Sierra Club of Canada
Public needs voice on Atlantic forests
Aug 26 2003
Leading environmentalists from all four Atlantic provinces expressed grave concerns this weekend about the mismanagement of public forests. Decades of industry-driven development have ravaged the reg
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Hospitals can kill you
Aug 26 2003
As many as 250,000 Canadian patients pick up infections in hospitals every year. That's one in eight patients — and between 8,000 and 12,000 of those die because of it. A national study has foun
Council of Canadians
Canadians on Cancun cops' watchlist
Aug 26 2003
“This is sickening,” said Maude Barlow. The Council of Canadians chair had found her name on a “watchlist” of people that Mexican police will be following closely at next month's
National Union of Public and General Employees
Americans spend more on health admin
Aug 25 2003
Private sector efficiency, eh? Americans spend 300 per cent more on administrative costs to run their private health-care system than Canadians spend to administer public medicare. That's according t
Quebec's child-care innovation threatened
Aug 25 2003
Since 1996, Quebec has distinguished itself as the only Canadian province to develop a universal system of child care. But with the April election of Jean Charest's Liberals, the progressive experime
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Go to the polls, Ernie
Aug 25 2003
Over the past year, Ontario's Tories have spent just 73 days in the legislature. If Premier Ernie Eves won't defend his government's record there, one Ontario teachers' union says it's time that vote
Socialist Worker
Blackout illuminates public power debate
Aug 25 2003
Rarely has sudden darkness shed so much light on a complex issue. When the lights went out for 50-million North Americans at 4:15 p.m. on August 14, it became clear why the production and distributio
Sierra Club of Canada
Blackout: peril of centralized power?
Aug 20 2003
Questions linger about the cause of the cascading blackout that affected 50 million North Americans last Thursday. But environmentalists are pointing to basic flaws in the generating system as a deep
Socialist Worker
Unobituary: Bob Hope
Aug 19 2003
Every New Year's Eve since 1981, John Bell has joined with a group of friends for a toast: “Give us Hope!” That's Bob Hope, whose death last month sparked the media into tribute mode. Bell'
National Union of Public and General Employees
Blackout: privatizers on hotseat
Aug 19 2003
Last Thursday's blackout cut power to 50 million North Americans, re-igniting a debate on the future of electricity and who should own and control it. Two hours before the lights went out, a private
Amnesty International
Threat of a bad example
Aug 19 2003
The U.S. has shown a troubling tendency to seek unchallengeable executive power for itself in the context of a loose and expanding language of “war.” Alarm bells from Amnesty International
Sierra Club of Canada
Canada's Fortis probed in Belize
Aug 18 2003
Belize's highest court has stopped short of blocking construction on a Canadian-backed rainforest dam pending a December hearing on its environmental approval. In its decision, the Court underscored
Dear Jean (re: mad cow)
Aug 18 2003
The August 8 decision by the U.S. to accept some Canadian meat products may reduce some pressure on livestock farmers. But even one more confirmed case of BSE could be a deadly blow for parts of the
WTO critics arrive in Cancun
Aug 15 2003
High-profile members of the Our World is Not For Sale network arrived in Cancun this week, ready to respond to the Fifth Ministerial of the World Trade Organization (September 10-14). Walden Bello no
Amnesty International
UN adopts human rights norms for corporations
Aug 15 2003
A key United Nations body yesterday adopted a set of norms on the human rights responsibilities of transnational corporations. The new norms provide a powerful tool for advocates and a useful checkli
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Don't mess with women's shelter workers
Aug 14 2003
On the first full day of the Autumn House women's shelter strike in Amherst, Nova Scotia, strikers say they taught management a lesson: “no scabs allowed.” They had blocked a board member w
National Union of Public and General Employees
U.S. docs demand Canadian-style medicare
Aug 14 2003
They say U.S. health care is collapsing. So nearly 8,000 American doctors are calling for a national health insurance system like the one Canada has had for nearly 40 years. Their appeal appeared thi
The language of war
Aug 13 2003
How is it that, three months after a U.S. invasion and lopsided victory in Iraq, news of the war's aftermath has been relegated to a small column on page A18 of your newspaper? Thoughts from our part
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Shelter workers forced to strike
Aug 12 2003
Ten workers at an Amherst, Nova Scotia women's shelter have gone on strike after their employer abruptly cancelled their collective agreement. On Friday, the union served notice that it would strike
National Union of Public and General Employees
International Youth Day: focus on jobs
Aug 12 2003
Young people are among the most vulnerable and exploited workers in Canada, says James Clancy. And so the union he heads is joining the United Nations in marking International Youth Day today by urgi
Amnesty International
No impunity for Charles Taylor
Aug 12 2003
Amnesty International is repeating its call to the Nigerian government to arrest Charles Taylor. The former Liberian president stepped down yesterday, accepting asylum in Nigeria. Taylor was indicted
Sierra Club of Canada
Persistent organic pollutants deal sealed
Aug 11 2003
The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants will come into force on October 23, 2003. The international agreement seeks to eliminate emissions of 16 of the long-lasting, toxic substance
NGO accountability: a pressing need
Aug 11 2003
Non-governmental organizations, especially politically progressive ones, are coming under increasing attack from the political right. These charges that NGOs are unaccountable come from a deeply part
working TV
Video: Prisoners' Justice Day
Aug 11 2003
On August 10, 1974, Eddie Nalon bled to death in a solitary confinement unit at Millhaven Maximum Security Prison. Guards had deactivated the emergency call button in his cell. That button was left o
National Union of Public and General Employees
15 years on: Burmese flame still burns
Aug 9 2003
Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the massive popular uprising that shook Burma on August 8, 1988. In just five days, more than 3,000 demonstrators were killed by the military dictatorship. Since
Sierra Club of Canada
Fires rekindle climate fears
Aug 8 2003
Fires and drought are sparking calls for increased action on climate change. A severe heat wave has hit at least 30 countries in the northern hemisphere. And BC's massive forest fires come just a mon
Helping 4-legged victims of BC wildfires
Aug 8 2003
If they could talk, they'd be saying “thank you.” Some 700 pets and farm animals have been rescued from the wildfires ravaging British Columbia's interior region. And thanks to the generosi
Amnesty International
Jewellers: Get on the bus!
Aug 8 2003
There is still no guarantee that blood diamonds used to fund war and suffering in Africa are not being sold in Canadian stores, despite international efforts to control the trade. This month, BC-base
National Union of Public and General Employees
Lord turns left on auto insurance?
Aug 7 2003
New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord was nearly driven from office over high auto insurance rates. Now he may be ready to consider adopting public insurance for the province. The Tory premier veered th
Girls kissing
Aug 7 2003
What's so hot about watching girls lock lips? Barbara Lee, a founder of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, really wanted to know. And judging from the 30-plus hours of raw footage that she's edited