Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Daily Digest May 1, 2012

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Stephen Harper tells Jim Flaherty to lay off Ontario
In an extremely rare move, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has delivered a message to his longtime Finance Minister Jim Flaherty ­
lay off Ontario.
Harper didn't exactly take Flaherty to the woodshed, but the directive, delivered office-to-office, was firm nonetheless.

  • Brewing a Conflict with China Washington has pressured the Philippines, whose government it owns, into conducting joint military exercises in the South China Sea. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31220.htm

  • Empire of Capital Colonialism never ended, it continues by different means. The conviction of Charles Taylor, - two messages: if you run a small nation, subject to international law. Run a powerful nation, have nothing to fear. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31216.htm

  • Iraq's "Grim Reaper" On 26th April, announcing the thirteen recipients of the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom Award, President Obama commended Madeleine Albright for her efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31210.htm
  • David Horowitz and the Art of Slander David Horowitz probably wrote this propaganda piece not only to shift blame, but also to scare people.
  • http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31221.htm

  • Norman Finkelstein: American Radical Must Watch Video American Radical is the probing, definitive documentary about Jewish-American political scientist Norman Finkelstein. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31211.htm

  • Attack of the Drones The threat these drones pose to privacy is unprecedented By 2020, just eight short years from now, it is estimated that at least 30,000 of these drones will be crisscrossing the nation's skies. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31214.htm

  • We Japanese Americans Must Not Forget Our Wartime Internment Seventy years ago, US soldiers bearing bayoneted rifles came marching up to the front door of our family's home in Los Angeles, ordering us out. Our crime was looking like the people who had bombed Pearl Harbor a few months before. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31213.htm

  • So Long, US Dollar The Media Won't Touch This Story About The End Of The US Dollar The world doesn't need to revolve around US dollars anymore and the longer the US tries to pretend that the dollar is still and will remain dominant, the more often its international actions will backfire. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31219.htm

  • Britain 'Does' Austerity So The US Doesn't Have To The country's experiment in austerity has provided the US with valuable information: it doesn't work. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31212.htm

  • Why Are We Striking? Or to Put it Another Way What's Wrong with the World? The fact that most of us are too busy being exploited to realize we're being exploited - too busy greasing the cogs of our economic system to notice how the fruits of our labor never fail to float up and out of our reach. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31215.htm

  • May Day - Mayday After years of devastation in the clutches of the capitalist governance, masses of people are discovering their own power to change the world. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31217.htm
  • Urban Revolution Is Coming If Occupy Wall Street can see their way to more collaboration with the union movement, then there will be a great deal of political action possible. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31222.htm

  • Tax Me, for F@%&'s Sake! Here's another crock of fresh bull*hit delivered by the right wing of the Republican Party (currently the only wing of the Republican Party): the richer rich people get, the more jobs they create. Really? http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31218.htm
  • 19 "Taliban militants" killed in Afghanistan over 24 hours: Afghan police, backed by army and NATO- led coalition forces, have killed 19 militants during "cleanup operations" across the country within the past 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Tuesday morning. http://bit.ly/IGer0v

  • Afghan protesters accuse NATO occupation forces of killing 4 children: The protesters, who were carrying the bodies of four children aged eight to 12, blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway and chanted anti-US slogans, they said. http://bit.ly/Is9TAS

  • US confirms occupation force soldier killed in east Afghanistann: The US Department of Defense Monday said sailor from western New York has been killed in combat in Afghanistan. http://bit.ly/JHxgD2
  • U.S. not reporting all Afghan attacks on American and other foreign troops : The Associated Press has learned it does not report insider attacks in which the Afghan wounds - or misses - his U.S. or allied target. It also doesn't report the wounding of troops who were attacked alongside those who were killed. http://nydn.us/Jx6opc
  • U.S. Blames Pakistan: Pakistan is supporting insurgents, terrorists in Afghanistan: Pentagon: Wary of Indian influence in Afghanistan, Pakistan continues to support insurgent groups and provide terrorist safe havens so as to have its influence inside the war-torn country, the Pentagon told the Congress on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/K0s8uV

