Best and worst places to be a mom
May 7 2004
Canada is tied with Australia as the seventh-best place to be a mother. So says Save the Children's <i>State of the World's Mothers 2004</i> report. The annual index ranks the well-being of mothers i
Montreal cops confront critical mass
May 7 2004
Montreal police broke up a Critical Mass bike ride last Friday, one observer says. Police reportedly hauled some riders off their bikes, arresting one and charging three others for minor offenses. Cr
Bhopal still haunts Dow Chemical
May 6 2004
Twenty years after the calamitous leak of poisonous gas from a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India, Dow Chemical is facing growing pressure from its own shareholders to do more to help survivors. Do
Sierra Club of Canada
Regulate cars, Canadians say
May 6 2004
Canadians overwhelmingly support using regulation to meet Canada's Kyoto target of boosting passenger vehicle fuel efficiency by 25 per cent before 2010. A new Environics poll shows 94 per cent favou
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
BC: deep pain, creeping gain
May 6 2004
After weathering three years of punishing program cuts, British Columbians are hearing some tantalizing news. Economist Marc Lee confirms that the provincial economy has recovered from its 2001 reces
Location matters
May 5 2004
A monument to female victims of violence is scheduled to be unveiled June 8 in Sudbury, Ontario ... in a local graveyard. The memorial was conceived, the location chosen, by a coalition of women draw
Using video to settle disputes in Lebanon
May 5 2004
In Lebanon's sparsely settled highlands, an old method for settling disputes is taking a technological turn, as video cameras help the traditional <i>majlis</i> council structure function in changing
Canadian Union of Public Employees
BC health workers hit hard
May 4 2004
&#147;A victory for patients and a victory for public health care, but not good news for public health care workers.&#148; That's how the head of BC's Health Employees Union described Sunday's conten
Nike complaint spotlights UN's business ties
May 4 2004
Canadian and U.S. trade unions may appeal to the International Labour Organisation after a UN body promoting corporate responsibility dodged allegations that sports-equipment giant Nike is anti-union
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC health strike over
May 3 2004
It seemed primed to spiral into a general strike. But unions representing 43,000 striking BC health workers reached a deal on Sunday with the provincial government. That agreement removes some of the
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Special needs teachers strike
May 3 2004
Some 240 special needs teachers walked off the job across Ontario today. They work in schools for the deaf and blind, and in correctional facilities &#151; the only schools directly administered by O
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Drug bill 'fails' international community
May 3 2004
As Canada's Bill C-9 went to final reading last week, many NGOs offered muted praise, tempered by warnings about its remaining flaws. But at least one group is taking a harder line on the legislation
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CAW
Punish us &#151; please
Apr 30 2004
Chinese officials hinted darkly that if Canadian politicians expressed support for Tibetan independence in meetings with a visiting Dalai Lama, there could be fallout for our bilateral trade. Economi
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BC health workers stay out
Apr 30 2004
Many BC health workers are holding to their protest lines, in defiance of Thursday's controversial back-to-work legislation. Bill 37 imposed deep concessions on 43,000 workers, including a 15 per cen
Evaluating capacity development
Apr 30 2004
The international aid community increasingly stresses building local capacity as the key to alleviating poverty in the developing world. But precious little has been written on how to effectively eva
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC imposes will on health workers
Apr 29 2004
Less than four days in, BC's Liberals are legislating an end to job action by 43,000 health workers in 10 unions. Bill 37 imposes a 15 per cent wage rollback, a longer work week and no protection aga
Canadian Union of Public Employees
BC Liberals 'attack' women and medicare
Apr 29 2004
Canada's largest union calls this morning's strike-breaking legislation in BC a frontal assault on women and public medicare. &#147;If men held these jobs,&#148; said CUPE President Paul Moist, &#147
Corporate lobby pumps missile defence
Apr 28 2004
When Paul Martin visits George Bush this week, Canadian involvement in missile defence will be on the table. And look who's out breaking his trail to Washington: On April 19-20, the Canadian Council
Canadian Union of Public Employees
So many Canadians killed at work
Apr 28 2004
Three Canadians will be killed today in the peaceful pursuit of a living. Thousands more will be made sick or disabled by their work. Each year, a thousand are killed, a million more injured. Today,
Generic drug bill: so close, yet...
Apr 28 2004
Finally, Bill C-9 will go to Parliament this week for third and final reading. That will end nearly a year of wrangling over legislation aimed at allowing the export of affordable generic medicines t
National Union of Public and General Employees
Back-to-work bill strikes Newfoundland
Apr 27 2004
Legislation tabled yesterday will soon end a month-long strike by 20,000 public workers in Newfoundland. Staying off the job will earn termination for workers and steep fines for unions and their lea
Sierra Club of Canada
Chernobyl: remember and respond
Apr 27 2004
Yesterday, on the 18th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, environment groups urged Ontario to reconsider its own nuclear strategy. Exactly two years ago, in what it called a &#147;logical respons
Anti-Bush women's march goes global
Apr 27 2004
Hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets of Washington D.C. for Sunday's March for Women's Lives. Alongside them were at least 200 men and women from some 57 other countries, protesting
Unblurring the mirage of black gold
Apr 26 2004
A truism for anyone concerned with resource extraction in Africa is that &#147;black gold&#148; is a black curse on any region where oil flows. Charles Ndika shows how this applies to the new Chad-Ca
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BC health strike begins
Apr 26 2004
Ten unions representing 43,000 BC health-care workers began job action Sunday with a ban on overtime. They include dietary staff, orderlies, licensed practical nurses and group home workers. The esca
National Union of Public and General Employees
Women banned from legislature
Apr 26 2004
Five women have been banned for life from BC's legislature. On March 12, they were hauled from the building in handcuffs when they refused to leave after meeting with the minister responsible for wom
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Squandering Canada's surplus
Apr 26 2004
Canada is hoarding unprecedented economic wealth while human insecurity deepens &#151; at home and abroad. That charge comes in a new report from economist Armine Yalnizyan, who berates Ottawa's &#14
Council of Canadians
What Harper stands for
Apr 24 2004
New polls show many Canadians are prepared to give Stephen Harper's new Conservative party a chance to govern Canada in the next election. That would be a big mistake, says Maude Barlow: &#147;No mat
B.C. Teachers' Federation
BC snubs Supreme Court
Apr 23 2004
BC's Liberals have introduced legislation that bluntly challenges a four-month-old Supreme Court ruling. In January, BC Supreme Court quashed a government-appointed arbitrator's plan to strip teacher
National Union of Public and General Employees
Newfoundland moves to break strike
Apr 23 2004
Had Newfoundland's premier accepted unions' offer of binding arbitration, 20,000 striking public employees would be back at work today. Instead, Danny Williams is allowing the dispute to drag into ne