Council of Canadians
Free Trade Dividends, Eh?
May 14 2003
Two conclusions leap out from the latest family income census data from Statistics Canada. First, overall, median income has scarcely increased in a decade. Second, the gap between rich and poor cont
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Against Deep Integration
May 14 2003
For business, trade is a goal. For people, trade is a <i>tool</i> &#151; and its goal can be equitable, sustainable development. A new report takes the people&#146;s side. Bruce Campbell shows that C
National Union of Public and General Employees
Drug Companies Face Competition Complaint
May 14 2003
Canada&#146;s pharmaceutical industry once again stands accused of anti-competitive practices. The National Union of Public and General Employees is the sixth group to file a complaint with the Compe
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Teachers Lose Self-Governance
May 13 2003
British Columbia&#146;s government is seizing control of the professional body that governs that province&#146;s teachers. Currently, teachers elect members to fifteen of the twenty seats on the gove
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Brampton: For Patients or For Profit
May 13 2003
In the face of unanswered community questions and mounting evidence of the dangers of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), the William Osler Health Centre &#151; and the Ontario Tories &#151; are pushi
Amnesty International
Grave Concern Over Rights in Guatemala
May 12 2003
Amnesty International is warning the international community of a &#147;grave deterioration&#148; in Guatemala&#146;s human rights situation over the last year. The caution comes on the eve of the Ma
Pass to Present
May 12 2003
Vancouver&#146;s Chinatown Millenium Gate is seen by some, simplistically, as a decorative structure built to exoticize Chinatown and entice tourists. But its complexity lies in how it marks the hist
Manley Money Raises Ethics Questions
May 12 2003
Democracy Watch today reacted to John Manley&#146;s disclosure of donations to his Liberal leadership campaign &#151; by arguing that many place the Deputy Prime Minister in an apparent breach of eth
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Child Labour Returns to B.C.
May 9 2003
&#147;Childhood is a time for learning and play, not jobs,&#148; insists British Columbia&#146;s teachers&#146; union. The group wants the provincial government to drop plans to expand child labour l
National Union of Public and General Employees
Lawyers Target Toronto&#146;s &#147;Medieval&#148; Jail
May 9 2003
Defence lawyers may flood Ontario courts with appeals for lighter sentences to pressure the Ontario government to end &#147;medieval&#148; and &#147;brutal&#148; conditions at Toronto&#146;s ancient
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Accenture Gets Plum Privatization Contract
May 9 2003
Accenture, the notorious consulting firm, has scored a non-tendered $500,000 contract to review Ontario&#146;s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Critics fear it&#146;s the first step toward shrin
Wayne&#146;s World (Ain&#146;t Queer)
May 9 2003
Elsie Wayne, MP and deputy leader of the Progressive Conservatives, wants homosexuals to &#147;shut up&#148; about their lifestyle: &#147;Why do they have to be here in the public ... why are they in
Sierra Club of Canada
War on West Nile: Beyond Shock and Awe
May 8 2003
Bugs are breeding again, so concerns about the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus are back at the fore. But ecologists warn that intensively spraying adult mosquitos is a dead end: pesticides have littl
Council of Canadians
SARS Revives Lifeform Patent Debate
May 7 2003
Within days of mapping the genome of the SARS virus, the British Columbia Cancer Agency has filed for a patent on all of its genes. It&#146;s a defensive move: the group wants to prevent profit-drive
National Union of Public and General Employees
B.C. Highway &#147;Sell-Out&#148;
May 7 2003
The people who design and maintain B.C.&#146;s Coquihalla highway say that plans to privatize one of the province&#146;s key transportation routes is a sell-out for interior communities. They fear th
Farming is a Family Job
May 7 2003
Farm women, youth and men all play critical roles in the survival of Canada&#146;s family farms, new research shows. The one-year study provides more evidence that traditional gender-based and age-ba
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Post Office: Where Do the Dollars Go?
May 6 2003
Canada Post has disclosed a $71-million profit for 2002, its eighth consecutive year in the black: &#147;We have demonstrated that Canada&#146;s postal service can be profitable without privatization
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario&#146;s Ambulance Crisis
May 6 2003
Ambulance dispatchers say a staffing crisis is causing a dangerous delay in ambulance response times in Ontario. Ministry of Health guidelines require dispatch centres to deploy ambulance teams withi
They All Broke the Rules
May 6 2003
This week, Liberal Party leadership candidates are questioning each other's compliance with the party&#146;s campaign donation disclosure rules. Meanwhile, Democracy Watch notes that all three candid
Vroom: Beyond the Marginal
May 5 2003
What phenomenon in Asian North America &#151; that <i>isn&#146;t</i> associated with the bubble tea and karaoke thing &#151; can we truly call our own besides the import car scene? It&#146;s definite
Moroccan Press Under Fire
May 5 2003
Through the first four years of King Mohammed VI&#146;s reign, some thought a new era of freedom had dawned for the Moroccan press. But the recent censure and harassment of several journalists has ou
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Erodes Learning Conditions: Poll
May 2 2003
Province-wide polling reveals that more than two-thirds of British Columbians believe learning conditions for students have deteriorated since the B.C. Liberals stripped the teachers&#146; collective
Wars Yet to Come
May 2 2003
The war is not over; it has scarcely begun. Iraq has been betrayed from within, insists Aijaz Ahmad, the regime having cut a deal with the invaders. Popular resistance has been deferred, but the lead
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Union Questions Ontario Tories' Mandate
May 2 2003
Ontario&#146;s Eves government &#147;has no mandate to implement any legislative agenda based on its Throne Speech,&#148; says the president-elect of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers&#146; Feder
B.C. Court Supports Gay Marriage
May 2 2003
Couples defending their right to same-sex marriage in British Columbia won big yesterday in the province&#146;s highest court. The B.C. Court of Appeal agreed that the couples&#146; Charter rights ha
Sierra Club of Canada
National Forest Strategy Holds Promise
May 1 2003
Canada&#146;s new National Forest Strategy includes fresh commitments to manage forests more sustainably through 2008. It was developed by a coalition of governmental, industry, Aboriginal and non-go
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Alternative Guide to Higher Education
May 1 2003
Nova Scotia drops to last place and B.C. loses more ground &#151; while Quebec stays on top and Newfoundland continues to improve. That&#146;s according to <i>Missing Pieces,</i> an annual guide to C
The Silent Force of Greed
Apr 30 2003
The war in Iraq isn&#146;t the only war &#151; and isn&#146;t even the most devastating conflict raging today. But lurking behind many of them is the same silent force. New research flags the presenc
working TV
Nuclear Madness and Missile Envy
Apr 30 2003
Dr. Helen Caldicott has a way of gutting dreams that nuclear arms offer any kind of security. The Nobel Peace Prize nominee spoke in Vancouver this Monday on old and renewed nuclear dangers &#151; in
Pet Cemetery Sends Signal to Senators
Apr 30 2003
A pet cemetery appeared on Parliament Hill today, its 110 crosses reminding Senators how many animals are abused or killed in Canada each day. The group behind the display is urging Senators to pass