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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Canada,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Russia,Science/Technology

Reviews climate and political changes relating to the Arctic, the scramble among Arctic countries for mineral rights, and other potentially destabilizing issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


NAFTA at 20: North America’s Free-Trade Area and Its Impact on Agriculture

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Canada,Food/Nutrition,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Statistics,Treaties

Examines the integration of U.S., Canadian, and Mexican  agricultural and food markets as a result of the North American Free Trade Agreement.  Also reviews important changes in production and consumption and recent disputes among the partners. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture


Taking Stock: North American Pollutant Releases and Transfers: Exploring Changes in PRTR Reporting, 2005-2010

Categories: Canada,Environment,Manufacturing,Mexico,Statistics

Documents pollutant releases and transfers reported to the three country commission over a six year period by about 35,000 industrial facilities in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.   Shows an increase in industrial pollution of 14% in the six year period.  From the Commission for Environmental Cooperation


Summary: North American 2014 HFC Submission to the Montreal Protocol

Categories: Canada,Environment,Mexico,Treaties

The amendment proposal, submitted by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico,  is a starting point for discussions to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are being used as replacements for other ozone-depleting substances.  From the State Department


Value of 2013 U.S.-NAFTA Freight on Surface Modes Rose From 2012; Declined on Air and Vessel

Categories: Canada,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Statistics,Transportation

Provides trends in freight transportation among NAFTA countries by mode of transportation, including pipeline.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


U.S. – NAFTA Trade Exceeds $100 Billion for First Time on Record

Categories: Canada,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Statistics

Press release with statistics on trade volume between the U.S. and Canada/Mexico which hit all-time high in October 2013.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Current Issues in Mental Health in Canada: The Federal Role in Mental Health

Categories: Canada,Mental Health

Identifies the role played by the federal government in regard to mental health, the jurisdictional basis for that role, and then describes specific programs and initiatives.  From the Canadian Parliamentary Information and Research Service


Beyond the Border Implementation Report: December 2013

Categories: Canada,Crime/Justice,Foreign Trade/Investment,Recreation/Travel,Terrorism

Discusses key accomplishments over the past year in the implementation of the action plan to promote expanded trade and travel between Canada and the U.S. and prevent criminals, terrorists, and illegal goods from crossing.  From the White House


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