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TPP: The Devil’s in the Details

Think ‘property.’ Now think ‘treaty’ … as in those instruments that transferred land from people who belonged to it, to people to whom it then belonged. Pretty good deal for us, not so much for First Nations. (A stony outcropping of land called the Bruce Peninsula was evaluated not so long ago as being worth some $50 billion —just imagine what the rest of Canada is worth.) Now you’re in the proper frame of mind to consider the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Continue reading

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Plato’s Tree

Greece as an example of the economic and social damage that austerity in times of precarity can do. The legacy of Athena’s give to Athens — the olive tree that shaded democracy. Plus an update on the election of the left-wing Syriza Party in the Greek election of January 2015. Continue reading

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Wynne’s Win: Ontario’s Great Divide

No one should be happy about the Liberal majority. Well, maybe Kathleen Wynne—she owned up to the gas plant scandals and she ran a terrific campaign. This is, more than anyone else’s, Wynne’s win. Elections have a way of showing … Continue reading

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Lament for a Nation – Canada’s slide into colonialism

On Wednesday November 27th, John Baird officially redefined Canada to the world as a corporate shill. Prime Minister Harper told Ed Fast, the Minister of International Trade after the 2011 election that he wanted Canadian foreign policy to focus on … Continue reading

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Beware the Lies of March—What Shakespeare tells us about Hugo Chavez

I come to bury Chavez, not to praise him. Barak Obama says he was authoritarian. And the President is an honourable man. John Graham, former ambassador to Venezuela says he couldn’t manage his own economy. And he is an honourable … Continue reading

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Forging the chains that chaffe: Canada’s Foreign Policy

The Harper government’s foreign policy amounts to dissing the UN, slavishly supporting Israel right or wrong, scolding the EU (while promoting a banking policy they opposed in opposition), and signing economic agreements with anyone with a pulse. John Baird managed … Continue reading

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Black Gold or Fool’s Gold

It was a text-book case of misdirection. Like snake-oil salesmen of old warming up their marks with a shell game, Prime Minister Harper and Joe Oliver accused radical environmental groups of using “foreign money” to “hijack” Canada’s regulatory process on … Continue reading

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