Bill Longstaff: Why are we still discussing the TPP?

Has anybody actually read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement? I presume the negotiators have. And no doubt a host of corporate lawyers. But have any of our politicians read it? Has International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland? All 6,000 densely-packed pages? I remember John Crosbie, when he was Minister of International Trade in the Mulroney government, ...

Bill Longstaff: Why are we still discussing the TPP?

Has anybody actually read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement? I presume the negotiators have. And no doubt a host of corporate lawyers. But have any of our politicians read it? Has International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland? All 6,000 densely-packed pages? I remember John Crosbie, when he was Minister of International Trade in the Mulroney government, ...

Bill Longstaff: Why are we still discussing the TPP?

Has anybody actually read the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement? I presume the negotiators have. And no doubt a host of corporate lawyers. But have any of our politicians read it? Has International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland? All 6,000 densely-packed pages? I remember John Crosbie, when he was Minister of International Trade in the Mulroney government, ...

Bill Longstaff: Christy Clark’s disingenuous comments on the TPP

B.C. Premier Christy Clark is a very big fan of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement—in her words, a “100 per cent” supporter. In a comment on CBC Radio’s The House, the premier stated, “We do 60 per cent of our trade with TPP countries in British Columbia, if we are not signed on to ...

Bill Longstaff: TPP—trading down?

According to its proponents, the “trade” agreement the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will generate economic benefits to all parties by eliminating obstacles to trade and investment. A study out of Tufts University—Trading Down: Unemployment, Inequality and Other Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement—offers another opinion. The Tufts’ economists made their projections using the

Cowichan Conversations: TPP should not be ratified unless the interests of Canada are fully and fairly represented, in open, transparent deals.

During the past federal election Thomas Mulcair promised to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Unfortunately, under the influence of and Hill and Knowlton advisors he also advanced another promise and that was to assure Read more…

OpenMedia.ca: Digital Journal: TPP analysis reveals many disadvantages for Canadian business

The ‪#‎TPP‬ poses a grave threat to our basic rights to access information and express ourselves on the web. And it will cost us billions of dollars. Tell Trudeau to reject the TPP and its dangerous Internet censorship plan before it becomes law: StoptheSecrecy.net/Canada read more

OpenMedia.ca: Digital Journal: TPP analysis reveals many disadvantages for Canadian business

The ‪#‎TPP‬ poses a grave threat to our basic rights to access information and express ourselves on the web. And it will cost us billions of dollars. Tell Trudeau to reject the TPP and its dangerous Internet censorship plan before it becomes law: StoptheSecrecy.net/Canada read more

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Signing vs. Ratifying: Unpacking the Canadian Government Position on the TPP

When it comes to Canada’s position on the TPP, we hear too often people confusing the the implications of reaching an agreement-in-principle, signing the text, and ratifying the deal. Digital policy expert Michael Geist explains the difference: Article by Michael Geist read more

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia and the TPP: taking the fight to D.C.

Last week, OpenMedia joined a huge coalition of groups protesting the TPP in Washington, DC. The call to action, issued by FlushTheTPP brought together organizations and individuals from across the US and international allies who are continuing to protest how the secretive TPP steals domestic decision-making power out of the hands of the people and ...

OpenMedia.ca: Press Progress: Will Canada actually have a "full and open" debate on the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Now that the TPP deal is out, it’s time for an open debate.  Article by PressProgress What the heck is going on with the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Do you know? If you thought Canada was set to have a “full and open” debate on the merits of the TPP, along with a “fulsome and responsible discussion” in the ...

OpenMedia.ca: Biv: From IP to privacy – why TPP is ‘potentially dangerous’ for B.C. tech sector

The government was out of touch with the tech and innovation-driven sectors during the TPP negotiations. But these are the sectors that will be most affected by it. We hope Justin Trudeau​ listens to them now. Tell him to reject the TPP before it becomes law: read more

OpenMedia.ca: Global: Bad move for Canada? TPP’s rules on intellectual property pulled into spotlight

ICYMI: The rise of concerns over the TPP continues. Article by Andy Blatchford for The Canadian Press OTTAWA – Concerns voiced by Jim Balsillie over the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty have intensified scrutiny of the pact’s intellectual-property provisions – and whether they represent a bad deal for Canada. read more

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: TransPacific Partnership puts Canadian IT at disadvantage, says Michael Geist

Under the ‪#‎TPP‬, our digital policy rules won’t reflect Canadian interests and sensibilities any more. Do we want that? Learn more below and speak out against this dangerous deal: http://om4.me/Zoe Article by CBC News  read more

OpenMedia.ca: TPP: We are taking your voices to Washington D.C.!

