Council of Canadians
The Canada we want
Mar 15 2004
The Martin government's designs on cozier relations with the U.S. could become a key election issue. Maude Barlow is out to ensure that it does. Last week, she kicked off a cross-country tour with th
B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
Victoria denounces social service cuts
Mar 15 2004
Victoria city council has unanimously endorsed a resolution denouncing cuts to services for some of British Columbia's most vulnerable residents. Twenty-two towns and cities have now backed the resol
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Smelling postal privatization
Mar 15 2004
Ottawa has been heard musing, again, about privatizing Canada Post. This is the Crown corporation that has consistently turned a profit since 1989 while maintaining one of the world's best postal sys
Burmese dissident visits Canada
Mar 13 2004
At 73, Daw San San is again on the run, wanted for condemning Burma's military junta. Since her election in the National League for Democracy's landslide victory in 1990, she has lived either in pris
Afghan women driven to suicide
Mar 13 2004
Free at last? A growing number of women and girls are committing suicide in some northern Afghan provinces. According to a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, oppress
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Whatever happened to the military-industrial complex?
Mar 13 2004
The world's last superpower is supercharging military spending for new adventures ranging from Star Wars to the invasion of Iraq. Behind it all — right? — lie deep and nefarious connections
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC unions join pay equity fight
Mar 12 2004
Three British Columbia trade unions are intervening in a Supreme Court pay equity case that began in Newfoundland but has implications nationwide. The muss to date: a major union negotiates an equity
B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
Towns denounce BC social service cuts
Mar 11 2004
Revelstoke, Trail and the District of Saanich are the latest municipal councils to denounce deep funding cuts to programs and services for British Columbia's most vulnerable citizens. Nineteen counci
Canadian Union of Public Employees
P3s pick the public pocket
Mar 11 2004
“If you thought there were problems in how the federal government administered the sponsorship program, prepare yourself for the next attack on the public purse.” CUPE president Paul Moist
Farmers appeal for BSE help
Mar 11 2004
Canadian family farmers are asking government for emergency help to cope with losses spawned by the BSE crisis. The National Farmers Union is calling for cash payments of $300 per on-farm calf —
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Newfoundland finance crisis overstated?
Mar 11 2004
The sky is <i>not</i> falling on Newfoundland and Labrador, a new study concludes. Tell that to Premier Danny Williams, who says a spiralling deficit demands deep cuts to public services and a wage f
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC ferries: still safe?
Mar 10 2004
Privately-operated Pacific ferries may be increasingly unsafe because of corroding carbon-dioxide firefighting systems. A new report from the ferry workers' union says the equipment on many ships is
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Rape as a weapon of war
Mar 10 2004
Wars leave women and girls particularly vulnerable. They are all too often raped, abducted and forced into sexual slavery as social and economic structures fall apart. When forced to flee their homes
U.S. increasingly disliked overseas
Mar 10 2004
President Bush and his foreign policy are increasingly unpopular in the rest of the world, according to a recent poll. A majority of respondents from all countries polled &#151; including long-time U
Public Service Alliance of Canada
'Toothless' whistleblower bill coming?
Mar 10 2004
Finally, Canada's Martin government is set to table legislation to protect whistleblowers &#151; workers who expose wrongdoing in government. But a union that has pressed for such protections for mor
Canada boosts support for people of Haiti
Mar 9 2004
Canada's Minister for International Cooperation today announced $5-million in new support for the United Nations' humanitarian assistance, reconstruction and transition efforts in Haiti. &#147;Before
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BC health unions eye strike
Mar 9 2004
43,000 BC health-care workers are facing a raw deal, made possible by some legislative grease from the BC Liberals. It goes like this: Accept massive concessions, or watch as your jobs are shuffled o
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Women's shelters going 'clinical'
Mar 9 2004
Pressure from funders and corporate-style directors is fundamentally transforming some Ontario women's shelters. That message comes this week from a panel of advocates &#151; who say a creeping shift
Amnesty International
Stop violence against women
Mar 9 2004
Every minute of every day, women and girls around the world are assaulted, threatened, raped, mutilated, killed. Violence against women is the world's most pervasive human rights violation &#151; and
She's on a role!
Mar 8 2004
Many Canadian women &#151; student leaders, mothers, politicians, teachers, athletes, social activists, women from every walk of life &#151; have accomplished great things in their communities and ar
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Video: Vancouver women's march
Mar 8 2004
&#147;We have got to get ourselves together ... and kick some ass.&#148; Words from one woman on the streets of Vancouver Saturday, where scores gathered to celebrate International Women's Day. Watch
Ontario Bill 8 undermines medicare?
Mar 8 2004
Ontario's Liberal government is opening new doors to health-care privatization, a major health-care union charged today. SEIU Canada says the <i>Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act</i> (Bill 8)
Women's disempowerment breeds HIV/AIDS
Mar 8 2004
There is a growing consensus that the spread of HIV/AIDS will not be stopped until women are empowered within their societies &#151; empowered to say no, to insist on condom use, to refuse dangerous
Council of Canadians
Canada: colony or country?
Mar 6 2004
The Council of Canadians has launched a national campaign to highlight the dangers of Canada's evolving economic and political ties to the U.S. Spokesperson Maude Barlow explained: &#147;With an elec
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
The cancer epidemic as a social event
Mar 5 2004
Some 41 per cent of Canadian males and nearly 38 per cent of Canadian females will develop some form of cancer. The medical profession continues to stress individual causes &#151; genetics, lifestyle
Sierra Club of Canada
Species at risk: more red tape
Mar 5 2004
The federal government says citizens should help determine which wildlife species are protected under the new <i>Species at Risk Act.</i> Scientists have already identified 73 threatened species - bu
Customs union proposals lurk
Mar 4 2004
Canada says the idea is not on the table. But key federal departments continue to research proposals for a customs union with the U.S. If a post-election Martin government takes this path, that could
Algonquin wolves win protection
Mar 4 2004
A fragile population of 200-300 Eastern gray wolves won a renewed lease on life yesterday. Ontario has announced a permanent ban on hunting and trapping wolves in and around Algonquin Provincial Park
Scholarships support Palestinian refugee women
Mar 3 2004
Precarious living conditions in Lebanon's Palestinian community force many female students to abandon higher education. But thanks to a scholarship fund managed by Canada's International Development
Vote for a change
Mar 3 2004
Politicians can't hear you scream at your TV, but they can hear you vote. New on the net: a major campaign targeting Canadians who are turned off by modern politics &#151; but who stand to gain the m