Mustard gas and seismic blasts
Dec 22 2003
Canada's Atlantic waters are littered with a legacy of chemical, biological and nuclear weaponry. The ironic culprits, of course, include the Canadian, American and British militaries — so busy
A foreign policy for global justice
Dec 19 2003
On his first day as Prime Minister, Paul Martin affirmed that reviewing Canada's foreign policy would be a priority. A coalition of 100 NGOs has some strong advice for him. A new policy brief outline
Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE: emergency support for PSAC
Dec 19 2003
The Canadian Union of Public Employees passed an emergency resolution Wednesday expressing solidarity with federal public servants and the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Federal employees are fac
Dam on dangerous ground
Dec 19 2003
How safe is China's massive Three Gorges dam? Some experts have long complained that seismic threats to the mega-project were poorly addressed in its Canadian-funded feasibility study. And when Octob
Sierra Club of Canada
Kyoto report card: Martin can make it work
Dec 18 2003
Can Canada meet its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol? Little doubt. Will the current plan get us there? More doubt. On the first anniversary of Canada's ratification of the climate change treaty,
Amnesty International
The best human rights journalism
Dec 18 2003
Youth stolen from their homes and forced to become soldiers in Uganda ... ritual and tradition conspiring to kill women in rural Turkey ... immigrants fleeing persecution in Algeria only to become tr
Mugabe's defiance tests Commonwealth
Dec 18 2003
The December 6-9 Commonwealth summit in Abuja was dominated by failed efforts to reach consensus on easing the suspension of Zimbabwe, imposed after its fraudulent 2000 elections. Unwilling to accept
2003: third warmest year on record
Dec 18 2003
This year is expected to go down in history as the third warmest since reliable measurements began in 1861. That's according to data gathered by the World Meteorological Organization from weather sci
Export agency must tackle bribery
Dec 17 2003
The Canadian agency that underwrites large-scale export projects must adopt tougher rules against bribery by client companies. That call came Monday in a report from an anti-corruption group affiliat
Urban reserves
Dec 17 2003
During an Aboriginal-focused policy discussion in Winnipeg, two words were spoken publicly near the end of August, and a whole lot of white folks hit the roof. Here: <i>urban reserves.</i> Sheila Wil
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Spending freeze chills public services
Dec 17 2003
&#147;Canadians can expect a huge decline in services provided by the federal government,&#148; warns Canada's largest union for federal public workers. Yesterday, the new Martin regime announced an
Confronting the hog hogs
Dec 17 2003
The prospect of a pork processing monopoly in parts of Canada has family farmers worried. Now they are asking the Competition Bureau to block Maple Leaf Foods' proposed acquisition of Schneider. If t
Amnesty International
Saddam: A fair trial is critical
Dec 16 2003
Saddam is finally captured. But for those who would bring the Iraqi dictator to justice, a crucial test still lies ahead. With the world watching, can they, will they, advance justice by ensuring a f
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Martin appoints P3 czar
Dec 16 2003
Is Paul Martin open to privatizing more public services? Worried fingers are pointing to the Prime Minister's appointment of a parliamentary secretary &#147;with special emphasis on public-partner pa
Radio series makes the links
Dec 16 2003
It's about globalization that's good. It's about reaching across borders &#151; not for profit, but to find common experiences, shared needs, opportunities for solidarity. Making the Links is a Sask
Amnesty International
Saddam entitled to fair trial
Dec 15 2003
Amnesty International welcomed Sunday's arrest of Saddam Hussein, who is accused of gross human rights violations. However, the group affirmed that, as former head of Iraq's armed forces, Saddam Huss
working TV
Farmer vs. biotech: Schmeiser speaks
Dec 15 2003
Still looking for justice, Percy Schmeiser takes his David versus Goliath appeal to the Supreme Court in January. Biotech giant Monsanto successfully sued the Saskatchewan farmer for patent infringem
Limits of fair trade?
Dec 15 2003
&#147;Fair trade,&#148; as an ethical consumer choice movement, has grown in popularity in recent years. Fair trade products like coffee and chocolate have become commonplace, producing modest but re
Council of Canadians
Where do you stand, PM?
Dec 15 2003
Canada's new Prime Minister has a responsibility to clearly state where he stands on the issues that matter most to Canadians. And polls place fair trade, clean water, safe food and public health hig
WSIS recognizes role of human rights
Dec 15 2003
The Human Rights Caucus of the World Summit on the Information Society is &#147;relieved&#148; that a major setback on human rights has been avoided in the Summit's final declaration of principles. T
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Martin's restructuring alarms workers
Dec 15 2003
Days into the job, Prime Minister Paul Martin is busy restructuring federal departments and agencies. And at least one public employees' union is already warning that Martin's plans will &#147;advers
National Union of Public and General Employees
Mediator calls for BC Ferries arbitration
Dec 12 2003
A mediator has recommended binding arbitration to end the strike that has stalled BC's ferry service. The ferry workers walked out completely after the provincial government tried to impose an 80-day
CAW
CAW
Crisis in Ontario's nursing homes
Dec 12 2003
Ontario's nursing homes are starved for staff. In 1995, the Harris Tories eliminated the minimum standard of 2.25 care-hours per resident per day. The new Liberal government has promised to restore t
Markets failing farmers
Dec 12 2003
Statistics Canada data publicized over the past week shows that farmers' net incomes will fall. Then looking longer-term, the real extent of the crisis emerges. Especially striking is the fact that f
B.C. Teachers' Federation
'Christy's College' falls!
Dec 11 2003
British Columbia is backing down from its legislated takeover of the provincial College of Teachers. In May, Education Minister Christy Clark replaced the professional body's elected governors with a
Digital solidarity: key to Africa's development?
Dec 11 2003
An emerging consensus holds that bridging the &#147;digital divide&#148; will speed human development in Africa. One champion of that position is Abdoulaye Wade &#151; President of Senegal and coordi
Socialism and Aboriginal Canadians
Dec 11 2003
Canadian socialists have been strong supporters of struggles for social justice around the world. They have a less inspiring record on indigenous struggles in their own backyard. Peter Kulchyski expl
Oil dumping season open
Dec 11 2003
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has declared the &#147;deliberate oil dumping season&#148; open, after oiled birds washed up on the shores of Newfoundland this week. IFAW says that i
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Canadian teachers disdain 'Christy's College'
Dec 10 2003
Teachers' unions across Canada are voicing their disapproval of the BC government's legislated takeover of that province's College of Teachers. In May, Education Minister Christy Clark replaced most
IDRC @ WSIS ... live!
Dec 10 2003
Canada's International Development Research Centre is a pioneer in embracing information and communication technologies to promote development. At this week's World Summit on the Information Society