Over the last 25 years, corporations have been the driving force behind global, regional and bilateral trade and investment agreements that favour their interests by limiting the ability of signatory countries to set conditions on global trade and investment. The goal of free trade agreements is the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers to the free movement of goods and services. Non-tariff barriers include local economic development programs, domestic food sovereignty rules, and environmental laws that are thought to be “excessive” and hinder trade.
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Manitobans should receive the same high-quality, publicly delivered health care available to all Canadians. But for that to happen, Manitoba needs stable and adequate funding from the federal government.
We’re writing to tell you that the Fisheries Act no longer protects fish. The Fisheries Act was arguably the most important piece of anti-pollution legislation in Canada. The Act’s purpose was to safeguard public interest by protecting public health and safety and ensuring environmental health and sustainability.
Even before former guerrilla commander Salvador Sánchez Cerén is inaugurated as President of El Salvador, his administration is saddled with an unnecessary $301-million liability – a lawsuit over El Salvador's refusal to allow an environmentally perilous gold mine to be built.
Have you heard? The world is running out of accessible clean water.
Humanity is polluting, mismanaging and displacing our finite freshwater sources at an alarming rate. Since 1990, half the rivers in China have disappeared. The Ogallala Aquifer that supplies the U.S. breadbasket will be gone “in our lifetime,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
By 2030, global demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent, a surefire recipe for great suffering.
The most critical threats to the world’s supply of fresh water are also writ large across the Township of Springwater. The community is facing a malignant development proposal – the Midhurst Secondary Plan – which will allow a handful of wealthy developers to profit at the expense of everyone else. This plan will see Midhurst expand from its current population of 3500 to almost 30,000- a growth rate that required a change in the law to accommodate it and which will do irreparable harm to the region’s fresh water resources.
At this very moment the Harper Conservatives are shutting down democratic debate on their so-called "Fair Elections Act" and trying to ram the 242-page bill through Parliament only three days after it was tabled. In drafting their electoral reform bill, the Conservatives refused to consult with Elections Canada, with other political parties and, most importantly, with you and me.
As a Council of Canadians supporter, this year you were at the centre of the most pressing issues of our time – and delivered huge people-powered victories. Here are just six ways you were sensational in 2013.
Once every few months, the Canadian public is asked by one polling firm or another how it feels about a Canada-European Union free trade agreement. Consistently, between 70 and 80 per cent of respondents say they generally like the idea of a deal.
As the Harper government stumbles, caught up in the Senate debacle and electoral fraud scandal, polls show many Canadians flocking to Justin Trudeau, hoping that he represents a different kind of politician.