Citizens for Public Justice
Where's Canada's child poverty strategy?
Feb 11 2004
1989 was the year Parliament resolved to end child poverty by 2000. By 2001, 15.6 per cent of Canadian children were still living in poverty. And last week's Throne Speech did not even explicitly rec
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC Liberals face new ILO complaints
Feb 10 2004
Last March, the International Labour Organization ruled that six legislative bills in British Columbia violated fundamental principles of freedom of association. Now the National Union of Public and
Canadian groups to host Dalai Lama
Feb 10 2004
On April 23, the Dalai Lama will be the guest of honour at an Ottawa policy seminar organized by two Canadian NGOs. The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner will address his international campaign to launch
Canadian Union of Public Employees
'Deal-breaker' at Air Canada
Feb 10 2004
Air Canada may lose the white knight that seemed primed to rescue the floundering company. Hong-Kong-based Trinity Times Investment now says its backing is contingent on workers accepting cuts to pen
BC caves on welfare cuts
Feb 9 2004
Finally, after months of abstract assurances, a hard projection: 339. Such a modest-sounding number, such a relief. On Friday, British Columbia projected that just 339 people may lose welfare benefit
Democracy or development: which first?
Feb 9 2004
Canadians are helping to build "good governance" in the developing world. But is democracy necessary for development, or is it the other way around? There is, of course, no simple answer. Nor does go
Black Friday for Canadian farmers
Feb 9 2004
It may be the most spectacular market failure in the history of Canadian agriculture. On Friday, the federal government estimated Canadian realized net farm income for 2003 at negative $13-million. R
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Devolution threatens settlement programs
Feb 6 2004
Devolving federal responsibility for newcomer settlement programs to the provinces could lead to cuts and the loss of national service standards. That warning comes from the Canada Employment and Imm
$1,000 bounty on 'dog killer'
Feb 6 2004
An autopsy has confirmed that poisoning killed T-Bone, the 12-pound spaniel that died Monday after eating something in a popular Toronto park. At least a dozen more dogs are sick, probably from the s
World affairs: time for Canada to step up
Feb 5 2004
Prime Minister Paul Martin's first Throne Speech outlined a vision where Canada's "pride and influence in the world is restored." Welcome words for development NGOs, who say the time for Canada to "c
National Union of Public and General Employees
The <i>Star</i> looks in the mirror
Feb 5 2004
Like most newspapers in Canada, the <i>Toronto Star</i> no longer has a labour reporter. Unlike most newspapers, the <i>Star</i> is publicly asking itself why. Sort of. The paper's ombudsman, Don Sel
Liberals' democratic reforms 'weak'
Feb 5 2004
Prime Minister Paul Martin yesterday unveiled his plan to reduce the &#147;democratic deficit&#148; that he targeted throughout his leadership campaign. Democracy Watch says the plan amounts to &#147
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Throne Speech 'mirrors Groundhog Day'
Feb 4 2004
Paul Martin couldn't have picked a better day for his first Throne Speech, the head of Canada's largest union mused this week. &#147;Paul Martin chose Groundhog Day to tell Canadians to expect more o
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Hargrove: Throne Speech 'positive, but...'
Feb 4 2004
Paul Martin's first Throne Speech set a generally positive direction for Canada, Buzz Hargrove conceded this week. But the Canadian Auto Workers President stressed that warm words &#151; on health, e
Sierra Club of Canada
Fortis dam survives legal challenge
Feb 4 2004
Belize's highest court &#151; the British Privy Council &#151; last week narrowly decided not to halt construction of a controversial hydro dam that could ravage one of Central America's last undistu
NAFTA tribunal accepts public input
Feb 3 2004
A NAFTA tribunal's decision to accept public submissions in a major environmental case is a &#147;precedent-setting triumph for openness.&#148; Canada's International Institute for Sustainable Develo
Canada blocking Indigenous rights progress
Feb 3 2004
The situation of Indigenous peoples is &#147;the major human rights issue facing Canadians,&#148; according to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. Yet Canada is widely seen to be blocking prog
Can people survive BC's welfare cuts?
Feb 3 2004
Just how little income can a family in British Columbia live on? For many families on income assistance, this question is a monthly crisis. And it's going to get much worse in April 2004, when the BC
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Vancouver eyes electoral reform
Feb 2 2004
Since 1936, Vancouver has sustained an &#147;at-large&#148; voting system that some say favours wealthy westside voters. Now, with a progressive majority on city council, a reform commission headed b
It's International Development Week
Feb 2 2004
Each year, the first week of February is International Development Week. Once again, that means a wave of events from coast to coast &#151; celebrating Canadian contributions to development while sur
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Federal budget: crying wolf again?
Feb 2 2004
Every year since 1997, the federal government has underestimated the budget surplus. And every year, those lowballed numbers have formed a pretext to squeeze program spending. Just as consistently, t
Occupation, Inc.
Feb 2 2004
War profiteers in Iraq pursue quick fixes and high profits by overcharging for shoddy work. Iraqis protest that they could do the work better and cheaper. Welcome to the reconstruction racket.
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Ontario challenged to act on Rozanski
Feb 2 2004
It's been more than a year since Mordechai Rozanski delivered his government-commissioned roadmap to reverse the persistent underfunding of education in Ontario. The upcoming spring budget will be a
Group targets lobbyists behind leadership bids
Jan 30 2004
Democracy Watch today asked the federal Ethics Counsellor to investigate and rule on lobbyists who donated to Liberal leadership candidates. Some 90 corporations and law firms that are registered to
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
New GATS threat to public services
Jan 29 2004
Canada's public postal system is facing a renewed threat at the World Trade Organization, and other public services could get caught in the wake. The world's largest courier companies want to pry ope
Ethics ghost haunts Martin
Jan 29 2004
New questions are swelling over the company that Paul Martin handed to his sons to ease his path to becoming Prime Minister. Yesterday, it was revealed that CSL Group Inc. received $161-million in fe
Kenyan farmers go online
Jan 29 2004
Rural Kenyan farmers have long been exploited by brokers and resellers who keep them in the dark about market prices. An innovative new service will use the Internet to help farmers make more informe
NGOs press Martin on global justice
Jan 28 2004
In next week's Throne Speech, Paul Martin can begin backing some of his loftiest words with action. The Canadian Prime Minister can grasp the moment to set a &#147;bold new direction&#148; for a fore
National Union of Public and General Employees
Total boycott on the Rock?
Jan 28 2004
A major rumble is brewing in Newfoundland and Labrador. In the blue corner: Premier Danny &#147;Millions&#148; Williams freezes public sector wages to tackle the deficit. In the red corner: some 35,0