Health whistleblower head to Duncan for talk on TPP risks

Chopra will be speaking on Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in the Mesachie Room of the Island Savings Centre in Duncan.

The Council of Canadians is sponsoring a national speaking tour with Shiv Chopra, a Health Canada whistleblower “who lost his job for trying to keep Canadians safe,” the Cowichan chapter says in a news release, and he’s making a stop in the valley.

Chopra will be speaking on Sunday, April 9 at 3 p.m. in the Mesachie Room of the Island Savings Centre in Duncan.

Chopra says allowing milk from hormone treated cows may pose dangers to human health.

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is an enormous multilateral agreement to expand and entrench the rights of corporations in member states that account for 40 per cent of the global economy. Even the milk that communities consume daily will be impacted if the Canadian government ratifies the agreement,” the press release says.

“The presentation by Dr. Shiv Chopra will highlight the threat posed by the TPP agreement to public health and food safety. The agreement would allow for the introduction of Bovine Growth Hormone, an artificial growth hormone developed by Monsanto to increase milk output from dairy cows,” the release explains. “This speaking tour aims to continue mobilizing communities in opposing to BGH and the TPP in order to attain more victories against some of the most powerful corporations in the world, like Monsanto, and the international corporate rights agreements such as the TPP. We’ve done it before, we can do it again.”

Admission is by donation.

For information contact Donna Cameron at 250-748-2444 or dcameron@seaside.net