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What's New: TiSA Troubles: Services, Democracy and Corporate Rule in the Trump Era

| September 30, 2017

This study, co-published with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), examines the adverse impacts on public services and public interest regulation of the little-known Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), quietly being negotiated in Geneva by a group of 23 governments, including Canada. Senior CCPA trade researcher Scott Sinclair argues that under the guise of expanding international trade in services, TiSA will make it much harder for governments to regulate vital services such as energy, water, banking, transport and online services. The agreement is also designed to pry open public services to commercial involvement.



What's New: Tax Fairness Matters

by Toronto and York Region Labour Council | September 29, 2017

In July 2017, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced proposals for tax changes that aim to control tax evasion by wealthy individuals and corporations. Three loopholes will be tightened so high-income Canadians do not create small businesses simply to pay less tax. The backlash by Corporate Canada has been so strong that it is clear progressive Canadians must respond. Each loophole contains complex technical details. Tightening these loopholes would be a good first step, but relatively minor compared with other tax policies from which the wealthy benefit. Progressive Canadians had expected more from Morneau.



Mike Constable cartoonWhat's New: Nobel prize for fiction

by Mike Constable | September 29, 2017

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What's New: The great nutrient collapse

by Helena Bottemiller Evich | September 29, 2017

Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D. at Arizona State University. Against a backdrop of glass containers glowing with bright green algae, a biologist told Loladze and a half-dozen other graduate students that scientists had discovered something mysterious about zooplankton.



Bullet #1490: Norwegian Elections: Another Right-Wing Victory, and a Serious Labour Defeat

by Asbjørn Wahl | September 28, 2017

The centre-left failed in getting rid of the so-called ‘blue-blue’ government at the parliamentary elections in Norway on 11 September. The Labour Party was the main loser, while small parties on the centre-left advanced slightly. However, the parliamentary basis of the right-wing government has started to unravel. A deeper political crisis may be looming in the background, while social contradictions are on the raise. Social Democracy followed the general European downward tendency (except Britain).



What's New: Origins of the Free Trade Agreements

by John W. Warnock | September 27, 2017

The Trudeau government is currently re-negotiating NAFTA with the governments of the USA and Mexico. The results we are told will be Win! Win! Win! How can Canada lose? The standard line from big business, the mass media and mainstream academics is that everyone benefits from free trade. Consumers profit from lower prices for all goods and services. So while we wait to see how the proposed new NAFTA negotiations will go, it might useful to remember the major political battle that transpired as the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (CUSFTA) and NAFTA were created.



What's New: A Legacy of Environmental Racism

by Sharon Lerner | September 27, 2017

Although Obama’s EPA failed to clear out the backlog of outstanding environmental civil rights cases, it did make some progress in limiting emissions from refineries. In Beaumont, the biggest changes came as the result of a lawsuit the agency filed against Exxon Mobil over six of its refineries, which resulted in a 2005 consent decree that mandated serious pollution reductions. Those and other changes resulted in a 70 percent overall decrease in emissions from the plant, according to an email from Charlotte Huffaker, a communications adviser at Exxon Mobil.



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Campaign launch: Free Public Transit for Ottawa

Solidarity Ottawa’s Eco-Justice Committee is convening a public meeting to launch a campaign for Free and Accessible Public Transit. The speakers at the event, including Stefan Kipfer from Free Transit Toronto Now, will provide insight into challenges and ways forward. Free transit is the future. The movement starts here.

Speakers:
* Stefan Kipfer - Free Transit Toronto Now
* Kevin Kinsella - Disability Rights Activist
* Tina Ford - anti-poverty activist
* Kira-Lynn Ferderber - feminist rapper and activist

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