  • Pakistan wants $1000 per truck for transporting NATO supplies to Afghanistan: Pakistani authorities have proposed the imposition of a levy of $1,000 on each truck and container transporting supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan through the country's territory, a senior official has said. http://bit.ly/IErYuD

  • Pakistan summons US diplomat over drone strike: "The government of Pakistan strongly condemns the US drone attack that occurred in North Waziristan," a Foreign Ministry statement said. "Such attacks are in total contravention of international law and established norms of interstate relations." http://bit.ly/Jnv68w

  • The Rationalization Of A Morally Bankrupt Empire: Obama aide: Drone strikes are legal, ethical: Brennan said the strikes had been certified as complying with US law by US Attorney General Eric Holder, among other top officials. http://bit.ly/IrL9XG

  • Drone victims' defender speaks: If you want to see how President Obama's drone war efficiently turns America's friends into adversaries, meet Pakistani attorney Shahzad Akbar http://bit.ly/IoIC0i

  • Five killed in blast in Pakistan: The blast targeted a convoy of the paramilitary Frontier Corps that was on a routine patrol at Saryab Road, police officials said. http://bit.ly/IrLh9y
  • Car bomb kills 17 Iraqis in Mosul: At least 17 Iraqis were injured, late Monday, in a car bomb in northern Mosul, an Iraqi security source said on Tuesday. http://bit.ly/JLSWx2

  • Iraq fugitive VP charged with murdering six judges: Iraq's fugitive Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi and some of his bodyguards have been charged with murdering six judges and a series of other killings, a judiciary spokesman said on Monday. http://bit.ly/JA5tpA
  • Spoils of war: Iraq April oil exports highest since 1989: Iraq's crude exports in April were the highest monthly figure in more than 20 years, oil ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said on Tuesday. http://yhoo.it/KsmH5q

  • 19 killed as militants battle Yemen troops: Yemen said it killed 12 militants linked to Al-Qaeda in the country's restive south yesterday, while insurgents reported killing seven soldiers in the same battle. http://bit.ly/JQze77

  • Syria: "Rebels" kill 12 troops as Nine from one family among 10 killed in Syrian shelling: Activists: Syrian rebels killed at least 12 soldiers in fierce fighting outside a military base in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor on Tuesday, the Observatory said. http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/05/01/211368.html

  • Syrian government denounces UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon as 'biased': Deputy foreign minister, Mr Mukdad claimed the United States and France were openly trying to ensure the peace plan's failure, with the French foreign minister Alain Juppe, in particular, "calling for war". http://tgr.ph/IjqCSv

  • Former Israeli PM calls for U.S. to lead any Iran strike: If international efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program fail, any military action against Tehran should be led not by Israel, but by the United States, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said this week. http://bit.ly/K0sth0
  • Iran, Spain sign oil contract worth €1.6 bln: The contract comes at a time when Iran is being punished by tough international sanction against its oil industry http://en.trend.az/regions/iran/2020879.html

  • Iran, Venezuela Strike 130 Million Oil Deal: Iran and Venezuela have signed a deal, worth $130 million, based on which Iran will construct an offshore platform yard in Venezuela http://bit.ly/ITylrr

  • Two Somali MPs, four others killed in Dhusamareb bomb attack: Six people, including two Somali parliament members, have been killed in a bomb explosion in Dhusamareb, the capital of the country's central Galguduud region. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/239057.html

  • Six killed in central Nigeria village attacks: Muslim herdsmen razed Christian villages early Tuesday along a central Nigerian plain where ethnic and religious violence remains rampant, killing at least six people and leaving others homeless, authorities said. http://fxn.ws/JzFej9

  • Troops battle for control of Mali's capital: Current military leaders say they retain hold of key locations in Bamako after attempted counter-coup claimed 14 lives. http://aje.me/K4811M

  • Leading candidate in Egypt presidential race calls Israel peace accord 'dead and buried':
  • Amr Moussa tells a mass rally in south Egypt that the Camp David Accords with Israel should be 'consigned to the shelves of history.' http://bit.ly/Iisefb
  • Whitewashing Israeli Crimes: IDF closes probe into Israeli air strike that killed 21 members of Gaza family: Military prosecution says will take no legal steps against those responsible for deaths of Samouni family, killed in their home during Operation Cast Lead. http://bit.ly/K46it8

