Council of Canadians
Farmer Takes GM Case to Supreme Court
Nov 6 2002
A Saskatchewan farmer hosed by a GM giant is trying to take his case to the Supreme Court of Canada. Last March, a federal court ruled that Percy Schmeiser infringed Monsanto's patent rights when som
Oil, Empire and War
Nov 5 2002
“At all costs these oil fields must be kept in Western hands. We need, when things go wrong, to ruthlessly intervene.” So declared Britain's then–foreign secretary, Selwyn Lloyd, about
Sierra Club of Canada
Canadian Stars Endorse Kyoto
Nov 5 2002
Renowned dancer Frank Augustyn calls it “a referendum on our survival.” More than 150 prominent Canadians are banding together to support the ratification of the Kyoto Protocol on climate c
Amnesty International
War Crimes Alleged in Nablus and Jenin
Nov 4 2002
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) crossed the line in Jenin and Nablus this March and April, Amnesty International charges. The human rights organization released a report today presenting “clear
National Union of Public and General Employees
E.I. Cash Grab Hits $40-Billion
Nov 4 2002
The Employment Insurance surplus has reached astronomical — and illegal — proportions. The federal government has been collecting far more in E.I. contributions than it pays out in benefits
Election Trends: Rightward Ho!
Nov 4 2002
The recent election of left-leaning Lula in Brazil may be “the exception that proves the rule.” Elsewhere throughout Europe and the Americas, conservatives are cleaning up at the ballot box
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
NAFTA Trick or Treat?
Nov 1 2002
Depends on where you're sitting, doesn't it? “United Parcel Service (UPS) is trying to use NAFTA to crush Canada Post and other public services!” That was the scary message delivered on Hal
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ottawa Targets People with Disabilities
Nov 1 2002
The federal government is looking for ways to trim back a tax credit for Canadians with disabilities. The Disability Tax Credit is worth $960 — costing Ottawa less than $360-million per year. Th
B.C. Teachers' Federation
When Boards Market Schools
Nov 1 2002
School boards in British Columbia are forming <i>companies</i> to compete with each other for dollars from foreign sources. Larry Kuehn of the teachers' union describes how school boards are getting
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Poverty, Snakes and Ladders
Oct 31 2002
One-quarter of us were poor at some point over a recent six-year span. It's a reality obscured by familiar &#147;snapshot&#148; poverty measures. A new analysis of poverty dynamics recalls a humble o
Council of Canadians
Pettigrew Flip-Flops on FTAA
Oct 31 2002
International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew has flip-flopped on affirming corporate rights to sue governments under a Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement. Pettigrew had expressed reservations
Federal Contracts for Sale?
Oct 31 2002
The federal government has reeled this year under allegations of financial corruption. Shawinigate. Groupe-Action. Eggleton's indiscretion. MacAuley's mistake. And today, a new study alleges a broade
Council of Canadians
Kirby's Trojan Horse
Oct 30 2002
This week's report from a Senate committee headed by Michael Kirby says public medicare can benefit by making hospitals compete against each other for funds. But according to the Council of Canadians
First Steps to Freedom
Oct 30 2002
What is the path to meaningful change for Indigenous people? Proposals commonly take the form of political or economic solutions to historical injustices: self-government, land claims, economic devel
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Thousands Hit Streets For Vid&#195;&#169;otron Strikers
Oct 30 2002
As many as 10,000 people marched through driving rains in Montr
Don't Want No FTAA
Oct 30 2002
With a combined GDP of US$11-<i>trillion,</i> The Free Trade Area of the Americas would be the world's largest such zone. And it could reach into all areas of life for the 800-million citizens of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Boys Who Cry Surplus
Oct 29 2002
Finance Minister Manley is sputtering warnings of a shrinking federal surplus (code for impending spending cuts?). But the boys may have cried wolf too many times. Over the last three years, the cumu
Amnesty International
Hostage-Taking Exemplifies Russian Human Rights Climate
Oct 29 2002
As it released a new report on human rights in Russia, Amnesty International denounced the recent hostage-taking at a Moscow theatre as &#147;another example of how ordinary people's human rights are
From the Mouth of Wolverine
Oct 29 2002
William Ignace (a.k.a. Wolverine) spent five years in prison after resisting attempts to deny Secwepemc traditionalists their right to hold sundances on traditional lands at Gustafsen Lake. By the en
First Day of School
Oct 28 2002
I'm out of a job. Or so it feels. It's the first day of school, and &#147;my work&#148; has just walked out the door. Grade three and grade one. It is the first day of the rest of my life. My fourth
Amnesty International
World Diamond Cop-Out
Oct 28 2002
As the World Diamond Congress meets in London this week, NGOs are on site to keep &#147;conflict diamonds&#148; high on the agenda. The illicit diamond trade finances some of the fiercest conflicts i
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Ownership Matters
Oct 28 2002
Senators contemplating the future of medicare say it doesn't matter who owns the institutions and services that support Canadians' health. Are they naive or dishonest? &#147;There is clear evidence t
Canada Shamed Over Seal Hunt
Oct 26 2002
In what was easily the world's largest marine mammal hunt, more than 307,000 seals were killed this year in Canada. Now the federal government is threatening to raise the quota for 2003. On Thursday,
Iraq Attack Can Still Be Averted
Oct 25 2002
&#147;As an American, I would like to thank all those people and countries around the world who are helping to pull my country back from the brink of war. And I want to assure you that your efforts a
National Union of Public and General Employees
Kirby Health Report: &#147;Disgraceful Sham&#148;
Oct 25 2002
Today's report from a Senate committee on medicare proposes reforms it says will strengthen the public system. Critics call it a thinly-veiled charter for boosting the role of for-profit corporations
Council of Canadians
Can We Survive Continental Integration?
Oct 25 2002
It hasn't always been this way. Our elders may remember a time when the colossal spectre of our southern neighbour actually <I>strengthened</I> Canadian leaders' commitment to a &#147;sharing&#148; m
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Postal Workers Demand Spy Probe
Oct 24 2002
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers wants a public inquiry into illegal espionage targeting union leaders. The demand responds to allegations presented in a new book published Tuesday. Andrew Mitrov
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
More Jobs, No Poverty &#151; and No Growth
Oct 24 2002
Developed countries, including Canada, can abolish poverty and maintain full employment &#151; even when their economies are not growing. That's the thrust of a report released today by the Canadian
New Ethics Rules Full of Holes
Oct 24 2002
The Prime Minister tabled legislation yesterday to strengthen federal ethics rules. Democracy Watch calls the proposals a years-delayed start toward ensuring honest, good government. But the group al
MacAuley Resigns ... Why Exactly?
Oct 23 2002
Solicitor General Lawrence MacAuley's resignation yesterday only fueled calls for a full investigation into contracts and grants awarded by his department. &#147;No one should believe that the Ethics