Amnesty International
Global execution stats released
Apr 7 2004
Since Canada abolished the death penalty for murder in 1976, its homicide rate has dropped by 40 per cent. And by debunking the myth that death deters violent crime, countries like Canada “set t
National Union of Public and General Employees
Youth justice: sentencing nightmare
Apr 6 2004
One year later, Canada's new <i>Youth Criminal Justice Act</i> has produced a morass of inconsistent sentencing and confusion for corrections officials. It was designed to steer youth out of jail int
Rwandan genocide: global failure
Apr 6 2004
Ten years later, survivors of Rwanda's genocide are still facing a monumental task of social and economic reconstruction. And still they struggle with the need to forgive, to reconcile and live with
Citizens for Public Justice
Liberal prudence with a purpose?
Apr 6 2004
Nothing new: Fiscal restraint was again the driving theme of last month's federal budget. Finance Minister Goodale called it &#147;prudence with a purpose&#148;: paying down debt today is an investme
National Union of Public and General Employees
Newfoundland unions end wage freeze offer
Apr 5 2004
They've insisted wages aren't the main issue. And striking public workers in Newfoundland and Labrador were offering to take a two-year wage freeze as part of a longer contract. That offer expired Su
working TV
<i>The Corporation:</i> Eight trailers
Apr 5 2004
In law, a corporation is a person. On analysis, a corporation is ... a psychopath? That's the premise of this award-winning Canadian documentary. Sample it: working TV presents eight web video traile
Postcard from occupied Baghdad
Apr 5 2004
Sadr City is a subdivision tacked onto the north end of Baghdad, home to nearly half of that city's 5 million residents. It is a Shia area, very poor. Formerly known as Saddam City, it was renamed in
Coming out again: lesbians and cancer
Apr 2 2004
&#147;Telling other people that you have cancer is like coming out, again. People sit there and go, 'Oh my God you have cancer,' like you have cooties. People back away.&#148; A community-based Ontar
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Don't mess with success at Canada Post
Apr 2 2004
Canada Post's success is measured by its ability to serve the public interest, not maximize profits. And its annual report tabled today shows that, once again, it is actually doing <i>both.</i> Yet T
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Distress in Darfur, Sudan
Apr 2 2004
&#147;We saw villages burning, and people along the road with their belongings were fleeing.&#148; Canadian logistician Jean-S
National Union of Public and General Employees
Public workers walk in Newfoundland
Apr 1 2004
Nearly 20,000 public sector workers across Newfoundland and Labrador walked off the job as their contracts expired at midnight. Throughout bargaining, the province has demanded a wage freeze under th
Senate approves milestone ethics bill
Apr 1 2004
With this week's Senate approval of Bill C-4, Canada is a hair's breadth away from enacting what Democracy Watch calls &#147;the most important government accountability measure ever passed.&#148; Th
Sierra Club of Canada
Don't be fuelled by fossil fools
Apr 1 2004
&#147;We have been fooled by fossil fuels; it's time we learn from this practical joke.&#148; Today, April
National Union of Public and General Employees
Strike looms on the Rock
Mar 31 2004
Public sector workers in Newfoundland and Labrador are primed to walk off the job when their contracts expire at midnight. The province's position throughout bargaining has been: accept a wage freeze
Voting reform: Ask Canadians first
Mar 31 2004
Calls for electoral reform got a boost today as the Law Commission of Canada released a report recommending a modified form of proportional representation. While applauding the principle, Democracy W
Council of Canadians
Canadians value their independence
Mar 31 2004
Canadians overwhelmingly favour maintaining independence from U.S. policy, a new Ipsos-Reid poll shows. Around three-quarters of respondents said Canada should stay out of missile defense and redirec
House parties for peace
Mar 30 2004
Students across Canada will soon be celebrating the end of term. Students Against Missile Defence is calling on students to have "house parties for peace" - and to tell Prime Minister Martin to keep
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Equalization formula unconstitutional?
Mar 30 2004
Last week's federal budget fails to address flaws in Canada's provincial equalization program, says a study released today. Traditionally called confederation's &#147;glue,&#148; equalization is the
Iraq war was to protect Israel?
Mar 30 2004
A longtime Bush insider suggested in 2002 that a prime motive for overthrowing Iraq's Saddam Hussein was to protect Israel &#151; not the U.S. &#151; from potential aggression. Inter Press Service re
Repairing the past for better futures
Mar 30 2004
Prosecuting human rights abusers is now a familiar phase in a society's passage from conflict to peaceful development. But punitive justice is only one side of transition. Just as important &#151; to
Budget: Debt obsession spites poor
Mar 29 2004
Never mind that Canada's debt-to-GDP ratio is already second-best among G-7 economies. The dominant feature of last week's Liberal budget is that it pumps $4-billion more into debt repayment &#151;
U.S. undermining AIDS generics?
Mar 29 2004
A leading Africa-solidarity group today decried American efforts to exclude generic AIDS drugs from distribution through U.S.-funded programs. The EU has reportedly pulled out of a conference that be
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Union censured for abetting privateers
Mar 29 2004
The Canadian Labour Congress has finally imposed sanctions on the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada for its &#147;yellow dog&#148; organizing practices. Most recently, the IWA signed a de
B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
Privatizing payroll imperils privacy
Mar 26 2004
British Columbia is handing over its payroll operations to a private consortium. Unions say the move could jeopardize sensitive information on some 30,000 public employees. The consortium includes tw
Chile's street kids circus
Mar 26 2004
At one time or another, most children think about running away from home. One classic destination for these wayward dreams is the circus. The more adventurous may even fantasize about finding fame an
A storm brews in Papua
Mar 26 2004
Quietly, quickly, in an overlooked corner of the world, a storm is gaining force. Papua is being ravaged in an escalating program of repression by the Indonesian military. Observers say at least 100,
Budget falls short on Kyoto commitments
Mar 25 2004
&#147;What the Throne Speech giveth ... the budget taketh away.&#148; Critics say this week's federal budget doesn't do enough to support Canada's Kyoto Protocol commitments. The government is accele
National Union of Public and General Employees
Privacy rights on trial in PEI
Mar 25 2004
Should newspapers have the right to publish the name, the job title and the salary of every public sector employee? Prince Edward Island's <i>Eastern Graphic</i> seems to think so. The Montague-based
Sierra Club of Canada
Budget addresses toxic sites
Mar 25 2004
A lonely patch of progressive praise for this week's federal budget: Environment groups are applauding new initiatives to manage contaminated sites. The budget commits $3.5-billion over ten years to
U.S. blocks UN rebuke of Israel
Mar 24 2004
The U.S. appears set to block any attempt by the UN Security Council to condemn Israel for Monday's assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. Yesterday, the Americans blocked consensus on a