Although I am not Greek, I love Greece dearly and it has been my second home for nearly 40 years. Over the last two years I have watched a lot of finger pointing and accusations being aimed at this unequaled, beautiful cradle of democracy and I have one question for you:
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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Although I am not Greek, I love Greece dearly and it has been my second home for nearly 40 years. Over the last two years I have watched a lot of finger pointing and accusations being aimed at this unequaled, beautiful cradle of democracy and I have one question for you:
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Subject: Examination of Bill C-30
Dear Chair, Vice Chairs, and Members of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security:
Like so many Canadians, I am worried about the overreaching nature of Bill C-30 as it is currently drafted. I feel that proper study of the Bill must consider:
The notion that current investigative powers of law enforcement are insufficient. In my view, law enforcement must provide compelling evidence that this is so.
The warrantless disclosure of ISP/telecom customer information. This strikes at a bedrock principle of privacy law and is rightly opposed by the privacy and civil society community.
The possibility that police might bypass new reporting requirements in relation to disclosed subscriber information. The legislation must ensure that all ISP/telecom disclosures are logged and reported.
Section 23 of the Bill, which imposes a gag order on Internet providers, preventing them from informing affected subscribers of disclosures of information. This provision is undemocratic, and must be removed from the bill.
Section 487.0195 of the Bill, which grants ISP/telecoms full criminal and civil immunity for warrantless disclosure of information. ISP/telecoms must not be allowed to and encouraged to comply with warrantless data preservation and production.
Section 14 of the Bill, which gives government an array of powers to order ISP/telecoms to install surveillance equipment to allow for more simultaneous interceptions than is otherwise specified in the law; to comply with additional confidentiality requirements not otherwise specified in the law; to meet additional operational requirements not otherwise specified in the law; to install surveillance equipment provided by the Minister. These provisions to circumvent limitations in the law, and determine not only surveillance capabilities but the surveillance equipment itself, must be dropped.
The ISP/telecom regulatory framework. Capability requirements, requirements for ISP/telecoms to assist with testing surveillance capabilities, requirements for them to disclose the names of all employees who may be involved in interceptions, reporting requirements in relation to technical capabilities, and the draconian inspection powers of Section 34 must be closely examined and found justifiable before this proposed legislation is passed.
Oversight of lawful access. The government should follow the advice of Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian by establishing an independent agency devoted to surveillance oversight.
Limits of the law. The law must be limited in its application to serious crime only, and limited in its use to law enforcement officials dealing with serious criminal matters.
The cost of lawful access. Before proceeding with the legislation, Canadians are entitled to a detailed, independent regulatory impact assessment that provides a realistic analysis of the costs created by Bill C-30 for implementation of surveillance technologies, operational costs, and resources needed for oversight.
Section 64, which makes it clear that future regulations relating to implementation of the bill will be required. The public is entitled to see all the regulations before the bill is passed, and all the regulations must be reviewed by and voted upon by the House of Commons.
Privacy laws. Given the close correlation between privacy and security, the government should commit to moving forward with reforms to the private sector privacy law (PIPEDA) in conjunction with lawful access.
Canada’s commitments in the Beyond the Border Action plan around information sharing. There is the potential that information gathered will be information shared with any U.S. police department or security agency making a request. Bringing Canada’s policies in line with U.S. policing norms without putting in place checks and balances on when and how much information is shared with other countries goes against a fundamental recommendation of the Arar Commissioner. This cannot be allowed to happen.
Thank you for your attention to these very serious concerns.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Government departments and agencies as well as stakeholders from the private sector are required by law, to publish certain information in the Canada Gazette. The official newspaper is published under the authority of the Statutory Instruments Act and of the Statutory Instruments Regulations.
The Canada Gazette contains formal public notices, official appointments, proposed regulations, regulations and public Acts of Parliament from government departments and agencies. It also contains miscellaneous public notices from the private sector.
Harper is ending the requirement to publish with C-38. This affords them the opportunity to work in secret. Worried?? If not, you should be.
Tell people. Tell CARP. Tell Opposition MPs. Tell everywhere you can. Who wants a secret Canadian government???? Is this what our troops fought and died for? Is this what we want to leave our children and grandchildren?
TELL and keep TELLING.. YELL IT from the rooftops!!!
