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Writings of J. Todd Ring: Free Trade, CETA, TPP, and the US and Canadian Federal Elections: Some Critical Perspective

The following is critical to understand – for the people of Canada, the US, Europe and the world: “free trade” deals such those already signed (NAFTA), and those being pushed through with great secrecy now (CETA, TTIP and TPP), are agreements which grant supra-national powers to transnational corporations, powers over and above democratically elected governments, . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Free Trade, CETA, TPP, and the US and Canadian Federal Elections: Some Critical Perspective

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Stephen Marche discusses the Cons’ ongoing efforts to make Canada a more closed and ignorant country: Mr. Harper’s campaign for re-election has so far been utterly consistent with the personality trait that has defined his tenure as prime minister: his peculiar hatred for sharing information.

Americans have traditionally . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Mark Anderson reports on the Change Readiness Index’ findings that the growing concentration and inequality of wealth is making it more and more difficult for countries to deal with foreseeable disasters. But Jon Queally points out that a concerted effort to quit abusing fossil fuels could do . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Another Compelling Video From Operation Maple

Operation Maple (Take Canada Back) is continuing its fine job of reminding us of the terrible way we are governed, offering us frequent and compelling evidence that demonstrates how the neo-liberal agenda, pursued with such diabolical glee by the Harper regime, is continuing to undermine our country. I suspect its resources, and others (the Salamander, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Compelling Video From Operation Maple

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Canada-China Free Trade Agreement is not the end of environmental law

Monday, November 3, 2014

Since FIPPA was ratified we’ve received several inquiries asking what the ratification means for the environment. While the FIPPA provisions are certainly alarming, we do not think anything is to be gained by over-stating the problems associated with the FIPPA as they relate to the field of environmental . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Canada-China Free Trade Agreement is not the end of environmental law

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Charlie Smith discusses – and then follows up on – Donald Gutstein’s work in tracing the connections between the Harper Cons and the shadowy, U.S.-based network of right-wing propaganda mills: In Harperism: How Stephen Har­per and His Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada (James Lorimer & Company Ltd.), . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Umut Oszu contrasts the impoverished conception of rights being pushed thanks to the Cons’ highly politicized museum against the type of rights we should be demanding: In their modern incarnation, human rights were fashioned after the Second World War and entered into widespread circulation in the 1970s and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: RMR Rick’s Rant Against Harper’s Secret Trade Deal (FIPA)

The Disaffected Lib: We Still Don’t Know the Depths of Harper’s Perfidy

Canada’s Manchurian Candidate?

But we’ve got 32-years to find out.  That’s the toxic lifespan of the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement whereby Harper sold Canada down the river to Beijing in exchange for a bag of silver coins.

According to The Tyee, Harper knuckled under to China’s demands for one reason – . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: We Still Don’t Know the Depths of Harper’s Perfidy

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

– Naomi Klein discusses how entrenched corporate control through trade and investment agreements will prevent us from making any real progress against climate change. And Cory Doctorow weighs in on the Cons’ FIPA sellout of Canadian sovereignty, while highlighting the NDP’s petition to stop it.

– Meanwhile, Les Whittington . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Sellout Canada-China FIPA Deal Dismays Canadians

Canadian civil society organizations, activists, political parties and First Nations react with dismay to the news that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had quietly ratified of sellout Canada-China FIPA trade deal.

The post Harper’s Sellout Canada-China FIPA Deal Dismays Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.

– James Meek observes that decades of privatization in the UK have eliminated public control over housing and other essential services – and that privatization takes far more forms than we’re accustomed to taking into consideration. And Rick Salutin offers his take on the latter point: Economist Mariana . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Chinese Betrayal

He waited until late Friday afternoon to announce that the Cons had ratified their controversial trade deal with China. Hoping that most people wouldn't notice. Ottawa confirms it has ratified a foreign investment treaty with China, more than two years after the controversial agreement was signed, as CBC News first reported Friday. The . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Chinese Betrayal

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Fight Against FIPA

Monday, June 17, 2013

“We stand together! We stand together! We stand together!” On June 5th, 2013, West Coast Environmental Law’s Executive Director Jessica Clogg and three legal interns joined the hundreds of voices chanting “We stand together!” outside the Federal Court in downtown Vancouver. The crowd was gathered to support Hupacasath . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Fight Against FIPA

Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Fight Against FIPA

Monday, June 17, 2013

“We stand together! We stand together! We stand together!” On June 5th, 2013, West Coast Environmental Law’s Executive Director Jessica Clogg and three legal interns joined the hundreds of voices chanting “We stand together!” outside the Federal Court in downtown Vancouver. The crowd was gathered to support Hupacasath . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The Fight Against FIPA

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

The Ranting Canadian: It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s…

It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s first anniversary, the weekend of Rebelfest in Hamilton, and a few days before International Workers’ Day (aka Mayday, aka the real Labour Day). Additionally, April 28 is International Day of Mourning for workers who were killed or injured on the job. A lot . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s…

The Canadian Progressive: A great betrayal: Trudeau and the Liberals voted for Harper’s sell-out FIPA

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau and the Liberals abandoned us during our greatest hour of need. And if there’s a greater act of betrayal, please let me know. On Monday, Trudeau and the Liberals voted with the Harper Conservatives to kill an NDP motion to stop the Canada-China Foreign Investment […]

. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: A great betrayal: Trudeau and the Liberals voted for Harper’s sell-out FIPA

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Meet the new Libs. Same as the old Libs as far as I can tell.

With Justin Trudeau, its freshly minted leader, at the helm the renewed Liberal Party of Canada has already told me pretty much what I need to know.

Given the option of speaking out against a trade deal with China which would seriously hamper our ability to manage our own environment and economy and lock us . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Meet the new Libs. Same as the old Libs as far as I can tell.

Politics and its Discontents: On FIPA, Justin Trudeau, and Chauncey Gardner

Last night while checking my Twitter feed, I noticed several people expressing their deep disappointment over the fact that Justin Trudeau led his Liberal Party to vote with the Harper regime against an NDP motion to inform China that it will not ratify the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). While much has . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On FIPA, Justin Trudeau, and Chauncey Gardner

The Canadian Progressive: New Democrats and Elizabeth May to vote against FIPA

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Later today the New Democrats and Green Party leader Elizabeth May will ask the Parliament of Canada to side with Canadians and vote to stop the Harper’s Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act (FIPA) from becoming law. They will vote on a motion tabled last week […]

. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: New Democrats and Elizabeth May to vote against FIPA

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: FIPA: The Greatest Threat to Canada’s Future (VIDEO)

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: We’re invited to join the Hupacasath First Nation’s ongoing fight to delay the ratification of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) Via WeStandTogetherCanada on YouTube: To learn more about what the Hupacasath First Nation is doing to delay ratification of the China Canada Trade […]

. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: FIPA: The Greatest Threat to Canada’s Future (VIDEO)

The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians supports First Nations legal challenge to Canada-China investment treaty (FIPA)

by Council of Canadians | Jan 22, 2013: Ottawa – The Council of Canadians supports the Hupacasath First Nation’s legal challenge to the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), a notice of which was filed in B.C. court on January 18. The Council hopes the dispute will force the Harper government to take . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Council of Canadians supports First Nations legal challenge to Canada-China investment treaty (FIPA)

The Canadian Progressive: Canada-Benin FIPA: Stephen Harper’s new scramble for Africa’s wealth

“A FIPA is a treaty designed to protect and promote Canadian investment abroad through legally binding provisions,” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper With the new Canada-Benin Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA), Canada’s first FIPA in Sub-Saharan Africa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has strengthened Canada’s foothold on the new scramble for Africa‘s wealth. . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada-Benin FIPA: Stephen Harper’s new scramble for Africa’s wealth

Cowichan Conversations: Smarten Up Stephen Harper-Leave Our Farms Alone!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger

 

Wendy Holm is a leading Canadian Agrologist whose work is both inspiring and essential to representing the needs of agriculture in Canada. The threat to our agricultural sovereignty is clear and arguably more important than the threat to our energy supplies .

Smarten Up Stephen!

Canadian Prime Minister . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Smarten Up Stephen Harper-Leave Our Farms Alone!