The Globe and Mail reports that Canada's ambassador to the United States "(Gary) Doer portrayed Canadian efforts (for a procurement deal with the US) as a hard slog that will require lobbying not just with the Obama administration, but with members of the U.S. Congress, state governors and city mayors, as well as American companies and unions."
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The Globe and Mail reports that, "Canadians must ...recognize that any national emissions cap has to reflect differing conditions across the country so as not to punish high-growth provinces (says environment minister Jim Prentice)."
"The minister has been consulting with provinces on a plan that would impose a cap on industrial emissions, but allow Alberta's energy-intensive, emissions-heavy oil sands to continue expanding."
The CBC reports that, "Big telecommunications companies such as Bell and Rogers can only interfere with internet traffic as a last resort, the CRTC says."
"The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Wednesday issued a new framework by which it will judge whether internet service providers are discriminating against certain kinds of traffic and content."
The Canwest News Service reports that, "Canada's largest seniors' advocacy group has escalated its pension-reform campaign with the release of a paper calling for a new, national pension plan to replace the Canada Pension Plan."
The Telegraph-Journal reports that, "The Council of Canadians is calling on the city to adopt water policies that oppose the private sector's involvement in the treatment and distribution of the precious resource."
"The council, a citizens group that receives support from labour organizations, wants Saint John to ban the sale of bottled water in municipal buildings and fund a new water treatment system with public, and not private, money."
The Globe and Mail reports today that, "The U.S. climate-change debate is about to heat up as the Senate begins debating legislation that would create a national cap-and-trade system... (and) the (Obama) administration has served notice to opponents of the climate-change bill that, without legislation, the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate emissions."
Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson writes about the funds committed by the Canadian and Alberta governments over the past two weeks for the TransAlta Corp. carbon-capture and storage project and the Shell carbon storage project.
CBC is reporting late this morning that, "The new U.S. ambassador to Canada says Washington believes the North American Free Trade Agreement is working well."
"David Jacobson told a crowd of business leaders (at the annual policy forum of the Canadian American Business Council) in Montreal on Wednesday that the U.S. has no immediate plans to reopen NAFTA."
Maude Barlow will receive the '2009 Planet in Focus International Eco Hero Award' at the Opening Night Gala of the Planet in Focus International Environmental Film & Video Festival in Toronto this evening.
The Planet In Focus website states, "This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and made a lasting contribution to environmental awareness, action and change on the international stage."
They highlight that, "Maude Barlow is a visionary and inspiration to environmental activists the world over. Undaunted in the face of opposition, she has gained the ear of the powerful while empowering the powerless. Through her tireless efforts over four decades taking action on behalf of women, against free trade and now, water rights, she has become a true Eco Hero advocating on behalf of the planet, for all."
The Telegraph-Journal reports today that, "The mayor (of Saint John) and Meera Karunananthan, a water campaigner with the Council of Canadians, are scheduled to hold a joint news conference today (at 3:00 pm AT) to outline why they feel the city should reconsider the ban (on bottled water)."
"The Council of Canadians' stop in Saint John today is part of a broader campaign that calls on municipalities to resist public-partnerships on water projects, promote water as a human right and ban the sale of bottled water in public spaces."