Coalition Demands Stronger Lobbying Laws
Nov 25 2002
Proposed changes to lobbying laws are not enough to end secret lobbying or unethical ties between lobbyists and politicians. That's what the thirty-group-strong Government Ethics Coalition told the H
National Union of Public and General Employees
Disability Tax Credit Saved
Nov 23 2002
It seemed more cruel than frugal, and now it's been nipped in the bud. The House of Commons has passed a New Democratic Party motion calling for the reversal of a controversial finance department cha
Council of Canadians
Groups Take Feds to Court Over Health Care
Nov 22 2002
Fed up with federal inaction on public health care, a coalition of groups is taking the Chr&#195;&#169;tien government to court for failing to comply with the <I>Canada Health Act.</I> They say the f
Kitten Tortured as Anti-Cruelty Bill Stalls
Nov 22 2002
In Richmond Hill, Ontario, someone recently doused a six-week-old kitten in gas, setting it ablaze before tossing it from a moving car. Even when scoundrels like this are caught, they get off lightly
Sierra Club of Canada
Romanian Reactor Deal Risky
Nov 21 2002
Environmental groups want the plug pulled on Canadian financing for Romania's Cernavoda-2 CANDU nuclear reactor. In a report released today, they allege that a secretive planning process has not adeq
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The Business of Being Ethical
Nov 21 2002
The theme of corporate responsibility is all the rage. The <i>Globe and Mail</i> and <i>Maclean's</i> have featured glossy inserts heralding a new era of ethical leadership by business. Commissions a
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Resisting the Dollarization Drive
Nov 21 2002
Should Canada adopt the U.S. greenback? Our plummeting dollar is certainly strengthening calls for some kind of monetary union. But a new study casts doubt on the benefits promised by the idea's back
National Union of Public and General Employees
Demise of a Human Rights Commission
Nov 20 2002
Layoff notices have started to flow at the B.C. Human Rights Commission. And soon British Columbia will be the only province or territory without such a body. In its place: a tribunal to handle compl
Canadian Survives Israeli Detention
Nov 19 2002
It was a harsh journey, but Thomas Linner is expected to arrive home safely in Saskatoon tonight. The 25-year-old was among ten protesters reportedly beaten and detained Friday after trying to block
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Trade Agreements Restrict Industrial Policy
Nov 19 2002
International trade agreements and other market-driven reforms have stripped nation-states of tools needed to craft the industrial policies that promote domestic industries, economic growth and livin
Health-Care Funds Buy Lawn Mowers
Nov 19 2002
Roy Romanow wants to see a new principle of accountability added to the <I>Canada Health Act</I> to make sure provinces spend health care transfers ... on health care. In a recent interview, the head
But Who Wants More Military Spending?
Nov 19 2002
The next federal budget will be a battleground. As pressures mount for new military spending, the strongest prods are still coming from south of the border. And the Chr
Amnesty International
Americas: Security = Human Rights
Nov 19 2002
National defence ministers from throughout the Americas meet today in Santiago, Chile, to discuss regional security. The post-9/11 &#147;war on terror&#148; and a continuing &#147;war on drugs&#148;
Council of Canadians
Harassment Canada?
Nov 18 2002
Tylosin is a livestock antibiotic that's been banned in Europe, suspected of causing microbial resistance and cancers in human consumers. But Health Canada scientists voicing concerns about drugs lik
Amnesty International
Link African Trade to Human Rights!
Nov 15 2002
International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew is off to Africa today on a Team Canada mission that includes visits to South Africa, Nigeria and Senegal. Amnesty International urges him to ground any
On-Air For Development
Nov 15 2002
In the developing world, more people get their news and information from radio than from any other mass medium. That makes it a potent tool for education, on everything from women's health to AIDS aw
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Victory for Mall Cleaners
Nov 14 2002
It's a victory for union workers, and they say public support made the difference. A new company recently took over a maintenance contract at Ottawa's Carlingwood Mall. It promptly fired twelve union
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canadian Agriculture &#147;Structurally Adjusted&#148;
Nov 14 2002
Structural adjustment: the euphemism for onerous &#147;free market&#148; programs imposed on developing nations by the World Bank and IMF as conditions for new loans. A new study finds that Canada's
National Union of Public and General Employees
Chopping Workers Who Saved Millions
Nov 14 2002
Someone should win an Irony Award for this. Four foresty workers were recently praised by British Columbia's Liberals &#151; for saving more than $40-million in annual stumpage revenues while improvi
Council of Canadians
Canada Bows to Industry on GM Labelling
Nov 13 2002
Polls show Canadians want it. But the federal government has again rejected mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods. Responding to a recent report from the Standing Committee on Agricu
National Union of Public and General Employees
Welfare Casualties Get Olympic Pitch
Nov 13 2002
Staff at the British Columbia Ministry of Human Resources have been ordered to promote the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Olympic bid by placing the official logo on all correspondence. Yes, even on letters
Amnesty International
People Taken into U.S. Custody at Risk
Nov 12 2002
Amnesty International is condemning Thursday's planned execution of Mir Aimal Kasi in Virginia. Abducted from Pakistan by U.S. agents with the collusion of the Pakistani government, Kasi was sentence
Feds Still Resisting Same-Sex Marriage
Nov 12 2002
&#147;Give it up,&#148; say the leaders of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, the federal Conservatives, the Bloc Qu&#195;&#169;b&#195;&#169;cois, the NDP, the Law Commission of Canada and the Canadian Human
working TV
Cuts Create Over-Complex Classes
Nov 11 2002
&#147;We're starting to see some situations that are virtually unteachable,&#148; says British Columbia Teachers' Federation President Neil Worboys. Funding cuts and legislation in that province are
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Strike Could Disrupt StatsCan Surveys
Nov 8 2002
The reliability of Statistics Canada surveys will be in jeopardy if front-line interviewers strike to support their bargaining demands. Their salaries have fallen far behind those of the lowest-paid
Southern Africa Crisis Deepens
Nov 8 2002
In one of the worst humanitarian crises in years, food shortages are overtaking millions of people in southern Africa. As governments and NGOs struggle to save lives, critics warn that this crisis wi
Big Tobacco Battles Big Liability
Nov 7 2002
British Columbia wants to hold tobacco companies accountable for health care costs caused by cigarettes. Predictably enough, a train of twenty-five industry lawyers has rolled into Supreme Court to c
National Union of Public and General Employees
Who Controls Western Forests?
Nov 7 2002
New legislation and staffing cuts could gut public control over British Columbia's forests. &#147;The new <I>Forest and Range Practices Act</I> was written for and by the forest corporations,&#148; w
Polaris Institute
Who's Guiding Canada's Policy on Missile Defence?
Nov 6 2002
Boeing recently signed a co-production agreement with Canada-based CAE to help build the controversial U.S. missile defence shield. Critics fear the deal will spawn a corporate lobby for missile defe
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150 Years of Scams
Nov 6 2002
It's the kind of thing Martha Stewart might have suggested in happier times. Feeling down in the dumps, unsure about your place in the world? ... Then throw yourself an elegant dinner party to celebr