Rocco Galati files constitutional challenge against Canada-EU trade deal

Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati has filed a challenge of the Canada-EU trade deal in Federal Court, arguing in part that the deal is unconstitutional because it allows foreign companies to sue the government.

Toronto lawyer Rocco Galati has filed a challenge of the Canada-EU trade deal in Federal Court, arguing in part that the deal is unconstitutional because it allows foreign companies to sue the government. (Trevor Hagan/The Canadian Press)

Rocco Galati files constitutional challenge against Canada-EU trade deal

Lawyer who successfully challenged Harper Supreme Court pick goes after CETA

By Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 24, 2016 5:20 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 24, 2016 5:20 PM ET

The Toronto lawyer who successfully challenged the previous Conservative government over one of its Supreme Court judge nominees is setting his sights on a new target: Canada’s free trade deal with the European Union.

Rocco Galati has filed a statement of claim in Federal Court arguing that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, as the deal is known, is unconstitutional.

The complaint focuses on controversial provisions in the Canada-EU deal, similar to those contained in the North American Free Trade Agreement, that would let companies sue the government under certain circumstances.

The statement of claim also takes issue with the federal government’s tradition of signing and ratifying free trade deals and other international agreements without prior approval from Parliament or the provinces.

“Once it’s signed and ratified, we’re bound,” Galati said in an interview Monday.

“That’s the problem. But other trade partners like the U.S. and Europe, they don’t get bound this way. They have to put it through their parliaments and legislative houses before they can sign and ratify.”

Galati is developing a reputation for taking on Ottawa. The Supreme Court of Canada sided with him three years ago when he challenged the Harper government’s attempt to appoint Justice Marc Nadon to the top court.

The court challenge, filed Friday on behalf former Liberal cabinet minister Paul Hellyer and two other people, comes with the pact between Canada and the EU on life support thanks to a small region of Belgium standing firm in opposition to it.

Lawmakers in the region known as Wallonia have refused to approve the deal, which has been seven years in the making. Among their concerns is the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism, one of the subjects of Galati’s court challenge.

“It’s ironic that everybody is dumping on the Walloons,” Galati said. “They have a very similar constitution to ours except they’re respecting theirs. So I don’t know why they’re being criticized for respecting their constitution.”

Asked whether the agreement meets the requirements of Canada’s Constitution, International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland replied, “Absolutely.” Her office refused to comment further.

The statement of claim gives the federal government 30 days to respond.

‘Royal prerogative’

University of Ottawa constitutional law expert Errol Mendes said it’s been long established that the Constitution gives the federal government the power to sign and ratify treaties, just as it can deploy troops overseas without parliamentary approval.

“(Galati) may have won on Nadon, but I think he’s going to lose on this,” Mendes said. “It’s basic 101 constitutional law that the federal government has the right to sign and ratify international treaties under the royal prerogative.”

Galati isn’t the first to turn to the courts to stop the trade deal. Several groups in Germany raised concerns about parts of it coming into effect once it is signed, even though the country’s parliament wouldn’t have voted on it yet.

Germany’s constitutional court rejected the request for an emergency injunction two weeks ago, but did rule that the country must be allowed to leave unilaterally if the deal is found to be unconstitutional. The court also limited which parts of the deal could come into effect without the German parliament’s approval.

Another case on the deal’s constitutionality is still before the German courts.

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Oliver B.C-Halloween “Family WarmUp” TrickorTreat After Party

Halloween “Family WarmUp” TrickorTreat After Party

Bring the whole family in to warm-up after Trick-or-Treatin’ this Halloween at the Social. All Ages Welcome!

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Health Canada and Proposed Changes to NHP Regulations

The new Health Canada proposed regulations that threaten to take away most vitamins and herbs are also being introduced without the consent of parliament!
Published on Oct 21, 2016

Eldon Dahl, D.Nm. (doctorate of natural medicine) has nearly three decades of experience in the naturopathic and natural healing industries. In his executive role with the company, Eldon oversees all daily operations; he also spearheads all health research into medical conditions—specifically anti-aging and chronic disease treatments.

Eldon graduated with a Doctorate of Naturopathic medicine in 1988. He entered the field after witnessing family members struggle with cancer and recognizing a connection between nutrition and disease. He attributes his success in the industry by not compromising on core values, and using the highest quality raw materials in all formulations. His mission statement of “Healing the Nation, One Person at a Time” really says it all.

Outside of his work with Life Choice, Eldon gives back to the community through his volunteer efforts offering free supplements to naturopathic satellite clinics.

All signs point to a corporate takeover of the marijuana industry by Bayer, Monsanto

All signs point to a corporate takeover of the marijuana industry by Bayer, Monsanto

(NaturalNews) Following months of negotiations and various offers, Germany-based Bayer has finally sealed the deal with Monsanto, purchasing the seed giant for $66 billion. The merger is reported to be the largest all-cash deal on record.

The purchase means a lot of things, and none of them good for consumers. For one, it strengthens the monopolization of the world’s food supply. It also means more genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and chemicals to be doused on them.

