Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Prisons are not a solution
Mar 1 2004
Women are the world's fastest growing prison population. In Canada, evidence links that trend to the evisceration of health, education and social services. Prisons have become our crudest yet most co
Of Africa's hope and despair
Feb 27 2004
Some 600 people packed Saskatoon's St. John's Cathedral last month to hear Stephen Lewis at his passionate best. The UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa vividly described that continent's battle
Martin, ethics, democracy, whatever
Feb 26 2004
Canada's Prime Minister has lied about maintaining high ethical standards. He has broken ethics rules himself. He surrounds himself with corporate lobbyists representing private interests that are no
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Auditor questions P3 hospital plan
Feb 26 2004
It's British Columbia's grand prototype in heath-care privatization. But is it about saving money — or about corporate ideology? Since plans were announced to develop the Abbotsford Hospital as
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Crown corporation heads suspended
Feb 25 2004
Canada Post President André Ouellet has been suspended with pay in connection with the findings of the Auditor General's recent report. Also suspended, but without pay, were the presidents
The other Congo: a forgotten war's victims
Feb 25 2004
Congo — the other one — lies across a river from the larger and more infamous Democratic Republic of Congo. Last spring, a Médecins Sans Frontières team was finally ab
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Mutual funds: wealth hazard?
Feb 25 2004
Down on Bay Street, the party is back on. This RRSP season, markets are up, and long-suffering-brokers' bonuses are once again flowing. The investment industry has been suffering its worst-ever crisi
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC health privatization creeps forward
Feb 24 2004
More than 1,000 unionized health workers on southern and central Vancouver Island received pink slips Monday. The regional health authority will contract out housekeeping and food services to Compass
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Federal budget: Views from East Vancouver
Feb 24 2004
“Rather than us sitting in Ottawa and trying to figure out what you're thinking, we thought we'd come here.” NDP leader Jack Layton has been traversing Canada to poll community groups on th
Amnesty International
Cops and guns: preventing misuse
Feb 23 2004
Guns. They're part of the uniform for most police forces around the world. But too many misuse their right to lethal force. The result: unnecessary death, and insecure communities that stay armed to
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Ontario social service agencies 'suffering'
Feb 23 2004
Ontario's community-based, nonprofit social service agencies need an immediate financial investment from the province. That call comes from a group of agencies and unions that launched a lobbying cam
Canada pledges $5M for Haiti
Feb 23 2004
Canada has pledged $5-million to the Special Mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Haiti. The funds, announced Friday, will be used to support humanitarian aid distribution, to moni
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CN strikers 'holding strong'
Feb 23 2004
With one third of its workforce on strike, Canadian National Railway Inc. is investing in replacement workers to continue “normal” operations. Some 5000 Canadian Auto Workers members —
Feds must strengthen ethics enforcement
Feb 20 2004
Floating in scandal, here's one way for Prime Minister Paul Martin to signal some commitment to ethical government. Democracy Watch is again calling on Liberals to strengthen Bill C-4's proposed ethi
Canada sends support to Haiti
Feb 20 2004
They are already one of the world's poorest populations. Now many Haitians are reeling under the effects of drought, weak governance and violent uprisings. This week, Canada announced $1.15-million i
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
BC budget balanced—on a razor's edge
Feb 19 2004
British Columbia tabled its promised balanced budget Tuesday. But economist Marc Lee warns that any economic shocks — like last year's forest fires — will throw the province back into the r
Secret deal breaks trail for FTAA
Feb 19 2004
For two years, Canada has been negotiating, quietly, a major trade deal. The lives and livelihoods of millions of people across Central America are at stake in talks this week about the Canada-Centra
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700 say 'no cuts to kids'
Feb 18 2004
Vancouver's most vulnerable kids stand to suffer most if some $12-million in planned cuts hit the area's schools. Targets include the hot lunch program, counselling, support for at-risk students and
B.C. Teachers' Federation
BC budget keeps schools off-balance
Feb 18 2004
British Columbia's Liberals served up a “balanced” budget yesterday — capped with claims that education spending is nonetheless rising. The teachers' union calls those claims “pro
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC tables 'slot machine' budget
Feb 18 2004
British Columbia's new budget announces more spending cuts and heralds the end of some 2,000 full-time public service jobs. Left intact: an earlier tax cut that favoured corporations and wealthier re
Hurting farmers want Commons debate
Feb 17 2004
Canadian farming families are calling for an emergency House of Commons debate on their unprecedented income crisis. Net realized farm income for 2003 dropped to <i>negative</i> $13-million &#151; or
Killing the plants that cure
Feb 17 2004
Getting a cold? Take some echinacea. Feeling stressed? Try ginseng. In Europe and North America. the growing popularity of herbal remedies sustains a new multi-billion dollar industry. In developing
Sierra Club of Canada
Pacific oil & gas: 'dangerous assumptions'
Feb 17 2004
A scientific report released today could hasten the resumption of oil and gas activity off Canada's sensitive Pacific Coast. The Royal Society Panel on Oil and Gas did identify numerous environmental
Amnesty International
Students: 'stop executing child offenders'
Feb 16 2004
Since 2000, the world has witnessed 15 executions of child offenders, nine of those in the U.S. Today, thousands of young people and students around the world begin a week of action against the execu
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Liberals set to make same mistakes
Feb 16 2004
Even as the Auditor General reprimands the federal Liberals for siphoning some $100-million to corporate friends, one of the Prime Minister's newest parliamentary secretaries is already pushing more
National Union of Public and General Employees
125 groups: 'no welfare time limits'
Feb 16 2004
British Columbia buckled under pressure last week on its planned two-year limit on welfare benefits &#151; by adding exemptions that will protect most of those who'd faced the axe. But at least 125 o
Sierra Club of Canada
Automakers must change lanes
Feb 16 2004
Automakers want more government incentives to produce energy-efficient hybrid vehicles. Meanwhile, souped-up SUVs and monster trucks roll off their lines in massive numbers. One green group says the
All about living positive
Feb 16 2004
Yo, students! (Teachers too!) Need help with a school project or homework assignment about HIV and AIDS? <i>Live Positive</i> is a new website designed for you &#151; packed with information on the d
Parkland Institute
Challenging empire: on video
Feb 13 2004
Activists and thinkers converged on Edmonton this winter for a major conference: <i>Challenging Empire: Citizenship, Sovereignties and Self-Determination.</i> Now available in web video: talks from N
Drug patent amendments 'critically flawed'
Feb 12 2004
Proposed amendments to the <i>Canadian Patent Act</i> are designed to help provide low-cost medicines to developing countries. But civil society groups say that Bill C-56 is so critically flawed that