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by Editors — last modified 2016-05-07T14:44:47-04:00
Contributors: Faiz Ahmed, JBB, Graham H. Cox, R. Dubois, JA Cox

Sur le Ceta, «les petits Etats n’auraient que le droit de se taire ?» - Libération

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 25, 2016 12:48 PM
"Il faut clarifier ces zones grises, par exemple en disant clairement ce que veut dire un service public, un service de santé, ou qu’une entreprise ne pourra jamais demander une indemnisation lorsqu’un pays modifie sa législation environnementale. Par ailleurs, le tribunal arbitral prévu par le Ceta et qui sera chargé de cette interprétation ne présente pas toutes les garanties d’indépendance offertes par les ordres juridictionnels européens et canadien."

Wallonia premier says region not opposed to EU-Canada free trade deal, but secret arbitration must go – Magnette | Reuters

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 25, 2016 12:44 PM
"Wallonia premier Paul Magnette said the Belgian region was not opposed to a planned EU-Canada free trade deal in itself but that an arbitration scheme needed to be dropped and public services protected. ... Typically, the lawsuit is brought before a panel of private arbitrators, its members appointed by the investor and state in dispute. The mechanism has been criticized because of lawsuits brought by companies against tighter rules on public health, environmental and labor standards."

CETA: Lessons from Canada | Council of Canadians

by Faiz Ahmed — last modified Oct 25, 2016 12:38 PM
Also see: Arbitration scheme obstacle to EU-Canada trade deal | Financial Post “Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) was once a term known only to international trade experts, but became the rallying cry of those opposed to EU-U.S. trade negotiations when these were launched three years ago. ... We want absolutely no private arbitration mechanisms,” [Oxford educated] premier of Wallonia Paul Magnette said on Monday as he delivered a final “Non” to signing the deal this week – though in fact negotiators involved in CETA argue that its tribunals will be appointed by governments on either side without corporate input."

Not signing CETA a positive outcome of 6 years of resistance and raising concerns | EPSU

by Graham H. Cox — last modified Oct 25, 2016 09:19 AM
The last minute attempts to pressure the Prime Minister of the Belgian region Wallonia into agreeing to the EU-Canada trade deal have failed. The regional parliaments of Wallonia and Brussels did not agree to mandate the Belgian federal government to sign the deal. The European Union therefore did not have the consent of all Member States to agree. The concerns expressed by Prime Minister Magnette are not new. They are points raised by EPSU, the Canadian unions and a very broad coalition of groups starting 6 years ago with the publication of a study underlining the flaws in the process to come to a EU-Canada trade agreement, followed up by another EPSU study how trade agreements could undermine public services.

Food Security and Unions | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 24, 2016 09:49 AM
Local Toronto food activists are working with unionized workers to shift local food procurement at the University of Toronto. By in-sourcing production and cooking real food they are showing that by working together, workers and activists can make a positive impact in our communities.

Transparency, privacy, and political opportunism | What's Left

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Oct 24, 2016 09:31 AM
The publication of hacked emails and documents seems to have become a regular occurrence in recent years. However, while the government documents leaked by Edward Snowden were combed through by journalists who made it a priority to write about and publish only stories that served the public interest, more recent leaks have not been handled so well.
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