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Gloved hands drawing vaccine from a vial, text reads People before profits.

40+ CSO Open Letter: Canada must support global access to COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO

March 10, 2021 SENT VIA EMAIL The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada Re: Canada must support global access to COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO Dear Prime Minister, Since the beginning of the pandemic, world leaders have repeatedly spoken of the need for global solidarity to get us all through this […]

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Watch the “Monopolizing the Recovery- WTO-TRIPS Waive” Webinar

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Trade Justice Network host a conversation with global experts on the Indian and South African governments’ proposal at the WTO for a waiver from certain intellectual property rights in the TRIPS agreement so that countries can confidently and affordably respond to the COVID-19 emergency. Special attention is paid […]

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Monopolizing The Vaccine Webinar- Registration Here!

Hear from global experts about the South African–Indian joint proposal to temporarily waive certain WTO intellectual property rights to help all countries respond to the COVID-19 emergency—and Canada’s disappointing opposition to the idea. Mustaqeem De Gama, Counsellor at the South African Mission in Geneva accredited to the WTO and UN. Sangeeta Shashikant, Legal Advisor and […]

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Letters from Civil Society: WTO Waiver from TRIPS around COVID-19 measures

At the World Trade Organization in October 2020, South Africa and India brought forth a proposal for a “Waiver from certain provisions of the Agreement on Trade- Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) for the prevention, containment, and treatment of COVID-19”. The government of Canada, along with other wealthy nations such as the U.S., […]

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Feminist Foreign Policy- Submission to Global Affairs

“While gender equality, especially in education and employment, contributes to economic growth, the reverse is not true; economic growth does not contribute to gender equality nor to improvements in health, welfare or basic rights.”[i]   Ottawa- Monday, November 30, 2020 Dear Global Affairs Canada, We are writing to you on behalf of the Trade Justice […]

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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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