Trading away Democracy

Pia Eberhardt, Blair Redlin, Cecile Toubeau
November 2014

The Investor-state dispute settlement mechanism in the far-reaching economic integration agreement between Canada and the European Union prevents governments from acting in the public interest.

The right to say no

Pia Eberhardt, Emma Lui, Stuart Trew
May 2013

As European Union (EU) member states consider the implications of environmentally risky shale gas development (fracking), negotiations are underway for a controversial EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) which would grant investors the right to challenge governments’ decision to ban and regulate fracking.

More Than Backpedaling on NAFTA

October 2009

Obama has not just backpedaled from his campaign commitments to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He has ended up expanding the accord which will remove even more checks and balances on the exchange of capital, services, and goods.

Three Amigos Summit

Manuel Pérez Rocha and Sarah Anderson
April 2008
The forthcoming secretive Security and Prosperity Partnership summit between Mexico, US and Canada will be attended by Wal-Mart, Chevron, and 28 other large corporations, while members of Congress, journalists, and ordinary citizens are excluded.

President George W. Bush will soon host what has become an annual “Three Amigos Summit.” The leaders of Mexico, the United States, and Canada will be gathering in New Orleans on April 21 and 22. What do you suppose is on the agenda? A rational response to immigration, perhaps?

Participatory Budgeting in Canada:

February 2006

In Canada, participatory budgeting is being applied in new ways,
generating new strategies for progressive urban politics. This paper
explores the initial Canadian experiences with participatory budgeting:
Guelph's Neighbourhood Support Coalition, Toronto Community Housing's
Tenant Participation System, and Ridgeview School's participatory
budget in Vancouver, as well as the City of Toronto's 'Listening to
Toronto' budget consultations.

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