DaimlerChrysler: Almost Midnight
Oct 15 2002
“DaimlerChrysler's stubbornness will put us on strike at midnight,” says Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz Hargrove. After winning new contracts at General Motors and Ford, the union has
National Union of Public and General Employees
Minister Eats Thanksgiving Crow
Oct 15 2002
Jim Wilson ate a goodly serving of crow over the Thanksgiving weekend. Ontario's northern development minister apologized for threatening to fire public employees who do not support the Progressive C
Council of Canadians
Canada to Oppose FTAA “Chapter 11”?
Oct 15 2002
Canada may be on the verge of rejecting corporations' right to sue governments under the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. Does that mean Canada has finally soured on NAFTA's Chapter 11 &#151
United Nations Déjà Vu
Oct 15 2002
Haven't we been here before? Washington manipulating the United Nations, punishing countries that refuse to respect the U.S. line? The Security Council will soon issue new resolutions on Iraq. Histor
Sierra Club of Canada
Will Kyoto Shut Down Canada?
Oct 14 2002
Results from the federal government's latest round of economic modeling should ease fears that ratifying the Kyoto Protocol will cause economic hardship for anyone in Canada. Instead, our economy wil
National Union of Public and General Employees
Famine: Marketing Tool?
Oct 11 2002
Is the U.S. using famine as a lever to promote genetically-modified (GM) foods? As many as 14-million people in Southern Africa are at risk of starvation. And while USAID is offering food aid in the
Amnesty International
Indigenous Peoples Day: Second-Class Citizens Still
Oct 11 2002
Tomorrow is variously recognized as Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day and Dia de la Raza. It recalls a moment ten years ago — on the 500th anniversary of Europeans' arrival on this continent
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Terrorism, Globalism, Conspiracy
Oct 11 2002
Hundreds piled into Vancouver's St. Andrews Wesley Church on Wednesday, looking for critical insight on the U.S. drive for war against Iraq. Featured guest: Dr. Michael Parenti, one of North America'
Drought Aid Misses Dairy Farmers
Oct 9 2002
Farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan have been blistered by this year's drought. That includes dairy farmers, who've been squeezed by rising feed costs. But they aren't getting much help from federal
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canada's Secret Constitution
Oct 9 2002
Has Canada's sovereignty been undermined by agreements adopted under the World Trade Organization? By deals signed under the North American Free Trade Agreement? Absolutely, says Stephen Clarkson, pr
National Union of Public and General Employees
B.C. Legislature Opens Amid Protest
Oct 8 2002
Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberal government faced angry protest Monday on returning to Victoria for the fall session of British Columbia's legislature. Thousands gathered to oppose policies that hav
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Social Service Workers Win Big in N.B.
Oct 7 2002
Twelve hundred workers have ended a four-week strike that paralyzed many social services across New Brunswick. The CUPE 1418 members voted overwhelmingly to accept a new contract that includes substa
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Weapons Inspector: No Case for Iraq War
Oct 7 2002
A top-level whistle-blower invariably turns heads. And so more than 1,100 people packed a Vancouver church last Friday — some hanging from open windows — leaving hundreds more waiting on th
CAW
CAW
Auto Workers Accept Ford Deal
Oct 7 2002
Fourteen thousand Canadian Auto Workers members have accepted a new three-year contract with Ford. The union made gains in wages, benefits and job security — and won measures to ease the blow of
Canadian Union of Public Employees
North Bay Hydro Sours on Democracy
Oct 4 2002
North Bay Hydro is taking CUPE Local 72 to court in an attempt to get an injunction to limit picketing, and to prevent local activists and community members from lobbying city councillors and the may
National Union of Public and General Employees
Medical Contracting Out Backfires on B.C.
Oct 3 2002
British Columbia provides another case study in the perils of privatizing public functions. The B.C. Liberals ditched two-thirds of the staff who administer the Medical Services Plan that residents p
Watching Lula
Oct 3 2002
Sailing against the world's prevailing rightward winds, veteran leftist “Lula” da Silva is poised to win the Brazilian presidency on October 6. Eve Belanger, who has been doing grassroots p
If Throne Speech is a Pack of Lies ...
Oct 2 2002
... then Canadians need a way to hold governments accountable. Following Monday's federal Throne Speech, Democracy Watch challenged governments to finally take steps to help ensure honesty in politic
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Union Barred from Ottawa Schools
Oct 2 2002
Something's up at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. First the province fired all elected trustees, installing a political appointee to push through spending cuts. Now a teachers' union says
Svend Speaks: NDP's Prospects
Oct 2 2002
Drifting towards the political centre has helped cement the New Democratic Party's growing irrelevance. But MP Svend Robinson still believes the party can succeed by returning to its socialist roots.
First Nations Act Sparks Anger
Oct 1 2002
The federal government is proposing to overhaul the Indian Act, which has governed life for on-reserve Aboriginal people since 1876. Everyone agrees it is archaic and flawed and needs to be changed o
Portia White, Contralto
Oct 1 2002
Today is International Music Day and also marks the start of Women's History Month in Canada. To honour both, CoolWomen.org features Portia White (1911-1958) — Black teacher and famed contralto
CAW
CAW
Bombardier Layoffs Hit Hard
Sep 30 2002
“That's a helluva a way to head into Christmas.” CAW President Buzz Hargrove was reacting to Bombardier's Friday announcement that it will cut up to 6.5 per cent of its worldwide aerospace
Canadian Union of Public Employees
T.O. School Board Workers Fight Takeover
Sep 30 2002
Thirteen thousand CUPE members are boosting their battle against the takeover of Canada's largest school board. Ontario sacked all elected Toronto District School Board trustees for refusing to slash
Socialist Worker
Behind the Rise of Mario Dumont
Sep 30 2002
Support for his party has soared to forty per cent this year. If an election were held in Québec tomorrow, Mario Dumont's unabashedly neo-liberal Action Démocratique could very
Iraq: A People Punished
Sep 27 2002
On September 11, 2001, close to 3,000 Americans died in the terrible World Trade Center attack. In Iraq, 5,000 children die every month due to international sanctions imposed since 1991. Now the Iraq
National Union of Public and General Employees
Eves' Coffer Swollen with Private Health Money
Sep 26 2002
Ontario's new Premier spent a record $3-million to win that office when Mike Harris stepped down in April. And some of Ernie Eves' biggest donations came from health-care companies now poised to cash
More Than a Game of Golf
Sep 26 2002
When the federal Liberals held a charitable golf tournament in April, some participants may have enjoyed more than a spin on the links. According to media reports, golfers donating $2,500 or more got
Canadian Union of Public Employees
B.C. Drug Plan Leaked
Sep 26 2002
British Columbians may have to shell out $400-million to cover the added costs of the Campbell government's new Pharmacare scheme. The startling details were leaked this week to Canada's largest unio
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Weather Action: Not Whether But How
Sep 25 2002
Premier Ralph Klein tours the land slamming the Kyoto Protocol as a sell-out of Alberta's economy. Meanwhile, the rest of Canada sends the province hay to deal with an unprecedented drought. The fore