"While all eyes are on NAFTA, Canada is trying to move quickly on trade in the Asia-Pacific, with decisions on a China free trade agreement and an updated Trans-Pacific Partnership coming this fall."
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Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Parliament Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette, House of Commons Standing Committee on Health Chair Bill Casey.
Two federal reports are expected on pharmacare in the coming weeks.
On March 7, 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health (HESA) agreed to adopt "a study on the development of a national Pharmacare program as an insured service for Canadians". In April of this year, the CBC reported, "The House of Commons health committee is studying the idea of national pharmacare and is expected to release a report with recommendations this fall."
The Atlanta-based credit monitoring company Equifax Inc. has admitted that names, birthdates, addresses, driver's licence numbers, and the detailed financial history of individuals were stolen in a cyberattack on the company that lasted from mid-May to July of this year.
Now CBC reports, "Canadians who have accounts with [Toronto-based] Equifax Canada are expressing frustration after the firm's U.S. parent unveiled a cybersecurity breach that exposed the information of millions of people. ...[The company says] that the information of an undisclosed number of people in Canada and the United Kingdom was compromised. ...On social media, many Canadian users expressed frustration with Equifax Canada, calling on the company to let them know how they can check if their personal information has been part of the security breach."
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The Council of Canadians Quill Plains (Wynyard) chapter has launched a House of Commons e-petition calling for postal banking.
The guide for e-petitions notes, "An e-petition will remain open for signatures for 120 days. To receive final certification, an e-petition must receive a minimum of 500 valid signatures during this period. ...The Standing Orders (the rules governing the House of Commons) require the government to respond within 45 calendar days to every petition presented in the House of Commons. You, the supporters, the signatories, and the sponsor will be notified by e-mail when the response is tabled in the House."
Postal banking is a crucial issue.
The Rally to End Fish Farms in the Broughton Archipelago took place as the new British Columbia government met with First Nation leaders at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The Council of Canadians Regina chapter joined with allies this past Monday to march in the Labour Day parade in their community. For additional photos of chapters at Labour Day events across the country, please click here.
Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice. Here is a snapshot of some of their recent activities:
The Council of Canadians is celebrating the British Columbia government's decision to cancel construction on the proposed Massey Bridge in Metro Vancouver.
The Vancouver Sun reports, "British Columbia's NDP government has cancelled construction of a bridge to replace the Massey tunnel, putting an end to former premier Christy Clark’s signature solution to traffic congestion at a key Metro choke point." The CBC adds, "The government has cancelled the current procurement process for building the bridge while a review is undertaken."
The Cato Institute -- which was co-founded by billionaire Charles Koch on "the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace" -- is calling on the Trump administration to support the Trudeau government's proposal to have a US-Canada-Mexico regulatory cooperation council integrated into NAFTA 2.0.
Hundreds of small farmers and union members rallied this week in front of Mexico's legislature to demand that NAFTA be renegotiated to benefit workers.
The second round of NAFTA renegotiation talks concluded yesterday in Mexico City - with the third round set to take place on September 23-27 in Ottawa (most likely at Old City Hall at 111 Sussex Drive).