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October 18, 2013 |
The people of Canada and Europe, not multinational corporations, should be the ones calling the shots.
August 7, 2013 |
The FIPA became controversial as soon as it was announced last fall. It hasn't been ratified yet, and that probably has something to do with the Hupacasath legal case.

Conservatives fail to take human rights seriously in Canada-Colombia deal

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For the second year in a row, the Conservative government has failed to live up to its moral obligation to analyze the impact of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCOFTA) on human rights.

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July 1, 2013 |
If, or when, Harper eventually does complete his secret Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe, we need a chance to see, debate and even change the parts we can't live with.

Video: Activists challenge secret TPP negotiations held in Vancouver

Negotiators from 12 Pacific Rim countries meet in secret in Vancouver over the weekend of June 15 -- 17th to set new investment rules within the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). No announcement of this "intersessional" on investment has been made to the public or the media. People in Canada first learned about this TPP 'mini' negotiation from an article in the Peruvian media Friday. For more on the Vancouver meetings, check out this article by Stuart Trew

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Will CETA help the Harper Conservatives or hurt them?

With Prime Minister Harper making the diplomatic rounds in Europe, media interest has heightened this week regarding the potential free trade agreement which his government is trying to negotiate with the European Union. Several deadlines to reach that deal have come and gone, but the Conservatives are still heavily committed to reaching a deal as a centrepiece of their economic strategy. The more politically desperate they become to reach a deal, the greater the likelihood of damaging concessions (in areas like foreign takeovers, drug patents, and others).

May 15, 2013 |
Canadian, Quebec and U.S. groups have launched a public petition to urge oil and gas company Lone Pine Resources to drop a $250-million NAFTA lawsuit against Quebec’s moratorium on fracking.
May 13, 2013 |
Governments should continue promoting the use of Canadian-content, and other "buy-local" rules, to guide public purchases and direct investment.
Photo: Bank of Canada by flickr/adrianlee
| May 6, 2013
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