- Here is a list of Opposition MP email addresses:
- Link for Omnibus Austerity Budget Bill C-38
via Robin Chat
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
We were up Iron Mountain, near Merritt, British Columbia and visited one of our favorite lakes. To our surprise, we were greeted by frogs! They were amazing!!
Frogs are amphibians in the order Anura.
Frogs are widely known as exceptional jumpers, and many of the anatomical characteristics of frogs, particularly their long, powerful legs, are adaptations to improve jumping performance.
Due to their permeable skin, frogs are often semi-aquatic or inhabit humid areas, but move easily on land. They typically lay their eggs in puddles, ponds or lakes, and their larvae, called tadpoles, have gills and tails to develop in water. Adult frogs follow a carnivorous diet, mostly of arthropods, annelids and gastropods. Frogs are most noticeable by their call, which can be widely heard during the night or day, mainly in their mating season.
The distribution of frogs ranges from tropic to subarctic regions, but most species are found in tropical rainforests. Consisting of more than 5,000 species described, they are among the most diverse groups of vertebrates. However, populations of certain frog species are declining significantly.
music is by Kendra Springer 09 - Where Sky Meets Sea
Subject: Elections Canada and its investigation
May 16, 2012
I wasn't aware until today that Elections Canada has not issued a production order to legally compel the Conservative Party to hand over relevant records and is instead relying on voluntary disclosure. http://bit.ly/JLmfRw
What we know about the Conservative Party is that disclosure, even necessary disclosure as in the instance of the F-35 procurement or the costs of Bill C-10, is not its strong point.
What we know about Elections Canada is that the Chief Electoral Officer was hand-picked and appointed by Stephen Harper. We also know that the Chief Electoral Officer cut a deal over the electoral fraud that took place in 2006, so none of the Conservative Party members who stood to go to jail actually did. And we know that Elections Canada has kept secret the rulings it has made on the 2,982 complaints it has investigated across the last fifteen years.
I am not confident in the will of Elections Canada to properly investigate the electoral fraud of 2011 and apprise Canadians of their findings, so I ask you today to once again call for a fully empowered, transparent public inquiry to delve into this sordid affair and report back on it.
Such a call might have the added benefit of reminding the Conservative Party of the need to conduct everyday parliamentary business according to democratic principles and processes. It seems that every day, they transgress without a whole lot of nuance to it.
(Name, Address, Postal Code)
Via Dianne Varga, Continuous Letter Depot on Canadians Rallying to Unseat Harper
Friday, May 11, 2012
How sad it is that the harper government who campaigned on 'values' seems to have lost sight of what 'values' means:
- "Culturally defined standards held by human individuals or groups about what is desirable, proper, beautiful, good or bad that serve as broad guidelines for social life." (Sociological Definitions)
Looking up the Conservative Values, the harper government in it's own words states: "We will promote the recognition that freedom only thrives in the context of responsibility . . ." (Conservative Values Canada)
- "Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver has accused "environmental and other radical groups" of trying to use money from "foreign special-interest groups" to hijack hearings on a pipeline that would bring Alberta oilsands bitumen to a port on the British Columbia coast."
- "Environment Minister Peter Kent even raised the specter of criminal activity in a recent interview broadcast on CBC Radio's The House. Asked by host Evan Solomon if the government is trying to silence environmental groups by taking away their charitable status, Kent raised concerns about money laundering."
- "Some groups with charitable status have been going well beyond the CRA guidelines for what is acceptable practice as a charitable agency," Kent said. "And there has also been concern that some Canadian charitable agencies have been used to launder offshore foreign funds." The minister was not available to speak to The Canadian Press."
- "Let me ask you this, honourable senators: If environmentalists are willing to accept money from Martians, where would they draw the line on where they receive money from? Would they take money from Al Qaeda, the Hamas or the Taliban?,” said Senator Plett."
- “Are you smoking pot and taking money from Martians?” said Senator Plett.
Has the harper government reached a pinnacle in absurdity and in their own words, 'baseless smear' (BS)? This behaviour is very reminiscent of US politics. I guess what the harper government routinely forgets is that THIS IS CANADA (Red, not blue and maybe he shouldn't have renamed our government?)
Sunday, May 6, 2012
- they profit from links to Israeli government institutions, agencies and corporations that hide behind the euphemisms of "defence" and "homeland security," and
- the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) held shares in these companies, with a market value of $1.4 billion in 2011.
