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Video: BC braces for palliative care cuts
Sep 30 2003
A cardboard cutout sat in place of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority rep who'd dropped out of the public forum a week earlier. So still the public waits to hear how looming cuts to palliative ca
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Federal staffing abuses: checks needed
Sep 30 2003
The findings of a recent audit should shock no one familiar with staffing throughout the federal public sector, says the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The Public Service Commission audit found t
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Injunction sought against hospital sell-off
Sep 30 2003
A coalition of unions and health-care advocates is seeking a court injunction to stop deals that would see the ownership and operation of two major Ontario hospitals handed over to multinational corp
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Whatever happened to welfare?
Sep 30 2003
Welfare was the hot-button issue in the 1995 Ontario election that ushered Mike Harris into power. Ditto in 1999. But now, with Ontario heading back to the polls on Thursday, the issue has faded rema
Amnesty International
A Canadian's anniversary in Syrian jail
Sep 29 2003
It's been one year since Canadian citizen Maher Arar was detained in the U.S. and deported to Syria. While American authorities accused Arar of having unspecified links to “terrorist” organ
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Postal workers accept deals
Sep 29 2003
After months of heated internal debate, Canada's postal workers have voted to accept the collective agreements negotiated by their union with Canada Post. The 48,000 traditional urban members voted 6
Sierra Club of Canada
B.C. oil and gas study 'unworkable'
Sep 29 2003
Another group is challenging the tight timelines of a BC oil and gas science review. The review is a stage in a process that could lead to the end of a moratorium on oil and gas development along the
National Union of Public and General Employees
New Brunswick's orphaned autos
Sep 29 2003
Punishing private insurance rates are prompting some New Brunswickers to park their cars in public lots or back roads — and simply walk away. One Saint John towing company says it has picked up
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Cruise industry: no panacea
Sep 29 2003
Canadian ports had better take a sober and realistic look at their expectations of the cruise industry. A new study finds that, in their rush to attract the big ships, Canadian ports have not paid en
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Behind the issues: Ontario 2003
Sep 27 2003
Ontario votes on October 2. Pre-election polls have the opposition Liberals leading the governing Conservatives — the NDP a distant but rallying third. For voters still weighing their options, t
Council of Canadians
Maude's Cancun memoir
Sep 25 2003
“African and Latin American delegates were high-fiving and hugging one another. There was a very clear understanding on that convention floor, surrounded by stunned media, that a seismic shift i
Citizens for Public Justice
Security crackdown deja vu
Sep 25 2003
Arbitrary arrests, indefinite detentions, prosecution and imprisonment for peaceful protest. Years ago, these were the norm in Sri Lanka — all in the name of fighting terrorism. Today in North A
National Union of Public and General Employees
Saskatchewan Party has NDP hit list?
Sep 25 2003
It's been leaked to the media, but what exactly is it for? The Saskatchewan Party has drafted an apparent “hit list” of some 2,000 people considered sympathetic to the NDP — judges, cr
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
For cash and future considerations
Sep 24 2003
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are a loaded “solution” for cash-strapped universities. They entrench inequality between and within institutions. They privilege technology and science ove
Sierra Club of Canada
Bruce nuke licenses challenged
Sep 24 2003
Bruce Power wants five-year licenses to operate Ontario's Bruce A and B nuclear station. But with a decision expected Thursday, the Sierra Club of Canada is asking Canada's nuclear regulator to cut t
Ontario: Where they stand on child care
Sep 24 2003
You can learn a lot about folks from how they treat the kids. One week out from Ontario's election, here's what each of the three major political parties envisions for early childhood education and c
Buddy Bear finds refuge
Sep 24 2003
“Buddy Bear” and four other orphaned black bears from Quebec are moving to the Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary near Huntsville, Ontario. Canadians heard Buddy's sad tale last week: a Quebec
Back to the UN...
Sep 24 2003
Still committed to its war drive in Iraq, the U.S. stands more isolated than ever. Its trade aims were defeated in Cancun. And that successful resistance may be most relevant as Washington returns to
National Union of Public and General Employees
Supreme Court: labour rights automatic
Sep 23 2003
Canada's highest court has ruled that union-employer contracts automatically include rights and obligations set out in human rights and labour relations legislation. At issue was the firing of a prob
If you're lying, will you resign?
Sep 23 2003
A shout-out to Liberal leadership hopefuls and to candidates in the upcoming Ontario and PEI elections. Today, Democracy Watch challenged them all to pledge to resign if they break their free-running
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Court asked to block P3 hospitals
Sep 23 2003
A coalition of health and labour groups has gone to court to stop the privatization of hospitals in Ottawa, Brampton and Toronto. Citing the <i>Public Hospitals Act,</i> the groups applied yesterday
National Union of Public and General Employees
Recruiters tempt health-care workers
Sep 22 2003
Competition for health-care workers is intense &#151; if a weekend job fair in Saskatoon was any indication. Recruiters there were offering choice incentives like cash bonuses, moving expenses, free
Polaris Institute
Cancun: Will Pettigrew pay?
Sep 22 2003
Pierre Pettigrew infuriated many developing countries in Cancun this month. Canada's trade minister chaired a working group on the sensitive &#147;Singapore issues&#148; that were <i>not</i> supposed
Sierra Club of Canada
Our forests and climate change
Sep 22 2003
Forest health and climate change are forever entwined. The mounting effects <i>on</i> forests will range from significant to severe. In turn, climate change makes forests more important than ever. La
Changing the world: an educator's guide
Sep 19 2003
Changing the world calls for grand plans and even grander organizing abilities. But these have been difficult times for social movements and for educators &#151; all thrust onto the defensive by a ne
CAW
CAW
Obituary: Dan Benedict
Sep 19 2003
He was an outspoken advocate for social justice, workers' rights, public services and international solidarity. In 1998, he received the Order of Canada for his life's work. On Tuesday, Dan Benedict
National Union of Public and General Employees
Survey probes Canadian nursing
Sep 18 2003
More than 39,000 randomly-selected nurses across Canada will receive a survey this month asking them about their workplace, patients, personal health, job satisfaction and aspirations. It's the large
Socialist Worker
Ernie Eves: guilty as charged
Sep 18 2003
Two weeks out from an election, the Ontario Tory spinsters are casting the Premier as a &#147;strong leader&#148; in the aftermath of the Great Power Blackout. Ernie Eves does have quite a record of
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Report card: Ontario's mismanagement
Sep 18 2003
Just like Mike, Ernie told everyone &#151; parents, teachers, citizens &#151; he'd do better for less. Instead, he did lots less for less. Ahead of Ontario's October 2 election, the province's second
Postcard from Baghdad
Sep 17 2003
&#147;Midday in Baghdad: there are no women or children on the streets. Instead of the &#145;new era of freedom&#146; that the U.S. army was supposed to introduce to Iraq, chaos and insecurity have s