Now, some are predicting the merge could also mean the takeover of the marijuana industry. Monsanto has an intimate business relationship with Scotts Miracle-Gro, “a convicted corporate criminal– and Scott’s Miracle-Gro is trying to take over the marijuana industry,” according to Big Buds Mag.

Is Monsanto going after the pot industry?

Scott’s Miracle-Gro has looked to capitalize on the expanding pot industry in states where the plant has been legalized or decriminalized. The company’s CEO, Jim Hagadorn, stated his intentions to spend up to $500 million to completely buy out the marijuana industry.

A Scott’s Miracle-Gro front group has already purchased General Hydroponics, Botanicare and Gavita.

“Major hydroponics nutrients, lighting, soil, and other grow equipment manufacturers report they’ve also been offered takeover bids by Scotts Miracle-Gro or its ‘Hawthorne’ front company.

“Maximum Yield Magazine, which bans marijuana hydroponics nutrients company Advanced Nutrients from its indoor gardening expo events, welcomed a Monsanto affiliate into its Boston gardening expo several years ago.”

Bayer is of course playing a role in this planned monopolization, as well. The German chemical company does business with GW Pharmaceuticals, a company based in the United Kingdom that grows cannabis and produces medicines from its compounds.

Monsanto and Bayer share information on how to genetically engineer cannabis

Bayer sells some of GW Pharmaceuticals’ products, including Sativex, a costly medical cannabis spray that’s reported to work less effectively than naturally grown pot.

Both Monsanto and Bayer have a history of producing chemical weapons used in war and toxic products, including PCBs, DDT, Agent Orange, Roundup and GMOs.

Members of the cannabis industry have seen the writing on the wall in terms of the world’s seed monopolies’ interest in marijuana.

“Michael Straumietis, founder and owner of hydroponics nutrients company Advanced Nutrients, has constantly warned the marijuana community about Monsanto, Scotts Miracle-Gro, GMO marijuana, and corporate takeover of the marijuana industry.”

The two corporations, which have now merged into one, have agreed to share trade secrets about plans to produce genetically modified marijuana.

Monsanto investor George Soros attempts to legalize pot in Uruguay

“Bayer is partnered with GW Pharmaceuticals, which grows its own proprietary marijuana genetics. You can bet Monsanto and Bayer are interested in creating GMO marijuana,” said Straumietis.

Billionaire investor, George Soros, previously waged a campaign to legalize pot in Uruguay so that he could invest in the plant. Soros owns 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock.

“Straumietis says South American governmental insiders report that Monsanto is working there on genetically-modified cannabis, along with pharmaceuticalizing THC, other cannabinoids, and terpenoids.”

The hydroponics nutrients owner warns that if biotech giants get involved in the cannabis industry, they’ll monopolize it the same way they have the seed, medicine and agricultural chemical industries.

“These corporations have reduced the variety and availability of native seeds. They genetically modify crops so farmers have to buy new seeds every year, and use corporate chemicals like RoundUp to grow them. They’d do the same thing with GMO marijuana,” said Straumietis.


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Penticton New OCP and Bylaws Need More Input

Dear Editors:
 New OCP and Bylaws Need More Input
The Mayor and Council and select staff and committees have been in the process of making a new Official Community Plan and Bylaws for Penticton. I  welcome all of the COP to reply to this Letter.
As the OCP and Bylaws affect all of us,these should be made with consideration for and in the best interest of all the people, and thereby should reflect the wishes of the majority of the electorate.
How can that occur when the Mayor/ Council and Staff disregard and avoid thousands of people and their expressed wishes? For example, the thousands who signed Petitions and hundreds who have written Letters to the COP and Newspapers, have made personal phone calls, and attempted communication at Council meetings!?
Are all these many people simply ignorant and to be ignored – residents and visitors to Penticton, men, women of all ages, from all walks and work in life, races and creeds!?
Mayor Jakubeit, Council and Staff, I hope, will make a turn-about,and acknowledge these people and their input in the creation of the OCP and Bylaws, and then truly make them in the best interest of this community!

 Hannah Hyland

Russian/US Nuclear War On The Brink As Putin Preps For WW3

Published on Oct 14, 2016

“As the United States and Russia escalate this proxy Syrian conflict, the US, as NATO, is pushing against Russian borders in Eastern Europe. Thousands of NATO troops have been amassed in Eastern Europe. And with Hillary Clinton, or Killary, the neocon war hawk likely to win the US presidential race, the march to war almost seems inevitable.” – Dan Dicks

Bombardier Was Just Bailed Out By The Federal Government

The federal government is bailing out Bombardier, the Quebec manufacturer of planes and trains. One does not create wealth by taking it from other sectors of the economy and funneling it towards Bombardier. But we should’t be surprised, as Justin Trudeau once said “Canada belongs to Quebec.”


