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The Canadian Progressive: Secretive critical talks on the TPP happening in Ottawa

The ongoing secretive TPP negotiations could result in the largest global ‘trade’ agreement encompassing about 40 per cent of the world economy.

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Climate Activists Mourn Victims of Lac-Mégantic Tragedy

On the one-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, climate activists say the Canadian government has treated the fatal train derailment “primarily as a public relations problem rather than a public safety problem.”

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THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret Global Trade Agreement

by: WikiLeaks | June 19, 2014

Whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has published the a secret draft text of the World Trade Agreement’s Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which aims to “further deregulate global financial services markets.” According to the draft, Canada is among the 50 countries that are part to the negotiations.

From WikiLeaks:

BREAKING: #WikiLeaks publishes secret Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) – Financial Services, covering 50 countries https://t.co/BT5QkAMTPo

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 19, 2014

Today, WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex, which covers 50 countries (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Only 36.5 per cent of unemployed Canadians now qualify for EI: NDP

by: Obert Madondo

Statistics Canada reported last week that Employment Insurance (EI) recipients dropped by 2.1% in July to 503 900 after the Harper government toughened the rules earlier this year.

The federal NDP calls the drop a “new historic low”, accuses the Harper Conservatives of cutting EI to deny Canadians “help when they need it the most.”

This press release:

Radical and mean-spirited Conservative cuts to EI, alongside weak job creation numbers, are denying Canadians help when they need it most.

A new Statistics Canada report has revealed that fewer unemployed Canadians than ever before now qualify for (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge to delay required pipeline safety fix for three more years

Enbridge “will delay required crude oil pipeline safety fix for three more years”, according to a document received by the Council of Canadians via an access to information request.

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper Gvt Withholds Docs on Controversial Canadian Mining Company: United Steelworkers

by: United Steelworkers | Press Release:

TORONTO, July 11, 2013 – The United Steelworkers (USW) union is asking federal Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault to investigate the Conservative government’s failure, for more than eight months, to release information on a Canadian mining company’s controversial operations in Mexico.

“This case reflects a disturbing pattern by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to obstruct public access to government information,” said Ken Neumann, USW National Director for Canada.

“It also demonstrates how the Harper government condones the bad behaviour of Canadian mining companies operating abroad, where communities are protesting environmental, social and human rights abuses,” Neumann said.

(Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: First Nations slam Harper Gvt’s legal case for Canada-China FIPA deal

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

Earlier this month, the Federal Court heard oral arguments in the Hupacasath First Nation’s legal case against the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) trade deal. The Hupacasath, a small band in Port Alberni, Vancouver Island, argued that the deal infringed on their inherent Aboriginal title and rights. And that they weren’t consulted as required by the Canadian Constitution.

In its rebuttal, the Harper Government used baseless arguments. For example, the Conservatives argued that Canadians had been invited to respond to FIPA since 2008. The truth is: the deal was negotiated in secret.

Here’s (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Pro-business Harper Conservatives coddling tax havens, tax cheats

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

An Alberta businessman is included in a massive online database of secret tax-haven names released to the public on Friday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. David Ghermezian, the president of the West Edmonton Mall, is linked to a British Virgin Islands-registered company called Regal Mega Malls Development Corp, the CBC News reports.

Ghermezian’s inclusion on this list got me thinking about the pro-business Harper Conservatives and their undisguised determination to coddle tax havens and tax cheats.

The database, first leaked by the CBC and ICIJ in April, indicates that at least 130,000 people globally are (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Premier Clark Should Reject Kinder Morgan’s Proposed Pipeline Too: Forest Ethics

By: Forest Ethics | Press Release

VANCOUVER, June 13, 2013 – The National Energy Board (NEB) reports that a crude oil spill of unknown size was detected late Wednesday near Merritt, British Columbia (BC). The source of the spill was the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline.

Last month BC Premier Christy Clark announced her opposition to the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal and called for it to be rejected in the province’s official final arguments to the National Energy Board Joint Review Panel process.

