Money Ain’t for Nothin’
Jan 24 2003
Given that the Liberal leadership race will elect the next prime minister, isn’t it worth returning to that crazy idea that the party’s fundraising system should be democratic? Stricter lim
Amnesty International
Human Rights Agenda Needed for Venezuela
Jan 23 2003
As the rift between Venezuelan officials and the opposition widens, the threat of human rights violations lingers. A vision to protect the rights of innocent witnesses must be one of the guiding prin
Canadians Seek Work-Life Balance
Jan 23 2003
The work-life conflict is stressing Canadians out, but a new study looks at how people can achieve a better balance between the demands of the job and responsibilities at home.
War on Reproductive Freedom
Jan 23 2003
On the thirtieth anniversary of a United States Supreme Court ruling that affirmed a woman’s rights over her body, population and health groups are mobilizing against what they say is a “se
Council of Canadians
Business Lobby Exploits 9/11
Jan 16 2003
It’s “nothing less than a cheap exploitation of the tragedy of September 11 ... to further the business group’s agenda.” That’s how the Council of Canadians describes the Ca
Amnesty International
NGOs Fight For Children in War Zones
Jan 16 2003
The lives and futures of millions of children hang in the balance. They are the tragic victims of thirty-five armed conflicts worldwide. The U.N. Security Council revived debate on the epic problem w
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario Prison Removes Race Tags
Jan 16 2003
Race identification has been removed from the ID tags worn by inmates at Ontario’s privately-run “superjail.” The North Central North Correctional Centre altered the tags after being a
Poll Shows Europeans Hate Our Seal Hunt
Jan 15 2003
A recent poll confirms that Europeans despise Canada’s seal hunt — and that they’re ready to act on their disdain. Close to 80 per cent of those who know about the annual slaughter opp
National Union of Public and General Employees
Protesting Improves Your Heath
Jan 14 2003
Health activists: take heart! Even when your campaigns and protests meet intransigence, you’re making a difference! See, researchers at the University of Sussex are reporting that people who get
HIV/AIDS Ravages Prisoners
Jan 14 2003
HIV/AIDS cases in Canadian prisons have risen by 35 per cent over the last four years. And health advocates say the latest efforts to stop the spread are “too little, too late.” Ralf Jurgen
Seeing the Lives of Transsexual People
Jan 13 2003
Affirming the struggles of transsexual people starts with trying to see the reality of their lives in higher resolution. Trans people face persistent institutionalized discrimination. And according t
Amnesty International
A Year in Limbo at Guant
Jan 13 2003
The U.S. must end the legal black hole into which it has thrown hundreds of detainees at Guant
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Our Safety Depends on Weather Offices
Jan 10 2003
Proposed changes to the Meteorological Service of Canada could endanger the lives and safety of Canadians — on land, at sea and in the sky. The union representing weather office workers has been
The Optimism of Ch
Jan 9 2003
The democratic revolution of Venezuelan President Hugo Ch
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario Sues Union Over Website
Jan 8 2003
Ontario's Tory government is suing the Ontario Public Service Employees Union over a Website opposing a slash-and-burn restructuring program launched by the Ontario Municipal Property Assessment Corp
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Take Saul's Advice (With a Grain of Salt)
Jan 8 2003
John Ralston Saul, renowned Canadian author and thinker — and spouse of the Governor-General — recently urged protesters to become political activists. He wants them, instead of demonstrati
NDP Candidates Answer Tough Questions
Jan 8 2003
How do the six federal NDP leadership candidates visualize the future of the party and Canada’s left? A recent New Politics Initiative survey challenged them to be specific. Read detailed answer
Manley: Penalty for Interference?
Jan 7 2003
Did Finance Minister John Manley do anything wrong when he called the CEO of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce — at the bidding of Rod Bryden, majority owner of the cash-strapped Ottawa Sen
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Hospital Ownership Matters
Jan 7 2003
It's like that game show where contestants must phrase their answer in the form of a question. In Ontario and B.C., the answer to community pleas for new hospital facilities has been “would you
National Union of Public and General Employees
Lord Considers Private Hospitals
Jan 6 2003
New Brunswick may be opening the door to an expanded role for the private sector in health care. Premier Bernard Lord insists medical services will remain public and free, but says he’s willing
Reading Abortion Polls
Jan 6 2003
How do Canadians feel about women’s right to choose an abortion? Opinion polls tell conflicting stories — as polls often do, and as they’re bound to do on such an emotionally charged i
Same-Sex Marriage in 2002
Dec 20 2002
It's been a year of victories and frustrations for Canadian same-sex marriage advocates. While the feds continue to hedge, watershed court rulings in Ontario and Quebec have quickened the march towar
National Union of Public and General Employees
PM Will Fight Health Privatization
Dec 19 2002
Jean Chrétien is promising more money for medicare, but says Canada can't afford the full price tag of the Romanow recommendations. Still, in a series of year-end interviews, the Prime Min
Amnesty International
Iraq: Human Rights at Risk
Dec 18 2002
The human rights of civilians in Iraq are under threat — from their own government, from the effects of post-Gulf war sanctions, and from the possibility of renewed military strikes by the U.S.
Ethics of the Ethics Counsellor
Dec 18 2002
A democracy watchdog is taking federal Ethics Counsellor Howard Wilson to court over his “structural bias, delay and failure to fulfill his legal duties.” Wilson has yet to rule on eight co
Canadian Union of Public Employees
B.C. Cuts Weigh Down Olympic Bid
Dec 18 2002
A new poll shows that support for the Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympic bid is waning. But fifty-nine per cent of B.C. respondents said they'd feel more comfortable backing the bid if the Campbell go
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Why Health Dollars Need Strings Attached
Dec 17 2002
There's an emerging consensus that Canadian medicare needs a serious cash injection. And if some provinces had their way, the feds would now wire them wads more cash without strings attached. That's
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ugly Win for Money-in-Politics
Dec 17 2002
The strikingly-misnamed National Citizens' Coalition has won another one for big business — convincing an Alberta judge to strike down a law limiting third-party advertising during election camp
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Private Hospital Scheme “Doesn't Add Up”
Dec 16 2002
It's a leap of faith into thin air, says Canada's largest union. The Royal Ottawa Hospital has issued a request for proposals to three consortia selected to build a new privately owned and operated f
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Rags and Riches
Dec 13 2002
Canadians may view their country as a land of opportunity, but it's also a land of deep inequality. A new study reveals large gaps between rich and poor in all regions — and gaps across regions,