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clockwork
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posted 14 February 2002 10:49 PM      Profile for clockwork     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Lapdogs for developers
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Here's the scenario that is emerging. A World Trade Organization panel is about to recommend that municipal zoning can be a restraint on unfettered trade. That means that a company that doesn't like the zoning on a property it wants to buy can complain and provoke a hearing before a WTO panel.

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skdadl
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posted 15 February 2002 09:22 AM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Excellent article by John Sewell. I would be interested in hearing more about the citizen challenges to the OMB he mentions; strange things are beginning to happen in our neighbourhood, and the general opinion seems to be that there's nothing we can do to stop them.

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The most radical restructuring suggested for the WTO is putting it under the United Nations, but the companies have consistently opposed that change. Municipalities are not allowed to sit at the WTO table to negotiate, even though it is their interest that is being negotiated away. Jean Chrétien's federal government is party to these negotiations, but as was seen last year in Quebec, critics of the WTO and GATS are considered by his government to be criminals and troublemakers.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities has shown considerable interest in international trade agreements, and perhaps it can begin to grapple with this issue. Maybe community groups can intervene with their MPs. Time is of the essence. The WTO has stated it wants the GATS draft agreement finalized by June.



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freedom2002
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posted 15 February 2002 12:34 PM      Profile for freedom2002     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
this isn't something they'd have to contest in calgary. our council has ever been amenable to the desires of developers.
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aRoused
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posted 15 February 2002 03:00 PM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I suspect taking the route of dragging one's MP in (by the ear?) over these potential WTO follies is the best way to go--the government as a whole may not be interested in standing up for local communities, but MPs (of all political parties) generally know what side their toast is buttered on, so to speak. Plus, it opens up the possibility of cross-party (from NDP to Alliance) opposition to WTO/GATS.
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DrConway
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posted 15 February 2002 05:52 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, same here in Vancouver. Owen the Dimbulb rolls over when the developers call for their lapdog.


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