The CPP also holds shares in many corporations that invest their wealth in military and so-called "security" industries that support Israeli apartheid. This is done directly, or through venture capital funds like Vertex, see pp. 50-52.
There are 16 million CPP contributors and beneficiaries who have been forced to invest their retirement savings in corporations with varying degrees of complicity in Israel’s system of apartheid, its occupation of Palestinian lands, its military/"security" industries, and its aerial bombardments of Lebanon (2006) and Gaza (2008-2009).
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Below are the email addresses of five Conservative MPs, along with some suggested text. Please email them and report back with a comment to help us keep track of the campaign's progress.
Pat Davidson: email@example.com
Royal Galipeau: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Hillyer: Jim.Hillyer@parl.gc.ca
Ed Holder: email@example.com
James Rajotte: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some suggested text. Use it, or write your own. Above all, please be respectful.
When the vote on banning asbestos was called, you had the courage and strength of character to abstain. I respectfully ask that you not participate in the upcoming Budget vote -- call in sick instead.
(Name, Address, Postal Code)
Many of us have written long and/or short emails to thank Mr. Page for his fact-find and honest reporting. (See below) I hope you feel inspired to write after reading Daryl-Mary's letter, and Kevin's response to her. This is Mr. Kevin Page's email: PageK@parl.gc.ca
From: Daryl Smith
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2012 07:06 PM
To: Page, Kevin
Subject: A Thank You Note
Dear Mr. Page,
I am just an ordinary Canadian, now a senior citizen, who is terribly concerned about the direction our country appears to be traveling, and about the government that is steering it there.
In 1973, I came here from England with my little family and our dog - already in love with this wonderful country I had researched for two years, where warmth and honesty and acceptance, along with a real will to protect vulnerable people and the environment, seemed to be the at the very core of Canada's heart. Long before I set a foot on Canadian soil, I cried when I heard the singing of "Oh Canada". I was so proud that this would be my country, and the future for my children.
I still shed tears when I hear our anthem played. But for very different reasons now. This time I am grieving, for all that we have lost, and are about to lose. For the deceptions and manipulations coming from our own government -the very people we should be able to trust to do what is best for all Canadians; for the future of our country; and for our influence on and in the world around us.
It feels as though we are spinning downwards, out of control, and that there is nothing and no-one powerful enough that can reach out and halt the descent. Maybe there isn't. However, there are good people still to be found; people who care about Canada, and who do have a voice. I most certainly consider you one of them.
I don't doubt that there have been unpleasant consequences for you and your staff for standing up in parliament for what is right and honest, and for refusing to be cowed by the forcefulness, accusations, and denials of the Conservative Regime. I am sorry, I cannot bring myself to call it a government, but it does not govern - it controls. I am angry, yes, and very sad. I am also afraid. And I want to thank you from my heart for being one of the people who gives me hope that truth and fairness are still alive in this country, and that maybe, maybe, these qualities can still prevail.
I am very sorry that you will be leaving your position in 2013, it will be a great loss for Canada. However, I cannot blame you for it one bit. I hope that whatever you do in the future will be fulfilling for you, and I can't help speculating (or wishing perhaps) that maybe we will be seeing your name on the ballot at the next election. We need all the good people we can find! Thank you again for all you do for Canada and for Canadians. I can tell you that you are appreciated by a great many Canadians besides myself. Please keep up the great work you do for us all.
Wishing you the best.
Daryl-Mary Smith (Ms)
Thank you very much for sharing your story and concerns for Canada and your kind words of support for the work of the Parliamentary Budget Office.
There is a quote from Albert Einstein to the effect that "in the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity". I like this quote.
To be honest, I did not want to be the Parliamentary Budget Officer for professional and personal reasons. Many of my colleagues in the public service budget community thought it would be very difficult given some of the problems associated with the legislation that set the office up and a pervasive culture of governments and public service towards secrecy (control message; limit debate)
From a personal perspective my wife and I lost a son in an accident five and half years ago. This is a terrible struggle that many parents have endured. I did not think I had the energy and I was concerned about the impact on my wife and two other childrens. Work can be a very selfish endeavor.
