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Council of Canadians' blog

The Council of Canadians is Canada's largest citizens' organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 22
Stuart Trew | A broad-based coalition of Peruvian civil society launched a campaign and petition against the Trans-Pacific Partnership as a 17th round of TPP negotiations began in the capital city of Lima.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 20
Stuart Trew | The Irish Farmers Association has released its strongest statement to date opposed to Canadian demands for higher beef and pork quotas in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 17
Stuart Trew | U.S. energy giant Chevron is encouraging the U.S. to pursue a strong NAFTA-like investment chapter and investor-state dispute settlement process in the proposed U.S.-EU trade deal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 17
Stuart Trew | The Council of Canadians is part of a new global Fair Deal coalition which wants copyright rules taken out of the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 16
Getting prepared for a community dinner in Smithers.
Maryam Adrangi | Since my last post on Saturday, we have made our way along the route of the Pacific Trails Pipeline, making presentations in both Smithers and Burns Lake.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 15
Stuart Trew | This week, the Citizens Trade Campaign reported that farmers and labour groups across the Pacific region are demanding that dairy be taken out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement altogether.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 14
Hoskins and Matthews to Harper: "refrain from making changes to the pharmaceutic
Stuart Trew | Some provinces are still restive about extending patents on brand name drugs in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, among other issues they feel have not been resolved.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 13
Adrienne Silnicki | The Saint John Common Causes committee invited me to Saint John this week to offer a public talk on the current state of medicare and the 2014 Health Accord.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 13
The bridge before Unist'ot'en territory where pithouses and permaculture gardens
Maryam Adrangi | Partway through the Building Resistance tour, we visited the Spring Work camp on Unist'ot'en territory located just outside of Houston, B.C.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 10
Fracking wells on Highway 567 outside of Calgary.
Maryam Adrangi | That is a lot of nodding donkeys… that is the first thing that came to mind when I took a drive down Highway 567, just 20 minutes northwest of Calgary, which locals call Frack Alley.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 10
Stuart Trew | As expected, people aren't very happy with the WTO decision this week reaffirming the illegality (under global trade rules) of local content requirements in the Ontario Green Energy Act.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 9
Maryam Adrangi | A delegation of First Nations, impacted community members and environmentalists attended Enbridge's AGM.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 9
Stuart Trew | Join me for a public discussion on "CETA, FIPA, TPP: The New Face of Corporate Power." These events will be part of a speaking tour in B.C. to build opposition to Canada's corporate trade agenda.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 9
Stuart Trew | The Council of Canadians co-launched a timely briefing note on investment treaties and fracking bans with the Brussels-based Corporate Europe Observatory and Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 8
Photo: Cancillería Ecuador
Stuart Trew | While the Conservatives continue to sign bilateral investment treaties that give corporations the "right" to challenge policies, Latin American countries are working to change the system entirely.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 6
Stuart Trew | Canada's politically connected business lobby groups get exclusive access to information on the Trans-Pacific Partnerships (TPP) and the rest of us get almost nothing.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog May 1
Stuart Trew | I submitted comments to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as part of a government request for input on Canada's participation in a plurilateral international services agreement.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 29
Angela Giles | This past Monday evening (on Mother Earth Day), NOFRAC launched the report, Out of Control: Nova Scotia's experience with fracking for shale gas, in the community it happened back in 2007-2008.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 29
Stuart Trew | Canada does not need CETA. The agreement as proposed will trade away basic notions of democratic governance for very limited gains for a handful of Canadian export sectors.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 26
Stuart Trew | The European Parliament's committee on the environment, public health and food safety debated the investment chapter and investor-state dispute settlement process in the Canada-EU free trade deal.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 25
Amara Possian, Maryam Adrangi | Some say that pipelines will connect the West and the East and create energy security. Some, however, feel less secure as pipelines threaten their communities.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 23
Adrienne Silnicki | The Health Council of Canada must have been doing something right to have their funding taken away.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 17
Brent Patterson | The Youth 4 Lakes walkers have been averaging 40 to 50 kilometres a day and are expected to arrive in Ottawa in May.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 16
(Source: DFAIT)
Stuart Trew | When will the Canada-European Union trade deal be signed? It was the first question at all three stops of my short trade tour to Atlantic Canada last week.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 16
Emerson: investor rights clauses "challenge a country's sovereignty"
Stuart Trew | The NAFTA investor lawsuit against Quebec's moratorium on shale gas development is cited by Australia's trade minister as a reason to avoid including these excessive investor rights in trade deals.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 15
Stuart Trew | The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual list of global trade barriers -- policies in countries it wants changed or eliminated so U.S. firms can make more money.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 15
Photo: NDP.ca
Stuart Trew | The NDP has expanded its position on trade so that the party would not negotiate NAFTA- and FIPA-like investor-state dispute settlement processes into trade deals.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 10
Mary Galvin | While five heads of states of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) met last week for the developing nations' summit, civil society organizations gathered as "brics-from-below."
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 9
Adrienne Silnicki | Meeting with our MPs in their constituency offices gives us an opportunity to drive home the point that medicare matters.
Blog - Council of Canadians' blog April 9
Maryam Adrangi | If you are among those getting confused by all the different pipelines making headlines -- Northern Gateway, Line 9, Kinder Morgan, etc. -- this primer is for you!

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