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Iraq minister says U.S. knew of abuses
May 14 2004
Iraq's first Human Rights Minister said he repeatedly informed the U.S. chief administrator last year that American soldiers were abusing detainees. “He listened very well. But that was all he d
Monsanto in Oz: drops GE canola
May 14 2004
Canadian family farmers and consumers cheered on Monday as Monsanto cancelled plans to commercialize its genetically engineered wheat. Days later, the biotech giant is now hinting that it will close
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Special needs teachers settle
May 13 2004
Some 240 special needs teachers in Ontario were back in classes Monday after a week-long strike. They say their new contract meets their goals: wages and working conditions closer to those of mainlin
Sierra Club of Canada
Recycling plan takes Ottawa backwards
May 13 2004
Ottawa residents have been “entirely misled” about plastic recycling, the Sierra Club charged this week. The city has just cut several types of plastic from its Blue Box program — argu
NDP and the socialist left
May 12 2004
Under Jack Layton, Canada's New Democratic Party is on the rise. New energy. New talk of embedding the party in social movements. New strength in pre-election polls. But this sheer success has spawne
National Union of Public and General Employees
EI changes: election bait?
May 12 2004
Ottawa has announced changes to employment insurance (EI) that could help seasonal workers in Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec. Critics say the federal Liberals — who previously tightened EI e
Council of Canadians
Monsanto yields: no GE wheat
May 11 2004
Monsanto today dropped its controversial plan to bring genetically engineered wheat to Canada. The Council of Canadians calls it a “tremendous victory for consumers” and a “serious blo
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ontario: uncut!
May 11 2004
The “Common Sense Revolution” eviscerated Ontario's public service infrastructure. Exit the Tories, enter the Liberals — but can they undo the damage? Only by first rebuilding the prov
Farmers cheer Monsanto's wheat withdrawal
May 11 2004
Canadian family farmers are breathing easier now that Monsanto has pulled its plans to commercialize genetically engineered wheat. The herbicide-resistant crop was designed for large monoculture oper
Amnesty International
A 'pattern' of U.S. brutality
May 10 2004
U.S. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld declared that he was “stunned” last week by video showing soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners — that this was “an exception ... not a pattern or pr
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Council of Canadians
Ottawa ducks medicare scrutiny
May 7 2004
As pre-election controversy swirls over the Liberals' commitment to public medicare, Ottawa is trying to block a court challenge that would scrutinize its failure to enforce the <i>Canada Health Act.
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
CAW
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
working TV
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,