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Corporate power in global trade: Will corporations sue states for measures taken to combat COVID-19?

Jesse Whattam, Co-ordinator of Trade Justice Network Over the past four months, Canadian governments have taken unprecedented measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 as governments worldwide have enforced lockdowns, closed borders, changed public policy and provided various stimulus packages. As the pandemic has spread, we have witnessed politicians across the spectrum articulate a struggle […]

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Letter to Ministers- Need For Fairer and More Transparent Trade Agreement Process

Ottawa- Friday, February 21st, 2020 Dear Ministers, We are writing you on behalf of the Trade Justice Network, which is comprised of environmental, civil society, student, Indigenous, cultural, farming, labour and social justice organizations that have come together to challenge free trade agreements and their impacts on social justice and the environment. We seek to […]

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Open Letter: French politicians should not ratify CETA

Ottawa – Monday, July 15, 2019 – As France begins its ratification process of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union, we, civil society organizations and individuals from across Canada and Quebec, echo our French counterparts’ call on members of the National Assembly and Senate to vote against this […]

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Save Roşia Montană: The fight against ISDS in Romania

A new video released Monday, June 24 profiles one community’s fight against the effects of investor state dispute settlement (ISDS). For 20 years, residents of beautiful Romanian town Roşia Montană have fought plans to build a toxic gold mine, which would have destroyed their home and the environment. They stopped the project in court, where […]

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Why does Canada continue trade talks with extremist Bolsonaro government?

Image credit: Government of Canada    Canada continues to engage in negotiations with the right-wing extremist Bolsonaro government of Brazil, as part of the Canada-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement talks. The Bolsonaro government is explicitly anti-feminist, anti-LGBTQ+, anti-black, anti-Indigenous, anti-worker and anti-environment — the very opposite of the values the Trudeau government claims to hold. Canadian labour, […]

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CUSMA: Not the progressive deal Canadians were promised

As the Canadian government takes steps towards ratifying the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), known widely as the new NAFTA or NAFTA 2.0, many concerns remain for all people in Canada. At the outset of the rollercoaster negotiations beginning in August 2017, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined the “progressive trade” principles that her government committed […]

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More than 300 Civil Society Groups Call on Governments to Reject Digital Trade Talks in the World Trade Organization (WTO)

The Trade Justice Network joined over 300 civil society organizations – including global union federations, development advocates, consumer organizations, and environmental groups – from more than 90 countries in delivering a letter to WTO members. As some countries have launched preliminary talks on e-commerce trade, the civil society groups warn governments of serious dangers and urge them to […]

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New NAFTA still needs overhaul

OTTAWA (Oct. 3, 2018) — Today, the Trade Justice Network, along with Common Frontiers and the Council of Canadians, released the following joint statement: After weeks of intense negotiations behind closed doors, a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has emerged. Like the original NAFTA, the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, falls short when […]

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