Polaris Institute
Canada Considers Combat Role in Iraq?
Mar 7 2003
Even as public opinion swells against war, Canada may well join a U.S. march on Iraq. If so, analysts have assumed that our forces would play a small <I>support</I> role. But there are signs that Can
National Union of Public and General Employees
No War in Our Name, NUPGE says
Mar 7 2003
&#147;The drumbeat for war rises ... We must actively resist those who would perpetrate it.&#148; In an impassioned open letter to their 325,000 members, the president and secretary-treasurer of the
Amnesty International
Human Rights Monitors Needed for Iraq
Mar 7 2003
War or no war, Amnesty International has renewed its call to deploy human rights monitors to Iraq. If war happens, monitors would play a crucial role in the chaotic aftermath of conflict. Longer-term
working TV
Health Privatization Hurts Women
Mar 7 2003
British Columbia&#146;s plans to privatize health support services will put patient care at risk &#151; and will turn back the clock on women&#146;s wages to levels unseen since the late 1960s. Those
Campaign Finance Reality Check
Mar 6 2003
Opposition MPs are scrambling to pan the prime minister&#146;s political fundraising bill. Why would he finally reign in campaign donations, they ask, only as he&#146;s <I>leaving</I> politics? But w
Spaced Out and Anti-Gay
Mar 6 2003
Opponents of gay marriage can be filled with notions both hateful and bizarre. A recent example appears in the minutes, published yesterday, of the February 11 session of continuing parliamentary hea
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Postal Workers&#146; Progress
Mar 5 2003
Not much progress at all, in fact, in this latest round of collective bargaining. Since negotiations launched last November, the workers&#146; union and Canada Post have yet to agree on a single majo
Iraq After Saddam
Mar 5 2003
The Iraqi people have suffered long enough under Saddam Hussein. But even if hawks and doves, near and far, can agree on that, there's no budding consensus on <i>how</i> a transition should come abou
Sierra Club of Canada
Dhaliwal Lobbies to Lift Oil/Gas Moratorium
Mar 4 2003
Never mind the environmental risks. The B.C. Liberals would love to tank a thirty-year-old moratorium on Pacific oil and gas development. For that, however, they&#146;d need federal co-operation. And
National Union of Public and General Employees
Suspensions Threaten Patients, Union Says
Mar 4 2003
Ontario hospitals disciplining professionals who participated in a day of action are harming patients, their union charges. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says that at least seven hospita
From Terrorist to Freedom Fighter
Mar 3 2003
The past decade has seen the politics of Kashmir pass through several phases. What began as a secular movement for democratic self-determination &#151; whether to be part of India, Pakistan or neithe
Faces of a Former Finance Minister
Mar 1 2003
A democracy watchdog has dusted off some telling tidbits from the archives of a parliamentary committee. In 1992, Paul Martin was proposing an ethics enforcement process to prevent cabinet ministers
Canadian Union of Public Employees
It&#146;s RSI Awareness Day
Feb 28 2003
Nearly two million Canadians suffer from repetitive strain injuries (RSI). But even as the numbers climb, these disabling conditions remain poorly understood by workers, employers and medical profess
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario Ditches Driver Exam Network
Feb 27 2003
Ontario&#146;s Tories have sold the province&#146;s driver examination system to an international privatization giant. Serco will pay $138-million over ten years &#151; against expected revenues of $
Sierra Club of Canada
The State of Ontario&#146;s Forests
Feb 27 2003
&#147;Things in the woods aren&#146;t looking so good.&#148; Words from Elizabeth May today as her Sierra Club of Canada released a review of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources&#146; <I>State
Council of Canadians
Planting Seeds of Doubt
Feb 27 2003
Genetically engineered wheat will endanger the livelihood of Canadian farmers by introducing the threat of genetic contamination, by ending their traditional right of reseeding and by closing off som
Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE Head Steps Down
Feb 26 2003
Judy Darcy is stepping down after twelve years at the helm of Canada&#146;s largest public sector union. Darcy announced today that she won&#146;t stand for re-election at CUPE&#146;s national conven
Polaris Institute
European GATS Requests Leaked!
Feb 25 2003
WTO member countries have been quietly developing shopping lists of service markets they want to see fall under the &#147;free trade&#148; rules of the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Backbenchers Attack Health-Care Front Line
Feb 24 2003
B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell&#146;s recent call for a new cooperative relationship in health care was apparently missed by at least two of his backbenchers. MLAa Randy Hawes and Kevin Krueger both fo
Ontario Scolded for Education Bungling
Feb 24 2003
For the fourth time in recent weeks, a study has reprimanded Ontario&#146;s Tory government for mismanaging education reform at the expense of students. Released on January 23, <I>The Schools We Need
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Budget: Real Education Scoop
Feb 21 2003
B.C.&#146;s budget this week unveiled $143-million more for education. But it appears that only $50-million will reach public school classrooms, and that won&#146;t come until 2004-05. The balance wi
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Budget Heralds New Public Service Cuts?
Feb 21 2003
Despite new commitments to social spending in the new federal budget, the government appears poised to cut more public services, warns Canada&#146;s largest federal public sector union. &#147;Under t
Council of Canadians
Budget Boosts Health Care (Really?)
Feb 19 2003
Today&#146;s federal budget increases spending on health care. But does it respect basic Canadian values on health-care delivery? &#147;Much of the increased health care dollars in this budget,&#148;
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Budget: That&#146;s Some Legacy
Feb 19 2003
Was yesterday&#146;s budget Jean Chr
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Budget: Timbits and Privatization
Feb 19 2003
&#147;After years of bread and water, a Timbit looks like a feast,&#148; says CUPE&#146;s Judy Darcy. Jean Chr
National Union of Public and General Employees
B.C. Budget: Smiles for the Rich
Feb 19 2003
Unions say yesterday&#146;s British Columbia budget is more bad news for rural communities and low-to-middle-income families. Once again, new regressive taxes hitting lower-income earners &#151; coup
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Glass Ceiling at Foreign Affairs
Feb 19 2003
Women form the majority of the 1,600 workers at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). Yet women are scarcely represented among higher-ranking positions within that depart
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Another Budget is Possible
Feb 18 2003
The federal Liberals eliminated the budget deficit and dramatically reduced the debt. But they did it at the expense of Canadians&#146; cherished social supports and programs. Will tomorrow&#146;s bu
Polaris Institute
Military Needs Vision, Not Money
Feb 18 2003
In his budget today, Finance Minster John Manley is reportedly prepared to inject $2.4-billion over three years into the military. Bad idea, says the Polaris Institute, citing poor planning and persi
working TV
Vancouverites Reject War
Feb 17 2003
More than 35,000 hit the streets of Vancouver on Saturday to oppose war on Iraq. They were part of a history-making international day of action that drew 50-million people to 600 events on five conti