  • Abbas says he'll raise prisoners issue in UN: Speaking during a visit to Tunisia, Abbas accused Israel of being in violation of agreements to free Palestinian prisoners and that authorities are not meeting the demands of thousands of hunger-strikers, official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. http://bit.ly/IQ4Acn

  • Palestinian president cancels trip to Libya: The Palestinian president called off a planned trip to Libya Tuesday after a militia group surrounded the headquarters of the caretaker Libyan government, an official said. http://apne.ws/IliRLG
  • Libya asks war crimes court to drop Kadhafi son's case: Libya fired the latest salvo Tuesday in a legal battle over the trial of Moamer Kadhafi's son, officially asking world war crimes court judges to quash a surrender request and throw out the case. http://yhoo.it/JLp3wS

  • Death of former Libyan oil minister in Vienna 'could be murder': The former Gaddafi confidant was privy to potentially damaging information, including on oil deals with Western governments. Mr Ghanem, 69, had been chairman of Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation before defecting last year during the uprising against Gaddafi. http://bit.ly/IpdgoT

  • Bin Laden's Death Has Had Zero Impact on America's Security: The man who entered the White House with the message of "hope" and "change" wants to hold on to it with a record of "shoot to kill". http://bit.ly/KDm8Kq

  • Bolivia's president announces nationalization of country's electrical grid: Bolivia is seizing the local assets of Spain's Red Electrica Corp. (REE) to give the government control of the Andean nation's electricity grid. http://buswk.co/JFoXHL

  • Rupert Murdoch 'not fit' to run media empire: UK parliamentary report says head of News Corp showed "willful blindness" over phone hacking at the News of the World. http://aje.me/Ko0Uv0

  • Drones invade campus: Universities are buying drones faster than police departments -- and the military is helping foot the bill http://www.salon.com/2012/05/01/drones_on_campus/singleton//

  • Report criticizes Oakland police handling of Occupy protests: Oakland police used "an overwhelming military-type response" to disperse Occupy Oakland demonstrators and fired at a former Marine and Iraq war veteran who was critically injured in the clashes in October, according to a report issued on Monday. http://yhoo.it/IU1ggs
  • In case you missed it: Occupy Oakland video: Riot police fire tear gas, flashbang grenades: Police have clashed with hundreds of demonstrators in the U.S. city of Oakland. It happened when hundreds marched to show their anger at police clearing an "Occupy Wall Street" camp. http://bit.ly/s1GeN4
>>>>>>>>>>INFOS <<<<<<<<<<
MARDI 1 MAI 2012
23h14 - SNC-Lavalin · Pas au bout de ses peines
19h42 - Chômage · Le Canada va revoir le calcul des prestations
19h37 - Ottawa · Plus de 7000 postes fédéraux en jeu
16h39 - Relations de travail · Les Québécois pessimistes
15h21 - Coupes budgétaires · Baird annule une vente de tableaux
13h55 - Sur le Web · Les hebdos de Québecor prennent de l'expansion
10h43 - Visite Royale · Le Prince Charles et Camila au Canada en mai
09h41 - Laval et Longueuil · Le NPD critique la fermeture de bureaux fédéraux
09h25 - Cégep Saint-Laurent · La direction annule la reprise des cours
06h20 - Honoraires des médecins · Sommet inégalé de 5,4 milliards
02h02 - Festival d'été de Québec · Facturée trois fois


Just wondering whether you share "cz"s view?

From: alan heisey <hize@earthlink.net>
Subject: Re: Daily Digest April 29-30, 2012

At 01:00 AM 5/1/2012, you wrote:
what happened to below 30? cz

On 2012-05-01, at 1:09 AM, Joe Hueglin wrote:
. . . lack of time due to trying to figure how to send
out what i am.

