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May 13, 2010

June Coverage: What stories need to be told?

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The Media Co-op and the Dominion are reader-supported, and we're also reader-driven. Many of our best story ideas come from reader suggestions and dialogue between members.

We want to know what stories you want to be told in June of 2010. Post your suggestions, ideas, or thoughts below. If you like a story that someone else has suggested, respond below and state your support.


Supranational insitutions

Michael Byers noted in his book, "War Law", that when a country becomes a member of a supranational institution, some loss of sovereignty is the price paid. As well, he used the term "growing democratic deficit".
The purpose of the G meetings must be to diminish sovereignty and reduce democracy.

Coverage need of the B20 summit (business summit before g20)


The Following was written in the Financial Post:

"We know about the one-day Group of Eight, or G8, gathering in Huntsville, to be followed by the two-day Group of 20, or G20, meeting in Toronto. Now, the Department of Finance said Monday there will be a “B20″ meeting in Toronto, as well, in which G20 finance ministers meet face-to-face with two business leaders from each of the 20 countries. The gathering will be held on the eve of the G20, on June 25 and 26.”

An article in the Toronto star says the B20 summit  "is hosted by the Canadian Council of Chief Executives." 

It would be great if some one could write a story on who the B20 are and what they will be talking about. it seems like there is stuff about them written on the web, but most of the media coop people here in Toronto are pretty swamped. Is any one up for doing a profile of this group?


Some links on B20:

Digging into the private sector, the G20 and the economic crisis

This could be a really interesting angle to dig into about the G8 & G20 and the economic crisis...


Chemin de Joinville, 26 • P.O. Box 68 • CH-1216 Cointrin / Geneva • Switzerland
Tel.: +41 (0)22 929 00 00 • Fax: +41 (0)22 929 00 01 • e-mail: • Internet:

Geneva, 23 April 2010

The International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the world’s peak business organisation
representing employers of labour in over 141 countries, today broadly welcomed the outcome of the first meeting of labour and employment ministers from the G20, but expressed disappointment that the ministers’ recommendations did not go far enough in recognizing the critical importance of the private sector and sustainable enterprises to job creation and economic recovery.

Employers welcomed the ministers’ emphasis on addressing poverty and disadvantage, and the informal or unregulated sector. Employers also welcomed the emphasis on improving education, lifelong learning and skills development. They underlined the importance of integrating such measures into a wider program of cooperative labour market and regulatory reform.

However, speaking following the labour and employment ministers’ meeting and
communiqué, IOE Executive Vice President Mr Daniel Funes de Rioja described the
recommendations as “falling short, at this stage, of what is needed to get millions of people
back into work across the G20”.

“The statement does not prioritise working with business as partners in job creation”.

“Businesses create the vast majority of jobs. Business is at the forefront of job creation every day and must be an important contributor to jobs policies. We need a positive, sustainable environment for enterprise growth and employment to play our role in the desperately needed jobs recovery”.

Among the priorities employers raised with ministers were:

  • The importance of returning to economic growth as the key driver of employment demand.
  • Better supporting the doing of business, modernising regulation, and a balanced, proemployment approach to regulating work.
  • The positive contribution of changing forms of employment, including part time and temporary work, to G20 economies and to providing job opportunities for millions of people (including parents, carers, and those not able to neatly fit into ‘standard’ working arrangements).

“Unless the G20 engages with the concerns of those who will generate new jobs, we fear there will be a “missed opportunity” for much needed job creation”, Mr Funes de Rioja said.
“Business praises the success of the G20 in reversing the economic crisis, and renews its offer to engage in further consultation to ensure that, when the G20 countries meet in Toronto and Seoul later in 2010, they properly seize the opportunity to contribute to global jobs growth”, Mr Funes de Rioja concluded.

The G20 labour ministers (21 April 2010) issued a 6-page communiqué which is to be
considered by the G20 leaders when they next meet, on 26 – 27 June, in Toronto.

The IOE is the largest network of the private sector in the world. It is the only recognized
organisation representing the interests of employers in social and labour matters at the international level. Today, the IOE represents 148 national business organisations in 141 countries.

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