Over a month since an agreement in principle was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has finally been revealed. The text, published last Thursday by the New Zealand government, will force the 12 participating TPP nations to import draconian, U.S.-style copyright rules. It also threatens to undermine data privacy, rob the ...

OpenMedia.ca: CTV: ‘We’ve been outfoxed’: Ex-RIM mogul fears TPP could cost Canada billions

The TPP threatens to make Canada a “permanent underclass” in the economy of selling ideas, while costing Canadians billions of dollars. Tell Justin Trudeau to reject this dangerous deal: StoptheSecrecy.net Article by Andy Blatchford for CTV News OTTAWA — Jim Balsillie warns that provisions tucked into the Trans-Pacific Partnership could cost Canada hundreds of billions of dollars ...

OpenMedia.ca: Community member Ian Maione: How can we stop the TPP’s Internet censorship?

Community member Ian Maione: How can we stop the TPP’s Internet censorship? One of the best things about working at OpenMedia is that we get to engage with our incredible community members every day on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a great note from Ian Maione, who responded to our thread on how we can stop ...

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: TPP Trade Deal’s Data Provisions Could Put Sensitive Canadian Info At Risk: Critics

The TPP will restrict the ability of governments to establish safeguards over sensitive information such as your financial and health data. Tell Trudeau you care about your privacy: StoptheSecrecy.net/Canada Article by Jim Bronskill for the Canadian Press at Huffington Post OTTAWA — Analysts say the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal places sensitive Canadian data such as health ...

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Critics slam fine print in newly released Trans-Pacific Partnership text

The Liberal government promises public input on the TPP. Over to you Chrystia Freeland. Tell them to reject the TPP’s Internet censorship plan NOW before it becomes law. Speak out at StoptheSecrecy.net Article by Erin Obourn for CBC News Opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership came out swinging on Thursday after the full text of the trade agreement, ...

OpenMedia.ca: Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?

tppreleased_720.jpg Final text includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, and force Canada to import U.S.-style copyright rules  November 5, 2015 – Over a month since a deal was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has finally been revealed. The text, published today by the New Zealand government, ...

OpenMedia.ca: Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

It’s three months to the day since Canada’s election officially started – and today, after a gruelling 11-week campaign and 2-week transition period, Canada finally has a new Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister earlier this morning. He also named his new Cabinet – 31 Ministers who’ll be ...

OpenMedia.ca: TPP: Trudeau’s first big test as Prime Minister

This piece was originally published by Common Ground and Rabble.ca Do you squeeze oranges expecting apple juice? Of course not. So Canadians shouldn’t be surprised when an undemocratic process like the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations yields an undemocratic result. read more

OpenMedia.ca: What the Internet Needs vs. What the TPP Demands Primary tabs

Who should make the policies that will determine the future of the Internet? A select list of corporate lobbyists and unelected government officials, meeting without public oversight or involvement? Or — Internet users and digital policy experts, using digital tools and thoughtful processes, combined with review and sign-off by elected decision makers and the general ...

OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: TPP trades away our constitutional rights

The TPP  will have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of expression, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples’ abilities to innovate. We need to stop this. Speak out now before it’s too late at http://om4.me/Z4M Copyright is a double-edged sword: Article by Ariel Katz and Liran Kandinov for the Toronto Star Imagine one day the ...

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: The TPP’s Canadian Copyright Costs Creating Concern

Trade negotiators are trying to use the TPP to extend copyright terms and hurt the public domain. That’s bad. Help us put an end to this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at StopTheSecrecy.net Article by Michael Geist The Trans Pacific Partnership agreement is still not public – the text may not be released for sometime – but ...