Polaris Institute
Waiting in the Wings
Sep 25 2002
Privateers perversely relish the squeeze on Canadian medicare — a looming crisis abetted by dwindling federal health spending. Their project is already quietly underway: as cash-strapped provinc
Keep Squatting
Sep 24 2002
Sunday's takedown of Vancouver's Woodwards Squat shouldn't dissuade people from occupying empty buildings in response to Canada's social housing crisis. Nicolas Phebus insists that there's mileage le
Refugees Only Dream of Student Loans
Sep 24 2002
In Canada, recognized refugees are ineligible for post-secondary financial assistance. Unable to afford rising tuition fees, many refugees cannot go to college or university until they have attained
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Manitoba Abortion Access Less Than Equal
Sep 23 2002
In Winnipeg, a woman choosing to have an abortion can have it done within about a week at the Morgentaler Clinic. If she can't afford the private clinic's fees, she may have to wait up to six weeks &
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Private Hospital Coming to Ottawa?
Sep 23 2002
The nation's capital is one step closer to a for-profit hospital, and Canada's largest union wants to stop private care before it becomes a “national disaster.” On Friday, the Royal Ottawa
Polaris Institute
Regulating GE Foods ... for Profit
Sep 23 2002
Regulation of genetically engineered foods should protect the health of Canadians and their environment. But a new study finds that regulation is designed to support the biotechnology industry, respo
working TV
Video: Woodwards Squat
Sep 20 2002
One week ago, housing activists and squatters moved into the vacant Woodwards department store building on Vancouver's downtown eastside. They are facing removal by police, but they say they will re-
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Reneges on School Tech Funding
Sep 20 2002
British Columbia's Liberals have quietly broken a promise to provide stable funding for technology in schools. Some school boards had already purchased computers and other resources based on promised
Amnesty International
U.S. Attacks International Justice
Sep 19 2002
Amnesty International has launched a worldwide petition opposing U.S. attacks on the new International Criminal Court. The U.S. has been asking governments to sign unlawful agreements that they will
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Waiting for Romanow
Sep 19 2002
Canadians' support for public health care is a bond that transcends geography, ethnicity, language, gender, race and class. And defending medicare is about protecting the core values — fairness,
National Union of Public and General Employees
Fraser Institute Loves Bad Health News
Sep 19 2002
Corporate Canada's faithful shill is back again. Michael Walker of the Fraser Institute has published yet another study knocking public medicare and praising corporate care as an alternative. Yes, ho
Animal Protection Bills Snuffed Out
Sep 19 2002
Two long-overdue pieces of animal protection legislation died this week with the prorogation of Parliament. The Species At Risk Act, first promised in the Liberal Party's 1993 Red Book, and Bill C-15
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Health Workers Foil Union-Busting Scheme
Sep 18 2002
Twenty-three employees of the world's largest health services corporation have voted to join British Columbia's Hospital Employees' Union. They were hired this July to replace better-paid union worke
It's All About Sex
Sep 17 2002
Ottawa sounds like the religious right as it prepares to fight court decisions affirming same-sex marriage. According to the Justice Department, such unions do not meet “core opposite-sex requir
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Canada Faces Nursing Crisis
Sep 17 2002
Slashing at medicare has left Canada with too few nurses — and too many suffering physical and emotional burnout. This ugly portrait appears in a recent report from an expert committee commissio
National Union of Public and General Employees
If it Barks: Alberta's For-Profit "Clinic"
Sep 16 2002
If it works like a hospital, <I>isn't</I> it a hospital? Boosters call it a private "clinic," but a planned 37-bed Calgary facility will provide major surgeries like hip and knee replacements, with s
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Human Rights Shift Hangs Over B.C.
Sep 16 2002
When someone faces discrimination, it's not just one person who's affected. Discrimination offends shared public values of equality and fairness. So some British Columbians are alarmed by legislation
Amnesty International
Not in Human Rights' Name, George
Sep 13 2002
In his speech to the UN yesterday, U.S. President George W. Bush deplored human rights violations perpetrated on Iraqis by their own government. That prompted Amnesty to recall that the U.S. had igno
National Union of Public and General Employees
Not So Confidential
Sep 13 2002
What happens when a government is negligent enough to forget hundreds of boxes of confidential mental health patient files in an abandoned building ... and then sell the property to a private buyer?
Iraq, Oil and Occupation
Sep 13 2002
At first President Bush's war plan against Iraq looked like a collection of hazy slogans. But it is becoming clear that it has definite aims. And the plan is unconnected to the famous "war on terrori
B.C. Teachers' Federation
School Trustees Censure B.C. Liberals
Sep 13 2002
Teachers in British Columbia are congratulating the trustees of School District 43 for their vote of non-confidence in the provincial government. The Coquitlam trustees cited extreme dissatisfaction
Citizens for Public Justice
Maternity Benefits for All?
Sep 12 2002
Ottawa recently suggested extending employment insurance maternity benefits from one to two years. At first glance, it's a great step forward. Looking deeper, the proposal ignores design flaws in a s
National Union of Public and General Employees
National Union Reflects on 9/11
Sep 11 2002
On this heavy day, the National Union invites Canadians to reflect on the terrible events of last September 11. To consider how the emergency response demonstrated the value and vision of the public
The American Offensive
Sep 11 2002
In the figure of the U.S., we see an empire with more military, economic, political and cultural power than ever. But America's hold on the globe is no new phenomenon. If something has changed radica
Globalization Drives Displacement
Sep 10 2002
Canada imposes border controls "not to keep people out ... but to make the vast majority of those who come to Canada incredibly vulnerable in the labour market, in access to housing and other basic n
Brazil: Everything Could Change
Sep 10 2002
Brazilians head to the ballot boxes in October. It will be a mega-election affecting the presidency, parliament and state governments. So the entire political scene could change in this key South Ame
National Union of Public and General Employees
Tuition Fees Surge in B.C.
Sep 10 2002
Student tuition fees have soared in British Columbia since the swift removal of a tuition freeze by Gordon Campbell's Liberal government. At some universities, rates have risen this year by as much a
Sierra Club of Canada
Grandma Crosses Canada for the Planet
Sep 10 2002
At seventy-one, Dorothy Cutting is hitting the road to drive home her message on climate change. On Monday, the grandmother of four left Mile Zero of the Trans-Canada Highway in Victoria &#151; in a
View from a Lowly Summit
Sep 9 2002
It was the UN's largest summit ever, and its most expensive. And it proved to be the sham that many feared &#151; culminating in a dilution of previous commitments on sustainable development. Hear an
Ontarians Still Oppose Spring Bear Hunt
Sep 9 2002
Will Ontario lift its ban on the spring bear hunt? Hunters claim the ban boosts bear populations and reduces their fear of humans, leading to more bear-human encounters. So animal rights groups are r