At 02:19 AM 5/1/2012, you wrote:
personally i think below 30 much more important than above because there are so few doing what you do - mostly you!  cz

From: Robert Ede
Subject: Re: dumping the penny - make it a Half-nickel
To: torsun.editor@sunmedia.ca ...snip... Digest <joe.hueglin@bellnet.ca>

Dear Ed.,
If it costs 1.5 cents to make a penny .... then give the coin a value of 1/2 of 5 cents
Tenth of a quarter
40-makes a dollar
Subject: Gov't Debt to GDP vs Debt to Income (why is 260% okay?)
To: jflaherty@fin.gc.ca, bank of canada <communications@bankofcanada.ca>
Cc: info@bankofcanada.ca

Dear Minister & Bank Governor,
I just received the Fiscal Monitor for Feb 2012 table six which says Total Interest-beraring was $952,676 million aka $952.7 Billion
Recent Federal Budget had 2011-12 Revenue as ~ $248.0 Billion (chart on pg4)
Many cautionary articles report that the average Canadian has a Debt to (after tax) Income ratio of ~150%
But the Federal government is running debt at ~260% of revenue.
Surely this means that a surge in interest rates would blow the budget totally out of whack?
And ... surely that means that interest rates cannot go up anytime soon.
Why are the professionals "managing the economy" continuing to recommend "do what we say, not what we do"?
Robert Ede,
The Majority of Canadians PAC
Subject: Fisca Monitor for Feb 2012-- Finance Canada document notification
To: Joe Hueglin Daily Digest...snip... Bourque <pierre@bourque.com>

see table six
March 31, 2011 February 29, 2012
Total interest-bearing debt 801,811 842,347 40,536

The following Fiscal Monitor has just been posted on the Finance Canada Site.

The Fiscal Monitor - February 2012

La revue financière - février 2012

Condensed statement of assets and liabilities

$ millions
March 31, 2011 February 29, 2012 Change
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 119,060 110,329 -8,731
Interest-bearing debt
Unmatured debt
Payable in Canadian currency
Marketable bonds 416,080 452,501 36,421
Treasury bills 162,980 160,280 -2,700
Retail debt 10,141 8,988 -1,153
Other 27 11 -16

Subtotal 589,228 621,780 32,552
Payable in foreign currencies 7,628 10,835 3,207
Cross-currency swap revaluation -5,091 -4,821 270
Unamortized discounts and premiums on market debt -4,485 -4,171 314
Obligations related to capital leases
and other unmatured debt 3,875 3,803 -72

Total unmatured debt 591,155 627,426 36,271
Pension and other liabilities
Public sector pensions 146,135 148,225 2,090
Other employee and veteran future benefits 58,206 59,846 1,640
Other liabilities 6,315 6,850 535

Total pension and other liabilities 210,656 214,921 4,265

Total interest-bearing debt 801,811 842,347 40,536

Total liabilities 920,871 952,676 31,805

Financial assets
Cash and accounts receivable 96,907 105,697 8,790
Foreign exchange accounts 48,507 56,764 8,257
Loans, investments, and advances (net of allowances)1 158,549 155,082 -3,467

Total financial assets 303,963 317,543 13,580

Net debt 616,908 635,133 18,225
Non-financial assets 66,581 65,476 -1,105

Federal debt (accumulated deficit) 550,327 569,657 19,330

Subject: Montreal student riots.
From: "Robert G. Gauthier/The National Capital News Canada"

Hello, Joe,
Where is Ronald Reagan when you need him?
Remember when the air-traffic controllers went on strike attempting to blackmail the Government and hold the flying public hostage?
Reagan fired all 4,500 and replaced them. When they complained, he said, "When you didn't show up for work, we thought you had quit."
The striking students in Quebec, holding innocent citizens hostage, should be expelled from school. If they complain, they should be told, "When you didn't show up, we thought you had quit."
As to the increasing (daily) incidents and property damage caused, the disruption of society and the danger to the safety of the police, it is not too soon to order a water-cannon truck or two. One water-cannon truck will replace hundreds of officers with shields, be safer and less costly..
Unless they are controlled, protests (students, political) will continue and get more disruptive and dangerous. Are we going to tolerate these growing disruptions and vandalism until someone gets killed?
We recognize the right to protest in a democracy, but there is a difference between legitimate protesting and outright destructive hooliganism.
Robert G. Gauthier

Do Montreal student protesters need some of this.?
Keep up the good work,

From: Robert Roehle
Subject: FW: Election fraud crisis - restoring the integrity of our democracy

The information below was sent to Anders Bruun. So it's entitled "Dear Anders." However, part way down the page there is a place to vote "if you are not Anders Bruun." These people are working with the Council of Canadians, the same folks who are interveners in our court actions to save the CWB. I suggest you take the time to read this material and vote.


