Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Why the TPP Will Not Work For Workers

The Nation
The signatories of the Trans-Pacific Partnership just announced that they have inked the final agreement, ending years of secret negotiations and back-room corporate deal-making. And still, the full text, which will set trade rules for roughly 40 percent of global commerce in a dozen Pacific Rim countries, remains a secret, even as the accord hurtles toward Congress for an accelerated vote.  Story here.

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Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne Visits IISD-ELA

International Institute for Sustainable Development

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) was pleased to welcome Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and her partner Jane Rounthwaite for a visit on August 30, 2015. Story here.

Writer Laments Absence of MP From Poverty Debate.

Dear Editor, 

I’m disappointed that our Conservative Member of Parliament, Robert Sopuck did not attend the forum on child poverty here in Neepawa recently. 

The four other candidates were there, explaining what their parties would try to do to make sure not as many kids go hungry as is presently the case. 

Not only does Manitoba have the highest rate of poverty among children of all the provinces, there are hungry kids right here in the Neepawa too. So it’s not just a problem “over there” somewhere.

Neepawa’s Child and Family Services Worker, Dawn Haines-Shaw told a church group recently, her case load became so full, she was unable to handle the larger Neepawa district to which she had initially been assigned and now is responsible for the Town only. She said the poor need better transportation, more affordable housing and often struggle with emotional problems which keep them from going to appointments where they might be able to get help.

An official of the Salvation Army in Neepawa, Amanda Laughton-Gale, told the same group, she estimates, by year’s end, they will have helped one thousand individuals - kids and grownups - with food from the food bank, clothing and, at Christmas, toys and food hampers.

Mr. Sopuck told me after the forum that his government’s emphasis on economic development, is the way to tackle the issue. I’m sure he sincerely believes that. 

I don’t. 

After 10 years of Conservative rule (and Liberals before that), those kinds of “trickle down” theories have left more Canadian kids hungry today than there were in 1989, when the House of Commons unanimously resolved to end child poverty by 2000. That was 15 years ago, folks. 

How much longer will we make them wait?

Larry Powell lives in Neepawa, where he publishes 

'The biggest issue in this riding is poverty, but nobody will talk about it'

The Harper Government Crawls Into Bed With a Shady Accounting Firm.

CBC TV News.
Watch video here.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Monday, 5 October 2015

Nearly a Third of World's Cacti Face Extinction, Says IUCN

Cactus display at the International Peace Garden, 
Manitoba. PinP photo.
Illegal trade is causing shocking decline in plants that are vital to desert ecosystems, most comprehensive global assessment yet reveals. Details here.