Maisonneuve Magazine May 24
In John Duffy's indispensable history of Canadian elections, a “great” election is defined by three traits: (a) it could swing either way between strong competitors; (b) it should resolve s
OneWorld Radio May 22
The world was stunned by video showing U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners. And efforts to spin the footage as an aberration are still haunted by the Pentagon's Latin American legacy. For years, it
Council of Canadians May 21
Canada's Supreme Court today sided with biotech giant Monsanto over Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser. The court upheld a 2001 judgment that Schmeiser violated Monsanto's patent rights after its ge
Democracy Watch May 21
Canadian election law controls the cost of running for office by constraining candidates and parties to spending limits. But these limits become meaningless when election messages can simply be deliv
International Development and Environment Article Service May 20
Fourteen million men, women and children die each year of treatable infectious diseases. Drugs that can save these lives exist, but the world's poor can't afford them. So a Canadian plan to get low-c
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives May 19
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Tuesday was supposed to be a turning point — the first budget of the government elected to repair eight years of Ontario Tory cuts. But the Liberals' effort, critics say, falls far short of what
National Union of Public and General Employees May 19
National Union of Public and General Employees
In yesterday's budget, Ontario's Liberal government announced that it will re-impose health care premiums. The scheme will cost individuals $300 to $900 a year, generating billions in new revenues fo
Citizens for Public Justice May 18
Citizens for Public Justice
Critics say George W. Bush's ballistic missile defence shield would be hyper-expensive, ineffective, dangerous — an exquisite symbol of government gone bad, draining public resources into a mad
working TV May 18
working TV
It's one of the most persistent, laden questions of our times. And it's one that quickens the pulse of Dr. Norman Finkelstein, a scholar both acclaimed and controversial. He headlined a public forum
Amnesty International May 18
Amnesty International
Peace talks to resolve 21 years of civil war in Sudan have meant little for villagers in Darfur. Over the past year, hundreds of civilians have been killed, others raped, scores of villages burned by
International Institute for Sustainable Development May 17
Walking the talk: The International Institute for Sustainable Development has finished its second year of operating as a carbon neutral organization. The Canadian NGO worked on reducing its emissions
National Union of Public and General Employees May 17
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario may re-introduce individual and family health premiums in Tuesday's provincial budget. Premier Dalton McGunity has broken trail for that announcement in recent days by stressing the challenge
Environment News Service May 14
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
National Union of Public and General Employees May 14
National Union of Public and General Employees
Nearly 150 more public employees in Newfoundland received pink slips this week. The layoffs affirm that the province is forging ahead with cuts announced in its recent budget. Some 20,000 public work
Amnesty International May 14
Amnesty International
Images of abuse meted out by U.S. soldiers in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib jail have shocked the world. Can that shock now propel a movement to finally eradicate the plague of torture from this planet? Amnes
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation May 14
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
Inter Press Service May 14
Images of torture from Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail are straining European nations' support for the U.S.-led occupation. Even early supporters of the invasion are in withdrawal mode, suggesting that the Am
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation May 13
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 May 13
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
New Socialist Group May 12
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 May 12
National Union of Public and General Employees
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
National Farmers Union May 11
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
Council of Canadians May 11
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 May 11
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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
Amnesty International May 10
Amnesty International
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
Centre for Media Alternatives Quebec May 7
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
Save the Children May 7
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
Council of Canadians May 7
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.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives May 6
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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
Sierra Club of Canada May 6
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