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 The Arrest of Journalists and Filmmakers Covering the Dakota Pipeline Is a Threat to Democracy—and the Planet

( We all need to be infuriated over this action taken against these journalists.  We are losing our rights if we don’t stand up !!  /dt )


OCTOBER 14, 2016

Deia Schlosberg, Amy Goodman, and Shailene Woodley are among those who have been arrested while covering demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

On October 11, Deia Schlosberg, the producer of my new film, How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change, was arrested in Walhalla, North Dakota, while reporting on a climate-change protest. She was held for 48 hours before being allowed to speak to a lawyer. The authorities confiscated her footage. She is now charged with three counts of felony conspiracy and faces a possible sentence of up to 45 years

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

Deia isn’t alone. The arrest of journalists, filmmakers, and others witnessing and reporting on citizen protests against fossil-fuel infrastructure amid climate change is part of a worrisome and growing pattern. Last month in North Dakota, a warrant was issued to arrest Amy Goodman, award-winning host of Democracy Now!, after she covered Native American–led protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Her footage of security guards attacking peaceful protesters with bloody-snouted dogs was viewed over 14 million times. She elected to go back to North Dakota this week to face the charges. Actor Shailene Woodley was arrested and jailed this week while leaving a protest at a construction site for the Dakota Access Pipeline. She was singled out, the police told her, because she was well-known and had 40,000 people watching live on her Facebook page. Other filmmakers shooting protest actions along the pipeline have also been arrested.

All this should send chills down the spine of every documentary filmmaker and journalist.

Although the national media paid little attention to the climate-change protest that Deia and others attempted to report on, it was remarkable. A small group of activists in four states shut down all the pipelines carrying tar-sands oil from Alberta, Canada, into the United States. The protest responded to a call from the Standing Rock Sioux for international prayer and action on the growing climate emergency. Activists shut off emergency valves along the pipeline, their message being, “We are in a climate emergency now.”

If it were up to the mainstream media we wouldn’t know about this. I know, because I broke the story of fracking. It had been a crisis for years, but the media were ignoring it, which is why I decided to make my film Gasland.

As a relative newcomer to documentary filmmaking I am in awe of the bravery of documentarians. Doc filmmakers often break important stories and risk their lives and safety doing it. Laura Poitras’s reporting on Edward Snowden in Citizen Four, ‎Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing, Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington’s Restrepo, Alexandria Bombach’s Frame by Frame are just a few examples.

Deia Schlosberg at the 35th College Television Awards(Danny Moloshok / Invision)

Deia’s brave reporting on oil contamination in the Amazon and on fracking and tar sands falls in that category. But how she and others reporting on these issues have been treated by the media and law enforcement shows that the oil-and-gas industry is contaminating them, too. Our government has also been fracked, and is serving fossil-fuel interests. Asked about the pipeline protests this week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sounded an ominous warning: “I can tell you that both the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation are investigating these reports and trying to get to the bottom of what exactly happened and what potential steps could be taken to ensure the safety and security of our energy infrastructure.”

I’ve got some news for Barack Obama and his administration. It’s our current energy infrastructure and the fossil-fuel interests that profit from it that are threatening the safety and security of our country. They are the ones continuing to develop new sources of tar sands oil, one the most greenhouse gas–intensive fossil fuels, in the middle of a climate crisis. The implications are dizzying. If we continue to allow the fossil-fuel industry to ship millions of gallon of tar sands oil across our border, we will rocket past any safe level of global warming. We will plunge our major cities underwater. The American Petroleum Institute is calling activists trying to prevent this “extremists.” But the extremists, as Bill McKibben likes to say, work at the oil companies.

Documentary journalism can show the activists ‎as what they really are: sympathetic human beings who are doing something necessary and vital, real people who are sacrificing real freedom to stop the oil-industry extremists before it is too late. In fact, doc filmmaking may be the only thing that can do that. That is why I’ve written a letter calling on members of the media, Governor of North Dakota Jack Dalrymple, United States Attorney for the District of North Dakota Chris Myers, and President Obama to stand up for press freedom and independent journalism on climate change, and call for all charges to be dropped against Deia. This is not only about reporting on the climate-change movement. Journalists have also been arrested reporting on Black Lives Matter, the movement for Native rights, and many other important movements the corporate media fails to cover. The First Amendment and the Constitution are at stake in this case. If we lose it, we lose America too.

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Why Would They Do This?

The CIA is reportedly planning a “clandestine” cyberattack on Russia, in retaliation for its alleged efforts to influence the US elections against Hillary Clinton. The “wide-ranging operation” is meant to “embarrass” Russia’s leadership, NBC News reported.

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“Current and former officials,” who the report claims have direct knowledge of the situation, say the CIA has been tasked with providing options to the White House.
The White House has asked the CIA to plan for a potential cyber strike on Russia, according to NBC News.

Unnamed intelligence officials told NBC News that the Obama administration has requested a range of possible options for such an attack, with the goal of humiliating the Russian government in response to its alleged meddling in the U.S. election.

The report is consistent with comments by Vice President Joe Biden on NBC’s “Meet The Press Daily” on Friday. “We’re sending a message” to Russian President Vladimir Putin and “it will be at the time of our choosing, and under the circumstances that will have the greatest impact,” Biden said on the show.

Russia vehemently condemned the NBC report and Biden’s remarks, which it called “unprecedented” threats from the U.S.

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