Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Victory for rural and suburban carriers
Jul 31 2003
This week's tentative agreement with Canada Post means significant gains for 48,000 postal workers — and no postal strike for the rest of us. But the biggest victory may be the parallel eight-ye
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Confessions of a recovering economist
Jul 31 2003
“Good evening. My name is Jim. And I am an economist. It is seventeen days since I last uttered the phrase ‘supply and demand.’ But the demon still lurks, untamed, within me.”
Santropol Roulant's world
Jul 30 2003
The <i>Globe</i> calls them &#147;one of Canada's 10 best-run charities.&#148; We're pleased to call them our latest <i>in cahoots</i> partner. More than meals-on-wheels, Montreal's Santropol Roulant
Sierra Club of Canada
Sprawl hurts us all
Jul 30 2003
Suburban sprawl is hazardous to the environment and to taxpayers' wallets. Ontario loses one square kilometre of prime agricultural land each day to bulldozers. And if today's sprawl rate continues,
National Union of Public and General Employees
Private clinic poaches technologist
Jul 30 2003
Open now for just three weeks, Ontario's first private MRI clinic may already be poaching staff from public hospitals. The Kitchener clinic has reportedly lured a technologist from a Windsor hospital
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Pay now or pay later
Jul 30 2003
Three unions representing 25,000 health workers in Saskatchewan broke off pay equity contract talks last week after learning the government had imposed a funding cap of 10 per cent of payroll. The un
Child care: state of the data
Jul 29 2003
To design or even contemplate national strategies for improving early childhood education and care (ECEC), advocates need strong data on today's programs. A new study identifies key gaps and obstacle
National Union of Public and General Employees
Pettigrew skirts NGO concerns
Jul 29 2003
In Montreal yesterday, civil society leaders met with with International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew and WTO Director General Supachai Panitchpakdi. The National Union's Larry Brown says many voi
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Postal strike averted
Jul 28 2003
Eight months and several strike deadlines into bargaining, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has negotiated a tentative agreement with Canada Post. They also inked a parallel deal to finally contr
Council of Canadians
Montreal WTO meeting undemocratic?
Jul 28 2003
Is the WTO mini-ministerial, now underway in Montreal, designed to undermine developing countries' needs? Civil society groups say the &#147;Quad&#148; &#151; Canada, US, the EU and Japan &#151; is m
Sierra Club of Canada
WTO bike brigade heads for Mexico
Jul 28 2003
Seventeen Canadian youth left Vancouver Friday &#151; on bicycles &#151; hoping to reach Mexico in time for this September's WTO Ministerial. Organized by the Sierra Youth Coalition, the educational
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Cuban revolution turns 50
Jul 28 2003
The Cuban Revolution began with an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks led by a young Fidel Castro on July 26, 1953. In Vancouver, nearly 500 people marked the fiftieth anniversary of the mov
Street scoop on WTO in Montreal
Jul 28 2003
Montreal hosts a mini-meeting this week of finance ministers from select WTO member nations. Activists believe the big guns are using this session to strengthen their free-trade agenda for the full W
Peoples' guide to WTO and FTAA
Jul 28 2003
This week's WTO meeting in Montreal is but a fuelling stop on the road to the WTO's Fifth Ministerial in September. And the stakes in Cancun will be huge: agreements there could multiply the powers o
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
N.S. tax cut: who benefits?
Jul 25 2003
Malnourished programs and services didn't deter Nova Scotia's Tories from instituting a 10 per cent tax cut for 2004. The stated logic: it'll spur growth by putting dollars &#147;back in workers' poc
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Canada loses tourism treasure
Jul 25 2003
Yet more bad news for a tourism industry that's already in the dumps.The Canadian Tourism Commission has closed the only major national library dedicated to the tourism sector. Library staff learned
Sierra Club of Canada
Courting Walkerton 2?
Jul 25 2003
When the sewage pits neared capacity in Middle River, Cape Breton, someone dug a trench out to relieve the pressure. Right into a nearby creek that, for some, is a source of drinking water. In Nova S
National Union of Public and General Employees
U-turn on Coquihalla
Jul 24 2003
A first crack in the pavement? Public pressure has finally forced the B.C. Liberals to ditch one of their marquee privatization plans. The province had intended to grant a 55-year private lease on th
Eight myths about child care
Jul 24 2003
&#147;Parents always know best.&#148; Well, not necessarily or always. But that motherhood statement often backs arguments against boosting public support for early childhood care and education. Two
Sierra Club of Canada
Is your porch poisoned?
Jul 23 2003
Bad news for the Ottawa woman who believes she and her child were exposed to arsenic and chromium from treated wood in their new deck. An investigation has found high levels of both contaminants in s
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Corporate agenda on campus
Jul 23 2003
What was once just a delusion, John McMurtry believes, is now a dominant agenda: the subordination of higher research and education to transnational commerce. More and more evidence suggests that uni
Amnesty International
Legal limbo must end
Jul 22 2003
And the leader said, &#147;the only thing I know for certain is that these are bad people.&#148; Hundreds of them, held without charge, without access to lawyers or family, many since late 2001. Now
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Tourism takes inside blow
Jul 22 2003
Whacked by 9-11, struck by SARS, hoofed by mad cow, Canada's flagging tourism industry could use some help. Instead, the Canadian Tourism Commission is responding to slow times by laying off staff. T
National Union of Public and General Employees
Top court snubs nurse's EI challenge
Jul 21 2003
The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear the case of a former Manitoba nurse who says the Employment Insurance system discriminates against women. Kelly Lesiuk was denied benefits because she had wo
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Postal workers delay strike
Jul 18 2003
&#147;We&#226;e(TM)re going to give this one last shot,&#148; said Deborah Bourque, president of the union representing 48,000 Canadian postal workers. They'd been set to strike at 12:01 a.m. Friday,
Amnesty International
U.S. kills more child offenders
Jul 18 2003
The U.S. has been responsible for two thirds of the world's known executions of child offenders since 1994. It's now the only country that openly defies a global ban on the practice within the framew
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Strike could disrupt StatsCan surveys
Jul 18 2003
The reliability of crucial Statistics Canada surveys will be jeopardized if 900 front-line interviewers strike to support their wage parity demands. Statistical Survey Operations workers earn up to $
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Fishy business
Jul 17 2003
Salmon farming has been dangled before coastal B.C. communities as a panacea for jobs and economic stability. But a new study shows that industrial salmon aquaculture will deliver no or few new jobs,
National Union of Public and General Employees
NUPGE protests labour repression in India
Jul 17 2003
Canada's National Union of Public and General Employees has joined a growing protest against the mass arrest and firing of public employees by the Tamil Nadu government in southern India. Since chall
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Video: Witness from Iraq
Jul 17 2003
Who has worked harder than Kathy Kelly to highlight the Iraqi people's suffering under 12 years of sanctions? A frequent visitor there, the three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee remained in Baghdad th