Foreign Investment Protection Agreement

DID YOU KNOW, while the “CRAZY” ROB FORD Scandal continues, a certain LEGISLATION IS ABOUT TO BE PASSED?

FURTHERMORE, concerning the ROB FORD SCANDAL and his COUNCILLORS “trying”to get him out, DID YOU KNOW THAT ROB FORD, like all MAYORS are signed into OFFICE by THE CITY CLERK?

HMMMM, and ROB CALLS HIS COUNCILLORS NEED TO MANAGE THE LIABILITY, “A COUP D’ÉTAT”?

SERIOUSLY, does ANYONE READ THE G–DAMN LEGISLATIONS? ROB FORD WOULD BE OUTTA THERE IF “HIS BOSS” (NOT THE COUNCILLORS) SAID SO… IN FACT, I WONDER WHAT RISK MANAGEMENT (thats a department in every city that deals with public official breach, malfeasance etc…), and the CITY CLERK (If anyone checks the Municipal Act or the Local Government Act or the Charter of Toronto, or any city, you will find the order of hierarchy in regards to who holds the liability), THINK OF ALL THIS,

(Maybe Rob, just may be that it is the City Clerk and all the City Managers (these are other agents behind the scenes in conjunction with the City Clerk) that have asked your Councillors to mitigate the damage so that they can stay out of the spot light. Remember, its the City Clerk that also approves (signs) your Councillors into office…. (BUT OF COURSE, THEY ALL KNOW THIS…..don’t they?)

regardless, the NEWS or MEDIA conveniently leaves out crucial liability factors such as

1. THE TWO MURDERED so-called hoodlums; (yes, FORD needs to answer the question about the murders)

2. THE CITY COUNCILLORS ARE not the MAYOR’S BOSSES;

3. and YES, THE MAYOR IS SIGNED INTO OFFICE under the SIGNATURE OF THE CITY CLERK.

lets all do some homework on this: (it only takes a couple of tweets)

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_01m25_e.htm (MUNICIPAL ACT – ontario)
start around here; PART VI – PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES – Municipal Organization and Administration

http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/Statutes/English/elaws_statutes_06c11_e.htm#BK174 (City of Toronto Act, 2006)
start around here; PART VI – THE CITY AND ITS GOVERNANCE – Officers and Employees of the City

36:1 Bill 86, Better Local Government Act, 1996 http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=1424&ParlSessionID=36:1&isCurrent=false
start where it defines powers of clerk (then goto Municipal Elections Act); http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_96m32_e.htm#BK15
goto; Election Officials;

Now, after the Election, the Inaugural Conference takes place, this is where the City Clerk signs off on the Mayor and the Councillors. (Are you having a hard time finding that “private”document? Take a trip to the City Archives and under “microfiche ( http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-microfiche.htm#slideshow ) you can certify that the Mayor and the Councillors were indeed signed off by the City Clerk;

NEVERTHELESS, LETS LOOK AT A LINK to the FIPA THAT WILL SHED SOME LIGHT ON THIS NEW LEGISLATION LURKING LIKE IN THE BACKGROUND, as we all take the bait with such a scandal as a Mayor of a City is busted for smoking crack cocaine. (Seriously, IF ROB FORD was NOT a White Man, there is NO WAY, he would still be there….even MArion Barry went to Jail for smoking crack as the Mayor of a United States City)

Whats important is that WE LEARN TO READ THESE STATUTORY LEGISLATIONS;

(Isn’t that fun, people…reading legislation? – because if we cant do just that, we might as well be smoking crack ourselves or being distracted by this scandal instead of exercising our critical thinking. If you like to continue chasing the “bait”you can find more @) https://consultforlife.wordpress.com/public-trustees-behaving-badly/

SO, to end the distraction with the Mayor Ford, does the Mayor NOT know the City Clerk signed him in?
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Foreign Investment Protection Agreement

http://www.leadnow.ca/stop-fipahttp://www.leadnow.ca/stop-fipahttp://www.leadnow.ca/stop-fipa

excerpts;

CANADIANS AGAINST FIPA

At any moment, Prime Minister Harper could pass the most significant international investors’ deal of a generation.