George Bernard Shaw said "without change, there is no progress". We need progress as you point out. We need change. It has been a true honor to be your Parliamentary Budget Officer. We have built a small and dedicated team of like minded bean counters that enjoy this type of public service. We will do everything we can within our mandate to promote transparency and the use of financial analysis in debate. This work has been for good for my soul (the selfish part). My family is doing better. Our departed son Tyler has taught us all that there is nothing permanent in life (perhaps with the exception of love we share with family and friends) so let's get the most out of the present.
Daryl, please do not be discouraged. The values that you brought to Canada are still here (my wife came to Canada from England in 1967; her father shared your perspective and vision). In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. I thank you for making the connection. You have given me inspiration. It is an honor to serve you. I will do my best not to let you down.
Wishing you and family great health and happiness.
Friday, May 4, 2012
We found these turtles sunning themselves on a small pond.
The Western Painted Turtle is named after the bright yellow stripes on its head, neck, tail and legs, and the glowing red on its plastron (shell covering the belly) and under-edge of its carapace (shell covering the back).
Most adult Painted Turtles spend the winter hibernating in the mud at the bottom of ponds and lakes. Once temperatures warm up and the ice leaves the water, Painted Turtle courtship begins.
In B.C., Painted Turtles are found in pockets throughout the southern interior, as far north as Golden. This includes the Okanagan Valley, Kamloops Lake, Shuswap Lake, and the Creston and Nelson Area.
At present, the Western Painted Turtle is on the provincial blue list. This means they are considered vulnerable to habitat loss, and susceptible to human and natural disturbances. Habitat is being lost because of pollution and waterway interference due to damming, agriculture, and urbanization of waterfronts.
Filmed May 4, 2012 at Mission Creek Park...
The Wild Clematis was the first delicate flower we came upon. This one is mauve, but apparently there are also yellow ones. They grow in predominantly shaded areas in the forest, using other trees for structure. They do not have tendrils like most vines.
music by 03 - zero-project - 03 - Twilight poem
The bumblebee is any member of the the bee genus Bombus. There are 250 known species. They exist primarily in the Northern Hemisphere but are also common in New Zealand and the Tasmania, Australia.
The soft long hair on their bodies is called 'pile'. It covers their entire body, making them appear soft and fuzzy. Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.
Like all bee tongues, the bumblebee tongue (the proboscis) is a long structure. It extends from a sheath-like modified maxilla. The action of the tongue is lapping, i.e. repeated dipping of the tongue into liquid. During lapping, nectar is drawn up the proboscis by capillary action. When at rest or flying, the proboscis is kept folded under the head.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Canada-European Trade Agreement - CETA
- Over the last 20 years, the middle class, that’s families earning between $40,000 and $60,000 have lost on average about 1 week of income for each and every year since the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement was implemented. Now that means they’re working a 52 week years of course, and being paid for 51. So there’s been a significant erosion of income.
- For the low middle-class; those are families earning between $20,000 and $40,000 a year, they’ve actually lost twice as much. They’ve lost an average of 2 weeks of income for each and every year since the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement was implemented.
- And the most significant impact won’t be a surprise to you, is the poorest Canadians. Families earning less that $20,000 a year. They’ve lost on average, a month of income for each and every year since 1989. A month of income. Now just imagine trying to stretch your family income for that month. It’s like you’re being not paid for a month for every year.
- Another part of the overall income level that has changed dramatically is the wealthiest. Their income has skyrocketed. The top 20%, the wealthiest 20% of Canadian families have seen their incomes go up by 35%. And now the wealthiest take most of the Canadian income pie. They take 52% of all Canadian income.
Now the fourth myth is something you’ll hear from the International Trade
Minister often. That before each trade agreement; the Government evaluates the
positives and the negative and then makes the decision, based on what is best
The truth is, that is completely false. In none of the trade agreements that Canada has signed, had there even been a comprehensive impact study.
Now as far as CETA is concerned, the International Trade Minister waved the study, which talks about economic benefits to the country. And I’ve looked at the study. This is what is says.
- The softwood lumber sell-out. We, also in British Columbia particularly, it’s cost us so far, $1.2 Billion in penalties and fines and over 50,000 jobs.
- The ship building sell-out that was signed with EFTA, just 2 years ago, has lead to a significant job loss in the ship building sector. Again, no evaluation or impact study was ever done.
