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Canadians Need to Know the Truth About the TPP

This week, ministers from 12 countries representing 40 per cent of the world's economy will meet to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest trade agreements ever. As talks are rushed to conclusion, Canada is still fighting to have its supply management system excluded from the deal. We wish the government well in its quest to protect supply management, but we wish it would go to bat for other core Canadian values and industries. Unlike our European and even American counterparts, Canadian discussion on the TPP has been limited to chickens, eggs and milk.

CETA's Promise of 80,000 Jobs Doesn't Add Up

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, has repeatedly promised an 80,000 job windfall from CETA. But many economists and commentators have questioned the veracity of economic models of trade agreements saying free trade's returns have been overestimated.
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This World Water Day, a Recovery Plan Is More Important Than Ever

Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly declared March 22 to be World Water Day. In a world is facing a severe and growing water crisis without a roadmap, this day is more important than ever. Our collective abuse of water has caused the planet to enter "a new geologic age" -- a "planetary transformation" akin to the retreat of the glaciers more than 11,000 years ago. This is according to 500 renowned scientists brought together in Bonn at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on May 2013.
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Can This Network Really Take on Harper?

The creation of Common Causes gave me hope. I have long felt that we desperately need a hard-nosed civil society movement that will challenge the Conservatives with massive campaigns drawing on the resources of hundreds of groups. Common Causes may be able to build an effective forum and voice for Canada's liberal-minded, progressive community but, as we have been in Quebec, this can take years.
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$250k Deposit Please

A lawyer for seven Conservative MPs whose 2011 election wins are being challenged in Federal Court wants to see a $250,000 deposit on costs in case the challengers lose. Nine Canadians in seven ridin...
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How To Save Our Great Lakes

With so many wonderful people, elected officials and environmental groups working hard to save and protect the Great Lakes, what is the problem? There are competing visions of what the Lakes are for and who they serve. One vision -- the wrong one -- is winning.

Sunday Round-Up

While Alison Redford succeeded in her stunning bid to become Alberta's first female premier, Ontarians still don't know which chocolate they'll be picking out of the box. This past week's leadership debate produced no new clear front-runner. Meanwhile, protestors against the Keystone Pipeline busily had themselves arrested at demonstrations on Parliament Hill -- with our own Maude Barlow reporting from the paddywagon about her handcuffing experience. Our intrepid HuffPost contributors are no strangers, however, to incarceration: We were thrilled to welcome Baron Black of Crossharbour -- Conrad Black -- aboard as a new blogger.

I Got Arrested For The First Time

I took a deep breath, stepped on the barrier and crossed over. We were on Parliament Hill to show our opposition to the extension of the Keystone Pipeline, which would take raw bitumen from the tar sands of Northern Alberta over prime farmland and the Ogallala Aquifer to a refinery in Texas.