The Financial Post reports that Canada, the United States, and the International Monetary Fund have rejected "a global tax on financial transactions -- a so-called 'Tobin tax' -- which was one of several options floated by (British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at the G20 finance ministers summit in Scotland this past weekend)."
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At our annual general meeting in Saint John this year, Dr. John O'Connor was elected to sit on the Council of Canadians Board of Directors.
The Edmonton Journal reports today that, "An embattled family physician (Dr. O'Connor) who raised concerns about a possible link between Alberta's oilsands and cancer rates in a remote aboriginal community (Fort Chipewyan) received vindication this week when he was cleared of causing 'undue alarm'."
The Financial Post reports today that, "Canada has mounted its biggest campaign yet to sell the United States on the energy security benefits of the oil sands as Washington debates new environmental policy, (Canadian Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt) said on Friday."
"Ms. Raitt travels to New York next week as part of the effort to promote the oil sands. That trip follows a series of meetings with the new U.S. ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper's new top diplomat in Washington, Gary Doer."
Earlier this week, I participated on a 'consultation' conference call arranged by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on the Canada-European Union trade talks.
A just-released Department of Foreign Affairs media release states, "The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will host the foreign ministers of the G8 countries at a meeting on March 29 and 30, 2010, at the Château Cartier in Gatineau, Quebec."
National Post columnist Don Martin writes today that, "Environment Minister Jim Prentice wants the world to know he'll be no boy scout when crucial climate change talks convene in Copenhagen a month from today."
Murray Dobbin writes in his blog that, "The recently announced sale of New Brunswick Power to Hydro Quebec is another alarm bell for the Canadian economy."
"We are regressing back into a natural resource economy – the logical conclusion of the 'free trade' deals we signed with the US which resulted in the loss of early 300,000 manufacturing jobs."
The Globe and Mail reports that Auditor General Sheila Fraser's report yesterday, "took direct aim at the foreign worker program, which brings in an increasing number of often low-skilled workers for jobs ranging from oil sands labourers to construction workers on Olympics facilities and live-in nannies."
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald reports today on the proposed sale of New Brunswick Power to Hydro Quebec.
The article notes, "Andrea Harden Donahue, Council of Canadians energy campaigner in Ottawa, said the deal between NB Power and Hydro-Quebec is based on a business model to sell exports into the northeastern U.S., which is demanding more supplies of renewable energy."
Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow will appear in the documentary television series ‘La Grande Soif’ (’The Great Thirst’), which is being broadcast on RDI this Saturday November 7 at 7:30 pm EST.
The episode is titled 'L’avenir de l’eau' ('The Future of Water'), and will be repeated on Saturday night at 11:30 pm EST, then on Sunday at 11:30 am EST, and on the Monday at 1:30 am EST.