Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pressure the Canadian government to pull out of the TPP before it’s too late!

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I urgently need your help.

Canada’s trade minister is in Chile right now trying to breathe new life into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

You probably thought the TPP was dead when President Trump announced the U.S. was pulling out. But the 11 remaining countries – including Canada – are trying to salvage the massive corporate rights deal.

Thousands of people across this country have called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to reject the TPP. Thanks to Council of Canadians supporters like you, the International Trade Committee heard from more than 60,000 Canadians – 95 per cent of whom oppose the TPP.

There’s a good reason why. Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz calls the TPP “the worst trade deal ever.” If ratified, it will:
  • Grant corporations the right to sue Canada if laws to protect people and the planet interfere with profit-making
  • Cost thousands of Canadians their jobs
  • Drive up the cost of your prescription drugs
  • Threaten family farms by opening up the Canadian dairy market to imports
But the government isn’t listening. Fran├žois-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s new international trade minister, is in Chile today and tomorrow to meet with the other TPP countries.

There’s still time to pressure the Canadian government to pull out of the TPP before it’s too late. But we must act together now!

Take action! Send a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Champagne and demand that the government withdraw from the TPP immediately.

Thank you so much for everything you do.

Sujata Dey
Trade Campaigner

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Interactive Map Shows that Over 20,000 LA Rent Control Units Lost From 2001 to 2016

Los Angeles Saw a 25.7% Increase in 
Ellis Act Eviction Filings in 2016 Over 2015
The City of Los Angeles saw an over 25% increase in landlord and developer applications to evict tenants under the provisions of the state Ellis Act for the year 2016 over 2015.
The Ellis Act, a state law, which undermines local rent control laws, provides landlords the ability to evict tenants in order to remove housing units from the rental market.
The Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), in conjunction with the San Francisco-based Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, is releasing a web-based interaction map, showing where 21,200 rent stabilized affordable units have been destroyed in the City of Los Angeles from 2001 through 2016 due to the Ellis Act.

The map can be accessed by going to