“This is yet another reminder that it’s not a matter of if spills will happen but (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Nova Scotians condemn RCMP repression of anti-fracking protesters

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release

HALIFAX, NS, June 14, 2013 – Representatives of several- Halifax-based environmental, social justice and cultural groups are condemning the heavy-handed actions of the RCMP which have led to the arrest of 12 protesters seeking to halt the advance of fracking in Kent County, NB, north of Moncton.

Members of the Council of Canadians, The Sierra Club of Canada and other concerned citizens visited the sacred fire yesterday and were outraged to learn that the RCMP had made several arrests this morning in order to facilitate the exploratory drilling of the area by (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Keystone XL Pipeline Lobbyists Have Deep Ties to White House

By: Pratap Chatterjee

Keystone Pipeline Handout

TransCanada and the provincial government of Alberta are paying former advisors to the Obama administration – as well as former staff of the Hillary Clinton and John Kerry presidential campaigns – to help them lobby for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands fuel to the U.S.

The pipeline from Alberta – which is to be built by TransCanada – has been delayed for over four years pending approval from the U.S. State Department which has final say because it crosses the international border. President Barack Obama is expected to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Londoners arrested for protesting petrocrat Stephen Harper, tar sands

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

Activists outside the British Parliament protest Canada’s tar sands. (Photo: Facebook/Idle No More UK Solidarity Action)

Environmental activists protesting “petrocrat” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and our dirty tar sands were arrested at the British Parliament earlier today, The Guardian (UK) and other media report.

The protesters, identifying themselves as Love Canada, Hate Tar Sands, were arrested after climbing the roof of the British Parliament building with T-shirts saying ‘oil out of politics’, ‘stop Harper’ and ‘stop the tar sands’. They also spilled molasses on the floor outside the building.

The activists criticized the UK government for (Read more…)

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The Canadian Progressive: Massive anti-tar sands protest to greet PM Stephen Harper in London

By: Obert Madondo Twitter: @Obiemad

A massive anti-tar sands protest will greet Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he arrives in London on Thursday en route to the June 17-18 G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland.

The UK Tar Sands Network and a coalition of environmentalists hope to show Harper “that there is huge opposition to tar sands in the UK”. And that Canada’s lobbying against the EU’s fuel quality directive is unacceptable.

The organizers also argue that Harper is unworthy of the honour of addressing the UK Parliament. Harper is scheduled to deliver the first speech by a Canadian PM to the British (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Harper must act on tax havens and transparency at G8 summit: Oxfam

By: Oxfam Canada | Press Release

Oxfam Canada urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help end global hunger by supporting strong steps at the G8 summit to close tax havens and lift the secrecy that enables massive global tax evasion.

June 10, 2013 – Oxfam Canada urges Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help end global hunger by supporting strong steps at the G8 summit to close tax havens and lift the secrecy that enables massive global tax evasion.

“Tax evasion and secret deals hurt people living in poverty,” said Mark Fried, policy coordinator at Oxfam Canada. “They deprive people of (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Elizabeth May Questions Harper on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline [VIDEO]

During Question Period on Thursday, Green Party leader Elizabeth May asked Stephen Harper whether the feds would still approve Enbridge‘s Northern Gateway Pipeline, now officially rejected by British Columbians. WATCH:

Elizabeth May:

Mr. Speaker, in 2001, the Prime Minister wrote a famous letter to the former premier of Alberta, which he urged him to act to “limit the extent to which an aggressive and hostile federal government can encroach on legitimate provincial jurisdiction”. Six days ago, the provincial government of British Columbia said no to the Enbridge project. It said that Enbridge had completely failed to demonstrate any evidence (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: When a satirical $90,000 Sen. Duffy bill enraged the Bank of Canada

By: Obert Madondo

Satirical Duffy $90,000 Bill

Veteran B.C. newspaper satirist Dan Murphy engaged in a little good old-fashioned Canadian political satire when he created a fake $90,000 bill starring scandal-plagued Sen. Mike Duffy. The Bank of Canada wants us to believe a serious crime has been committed here, according to Times Colonist.