- And the ‘Buy American’ deal that you heard about in January (2011). It gave up access to $30 Billion in procurement in Canada. It basically said that American companies can come in and apply for those contracts and in return, we were supposed to have access to the American market. Except that never happened. Companies like CREW(sp?) Company applied in the United States and they said “no, we’re not going accept your application because we have a ‘Buy America Plan’. Canadian companies cannot apply.
Now on Thursday in Ottawa, the bureaucrats from Foreign Affairs and International Trade came forward and asked the question. How many cases are there where Canadian families, where Canadian companies were actually excluded from ‘Buy American’ contracts they should have been able to bid on? And how many cases did American companies get access to Canadian contracts. They had no idea. They said, “We don’t track that”.
Let’s turn now to what is in CETA. And we’re fortunate to know what is in CETA because at least one bureaucrat with a conscience, has on 2 occasions, leaked the draft text on CETA. Which is why in civil society within the NDP, the labor movement, we’ve been able to get those draft texts and actually surmise what is in this agreement (end of Part 2)
Here are the 8 sectors that I think we should all be most concerned about. And the 3 sectors that are most dangerous to Canada.
First is the Investor-State or Chapter 11 Provisions. Who has heard of those provisions? Investor-State, Chapter 11. Chapter 11 of NAFTA includes what they call the Investor-State Provisions.
Let me give you 2 examples:
- Ethyl Corporation manufactured a neurotoxin, MMT, with serious dangerous health impacts. The Canadian government fortunately acted and banned that product. Banned MMT. And Ethyl Corporation said well that’s going to have an impact on the potential of our future profits. They sued Canadian Taxpayers and Canada was obliged to cough up $15 Billion in compensation for a product that was known to be toxic and deadly. Absurd. But that’s how Investor-State Provisions work. (Ethyl Corp Sues Canada)
- Here’s another example, more contemporary. AbitibiBowater, a company in Newfoundland/Labrador. They took extensive timber rights and water rights in Newfoundland/Labrador, signed a contract to guarantee jobs in return. It was a contractual agreement. AbitibiBowater said “we’re not going to keep this contract. We’re going to shut down these mills.” Newfoundland/Labrador government, with unanimous support of the democratically elected legislature, all parties, Liberal, Conservative, NDP voted to take back the timber rights and take back water rights because they had reneged on the contract. AbitibiBowater sued. And last summer, Federal Government took money out of every taxpayer; money out of their pockets and paid $130 Million in compensation to AbitibiBowater for AbitibiBowater refusing to keep their side of the contractual arrangement with the Government.
$130 Million would take 20% of the all seniors living in poverty in this country, and lift them out of poverty. That’s a considerable amount of money. And the real kicker here is that the Chapter 11 provisions were set up to protect American companies in Canada. The idea being, that foreign companies be treated on an equal footing with Canadian companies. But AbitibiBowater is Canadian. So how did they use these Chapter 11 provisions? How did they use these Investor-State Provisions? Well they had a mail box in Delaware and they used that to attack our Canadian Government.
Now the problem with CETA is it has Investor-State Provisions on steroids, which means more companies will be able to use these provisions. And now because of the AbitibiBowater precedence, it means it’s not going to be European companies attacking our government, it can be Canadian companies, it can be American companies, or South American companies. All you need to do is open a brand in Europe or put in a mail box application and all of a sudden, you’re European and you can sue Governments for decision they’ve taken in the best interest of the people of their jurisdiction.
That is perhaps the most egregious, the most dangerous component of all in CETA. The expanded Investor-State Protections which allow companies to then use their own special courts. Now these companies actually have a role in choosing the judges as well, so they’ll be using their own special courts to attack our governments.
Second component in CETA is Agriculture.
It provides stability in the dairy industry, in the poultry industry, in the egg sectors. Now let’s just compare for a moment what it means to have a supply-manage sector compared to the kind of free-for-all, free market in agriculture that the conservatives love to talk about.
- The average cattle farm in Canada had a net operating income of minus $15,000. They lost money.
- The average hog farm in Canada in 2010 had net operating income of minus $166,000.
What’s happened in Supply-management?
- In egg and poultry, the average net farm receipts were $87,000 for the good, in Canada.
- And for dairy farmers, it was $88,000 to the good, to the positive.
