Letter to the Editor

Don’t hand our rights over to corporations Why are Yukoners not hearing more about the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement…

Don’t hand our rights

over to corporations

Why are Yukoners not hearing more about the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement — TILMA?

My understanding of TILMA is that it will be broader than NAFTA and GATS combined.

It is currently signed by Alberta and British Columbia and began being implanted in April. The Conference Board of Canada, for one, is exerting pressure for the sign-on.

It appears that it will affect all aspects of government and their respective departments, include all municipalities, school boards, health and social services, and environment as well.

An example might be, a TILMA dispute resolution panel could rule that land use regulations violate the agreement by restricting real estate investments.

Local government attempts to prevent urban sprawl, impose green space requirements for housing developments, height restrictions of buildings, local limits on billboard advertising, noise bylaws and pesticide restrictions are all possibly in jeopardy under TILMA, because such restrictions could restrict or impair investment.

Non-compliance penalties could be considerable. First Nations would be exempt for one year, but then the exemption would come up for review.

To me, TILMA is broader than what is written in the paper. The labour shortage is insignificant in relation to the total agreement when corporations can sue governments when regulations interfere with profit.

There are other ways to deal with labour shortage without being a signatory to TILMA.

Connie Dublenko

Whitehorse

A friend indeed

We, the people of Tagish, would like to say thank you to Dennis Bouchard, Tagish Volunteer Fire Chief, for all his hard work during the flood season here.

He has worked tirelessly for the last month. He has kept up the spirits and worked hard. Bouchard was where he was needed every day without complaint, working alongside all the other volunteers.

Thank you, Denis Bouchard from all your neighbours and friends. You have been doing a wonderful job!

The grateful people of Tagish