November 17, 2003
WTO-GATS and the FTAA: Double Trouble for Libraries and Public Information Services
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is intended to be the most far-reaching trade agreement in history. While it is based on the model of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), its scope goes well beyond NAFTA. This presentation, given by Samuel Trosow (CLA Chair of the Committee on International Trade Agreements) in late November at McGill University, focused on the potential effects of the proposed FTAA on public libraries and other information services as well as its interactions with the WTO agreements.
September 12, 2003
Cancun WTO Ministerial: Information Day
Librarians Against the WTO organized an information day on the McGill University campus. The protesters walked accross campus handing out information leaflets and talking to those who wanted to learn more about the effects of the GATS on publicly funded libraries.
"Foreign trade should not determine politics, but should on the contrary be subordinated to the politics of fraternity toward peoples." - Che Guevara 1965
Letter to Minister for International Trade
Tell the Minister exactly how librarians feel about the WTO / GATS and its threat to publicly-funded libraries.
WTO's in town?
A family-friendly march took place in opposition to a mini-ministerial meeting of the WTO in Montreal.