Secondly, the Conservatives as you know have been trying for a number of years to do away with the Canadian Wheat Board. They’ve attacked the Wheat Board, they tried to rig the elections and a funny thing happened. They were supposedly standing up for Canadian farmers. And Canadian farmers now, year after year after year have elected a solid majority of pro-Canadian Wheat Board Directors to the Canadian Wheat Board.
Those are the farmers speaking across the country. They’re saying they want the Wheat Board. So since the farmers want the Wheat Board, the Conservatives can’t do away with it that way. What have they done? They throw in on the table on CETA. What they have done is they have put all the loan and initial payment guarantees that farmers depend on in the Wheat Board. They put it on the table for negotiation. So what they’re doing is destroying the Wheat Board by giving it away, over to the European Union.
Thirdly on food safety: Now the agreement as we have it now would allow for no audit or inspection on food imported from the European Union. You’ve heard about these recent outbreaks such as tainted milk products from China going through the European Union? We would no longer have the right to inspect or audit that food, unless there are outbreaks and people are sick or die. Then we can move. That is the agricultural components of CETA as put on the table with CETA.
There’s one other element I’ll come back to a little later on, and that’s what they’re doing with seeds. Absolutely appalling.
Third area, Public Services.
Here’s just one example of how the European water companies actually operate.
- The company is called International Water Corporation. It took over the water supply, the water utility of Cochabamba, Bolivia. And what they did next, was jack up the prices so that the cost of water in Cochabamba having that access to water was about a fifth of the daily wage. Many people in the community couldn’t afford those rates. And the company signed a special contract with the city that actually prohibited the collection of rain water. So the company is refusing service to those who can’t pay a fifth of their daily wage and the company is saying that rain water that’s ours. You can’t collect it for your family. Understandably, the people of Cochabamba, much like the Egyptians did over the last few weeks, revolted. A number of them died. There were peaceful demonstrations that were met with violence by the State. But eventually, people of Cochabamba kicked out International Water Corporation and they restored public ownership utility in the area. This is the kind of treatment that we see form European water companies and this is something that we have to be apprehensive about.
Secondly, EU Health Care Corporations are targeting Canadian Medicare.We know what happens when that happens. In the United States they have private health care corporations and the cost of their health care system, even though millions of Americans still are not covered, even under Obamacare, is twice as much per person than it is in Canada. They have a poor system, but it costs twice as much. And the same health care corporations that have driven up costs in the United States and some parts of Europe, now want to come in and take over portions our Health Care, our Publically Funded Public Health Care system. Now the problem is as I mentioned earlier, with Investor-State, once those areas are privatized, and the health care corporations move in, if government ever sees that the folly of privatizing our health care and tries to take it back, they are going to be subject to massive compensations claims, that we the people of this country, the tax payers of this country, are going to have to pay.
Thirdly, when we talk about public services, the attack on our Public Postal Services and this has got to be concern clear across the country, particularly in rural areas of the country.Our universal public delivery service is based on the concept that the low cost, high density urban areas, subsidize in a sense, the high cost low density rural areas. That’s what it means to have universal postal services. If you start to cream that off and privatize the portions that are most interesting for profit hungry corporations, what you end up with in rural areas is either gutting service or sky-rocketing costs. And what does that mean for small businesses in those rural areas? And what does it mean for the individuals? Either scenario means that rural areas of our country will be hard hit by privatization of our public services and postal service.
Fourth Section is Public Procurement.Now we all know the multiplier affect of tax payers dollars. In the municipalities, in the province, when we take tax dollars and we purchase something locally, that means that the dollars go further. And study after study after study have proven when you purchase locally, you are making a much greater use of the tax payers dollar than you are ever, if you buy a much cheaper good, cheaper service form off shore. The big European corporations want to take on our public procurement. And so this is what the impacts will be for example, at the municipal level; the use of that fundamental principal of the use of the tax payers dollar locally to stimulate the local economy. The Columbia Institute released a study a few months ago that says this about the CETA procurement rules.
Fifth Area – Health Care Costs.
Sixth Provision of CETA is the Environment.
The fear is also in the environmental movement, that multi-national corporations can use these so-called Kangaroo courts; these special courts that are set up, where they get help name the judges, to challenge existing environmental regulations and oppose new ones.