It's been eight weeks since the news first broke that call centres affiliated with the Conservative Party of Canada allegedly placed thousands of illegal phone calls to stop non-Conservative voters from reaching the polls in the 2011 federal election.

If there is clear evidence that the party in power is responsible for systematic election fraud, what should be done?

Please click on the link you agree with most to vote:

1. The individuals directly responsible should face criminal charges.

2. There should be criminal charges AND by-elections, just in ridings that were affected.

3. There should be criminal charges AND the Governor General should disolve parliament - we should have a completely new election.

Not bruun_a@hotmail.com? Please click here to vote.

From: "rory j. koopmans"
Subject: Executive Dissertations: May Day

From: Ron Thornton
Subject: As one of the world's largest democracies, why doesn't Canada have a Triple E Senate?

One of the most attractive reasons for a Triple E Senate is to give to provide representation to a province or state equal to that of other jurisdictions long distances away regardless as to population to provide a more national consensus . All the largest countries in the world by land mass recognize this, even China. Of the largest democracies, four have Triple E Senates, while three do not. You can decide which has provided its citizens with the better forms of government.


ARGENTINA (elected)
3 Senators per each of its 23 provinces, 3 for the city of Buenos Aires = 72 Senators
Each province has a 4.2% share of the Senate.

AUSTRALIA (elected)
12 Senators per each of its six states, 2 Senators per territory = 76 Senators
Each state has 15.8% share of the Senate
Each territory has 2.6% share of the Senate

BRAZIL (elected)
3 Senators from each of the 26 States and the Federal District = 81 Senators
Each states has an 11.1% share of the Senate.

2 Senators per each of its 50 states = 100 Senators
Each state has 2.0% share of the Senate


CANADA (appointed)
24 Senators per "region", plus six for Newfoundland, and one each per territory = 105 Senators
Two provinces have 24 Senators each (22.9% each of the total).
Two provinces have 10 Senators each (9.5% each).
Five provinces have 6 Senators each (5.7% each).
One provinces has 4 Senators (3.8%).
Three territories have 1 Senator each.(1% each).
*The Quebec regional division was created in 1867 at the time of confederation, as set out in the Constitution Act of 1867 and defined in the Consolidated Statutes of Canada 1859. Quebec senators must own property in their represented divisions. However, the senate boundaries have not been changed since 1867 making large portions of Quebec unrepresented that were added from the Northwest Territories.

INDIA (appointed/indirectly elected)
Representation proportional to population of 28 states and 9 territories = 245 Senators* (max. 250 Rajya Sabha members)
One State each has 31 members (12.7% of the total)
One State each has 19 members
Two States each have 18 members
Two States each have 16 members
One States has 12 members
President nominates 12 members
Two States each have 11 members
Two States each have 10 members
One State has 9 members
Two States each have 7 members
One State has 6 members
Two States each have 5 members
One State has 4 members
Two States each have 3 members
Delhi (Capital) has 3 members (1.2%)
Nine others each have 1 member (0.4% each of the total)

RUSSIA (indirectly elected)
2 Deputies elected from each of 83 "federal subjects" = 166 Deputies
One federal district has 18 federal subjects, or 36 Deputies (21.7% of the total)
One federal district has 14 federal subjects, or 28 Deputies
One federal district has 12 federal subjects, or 24 Deputies
One federal district has 11 federal subjects, or 22 Deputies
One federal district has 9 federal subjects, or 18 Deputies
One federal district has 7 federal subjects, or 14 Deputies
Two federal districts have 6 federal subjects, or 12 Deputies each (3.6% each)

From: "S.McDowall"
Subject: George Monbiot: Empire of Capital /interesting !        

