National Union of Public and General Employees
“Westray” Bill Finally Appears
Jun 16 2003
Late beats never. Ottawa has tabled wide-ranging corporate fraud legislation — including provisions to make company executives more accountable when workers are killed or injured due to manageme
Amnesty International
The Company You Keep
Jun 16 2003
Your pension fund and mutual fund investments can affect human rights and the stability and prosperity of communities around the world. But can small investors really make a difference? Yes! Amnesty
Public Service Alliance of Canada
More Hardship for Toronto?
Jun 13 2003
Pearson International Airport is preparing to lock out some 600 workers on August 1. The move would disrupt travel to and through Toronto, compounding the turbulence stirred up by Air Canada’s w
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Teachers Decry Child Labour Law
Jun 13 2003
Teachers marked the second annual World Day Against Child Labour yesterday by calling on British Columbia to rescind its own proposed child labour law. Bill 37 would expand employers’ ability to
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Stop the Madness, McLellan
Jun 13 2003
It would be the most radical foray yet into privatized health care. And Canada’s largest union is imploring Health Minister Anne McLellan to stop British Columbia from contracting out surgeries
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Fearless Five Win and Learn
Jun 12 2003
Lessons in beating isolation. Take five home care workers from Montague, PEI. And take the Southern Kings Group Home, an employer seemingly bent on breaking the union. The “Fearless Five” t
Manley Can Keep Funny Money
Jun 12 2003
The federal Ethics Counsellor has ruled than John Manley can keep hundreds of thousands of controversial dollars donated to his Liberal leadership campaign. The donors include many registered lobbyis
Gimme Shelter!
Jun 11 2003
Governments talk big about curbing homelessness and poverty. But Canada’s social housing stock is dwindling. More and more people are crowding into shelters. And children have become special vic
CAW
CAW
Minimum Wage: Think Big
Jun 11 2003
Ontario’s measly minimum wage has been ravaged by inflation since it was frozen at $6.85/hour in 1995. Folks earning it now sit way below the poverty line, and it’s holding down other low-e
Flaws Subvert Ethics Bill
Jun 11 2003
Last week, ethics groups were lauding a parliamentary committee for transforming Bill C-24 into a political fundraising law they could (tentatively) support. This week, the same committee is reviewin
Council of Canadians
Canadian Trade Debate Escalates
Jun 10 2003
The federal government disclosed plans last week to spend $24-million on convincing small Latin American countries to support new trade deals. The Council of Canadians marked the occasion by launchin
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
A Poor Time to be Poor
Jun 10 2003
British Columbia’s “radical and unprecedented” new welfare rules will cause enormous hardship across the province. That’s the conclusion of the first comprehensive review of the p
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Patents vs. Public Funding
Jun 9 2003
Pharmaceutical companies will tell you they need extended patent protection — not just to protect profits but also to fund research to bring you better drugs. But a new study suggests that most
Terror Suspect’s Death Sparks Fears
Jun 9 2003
Moroccan human rights campaigners are demanding an investigation into the death of a man police say organized the May 16 suicide bombings in Casablanca. The Crown prosecutor says Abdelhaq Bentassar d
Morocco Rushes Anti-Terror Law
Jun 6 2003
After suicide bombings rocked Casablanca on May 16, the Moroccan government pushed its proposed anti-terror legislation back into Parliament for a hasty vote. Human rights groups say its sweeping new
Amnesty International
Canada Scolded on Aboriginal Governance
Jun 6 2003
The feds appear poised to proceed with the First Nations Governance Act — over Aboriginal objections concerning both the provisions of Bill C-7 and the process that produced it. In a pointed let
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Teacher Honoured for Freedom Battle
Jun 6 2003
James Chamberlain is this year’s winner of the Canadian Library Association’s prestigious Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada. Chamberlain is the B.C. kindergarten t
Critic Praises Amended Fundraising Bill
Jun 6 2003
A controversial political fundraising bill has metamorphosed into something that even one of its harshest critics can support. Democracy Watch today praised the House Standing Committee on Procedure
Infectious Farmed Elk Roaming Wild?
Jun 6 2003
What to make of an abandoned herd of farmed elk found grazing on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border? Wildlife officials have not ruled out the possibility that they were dumped there after being hit by
Amnesty International
Not in the Jury’s Name
Jun 5 2003
Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman is set to die by lethal injection this month, and only the Governor of Tennessee can stop the apparent miscarriage of justice. Abdur’Rahman’s trial lawyer admits h
Polaris Institute
Missile Defence Lobby Rides Martin?
Jun 5 2003
Despite thirty-eight dissenting Liberals, Parliament this week supported a motion backing a continental missile defence shield. Leadership hopeful Paul Martin skipped the vote, but his public support
CAW
CAW
Give Ontario a Raise
Jun 5 2003
Labour and community groups told the government to “Give Ontario a raise” today. Strengthening social assistance and boosting the minimum wage to $10/hour could bring two million Ontarians
MPs Ponder Fundraising Bill Loopholes
Jun 4 2003
Proposed fundraising legislation may not, after all, pass through parliament with its full complement of gaping loopholes. At hearings beginning this week, a House committee is expected to consider a
Polar Bear Killing Prompts Rage
Jun 4 2003
Some residents of Blanc-Sablon were appalled on Sunday when wildlife officials killed a small polar bear that had wandered near the Qu
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Alberta’s Ten-Year Hangover
Jun 4 2003
Ten years later, Alberta’s decision to privatize liquor sales is looking like a big mistake. The people and the province have suffered, and the costs have been both social and financial. That&#1
Sierra Club of Canada
Pickering Nuclear Review: “Whitewash”
Jun 3 2003
It’s years behind schedule, and cost estimates have tripled to $2.5-billion. On Friday, Ontario finally announced a review of the planned refurbishment of the Pickering "A" nuclear plant. But cr
Council of Canadians
Census Highlights Income Gap
Jun 3 2003
A lesson in trickle-down economics — and its founding fallacies. It’s all in the latest Statistics Canada census data. Sure enough: the economy grew between 1990 and 2000. Just as surely: w
National Union of Public and General Employees
Drug Patent Review a Downer
Jun 3 2003
Next week, finally, a Commons committee will review pharmaceutical industry practices that protect profits while inflating Canadians’ drug costs. Someone who’s not holding his breath is Jam
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Teachers May Boycott Own Association
Jun 3 2003
Teachers in British Columbia are contemplating withholding a $90 annual fee from their own professional association. The strategy is brewing in response to Bill 51 — rushed into law last week &#
Land Reform: Brazil’s Crucible
Jun 2 2003
Landowners already doubt him. Landless peasants expect him to finally restore justice to the most inequitable country in the world. Miguel Rossetto, Brazil’s Minister for Land Reform, knows that