Amnesty International
Guant
Mar 14 2003
Amnesty International calls it an assault on human rights standards and a blight on the reputation of the United States. This week, a federal court ruled that prisoners at the U.S. Naval Base at Guan
REAL Women, Unreal Testimony
Mar 14 2003
Yet more unsettling testimony from the parliamentary hearings on same-sex unions. At the mic this time: REAL Women of Canada — the self-declared “alternative women’s movement.” Ke
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Teachers Join the Fed
Mar 13 2003
British Columbia’s 43,000 public school teachers have voted to affiliate with the 450,000-member B.C. Federation of Labour. Their union says the vote sends a signal to Premier Gordon Campbell &#
Polaris Institute
GE Labelling Process Melts Down
Mar 13 2003
More bad news for Canadians who want to avoid genetically engineered (GE) foods. The Canadian General Standards Board committee charged with negotiating voluntary rules for labelling GE foods has fai
Amnesty International
Policing Human Rights in Afghanistan
Mar 12 2003
The prisons, the police, the courts are in tatters. Afghanistan urgently needs a functioning criminal justice system to protect human rights, backed by a police service that actually serves the commu
Council of Canadians
World Water Forum to Push Privatization?
Mar 12 2003
An international coalition of public interest groups today criticized the corporate-friendly platform of the World Water Council in the days leading up to the Third World Water Forum in Japan. They w
Resignation of a U.S. Diplomat
Mar 11 2003
“Until this administration, it had been possible to believe that by upholding the policies of my president I was also upholding the interests of the American people and the world. I believe it n
Rejecting Red Light Solutions
Mar 11 2003
In the era of the Pickton Pig Farm, it’s harder to ignore the perils faced by Vancouver’s prostitutes. One proposal is to create a red light district, a “safer” space. Vancouver R
On the Ethics Counsellor’s Trail
Mar 10 2003
Federal Ethics Counsellor Howard Wilson recently ruled that a lobbyist must virtually enslave politicians to put them into conflict-in-interest positions under the <I>Lobbyists&#146; Code of Conduct<
War Could Spawn Human Disaster
Mar 10 2003
A new war on Iraq could produce a new humanitarian crisis, especially among children. In this radio interview, Mustafo Kok describes what he saw this January when he joined an international mission t
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