Jan 30th, 2012
Largest free trade agreement since NAFTA nearing fruition BY KIT SAUDER – CONTRIBUTOR JAN 29 In December of 2011 the Government of Canada announced that it had completed its ninth round of trade talks with the European Union on the proposed Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Re...
Dec 21st, 2011
‘We’ve been asleep at the switch,’ says NDP’s Pat Martin By Kathryn May, Ottawa Citizen December 21, 2011 Seven agents of Parliament have twice made an “unprecedented appeal” to Commons committees to do a better job of scrutinizing and overseeing the watchdogs an...
Dec 9th, 2011
CATCH News Dec 07, 2011 The city’s integrity commissioner believes he can’t legally address violations of the councillor Code of Conduct that he was hired to enforce. The bombshell revelation is part of Earl Basse’s second annual report to the city’s accountability and transparency committee that is ...
Nov 26th, 2011
By Stuart Trew Council of Canadians November 23 2011 What the Conservative government hailed last week as a major WTO victory, U.S. consumer and public advocacy groups mourned as yet another attack on democracy by corporate trade deals. Read more ...
Nov 17th, 2011
By ELIZABETH CHURCH Globe and Mail Nov. 15, 2011 Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs is welcoming a move by Toronto to take authority for minor planning disputes out of the hands of the Ontario Municipal Board, but says attempts to abolish the provincial appeals body or change its mandate requir...
Nov 16th, 2011
Many seeking answers to specific problems Owen Sound Sun Times November 10 2011 There was mixed reaction from some of the 250 or so people who turned out for a primer on planning policy in Grey County. Read more ...
Nov 16th, 2011
Sleeper issue emerges in CETA negotiations By Stuart Trew Council of Canadians ovember 10th, 2011 Investment agreements are instruments used by transnational corporations to discipline and pressurize governments, granting them unprecedented power to pursue public policy objectives. Thus, they undermi...
Nov 5th, 2011
New Tecumseth Free Press November 4, 2011 In her final year in office, former Simcoe-Grey MP Helena Guergis spent $522,469 according to the 2010-2011 Member’s Expenditures Report, about $23,000 more than she did in 2009-10. Read more Expenditure reports for all MPs ...
Oct 20th, 2011
Bradley to Environment, Gravelle to Natural ResourcesBy Kate Harries AWARE Simcoe October 20 2011Jim Bradley returns to the ministry where he made his name - does he still have the drive he showed in the 1980s? It will be needed, to address the waste issue. The Liberals' failure to show leadership on...
Oct 18th, 2011
COC, CUPE video October 17 2011 A short witty video on the trade deal being negotiated by the Harper government with the European Union. The video features Canadian Union of Public Employees National President Paul Moist and Council of Canadians National Chairperson Maude Barlow. Link ...