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
Sierra Club of Canada
Canada's pipeline ... to America's gas tank
Apr 14 2004
Conservation groups say a new deal to build a pipeline across northern Alberta confirms that the larger Mackenzie pipeline &#147;is just phase one of a megaproject to extract and export more tar sand
Wasting a chance to save millions
Apr 14 2004
It was ex-PM Jean Chretien's parting &#147;gift to Africa.&#148; Bill C-9 continues to wend its way through parliament, promising to save millions of lives. In principle, it should enable the provisi
Health equity: Africa's challenge
Apr 13 2004
What does equity in health care mean? Full equality? A minimum standard of service? A system of entitlements? Global health professionals have long struggled with definitions. Zimbabwe's Dr. Rene Loe
Sierra Club of Canada
Teachers' pension plan backs disputed mine
Apr 13 2004
They say it would &#147;strip the heart&#148; out of critical wildlife habitat next to Alberta's Jasper National Park. So conservation groups are pressing federal and provincial governments to block
Council of Canadians
Poll: Keep public services public!
Apr 9 2004
Canadians overwhelmingly reject private sector involvement in key public services. A new Ipsos-Reid poll shows that 84 per cent of us want our public services delivered by public workers. And 75 per
Divide and conquer, the bilateral way
Apr 9 2004
The multinational business lobby has had a tough time dominating multilateral trade talks of late. The &#147;Group of 21&#148; developing nations walked out of last September's WTO session in Cancun.
'New era' for volunteers overseas
Apr 8 2004
Canada's Minister for International Cooperation yesterday heralded the start of a &#147;new era&#148; for volunteers working in developing countries. Minister Aileen Carroll announced that the Canadi
Canadian Union of Public Employees
'Quit starving the provinces'
Apr 8 2004
Most Canadian provinces are starved of cash for public services. Cutbacks are putting people out of work or spawning strikes. Meanwhile, Ottawa continues to run soaring multi-billion-dollar surpluses
U.S. sinks deeper into Iraq mire
Apr 8 2004
The breadth and intensity of conflict in Iraq is soaring above expectations, leaving the U.S. without a clear exit strategy. While some argue for more troops, others urge greater multilateral involve
Socialist Worker
The entrapment of Fahim Kayani
Apr 8 2004
On March 22, eleven protesters occupied the office of Canadian Citizenship and Immigration minister Judy Sgro. They were protesting the pending and controversial deportation of Fahim Kayani. Their ha
Tre Arrow arrested: 'eco-terrorist?'
Apr 7 2004
On March 10, a man calling himself Joshua Murray was nabbed for shoplifting at a Victoria Canadian Tire outlet. Police say fingerprints identified him as Tre Arrow, an Oregon environmentalist on the
CAW
CAW
Numerators, denominators and fiscal policy
Apr 7 2004
The centrepiece of the recent federal budget is Canada's new timetable to shrink its debt to 25 per cent of GDP over ten years. Clearly, the Liberals would love to re-create the aura of fiscal compet