The video below explains the satirical bill’s key ingredients: fake high-tech security features, bacon scent, a singing and burping Duffy and a winking hologram of Nigel Wright, PM Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff.

How does the Bank of Canada respond? It dispatched a threatening email to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Thousands demand Lone Pine drop its NAFTA lawsuit

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release

OTTAWA – Two weeks after the launch of a public petition, organizers have received over 3,000 signatures demanding that energy company Lone Pine Resources drop its $250 million NAFTA (North America Free Trade Agreement) lawsuit against Canada for Québec’s moratorium on fracking.

The petition sponsors—the Council of Canadians, the Réseau québécois sur l’Intégration continentale (RQIC), Sierra Club US, FLOW (For Love of Water), Eau Secours! and AmiEs de la Terre—sent three letters to Lone Pine today, each signed by 1,000 people, and will continue to collect signatures until the company agrees to (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Greeks ask Canadians to help stop Canadian mining corp Eldorado Gold

By: Mining Watch Canada | Press Release

OTTAWA – The situation around Eldorado Gold Corporation’s mining projects in northern Greece is extremely tense. In the face of negative official response to social and environmental concerns from the company, Greek authorities, and even the Canadian Ambassador – a delegation from the affected area has come to ask Canadians for help.

The Canadian government strongly supports extractive resource development in Canada and internationally, where Canadian companies dominate the mining sector. It relies on “host” countries to regulate such operations in the absence of any relevant and binding international regulations. MiningWatch Canada (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Gordon Nixon: RBC chief among the most overpaid bank CEOs in North America

According to Bloomberg Markets, Royal Bank of Canada President and CEO, Gordon Nixon, is among the most overpaid bank CEOs in North America. Now we know what the RBC did with the profits made from hiring cheap temporary foreign workers, and from the Harper government’s secret $114 billion bailout during the 2008-10 global financial crisis.

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The Canadian Progressive: Tories spend on Keystone XL ads, while cutting environment funding

Canadians should be outraged that the Harper Conservatives are spending millions of taxpayers money lobbying for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. while cutting environmental funding.

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The Canadian Progressive: Temporary Foreign Workers Program: RBC pledges not to outsource Canadian jobs

Stung by the Temporary Foreign Workers Program scandal, the Royal Bank of Canada says it’s no longer in the deplorable business of outsourcing Canadian jobs to foreign workers. But only, it seems, when “a worker eligible to work in Canada is available and able to perform the service.”

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The Canadian Progressive: Harper stands with mining companies, against human rights in Pacific Alliance

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: Stephen Harper’s executive decision that Canada should try to join the Pacific Alliance political and trading bloc should be as controversial as his taking a trip to Peru and Colombia to dodge questions about overspending and lack of accountability in the Senate, says the Council of Canadians. “It’s highly [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: Enbridge asks NEB to keep pipeline safety issues secret

By: Council of Canadians | Press Release: Eighteen months after being ordered to correct important safety issues with its oil and gas pipelines, Enbridge has finally filed a plan with the National Energy Board (NEB) as to how and when it will come into compliance with the NEB’s regulations. The company [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: $170 billion: Canadian money in foreign tax havens, an all-time high

By: Canadians for Tax Fairness May 10, 2013: Canadian money stashed in the top 12 global tax havens has topped $170 Billion, according to data on foreign direct investment released yesterday by Statistics Canada. This amounts to a quarter of all Canadian money going abroad. This figure is also equivalent [...]

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The Canadian Progressive: UN must challenge Canada’s complicity in mining’s human rights abuses

Canada is due for review at the UN human rights council – abuses by its mining companies must not be overlooked By: Meera Karunananthan | The Guardian (UK), Published on Wed Apr 24, 2013: Canada is scheduled for its universal periodic review (UPR) at the UN human rights council on 26 April. The UPR is [...]

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