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The day after Canada signed the TPP (and a Leger poll found huge opposition to the agreement's IP and ISDS provisions), the shift toward consultation and study can continue in earnest. Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Minister of International Trade, used the signing to emphasize once again that signing is not the same as ratifying and that the government is committed to a robust Parliamentary and public review of the agreement. The Trouble with th...
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This weekend, former Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie wrote a must-read opinion piece in the Globe and Mail on the TPP. Balsillie makes a compelling case for how Canadian IP policy has failed in light of decisions to consistently cave to foreign pressures: Starting in the 1980s, Canadian policy makers and politicians blindly bought the narrative lobbied by foreign corporations, first in the pharmaceutical industry and then across all se...
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One of President Barack Obama's selling points for the TPP has been claims that it helps preserve "an open and free Internet." The references to an open and free Internet, which is closely linked to net neutrality, may strike a chord with those concerned with digital issues. However, the Trouble with the TPP is that a close examination of the text and a comparison with existing net neutrality rules in many TPP countries reveals that it doesn't ad...
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The Trouble with the TPP series continues with IP enforcement and border measures provisions, which are illustrative of Jim Balsillie's concern about Canada's failure to set its own IP policy. Yesterday's post noted that the U.S. demanded that Canada provide a report card every six months on its customs activities, meet on the issue whenever the U.S. demands, and face the possibility of a dispute settlement complaint for failing to comply with th...
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Unless a dangerous, last-ditch operation on the high seas succeeds, a massive cargo ship will smash into the southwestern coast of France in the next 48 hours, authorities say.
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"West and others argued that Chanty Binx, the red-haired feminist featured in SyeTenAtheist’s video, was a helpless victim, and that Dawkins’ mockery was somehow endangering her. They neglected to tell him that Binx is a notoriously foul-mouthed activist who took part in an illegal disruption of a peaceful event on men’s issues, hurled abuse at anyone who tried to reason with her and sang songs mocking the male suicide epidemic in the west.
The man who raised the issue of male suicide to Binx  – and was subsequently met with mockery and abuse – was Dan Perrins, an activist who lost his brother to suicide. "
Richard Dawkins has a new fanatical opponent: the secular dogmatists of the regressive left.
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Culture and the TPP has yet to garner much attention, but that is a mistake. The TPP departs from longstanding Canadian policy by not containing a full cultural exception and creates unprecedented restrictions on policies to support the creation of Canadian content. The Canadian position on trade and culture has been consistent for decades with successive governments requiring a full exemption for the cultural industries. The exemption, which is ...
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The Trouble with the TPP series explores Internet-related issues this week, starting with the surprising inclusion of Internet governance in a trade deal. The debate over Internet governance for much of the past decade has often come down to a battle between ICANN and the ITU (a UN body), which in turn is characterized as a choice between a private-sector led, bottoms-up, consensus model (ICANN) or a governmental-controlled approach. Canada (alon...
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