aggressive stance by the Americans, making it difficult for Canada to accept the document as a basis for negotiations."

Herman highlights:

1- "The first – not unexpected – is the U.S. objective to eliminate the binational panel system in Chapter 19 of the NAFTA, the system that was first painfully negotiated in the bilateral Canada-U.S. free-trade agreement in the 1980s and later replicated in the NAFTA. Canada made many compromises as part of the FTA talks to get the binational panel system accepted by the U.S. side. For the Americans to now seek its removal is a major assault on a fundamental Canadian interest and could effectively scuttle the talks."

July 18, 2017

Late yesterday, the Trump administration released its objectives for the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

It did so because under the so-called 'fast-track' legislation in the U.S., it must give 30-days notice of its negotiating objectives to give Congress time to provide feedback. Fast-track also means that Congress will only be able to vote on the whole NAFTA text once negotiations are completed, it won't be able to reopen or vote down specific provisions.