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October 14, 2014 |
What are the realities of CETA: Threats to public services like the NHS to eroded worker rights to a world in which no institution is safe from the clutches of privatization.
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CETA: Putting corporations ahead of Canadians

Photo: pmwebphotos/flickr

By sheer coincidence, the media has recently been filled with stories that reflect the parallel universes we seem to be living in. The first were the stories about the international climate summit and the huge climate march (and hundreds of smaller ones) that preceded it -- punctuated by the launch of Naomi Klein's powerful call-to-action book This Changes Everything: Capitalism versus the Climate adding to the power of the moment.

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CETA: All power to the oil companies

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Just as governments need to get deadly serious about reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, with CETA they are tying their own hands through new restrictions on their right to regulate.

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October 3, 2014 |
The federal government has only partially protected postal services in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Why is this significant?
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Corporations get lots, Canadians get little in CETA trade deal

Photo: President of the European Council/flickr

When is a $16 glass of orange juice just an expensive glass of orange juice, and when is it a toxic, career-ending beverage?

No doubt advisers inside the PMO are contemplating this very question as they ponder whether Stephen Harper's decision to squander more than $300,000 of taxpayers' money to fly two European Union officials home last week could become the latest example of a $16 orange juice.

Just as former cabinet minister Bev Oda's pricey choice of breakfast drinks at taxpayers' expense ended her career, the PMO is no doubt worried that the $300,000 plane extravaganza could dash any remaining illusions that Harper is a trustworthy steward of public dollars.

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October 1, 2014 |
The federal government is celebrating the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in spite of massive opposition from citizens, including farmers, on both sides of the Atlantic.
September 26, 2014 |
The first assessment of complete Canada–EU trade deal questions benefits and highlights imbalances in negotiated outcome.
Photo: Council of Canadians/flickr
| September 26, 2014
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| September 12, 2014
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