Polaris Institute
Frosty Relations: Defence Lobby and Defence Minister
Apr 22 2003
Defence Minister John McCallum looked uncomfortable at the CANSEC military trade show this month in Ottawa. At one point, he demanded that a nearby camera be shut off as he spoke with a clutch of ind
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Kids’ Earth Day Visions
Apr 22 2003
Eight children have won national prizes for artwork expressing their Earth Day visions. The young artists, with roots ranging from Edmonton to Miramichi, entered a poster contest staged by Canada&#14
Climate Change Threatens Ontario Agriculture
Apr 22 2003
Rising temperatures. More floods, droughts and extreme weather events. Hotter, drier conditions during the main growing season. That's what Ontario farmers can expect in coming years, according to a
Challenges of Reconstruction
Apr 21 2003
The Iraq crisis — beyond the war — has always been a long-term, multifaceted crisis. Iraq never recovered from the 1991 Gulf War, or from the terrible aftermath of conflict with Iran, all c
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Schooling Faces Inclusion Crisis
Apr 17 2003
British Columbia’s tradition of highly-inclusionary public education cannot be sustained with current levels of support, a new study suggests. Research conducted by teachers and parents uncovers
Amnesty International
Response to Disorder Shockingly, Awfully Inadequate
Apr 17 2003
Two more incidents in two days: thirteen killed, twenty-eight injured. Amnesty International reiterated concerns today about the protection of civilians and their right to free expression as American
National Union of Public and General Employees
MPs Relent on Patent Drugs
Apr 17 2003
Just last week, the House of Commons Industry Committee, stacked with “pharma-friendly” Liberal MPs, voted to shelve a planned study of Canada”s drug patent rules. Public pressure has
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Another Way for Manitoba
Apr 17 2003
Manitoba’s NDP government has not reversed the neglect of the most vulnerable Manitobans that began under the Filmon government. Dollars that could have been used to boost equality have instead
Politicians Seek Insulation from Ethics Rules
Apr 17 2003
“MPs, and especially Senators, are recommending an ethics enforcement system with serious loopholes to protect themselves from accountability, instead of protecting the public interest,” wa
Waste Oil Welcome in Our Waters?
Apr 17 2003
An animal welfare group today demanded an investigation into a Newfoundland court’s dismissal of charges against a bulk carrier accused of dumping oil near Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserv
National Union of Public and General Employees
Vancouver Opposes Liquor Privatization
Apr 16 2003
British Columbia’s largest city has struck out at the province’s scheme to privatize liquor sales. Vancouver has joined fifty-six other councils and school boards in calling for consultatio
Conflict Diamonds Threaten Canadian Industry
Apr 15 2003
Canadian diamonds are prized for having nothing to do with the conflicts that the gems fund in some African countries. That reputation could propel Canada’s share of the world’s rough diamo
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Constitutionality of Contract-Busting
Apr 14 2003
British Columbia’s Campbell government faces a key constitutional challenge starting today. Health-care unions are asking the B.C. Supreme Court to strike down the province’s contract-break
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Alberta Even Better for Business
Apr 10 2003
A new $95-million tax cut for corporations. Little enduring help for health and education. And a fancy financing scheme to boost private sector involvement in public infrastructure. That’s CUPE&
working TV
World Politics After Iraq
Apr 10 2003
As invasion flows into occupation, how does the Iraq crisis change world politics? This talk by Tariq Ali was captured on web video this week in Vancouver. An editor of <i>New Left Review,</i> Ali ha
Amnesty International
Iraq&#146;s Occupiers Have Legal Obligations
Apr 10 2003
As widespread looting and disorder continue in many parts of Iraq, Amnesty International is reminding U.S.-led forces of their responsibilities as occupying powers under international human rights an
Loopholes Weaken Fundraising Bill
Apr 10 2003
A nation-wide coalition today urged parliament to close loopholes in Bill C-24, the government&#146;s political fundraising legislation. &#147;Even with its new contribution limits and disclosure req
Seal Hunt Regs Hollow Without Enforcement
Apr 10 2003
New laws aimed at making Canada&#146;s seal hunt more humane are already being violated. Since March 20, hunters have had to apply a &#147;blinking test&#148; to ensure a clubbed seal is dead before
Taking Iraq Private
Apr 9 2003
Let us now define &#147;democracy&#148; for Iraq. U.S. forces last week found this solution to the chaos of distributing water to civilians at Umm Qasr: provide it free to locals with tanker trucks,
Sierra Club of Canada
Dust in Sydney Homes Contaminated
Apr 8 2003
The cleanup of the Sydney tar ponds and coke ovens is underway. But contamination of nearby homes and yards may be a forgotten piece of the puzzle. A study released yesterday found lead and arsenic i
working TV
Kids Rally for Peace
Apr 8 2003
Since U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq on March 19, Vancouverites have hit the streets in a string of anti-war protests. On Sunday, children and youth had a peace rally of their own &#151; a chance to si
National Union of Public and General Employees
Caving to Pharma-Pressure
Apr 8 2003
Canada's drug patent laws are a win-lose deal: pharmaceutical giants get extended market monopolies, while the rest of us enjoy the world's fastest-rising drug costs. That's why reviewing the whole p
Amnesty International
Civilians Under Fire
Apr 8 2003
The civilian casualty count mounts in Iraq, despite repeated assurances from U.S. and U.K. authorities about protecting the Iraqi people. Hundreds of civilians have reportedly been killed since March
War on Terror Started 500 Years Ago
Apr 8 2003
As in all the United States&#146; wars this century, there are more Native Americans serving on the front lines in Iraq &#151; more per capita &#151; than any other population group. Some people thin
Seals Star in New Horror Flick
Apr 7 2003
When Fisheries Minister Robert Thibault expanded the allowable seal catch to nearly a million pups over three years, he pledged to &#147;ensure the seal hunt is conducted humanely.&#148; But today, a
National Union of Public and General Employees
Judge Blasts Inhuman Don Jail
Apr 4 2003
While handing down a sentence this week, an Ontario judge called Toronto&#146;s Don Jail is &#147;an embarrassment to the Canadian criminal justice system.&#148; In some cases, three inmates are held
Council of Canadians
Cellucci Links War and Canadian Energy
Apr 3 2003
In alternative breaths, U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci has been publicly chastising Canada&#146;s position on the Iraq crisis and campaigning for tighter continental energy integration. The Council of
Amnesty International
Civilians Pay Price for Cluster Bombs
Apr 3 2003
On Tuesday, at least 33 civilians were reportedly killed and around 300 injured in U.S. attacks on the Iraqi town of al-Hilla. Amid claims that cluster bombs were used in the attack, Amnesty Internat
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Reality Cheque: Ontario Budget
Apr 2 2003
Ontario had already voided nearly $15-billion from its fiscal capacity through indiscriminate tax cuts. Results: ailing education and health sectors, and deepening crises in housing, social assistanc
As World Feeds on Iraq, Africa Starves
Apr 2 2003
As the world fixes its gaze on Iraq, another crisis is quietly brewing: Africa is once again facing the threat of famine. The dire situation in Sub-Saharan Africa has stabilized somewhat since late 2