"Our" side is rotten to the core !
An appropriate song from "Stop the World, I want to get off "  (about politicians) appropriate... to me at least & injects a bit of humour in our sad situation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inSuqXWcqpM&feature=related
Subject: Thieves Of Bay Street: How Banks, Brokerages And The Wealthy Steal Billions From Canadians: Bruce Livesey: Books |
Book review.

"If you Google "ICELAND FORGIVES ENTIRE POPULATION OF MORTGAGE DEBT" you will get 'About 359,000 Results'. Not one of them is a Media Outlet in the US. Not one single Major or Minor news outlet in America has mentioned a single word about this story. "

From: John Duddy
Subject: Good video.

Hi Joe.

Here is a good video.

Jonathan Kay Natoinal Post -v- Historian Webster Tarpley.

Moderator David Frum.


Best to you.


From: "Sandra Finley" <sabest1@sasktel.net>
Subject: Stop it from below (war/peace): please watch (2 min.) and PASS ON

Hi Sandra, i am sending this to absolutely everybody i know! It speaks for itself.
Love, brigitte http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrhtFKE2V4I
(2 minutes)

We Love You - Iran & Israel
NUMBER OF VIEWS: April 30, 2012: 22,640 in the am. 22,798 by suppertime.
· But the number of views is understated.
· The cascade of supporting videos has been phenomenal.
· Brigitte is helping to move it beyond facebook into email networks. Way to go Brigitte!
Note: I pulled Buffy St Marie's "Universal Soldier" out and into a separate posting on its own. She does a short introduction to explain the origin of "Universal Soldier". (The theme is individual responsibility for war.) The lyrics are included in the posting: http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5230
Hey! How about this? An easy way for us to pitch in.
· Ronny and thousands of others are stopping the making of war on Iran from below.
· Lockheed Martin is setting up at the University of Saskatchewan. Its "collaboration topics" are listed at http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5103
· We challenged collaboration with Lockheed Martin at the last meeting (April 21) of University Senate.
· The Dean of Engineering, Ernie Barber, (966-5593 ernie.barber@usask.ca) defended the collaboration.
· The University of Saskatchewan is, at least for now, still owned by the people of Saskatchewan (but the theft continues. I phoned to ask a question of a scientist who is doing a project with the synchrotron at the University. The scientist is with the University; it's a University phone number. The phone is answered "Cameco . . . ".)
· The "Collaboration Topics" with Lockheed Martin mean that our children will study and research to aid Lockheed Martin develop more weapons. Lockheed Martin does not care whether their weapons are illegal, whether the radioactive poisoning from their DU weapons cause birth defects in the offspring of their own soldiers let alone of the Berbers and Afghans, or whether they are used to kill and to create tonnes of more hatred in the world – against us in the end.
· We can no longer pretend that we are not part of the American corporate war machine, especially not with Lockheed Martin at the U of S and Canadian participation in the war in Afghanistan (that gets almost no coverage in Canadian mainstream media).
· We CAN help Ronny (We Love You - Iran & Israel, link at top of page) and the tens of thousands of people who are sending messages like his to Iranians. Iranians are sending messages back. People from other countries are pitching in. It is an exciting viral campaign.
· If the war against Iran is launched, Lockheed Martin will be a promoter and large financial beneficiary.
· Our contribution to the battle to stop the wars?
· Quite simple: tell Ernie Barber (966-5593 ernie.barber@usask.ca) and the University (contact info at http://sandrafinley.ca/?p=5103) that it is wrong to collaborate with Lockheed Martin Corporation. Doesn't get much easier than that!
· Working with courageous and inventive others, using non-violent resistance we CAN stop the destruction and hatred. We are millions in numbers. It is FUN and rewarding work! . . . Way to go Ronny! We'll do what we can here, to further your brilliance.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = == =
Email from Sandra Finley
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Norma Graham 7:22pm Apr 29 

Here's more info on CETA
Atamanenko on CETA

& more info here
Trade Justice - About CETA

Suffice to say whatever promises this government makes to protect supply management, to put the interests of farmers ahead of big business, to support agricultural research, to consult with farmers before making major changes to government policies, should be taken with a large dose of ... fertilizer

If you think that the Harper government is finished restructuring Canadian agriculture, think again....

