CCPA joins global campaign to #MakeAmazonPay

Amazon’s rise from online bookseller to trillion-dollar global logistics, internet, merchandising and entertainment behemoth was fast and ferocious. Behind the same-day deliveries and trend-setting television series is a company committed to ruthlessly destroying productive economic activity and debasing workers. It is helped along in this pursuit by aggressive (but legal) tax…
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Five ways the Biden presidency could change Canadian climate policy for the better

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is an unabashedly moderate politician. During the Democratic Party primaries last year he often found himself on the defensive as more progressive candidates challenged his record and his priorities, including on climate change. Yet after securing his party’s nomination this spring en route to winning the…
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Canada must be tough on new U.S. aluminum tariffs

Photo by ccbarr, Flickr Creative Commons On August 6, a mere five weeks after the Canada–U.S.–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) entered into force, the Trump administration announced it was re-applying Section 232 tariffs of 10% against all imports of unwrought, unalloyed aluminum from Canada. Wasn’t the new NAFTA meant to spell the…
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Corporate power in global trade: Will corporations sue states for measures taken to combat COVID-19?

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 to strike…
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A snapshot of Canada’s import structure of COVID-19 medical supplies

The COVID-19 global outbreak has brought into sharp focus the threat of supply disruptions and shortages of critical medical products and equipment. In the U.S., as in many other places, efforts to contain the pandemic have exposed the limits of domestic stockpiles and industrial capacity, which has prompted concerns about…
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