MONTREAL — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling out New Democrats after their leader encouraged French lawmakers to reject the comprehensive trade agreement between the European Union and Canada.Jagmeet Singh, along with Green Leader Elizabeth May, signed a letter this week urging politicians in France not to ratify the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA.As an EU-Canada summit wrapped up in Montreal Thursday, Trudeau asked who Canada should trade freely with if not its European allies and called the NDP stance “unfortunate.”So far, fewer than half of the EU’s 28 member states have ratified CETA, which nonetheless went into force provisionally in September 2017, eliminating tariffs on the vast majority of goods flowing between Canada and the EU.The benefits have been uneven, as European businesses ramped up exports right out of the gate while Canadian exporters were slower to boost trade.In 2018, Canada’s exports to the EU increased by seven per cent to more than $44 billion, with aluminum and motor vehicles and parts seeing the biggest gains. But the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance says agri-food exports to the EU have dropped 10 per cent since CETA’s 2017 entry into force.The Canadian Press
Bikers will have something to celebrate at today’s Motorcycle Mountain Jam in Clark County: Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed into law a bill that outlaws profiling of motorcyclists by state troopers and local law enforcement officers. Engrossed Senate Bill 5242, which prohibits singling out bikers for police stops without a legitimate reason, passed both legislative chambers unanimously and was signed by the governor Wednesday. A similar bill in the 2010 Legislature passed the House decisively but ran out of time in the state Senate.The new law is modeled on a 2002 state law outlawing racial profiling by police, and it includes similar safeguards. It requires the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and the Criminal Justice Training Commission to add a statement condemning motorcycle profiling to their existing policies banning racial profiling.Motorcycle profiling is defined as when law enforcement officers single out people who ride motorcycles or wear biker garb, stopping, questioning, searching or arresting them without legal grounds. Motorcycle enthusiasts presented compelling evidence to legislators, including a video of a state trooper crawling through bushes near the Legislative Building in Olympia two years ago and writing down motorcycle license numbers while bikers were holding a rally.
The P4 Partnership Program, a collaboration among the Dayton Development Coalition, several Ohio agencies and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, has shaved operating costs for the Air Force at the same time it has improved support for the installation.The partnership brought together the Coalition, the governor’s office, the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, Ohio Administrative Services, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Department of Veteran’s Affairs, JobsOhio and Sinclair Community College (SCC). The partners have focused on projects that provide education, job training and employment search opportunities; leverage resources to reduce costs on large commodity purchases; and permit the mutually beneficial use of emergency response facilities and equipment, and recreation facilities.To provide job training and networking opportunities, the partnership launched “Ohio Means Internships,” a website that promotes internships at Wright-Patterson and throughout the state. The installation and the state are working together to help veterans take advantage of resources offered by universities as well. On base, Wright-Patterson’s transition assistance manager helps transitioning members connect easily with “Ohio Means Veterans Jobs,” a free online job search resource, thanks to assistance from the governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation.Wright-Patterson and SCC also have teamed up to offer a hands-on, site-specific education exchange program. Last year, 2,000 students in SCC’s Fire Protection Technology program used the base’s fire department, burn tower and equipment to practice firefighting techniques. In return, SCC provided professional development training to base employees and hazard waste and emergency response training to base fire department personnel. The wholesale cost of the exchange was $129,000, but the base avoided more than $464,400 in costs it would have incurred to meet federal regulations. SCC realized savings of $178,400 over five years from this project.The P4 Partnership Program is helping Wright-Patterson to cut costs in other ways. The base used the state’s managed services program to obtain low-cost licenses for specialized radios that are used by first responders and public safety personnel. The base also is using the state’s cooperative purchase program to save up to 30 percent on commodity purchases.By leveraging shared resources to meet individual and collective goals, Wright-Patterson, the Dayton Development Coalition and the state of Ohio have developed a broad, mutually beneficial and cost-effective partnership. Its success has prompted the secretary of the Air Force to ask other installations to replicate it. For their initiative to work hand-in-glove with the base on a variety of projects, the Dayton Development Coalition in partnership with the state of Ohio earned ADC’s Community Excellence Award. Dan Cohen AUTHOR