CETA and services
CETA and culture
CETA, jobs and the economy
CETA and food sovereignty
CETA and public postal services
CETA and telecommunications
CETA and social procurement
CETA and public services
CETA, trade and the environment


The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is being negotiated as a "next-generation" free trade deal that goes beyond NAFTA and the WTO in shielding corporate activity from government controls. The draft agreement includes extensive chapters on services and investment, government procurement, intellectual property, and standards and regulations. It will also contain a controversial NAFTA-like investor-state dispute process that allows corporations from Europe to directly challenge and sometimes overturn Canadian laws that interfere with profits – even for public health or environmental reasons.
Too secret, not democratic enough
Like all free trade agreements, the Canada-E.U. talks are happening in secret with each side, making offers and requests of the other in the hopes of getting the best deal for their home companies. By their nature, trade agreements are based on corporate interests – without corporate input how would the Canadian government know what to ask for? The flip side of this is that free trade agreements end up protecting corporate interests and giving short shrift to other public priorities such as protecting the environment, ending global poverty and generally creating economies that work for people not just for profits.
Lip service to sustainable development
CETA contains a nice sounding sustainable development chapter but like NAFTA's environment and labour side-agreements, this one has no teeth. Meanwhile, its services, investment and procurement chapters, would give European corporations new tools with which to challenge public policy and remove provincial or local development initiatives that prioritize good, green jobs and the transition to more sustainable, local economies.
Municipalities left in the dark
Unlike NAFTA, the Canada-E.U. free trade agreement would interfere with local and municipal policies for the first time and yet our mayors and municipal councillors are not part of the negotiations. Policies designed to maximize public spending by considering the social as well as economic benefits of local sourcing or local hiring, would be banned. Municipal services, including water and energy utilities, would be restricted in the same way while European P3 consortiums (public-private partnerships) would get new guarantees in municipal tendering to the possible detriment of local public services.
What should we do?
Call your municipal councillors, provincial politicians and your Member of Parliament. Find out if they are in favour of this deal. If so, ask them how it would affect your community. Ask how it would strengthen Canada's social, economic and environmental policies.
Tell us about your conversations. Link to the website. Share the materials. Learn more at http://tradejustice.ca.
Get your organization to sign the Civil Society Declaration on the Canada-E.U. trade agreement and become a member of the Trade Justice Network: TJN.RCJ@gmail.com

A Critical Assessment of the Proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Between the European Union and Canada -- A joint position of the European Federation of Public Service Unions and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the National Union of Public and General Employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (January 2010)
Negotiating from weakness: Canada-EU trade treaty threatens Canadian purchasing policies and public services -- A report by Scott Sinclair for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (April 2010)
Municipal Procurement Implications of the Proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union -- Legal opinion prepared by Steven Shrybman (Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP) for the Centre for Civic Governance at Columbia Institute (May 2010
Out of Equilibrium: The impact of EU-Canada trade on the real economy -- A report by Jim Stanford for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (October 2010)
Public Water for Sale: A report to provincial, territorial and municipal governments regarding the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement -- Canadian Union of Public Employees and Council of Canadians (December 2010)
An Economic Impact Assessment of Proposed Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property Provisions [in CETA] -- A report by Paul Grootendorst and Aiden Hollis for the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association (January 2011)
Full of Holes: Newly leaked documents show Canada is opening the door widely to private water companies in trade negotiations with the European Union -- A report by the Council of Canadians and Canadian Union of Public Employees (January 2012)
How Well is Public Health Care Protected from Canada-EU Free Trade -- A backgrounder prepared by the Canadian Labour Congress (April 2012) 

10 Reasons Why CETA is Bad for Canada


"Hey Canada, heard of the CETA yet? No? It's not surprising! Once again, our federal and provincial government and business leaders are negotiating a "free trade" deal behind the backs of Canadians. This time, it's called the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA for short. It will change the face of Canada as we know it, and Harper wants to sign it in a hurry - before anyone has a chance to debate it!"

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