Calling attention to the dangers that may be lurking, hidden inside the seeming gift of a free trade agreement with the European Union.
WHERE: Just outside the front doors of City Hall
WHEN: 11:10 a.m.
WHAT: Trojans! Greeks! Stealth attacks! Or, at least, a photo op, held by two councillors, the Council of Canadians, and one large horse (we estimate about 10 feet tall) to call attention to concerns they have about the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, currently being negotiated between Canada and the European Union. The Council of Canadians has been campaigning to get municipalities across the country to call on higher orders of government to exclude them from the agreement, worried that it would unduly limit cities’ ability to issue contracts to local goods and service providers, or to make purchasing decisions based on policy goals (for instance, buying local produce in order to support the regional economy).
Tomorrow, the Executive Committee will consider a motion by Glenn de Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) and Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27, Toronto Centre-Rosedale), calling for Toronto to petition Ontario for just such an exemption from CETA for the city. It will most likely fail; in order to have the motion considered anyway, de Baeremaeker and Wong-Tam will need to convince two-thirds of their colleagues to overrule the Executive Committee and have a debate about the matter on the floor of council.
Today marked, perhaps, a new high for De Baeremaeker, who has a reputation for being council’s prop-master. Toilets and inflatable, remote-controlled sharks are one thing, but this? This was too big to even fit through the doors.