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Bullet #1437: Trump's Trade Policy Agenda: More Liberalization

by Christoph Scherrer | June 23, 2017

President Donald Trump has been portrayed as a protectionist. His immediate cancellation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) upon assuming the presidency, as well as his support for the border adjustment tax proposed by the Republican leadership in Congress, seems to confirm this portrayal of his foreign economic policy leanings. However, a different conclusion emerges from a closer reading of Donald Trump's business interests, of his trade agenda as published in the 2016 Annual Report on the Trade Agreements Program by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and of American trade negotiation history.



What's New: Creating a Canadian infrastructure bank in the public interest

by Toby Sanger | June 22, 2017

During the 2015 federal election, the Liberals promised to establish a federal infrastructure bank to provide low-cost financing to municipalities. However, in the Fall Economic Statement, they proposed that it rely largely on private institutional finance. The federal budget, to be released on March 22, is expected to provide more details of the government's plans in this area. This study finds that private financing of the proposed Canada Infrastructure Bank could double the cost of infrastructure projects -- adding $150-billion or more in additional financing costs on the $140-billion of anticipated investments.



What's New: A New Direction: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention

by Stephen Gaetz and Erin Dej | June 22, 2017

Prevention makes sense. To prevent disease, we vaccinate. To prevent traffic deaths, we install seat belts. While we recognize intuitively that preventing homelessness is a good idea, there has been little movement in Canada to make that happen on a national scale. A New Direction: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention sets out to provide the language and clarity to begin that conversation. Since mass homelessness emerged in the mid-1980s, we have largely used emergency services to respond to people’s immediate needs.



What's New: Arthur Manuel’s battle against the 0.2 per cent Indigenous economy

by Shiri Pasternak | June 21, 2017

As the pageantry around Canada 150 begins, Ricochet and our Indigenous Reporting Fund present 'Resistance 150: Unsettling Canada’s Hidden Economic Apartheid,' a series honouring and continuing the pathbreaking work of the late Arthur Manuel. The Secwepemc chief, long-time member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and indomitable activist and thinker played a key role in Indigenous land defence in Canada and globally.



Bullet #1436: Banking on Privatization: the Canada Infrastructure Bank

by Canadian Union of Public Employees | June 21, 2017

The Liberal government is promoting the Canada Infrastructure Bank as a new way to provide financing for public infrastructure. But it’s really a new and dangerous way for corporations to profit from public infrastructure and services. The bank will allow corporations and private lenders unprecedented access to - and power over - the infrastructure that keeps our communities safe and makes them great places to live. The Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) will support projects that generate revenue for private lenders and corporations, including water and wastewater systems, public transit, roads and electrical utilities.



Bullet #1435: We Need Free Speech to Fight the Right

by Nikki Williams | June 20, 2017

'Free Speech or die, Portland. You got no safe space. This is America. Get out if you don't like free speech.' Those were the chilling words of anti-Muslim terrorist Jeremy Christian at his arraignment for stabbing three people who tried to stand up to his harassment of two women of color, one of them wearing a hijab, on a light rail train in Portland, Oregon. Christian was responding to the far right's current cynical campaign in defense of what it calls 'free speech' - which to the bigots means the freedom to harass, intimidate and assault oppressed people with no opposition.



Bullet #1434: Time to Revitalize the Anti-War Movement

by Canadian Union of Postal Workers | June 19, 2017

Justin Trudeau certainly did not run on a military-strength platform. Nowhere on the campaign trail did Liberals talk about increasing military spending or using 'hard power' abroad. The recent speech by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, alongside the announced 70 per cent increase in military spending should ring alarm bells. Stephen Harper wouldn't have dared such an announcement. Canadians wouldn't have accepted it. Not with our hospitals, schools and infrastructure in such sorry shape.



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