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Canadian Union of Public Employees
So many Canadians killed at work
Apr 28 2004
Three Canadians will be killed today in the peaceful pursuit of a living. Thousands more will be made sick or disabled by their work. Each year, a thousand are killed, a million more injured. Today,
Generic drug bill: so close, yet...
Apr 28 2004
Finally, Bill C-9 will go to Parliament this week for third and final reading. That will end nearly a year of wrangling over legislation aimed at allowing the export of affordable generic medicines t
National Union of Public and General Employees
Back-to-work bill strikes Newfoundland
Apr 27 2004
Legislation tabled yesterday will soon end a month-long strike by 20,000 public workers in Newfoundland. Staying off the job will earn termination for workers and steep fines for unions and their lea
Sierra Club of Canada
Chernobyl: remember and respond
Apr 27 2004
Yesterday, on the 18th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, environment groups urged Ontario to reconsider its own nuclear strategy. Exactly two years ago, in what it called a “logical respons
Anti-Bush women's march goes global
Apr 27 2004
Hundreds of thousands of Americans took to the streets of Washington D.C. for Sunday's March for Women's Lives. Alongside them were at least 200 men and women from some 57 other countries, protesting
Unblurring the mirage of black gold
Apr 26 2004
A truism for anyone concerned with resource extraction in Africa is that “black gold” is a black curse on any region where oil flows. Charles Ndika shows how this applies to the new Chad-Ca
working TV
BC health strike begins
Apr 26 2004
Ten unions representing 43,000 BC health-care workers began job action Sunday with a ban on overtime. They include dietary staff, orderlies, licensed practical nurses and group home workers. The esca
National Union of Public and General Employees
Women banned from legislature
Apr 26 2004
Five women have been banned for life from BC's legislature. On March 12, they were hauled from the building in handcuffs when they refused to leave after meeting with the minister responsible for wom
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Squandering Canada's surplus
Apr 26 2004
Canada is hoarding unprecedented economic wealth while human insecurity deepens — at home and abroad. That charge comes in a new report from economist Armine Yalnizyan, who berates Ottawa's &#14
Council of Canadians
What Harper stands for
Apr 24 2004
New polls show many Canadians are prepared to give Stephen Harper's new Conservative party a chance to govern Canada in the next election. That would be a big mistake, says Maude Barlow: “No mat
B.C. Teachers' Federation
BC snubs Supreme Court
Apr 23 2004
BC's Liberals have introduced legislation that bluntly challenges a four-month-old Supreme Court ruling. In January, BC Supreme Court quashed a government-appointed arbitrator's plan to strip teacher
National Union of Public and General Employees
Newfoundland moves to break strike
Apr 23 2004
Had Newfoundland's premier accepted unions' offer of binding arbitration, 20,000 striking public employees would be back at work today. Instead, Danny Williams is allowing the dispute to drag into ne
Drug bill 'unnecessarily burdened'
Apr 22 2004
NGOs are lauding Canada's government for making major amendments to legislation designed to ease developing countries' access to low-cost medicines. Now they're urging Ottawa to press on further. The
Socialist Worker
Iraq's so-called contractors
Apr 22 2004
On March 28 a Canadian contractor was killed in Mosul, Iraq. Two days later, four American contractors were killed in Fallujah, their corpses dragged through the streets. And according to Doug Nesbit
Sierra Club of Canada
Halifax: Take back your sludge
Apr 21 2004
Halifax should take its sewage wastes back to its own lagoons. That call comes from a rural citizens' group in nearby Truro, Nova Scotia. They say lagoons at the Halifax Aerotech Park facility have b
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Health privatization cuts pay equity gains
Apr 21 2004
Public accountability and service quality are better known victims of health-care privatization. But a new report shows that pay equity is also bound to take a beating. Witness British Columbia: Its
Council of Canadians
Chicken flu: factory farming ills
Apr 21 2004
Nineteen million chickens in BC are on death row following an Avian Flu outbreak. But the deeper illness, critics say, is corporate factory farming. Concentrated livestock operations are breeding gro
Amnesty International
Iraq: journalists under threat
Apr 20 2004
Since the beginning of the war in Iraq just over a year ago, 38 journalists, camera operators, photographers and translators have been killed. Many more have been injured. And international journalis
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Special needs teachers withdraw services
Apr 20 2004
Nearly 250 Ontario special needs teachers began withdrawing extra-curricular services yesterday. The teachers — who work in special schools for the deaf and blind, and in correctional facilities
National Union of Public and General Employees
That's better: generic drugs bill
Apr 20 2004
Bowing to international pressure, Ottawa is set to table major amendments to Bill C-9. That's the legislation designed to facilitate the export of low-cost generic drugs to developing countries &#151
National Union of Public and General Employees
Westray mogul blown off
Apr 19 2004
Provincial legislators have unanimously passed a motion blocking the man “with the blood of 26 Westray miners on his hands” from ever opening another mine in Nova Scotia. Toronto's Clifford
Sierra Club of Canada
GM steers around fuel efficiency drive
Apr 19 2004
It's the first public response by a car maker to Canada's drive for a voluntary agreement to boost fuel efficiency for cars and light trucks by 25 per cent. General Motors Canada President Michael Gr
An eco-town takes root
Apr 19 2004
By the year 2007, for the first time in history, humanity will be primarily an urban species: <i>homo sapiens urbanis.</i> Unless cities drastically shrink their ecological footprints, the planet may
Impressions from Haiti
Apr 16 2004
Seven weeks since Aristide's ouster, Haiti is already vanishing from the headlines. This, despite reports of human rights abuses at the hands of a &#147;militarized police force&#148; and an occupyin
working TV
Seeing schools in action
Apr 16 2004
Elementary school teachers in Vancouver recently produced a video profiling some of the special programs that enrich the school experience for kids in that city. On the day it was released, the Vanco
Genocide in Ethiopia?
Apr 15 2004
A Canada-based representative of the Anuak Survival Organization has given chilling testimony on a genocide being perpetrated against the Anuak people in Gambella Province, Ethiopia. On April 8, Oban
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Customs union: lots to lose
Apr 15 2004
Canada might see some fragmented benefits from a &#147;customs union&#148; with the U.S. But the economic and political costs would be leagues deeper, cautions economist Marc Lee. The controversial p
Baghdad report: war without end
Apr 15 2004
Today the American occupiers use tanks, RPGs, helicopters and cluster-bombs in what people on the street call a war without end. A war reaching back through years of U.S.-supported Ba'athist dictator
Critics pan UN private-sector poverty plan
Apr 14 2004
Civil society is picking apart a United Nations report that urges boosting support for the private sector in developing countries as the fastest route to eliminating poverty. The study was authored b
National Union of Public and General Employees
Newfoundland premier 'bungles' strike?
Apr 14 2004
Critics say Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams is bungling the biggest strike in his province's history. Some 20,000 public sector workers walked off the job on April 1 to resist demands for a two-y