The Federation of Canadians Municipalities (FCM) meeting is taking place this weekend in Whistler and a resolution about international and internal trade agreements will be on the agenda. (To read that resolution, please scroll to the bottom of this post.)
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Yesterday, the Globe and Mail reported that, "The Canadian government is asking the provinces to join it in creating a new trade deal with the United States. ...Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he wants to bring the awarding of local contracts – in both the United States and Canada – under the free-trade umbrella.”
Council of Canadians energy campaigner Andrea Harden-Donahue wrote in an op-ed published in the Georgia Straight on February 10 that, “Both the federal and Albertan governments have touted carbon capture and storage as a means to green the tar sands and justify ongoing expansion. …There is no silver bullet ‘tech.’ solution to the tar sands. CCS is expensive requiring massive subsidies and the proposed regulatory timeline for implementation is long. There is even evidence that CCS will have limited capacity to reduce emissions in the tar sands. An Alberta-Canada EcoEnergy Task Force released a report in January 2008 that says only a small percentage of CO2 emitted from the tar sands is currently amenable to the technology because of the size and concentrations of emissions streams.”
Board member and Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Roy Brady reports, "On a beautiful sunny but mild day at Trent University's Convocation our Maude Barlow received her honourary Doctor of Laws degree. We may safely call her Dr. Barlow."
He adds, "Maude was particularly honoured by Trent's decision not to provide bottled water at the 5 events, to operate a supervised tap water station and provide all graduates with a stainless steel water bottle containing tap water."
Steven Edwards recently wrote in the National Post that, “Half a dozen African countries have handed Ottawa secret written commitments to support Canada in its bid to win election next year (in the fall of 2010) to the United Nations Security Council. The pledges have buoyed some in government to believe Canada has a shot at landing a seat on the UN’s most powerful body for the two-year 2011-2012 term."
The Canadian Press reports, "Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says the party will decide next week whether to try to bring down the Harper government and plunge the country into a mid-summer election. Ignatieff said he will assess the government's second progress report on the economy, which he expects to be tabled next week, and decide then whether Liberals will introduce a motion of non-confidence."
JULY 27 ELECTION?
Council of Canadians chapter activists, Board members and staff have been working hard this year to secure important political wins.
Gordon Gibson writes in an op-ed in the Globe and Mail today that, "the United States is turning more protectionist and inserting 'Buy American' requirements into more and more government projects. In some cases, NAFTA offers no defence and, even when it does, the rules take years to enforce. When a town in California instructs a contractor to rip up some piping because the valves were made in Canada, you know you have a problem. But the Americans can reply: 'Your provinces do the same thing.'"
The Barrie Examiner and the Midland Free Press report this morning that, "Farmers blocked the road to the North Simcoe Landfill, also known as Site 41, with (40) tractors yesterday in a peaceful demonstration that lasted about six hours and prevented dump trucks from reaching the landfill."
The Ottawa Citizen reports that, "Aquablue Spring Water International, a British Columbia bottled water company, has acquired the vacant Hershey chocolate factory in Smiths Falls."