Back to top

World Trade Organization and General Agreement on Trade in Services Will Affect Toronto

Koffler Institute Auditorium, 569 Spadina Avenue (one-and-a-half blocks north of College)

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

GATS is the World Trade Organization's (WTO) General Agreement on Trade in Services. On March 11, 2003, provincial and federal trade ministers will meet to discuss what services Canada will commit to GATS and trade liberalization. On March 31, the federal government will make its formal GATS commitment, defining what services will be considered commercial under international law. Many of the services being discussed are currently publicly managed, and their inclusion in GATS could have serious implications for their privatization and regulation. This panel aims to raise awareness about the potential impacts of GATS on public services in Toronto and about how you can have a say in the GATS negotiations. The event features the following speakers: GATS and education Pam Frache (or Joel Duff), Canadian Federation of Students; GATS and health care: Michelle Robidoux, Toronto Health Coalition; GATS and water: Michelle Swenarchuk, Canadian Environmental Law Association; GATS and electricity: John Wilson, Ontario Electricity Coalition.

Cost: Free or donation

For more information, contact Josh Lerner at or visit or

[Source: People- and Planet-Friendly Events, Resources, Jobs & Fun!]