Farmers appeal for BSE help
Mar 11 2004
Canadian family farmers are asking government for emergency help to cope with losses spawned by the BSE crisis. The National Farmers Union is calling for cash payments of $300 per on-farm calf —
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Newfoundland finance crisis overstated?
Mar 11 2004
The sky is <i>not</i> falling on Newfoundland and Labrador, a new study concludes. Tell that to Premier Danny Williams, who says a spiralling deficit demands deep cuts to public services and a wage f
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC ferries: still safe?
Mar 10 2004
Privately-operated Pacific ferries may be increasingly unsafe because of corroding carbon-dioxide firefighting systems. A new report from the ferry workers' union says the equipment on many ships is
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Rape as a weapon of war
Mar 10 2004
Wars leave women and girls particularly vulnerable. They are all too often raped, abducted and forced into sexual slavery as social and economic structures fall apart. When forced to flee their homes
U.S. increasingly disliked overseas
Mar 10 2004
President Bush and his foreign policy are increasingly unpopular in the rest of the world, according to a recent poll. A majority of respondents from all countries polled &#151; including long-time U
Public Service Alliance of Canada
'Toothless' whistleblower bill coming?
Mar 10 2004
Finally, Canada's Martin government is set to table legislation to protect whistleblowers &#151; workers who expose wrongdoing in government. But a union that has pressed for such protections for mor
Canada boosts support for people of Haiti
Mar 9 2004
Canada's Minister for International Cooperation today announced $5-million in new support for the United Nations' humanitarian assistance, reconstruction and transition efforts in Haiti. &#147;Before
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BC health unions eye strike
Mar 9 2004
43,000 BC health-care workers are facing a raw deal, made possible by some legislative grease from the BC Liberals. It goes like this: Accept massive concessions, or watch as your jobs are shuffled o
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Women's shelters going 'clinical'
Mar 9 2004
Pressure from funders and corporate-style directors is fundamentally transforming some Ontario women's shelters. That message comes this week from a panel of advocates &#151; who say a creeping shift
Amnesty International
Stop violence against women
Mar 9 2004
Every minute of every day, women and girls around the world are assaulted, threatened, raped, mutilated, killed. Violence against women is the world's most pervasive human rights violation &#151; and
She's on a role!
Mar 8 2004
Many Canadian women &#151; student leaders, mothers, politicians, teachers, athletes, social activists, women from every walk of life &#151; have accomplished great things in their communities and ar
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Video: Vancouver women's march
Mar 8 2004
&#147;We have got to get ourselves together ... and kick some ass.&#148; Words from one woman on the streets of Vancouver Saturday, where scores gathered to celebrate International Women's Day. Watch
Ontario Bill 8 undermines medicare?
Mar 8 2004
Ontario's Liberal government is opening new doors to health-care privatization, a major health-care union charged today. SEIU Canada says the <i>Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act</i> (Bill 8)
Women's disempowerment breeds HIV/AIDS
Mar 8 2004
There is a growing consensus that the spread of HIV/AIDS will not be stopped until women are empowered within their societies &#151; empowered to say no, to insist on condom use, to refuse dangerous
Council of Canadians
Canada: colony or country?
Mar 6 2004
The Council of Canadians has launched a national campaign to highlight the dangers of Canada's evolving economic and political ties to the U.S. Spokesperson Maude Barlow explained: &#147;With an elec
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The cancer epidemic as a social event
Mar 5 2004
Some 41 per cent of Canadian males and nearly 38 per cent of Canadian females will develop some form of cancer. The medical profession continues to stress individual causes &#151; genetics, lifestyle
Sierra Club of Canada
Species at risk: more red tape
Mar 5 2004
The federal government says citizens should help determine which wildlife species are protected under the new <i>Species at Risk Act.</i> Scientists have already identified 73 threatened species - bu
Customs union proposals lurk
Mar 4 2004
Canada says the idea is not on the table. But key federal departments continue to research proposals for a customs union with the U.S. If a post-election Martin government takes this path, that could
Algonquin wolves win protection
Mar 4 2004
A fragile population of 200-300 Eastern gray wolves won a renewed lease on life yesterday. Ontario has announced a permanent ban on hunting and trapping wolves in and around Algonquin Provincial Park
Scholarships support Palestinian refugee women
Mar 3 2004
Precarious living conditions in Lebanon's Palestinian community force many female students to abandon higher education. But thanks to a scholarship fund managed by Canada's International Development
Vote for a change
Mar 3 2004
Politicians can't hear you scream at your TV, but they can hear you vote. New on the net: a major campaign targeting Canadians who are turned off by modern politics &#151; but who stand to gain the m
Washington abandons mine ban
Mar 2 2004
The U.S. announced Friday that it will not sign the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. Some 150 countries have signed the pact prohibiting the use, trade, production and stockpiling of anti-personnel landmines. W
National Union of Public and General Employees
Watchdog ducks drug price decision
Mar 2 2004
Eight months after agreeing to investigate price gouging by big drug companies, Canada's Competition Bureau has ducked the controversy by throwing the issue back to federal politicians. Critics say t
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Federal workers want whistleblower shield
Mar 2 2004
Canada's largest union for federal public sector workers is demanding a clear process to protect its members from reprisals should they report wrongdoing. Scrambling to emerge from its sponsorship sc
Haitian crisis: 'five facts'
Mar 1 2004
Haiti stands on the brink of economic and humanitarian disaster. &#147;This is not the product of some unfortunate circumstance,&#148; two editorialists insist, &#147;but the direct result of policie
Unseen soldiers: where are the girls?
Mar 1 2004
The presence and roles of girl soldiers in militaries throughout the world has been underestimated and misunderstood. Canada's Rights & Democracy hopes to change that when it launches a groundbreakin
Amnesty International
Haitian human rights disaster looms
Mar 1 2004
&#147;Haiti is headed towards violence and abuses on an unprecedented scale.&#148; Amnesty International issued its warning on the eve of what has now taken place: rebels have moved on the capital, P
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Prisons are not a solution
Mar 1 2004
Women are the world's fastest growing prison population. In Canada, evidence links that trend to the evisceration of health, education and social services. Prisons have become our crudest yet most co
Of Africa's hope and despair
Feb 27 2004
Some 600 people packed Saskatoon's St. John's Cathedral last month to hear Stephen Lewis at his passionate best. The UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa vividly described that continent's battle
Martin, ethics, democracy, whatever
Feb 26 2004
Canada's Prime Minister has lied about maintaining high ethical standards. He has broken ethics rules himself. He surrounds himself with corporate lobbyists representing private interests that are no