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International Regulatory Cooperation and the Public Good

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How "good regulatory practices" in trade agreements erode protections for the environment, public health, workers and consumers
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Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Number of pages in documents: 
44 pages
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This report, which is published with PowerShift e.V., examines the threat to precautionary environmental, consumer, public health and labour policy arising from regulatory co-operation and "good regulatory practices" (GRP) chapters within the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), the Canada-U.S.-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA or USMCA), and the rebooted U.S.-EU negotiations toward a transatlantic free trade deal.

A critical look at BC’s new tax breaks and subsidies for LNG

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Release Date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019
Number of pages in documents: 
12 pages
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Overall, the new BC government has offered a much sweeter deal to the LNG industry than what the previous government was willing to extend, making four major concessions: discounted electricity prices, exemptions from increases in the BC carbon tax, a corporate income tax break and deferral of provincial sales tax on construction.

A living wage for St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Release Date: 
Thursday, May 9, 2019
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29 pages
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This report provides an up-to-date calculation of a living wage for workers living in St. John's. The report finds that in order to earn a living wage, a person working a full time, full year job in St. John’s would need to be paid $18.85 an hour. Currently, almost 70,000 workers in Newfoundland and Labrador earn less than $15 dollars an hour, the majority of which are women. For a minimum wage worker to earn the equivalent of a living wage in St. John’s, that individual would have to work at least 58 hours a week.

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