Amnesty International
Canada announces Arar inquiry!
Jan 28 2004
We live in an era where governments around the world crouch behind “security” arguments to justify violating basic human rights. But today, under intense pressure, Canada finally announced
Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Female prisoners face systemic abuse
Jan 28 2004
“Women prisoners continue to face systemic human rights problems in the federal correctional system.” That's the conclusion of a report released today by the Canadian Human Rights Commissio
Journalist caught in 'post-9/11 witch hunt'
Jan 27 2004
Police raided an Ottawa journalist's office and home last week after she wrote about a Canadian deported from the U.S. to face torture in Syria. &#147;In the post-9/11 witch hunts,&#148; <i>Ottawa Ci
Canadian dies in Afghan suicide attack
Jan 27 2004
A Canadian solider was killed today in Kabul when a man threw himself in front of a military jeep before detonating an explosive. An Afghan pedestrian also died, and several more soldiers were injure
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC seeks huge health-care rollbacks
Jan 27 2004
Community health employers, pressed by British Columbia's Liberal government, are seeking massive concessions from workers as negotiations open for a new contract. Lowlights: a 17 per cent wage rollb
Amnesty International
Arar secrecy must end
Jan 27 2004
Last week's RCMP raid against a senior <i>Ottawa Citizen</i> reporter extends the veil of secrecy that has cloaked the Maher Arar tragedy since its beginning. With journalists now wondering if they c
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Paul Martin's permanent revolution
Jan 26 2004
Will next week's Throne Speech unveil Prime Minister Paul Martin as someone different than Finance Minister Paul Martin? A new report by economist Armine Yalnizyan details how Martin brought about la
Psychiatric 'slave' finds justice
Jan 26 2004
Jill Gorman has finally ended her 15-year fight for justice. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed her former psychiatrist's bid to appeal a ruling that he had enslaved her &#151; thro
Street nurse wins prestigious award
Jan 23 2004
For 15 years, Cathy Crowe has toiled for Toronto's homeless as an advocate and &#147;street nurse.&#148; Today, her commitment was honoured in the shape of the Atkinson Economic Justice Award. Worth
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Teachers' contract illegally gutted
Jan 23 2004
British Columbia's Supreme Court today quashed an arbitrator's determination to strip clauses from teachers' collective agreement. That arbitrator was appointed by the Campbell government in 2002 to
Urban agriculture reaches new heights
Jan 23 2004
A form of gardening with great promise for the world's urban poor is being adapted to the rooftops of Montreal. A Canadian NGO is drawing on Mexican and Moroccan expertise to develop a simplified hyd
Canada boosts aid to Iran quake victims
Jan 23 2004
Canada's International Cooperation Minister today announced a $250,000 contribution to the World Food Programme to support aid operations in Iran. The new funds are part of Canada's response to a UN
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Who's cutting classes in BC?
Jan 22 2004
Real per-student funding for public education in British Columbia has been dropping for three years &#151; and now sits at its lowest level in more than 15 years. That's the conclusion of a new repor
Sierra Club of Canada
Proposal: Raze New Brunswick's forests!
Jan 22 2004
New Brunswick's native Acadian forests are among Canada's most threatened ecosystems. And yet a consultant's report sponsored by government and the forest industry recommends rolling back environment
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Moving to action on the urban agenda
Jan 22 2004
Municipal services play a central role in meeting social needs and protecting our environment &#151; but urban infrastructure is decaying fast. So mayors from Canada's big cities gather today in Toro
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Where's my $30-million bonus?
Jan 21 2004
Air Canada's flight attendants have filed a grievance over massive stock bonuses handed to the company's top executives. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says that new controlling shareh
Council of Canadians
Percy's future is ours
Jan 21 2004
The Supreme Court of Canada this week hears arguments in the &#147;David and Goliath&#148; battle pitting Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser against biotech giant Monsanto. It's the first high court
Amnesty International
Time to end this shame
Jan 21 2004
&#147;The execution of people for crimes committed when they were children must finally be consigned to history,&#148; Amnesty International declared today. The human rights group has launched a two-
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario to shrink 60-hour work week
Jan 20 2004
The Ontario Liberals may just keep an election campaign promise this week. Labour Minister Chris Bentley is expected to announce a timetable for rolling back the 60-hour work week legislated by forme
Dalits mobilize at World Social Forum
Jan 20 2004
They're South Asia's most marginalized group. But that region's 250 million Dalits are making quite an impact at the World Social Forum &#151; marching on Mumbai, holding rallies and staging seminars
Corporations: psychopathic
Jan 20 2004
A corporation has the rights and responsibilities of a &#147;legal person.&#148; But what <i>kind</i> of person? Its shareholders aren't liable for its actions; its directors are legally required to
Amnesty International
Child soldier use persists
Jan 20 2004
Children continued to be used as soldiers, sexual slaves, labourers, porters and spies throughout 2003 in both newly-erupting and longstanding conflicts. That's the disturbing reality painted by a ne
working TV
Women face BC welfare cuts
Jan 20 2004
Thousands of people will lose access to welfare on April 1 when British Columbia implements a new two-year limit on benefits. That looming tragedy formed the backdrop for a public forum last week on
Council of Canadians
NAFTA: Court affirms corporate rights
Jan 19 2004
Citizen groups are denouncing last week's Federal Court ruling that Canada owes a U.S.-based corporation US$9-million under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The court af
Taking global issues to class
Jan 19 2004
A new resource from the Ontario Council for International Cooperation promises to help teachers link global issues to their secondary school curriculum. More than a dozen classroom-ready lesson plans
Sierra Club of Canada
Pipeline will test Martin's eco-commitment
Jan 19 2004
Paul Martin's handling of the proposed $5-billion Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline will be a litmus text for his commitment to the environment, ecology groups warn. The 1,200-km complex is Canada's bigg
WSF: LatAm's poorest activists stay home
Jan 18 2004
Tens of thousands of kilometres separate the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre from the Indian metropolis of Mumbai &#151; a road too long for thousands of Latin American activists. Only a small delegat
Final showdown: farmer vs. Monsanto
Jan 16 2004
Percy Schmeiser takes his David versus Goliath appeal to Supreme Court next week. Biotech giant Monsanto successfully sued the Saskatchewan farmer for patent infringement after Roundup Ready canola w
World Social Forum on TV
Jan 16 2004
<i>Another World is Possible.</i> Some 75,000 people are gathering under that banner in Mumbai, India, this January 16-21. They hail from social movements spread across the globe. At this fourth Worl
Anti-WSF movement builds momentum
Jan 16 2004
Several Indian groups are accusing organizers of this week's World Social Forum (WSF) of indulging in &#147;doublespeak&#148; while trying to spearhead a campaign against globalization. Calling thems