National Union of Public and General Employees
B.C. Budget: Smiles for the Rich
Feb 19 2003
Unions say yesterday’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 — 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’ cherished social supports and programs. Will tomorrow’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
National Union of Public and General Employees
84-Hour Work Week?
Feb 17 2003
Bleary eyes cause highway crashes. So new federal rules, coming this fall, are supposed to control the time truckers can spend behind the wheel. Canada’s largest trucking union has joined indust
Your Bloody Valentine
Feb 14 2003
That small diamond you bought your sweetie this Valentine&#146;s Day? You <i>still</i> can&#146;t be sure it&#146;s not funding war and human rights abuse in Africa. And that&#146;s true despite the
Sierra Club of Canada
Fusion Reactor Subsidies Draw Heat
Feb 14 2003
Environmental leaders are urging Canada to deny subsidies to an experimental fusion reactor in the next federal budget. The project&#146;s boosters originally said Canada would not have to fund the e
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
2010 Olympics Won&#146;t Pay for Themselves
Feb 14 2003
If you believe the hype, the 2010 Winter Olympics are an economic diamond mine. But a new study of the Vancouver-Whistler bid forecasts that British Columbians will bear a net <I>cost</I> of $1.2-bil
Coalition Demands Open Government
Feb 13 2003
Today, at a hearing of the ad hoc MPs on Access Committee on Parliament Hill, a coalition of NGOs criticized flaws in a federal task force report on Access to Information laws, calling for deeper ref
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Strike Hits UBC
Feb 13 2003
Picket lines went up this morning at the University of British Columbia as 1,600 teaching assistants, markers and instructors stopped work. Mediation broke down last Friday over skyrocketing tuition
National Union of Public and General Employees
When Citizen Data Falls to Private Hands
Feb 13 2003
Thousands of people who are part of Saskatchewan&#146;s public service pension plan have discovered that their personal information was on a hard drive that was stolen in January from ISM Canada, a w
Council of Canadians
First Ministers&#146; Health Accord a &#147;Sham&#148;
Feb 12 2003
Politicians held high-level meetings and released draft position papers. Bureaucrats shuttled back and forth furiously trying to get a deal, and the media hung on every word. It all seemed impossible
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
A Funny Way of Sharing
Feb 12 2003
Prime Minister Jean Chretien, across two election campaigns, promised that &#147;fiscal dividends&#148; would be shared &#147;50:50&#148; &#151; with half going to social priorities like health care,
Sierra Club of Canada
Have a Green Valentine&#146;s Day
Feb 12 2003
Put your money where your heart is this Valentine&#146;s Day &#151; by rejecting the proliferation of pesticides, genetically modified (GM) ingredients and child labour. Today, the Sierra Club of Can
National Union of Public and General Employees
Campbell Faces New Charges
Feb 11 2003
More bad news for B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, who earned international disgrace in January for driving drunk in Hawaii. Prosecutors in Maui say three new traffic charges will be laid against the pr
Amnesty International
Security Council Ignores Human Toll in Iraq
Feb 11 2003
War in Iraq could spark a new humanitarian crisis. Observers fear that war could renew human rights abuses by Iraqi authorities and opposition groups, prompting reprisals on ethnic or other grounds.
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Restores Some Education Dollars
Feb 11 2003
Nobody was accusing Gordon Campbell of coherent planning yesterday. During a radio interview, the B.C. Premier surprised listeners by announcing $50-million in new education funding. That reinvestmen
Whither Jack and the NDP?
Feb 11 2003
New Democratic Party parliamentarians say they will unite behind their new leader, veteran municipal politician Jack Layton. But does Jack have what it takes to unite his party membership? To inspire
U.S. Cities and Unions Oppose War
Feb 10 2003
Veteran activists and historians say they&#146;ve never seen anything quite like it: a huge U.S. movement to stop a war before it starts. And those huge street demonstrations may signal a deeper tect
Early Childhood Care in Decline
Feb 10 2003
&#147;Quebec has left the rest of Canada in the dust,&#148; says one author of a new report on early childhood care and education. In recent years, governments across Canada have proselytized on the
National Union of Public and General Employees
Medicare Accord Underwhelms
Feb 7 2003
The provinces were left grumbling. The three northern territories simply left, without signing. Health groups were incredulous that the feds would come to the table with something less than Romanow r
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
B.C.&#146;s Path Not Taken
Feb 7 2003
What if there&#146;d been no deep tax cuts in B.C., no precedent-smashing spending cuts and regressive user-fee hikes? What if the Premier hadn&#146;t gotten behind the wheel under the influence of n
CAW
CAW
Mayday for Canada&#146;s Coast Guard
Feb 7 2003
They&#146;re the Coast Guard&#146;s eyes and ears. Canada&#146;s 350 Marine Communications and Traffic Services officers coordinate distress calls, screen vessels for safety and eco-hazards, and regu
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Union Tepid on Public Service Legislation
Feb 7 2003
New legislation to &#147;Modernize the Public Service of Canada&#148; has some promising elements, grants the Public Service Alliance of Canada. But the union representing 150,000 public servants won
Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE Demands Repeal Of Bill 29
Jan 30 2003
Hospital workers and supporters streamed through Vancouver Tuesday to protest Bill 29, the B.C. legislation passed a year ago that shredded the collective agreements of thousands of health care and s
National Union of Public and General Employees
How Low Can We Go?
Jan 30 2003
Canadian minimum wages are lower than in most other industrial countries, and significantly below American rates. And contrary to what self-serving business leaders suggest, sixty per cent of minimum
Canada To Unveil Massive Seal Cull Plan
Jan 28 2003
More than one million seals will be killed over the next three years under a new Canadian government plan to devastate seal populations. &#147;The killing of these seals is the government&#146;s atte
Amnesty International
Tibetan Executed After Unfair Trial
Jan 28 2003
A Tibetan was promptly executed on Sunday following his conviction in a trial that involved &#147;state secrets&#148; for a series of bombings in Sichuan province. This could be the first known execu
Sierra Club of Canada
Canadian Nuclear Subsidies Mushroom
Jan 27 2003
Cumulative subsidies to Atomic Energy of Canada Limited reached $17.5-billion this year &#151; the fiftieth anniversary of the crown corporation that designs and markets CANDU reactors. Last year, th