Background

In fall 2012, Prime Minister Harper quietly announced that he wanted to pass the biggest international investors’ deal in a generation, without a single vote in Parliament. Together, the Leadnow.ca community raised the alarm about the danger of FIPA’s secret investor-state courts. We united hundreds of thousands of Canadians, making national news, and divided Harper’s caucus forcing him to pause and think twice about ratifying this secretive and binding investor deal.

How do the secret tribunals in FIPA undermine our democracy?

Investor-state lawsuits undermine our democratic control. Right now, an American company called Lone Pine Resources is using a similar measure in NAFTA to sue Canada for $250 million dollars. Why? They are suing because Quebec placed a temporary hold on gas fracking to study the controversial practice’s impacts on health and environment.8

Similarly, if BC tries to regulate or block Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline, Sinopec, another of China’s state-owned oil company with investments in Canada’s natural resource infrastructure, may be able to sue for damages, and we may never even hear about it the case or the details of the results.5,6

What are other countries doing?

Other countries like India, South Africa and Australia are moving away from this kind of investment deal. Last year Australia rejected investor-state arbitration due to concerns that it would “constrain the ability of Australian governments to make laws on social, environmental and economic matters”.7,8

Can our provinces and territories stand up against FIPA?

We live in a democratic federation, and our provinces should have to consent to any major federal decision that would undermine their authority. Our provinces and territories can defend their constitutional powers from FIPA.2,3 If our premiers and provincial leaders act now to defend our rights, they can help stop Harper from locking us into FIPA for 31 years.

Has there ever been broad provincial consultation on an investment deal like FIPA?

Yes, our provinces have defended our rights before. In the 1990s, the B.C. government played a leadership role in the successful fight against the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI). The B.C. government established a special committee to examine, inquire into and make recommendations respecting all aspects of the MAI. The committee considered key issues – implications of the agreement for Canada and British Columbia, how to represent the interests of British Columbians with respect to the agreement, and the most effective means of increasing British Columbians’ awareness and knowledge of the issues arising out of the agreement. It held 8 days of expert witness hearings, followed by public hearings in 8 cities. An educational video was produced and shown through various television outlets, and released to other media.

The committee recommended that:

“When negotiating the MAI or any future investment treaty, the federal government must ensure that the agreement does not apply to matters within provincial jurisdiction, including local government measures, without the express consent of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia … If the federal government fails to provide for such consent, then the provincial government should explore all means, including legal action, to defend vigorously its own jurisdictional rights and those of local governments to represent the interests of British Columbians.”9

How are First Nations helping to lead the fight against FIPA?

Under Canada’s constitution, the Government of Canada has a duty to consult First Nations before entering into any deal that affects their Aboriginal Title, Rights, and Treaty Rights.

The BC Union of Indian Chiefs has written an open letter to Prime Minister Harper condemning the Canada-China FIPA. They begin their letter: “On behalf the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, we are writing to firmly express, advise and direct the Government of Canada to reject the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with China as the Government of Canada has breached its fiduciary duty to consult First Nations on our respective constitutionally-enshrined and judicially-recognized Aboriginal Title, Rights and Treaty Rights.”9

The Chiefs of Ontario have also written to both Prime Minister Harper and China’s Ambassador to Canada advising that the Canada-China FIPA investment deal violates First Nation Treaty rights and international law, and should be postponed indefinitely, pending nation-to-nation discussions between Canada and First Nations.10,11

The Hupacasath First Nation have even taken the Federal Government to court over FIPA, supported by over $380,000 crowd-funded by the Leadnow community and allies. By challenging FIPA in court, the Hupacasath First Nation are buying time that we can use to rally Canadians to stop this bad deal for good, and we are deeply grateful for their leadership on behalf of all Canadians.4 For more information about the legal challenge, and to donate to support it, see http://www.leadnow.ca/fipa-legal

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