Fatal Flaws in Watchdogs Bill
May 20 2003
A nation-wide ethics coalition today criticized loopholes in the federal bill to create a new ethics enforcement system for Cabinet, MPs and senators. Bill C-34 would replace the much-maligned Ethics
Canadian Union of Public Employees
B.C. Health Workers Reject Deal
May 19 2003
Health-care workers have voted 57 per cent to reject an agreement reached one month ago with the B.C. government. The deal had offered major concessions in exchange for limits on the impact of health
Ethics Counsellor’s Conflicts
May 16 2003
Liberal leadership candidates may be breaking ethics rules by accepting certain campaign donations through secret trusts. The person who decides is federal Ethics Counsellor Howard Wilson — who
National Union of Public and General Employees
Canada Moves to Force Frankenfoods on Europe
May 16 2003
Canada’s second-largest union has condemned the federal government’s decision to join a U.S.-launched World Trade Organization challenge to the European Union’s moratorium on genetical
Amnesty International
Syria Holds Canadian Without Charge
May 16 2003
Canadian Maher Arar remains in secret detention in Syria, where he is at risk of torture and ill-treatment. No charges have been laid since Arar was detained last September, and Syria has not disclos
Sierra Club of Canada
Liberals Consider Fusion Reactor Subsidies
May 14 2003
The federal Liberal caucus will today discuss a new proposal to provide almost $1-billion in government subsidies for an experimental fusion reactor that a Canadian group wants to build at Ontario&#1
Council of Canadians
Free Trade Dividends, Eh?
May 14 2003
Two conclusions leap out from the latest family income census data from Statistics Canada. First, overall, median income has scarcely increased in a decade. Second, the gap between rich and poor cont
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Against Deep Integration
May 14 2003
For business, trade is a goal. For people, trade is a <i>tool</i> &#151; and its goal can be equitable, sustainable development. A new report takes the people&#146;s side. Bruce Campbell shows that C
National Union of Public and General Employees
Drug Companies Face Competition Complaint
May 14 2003
Canada&#146;s pharmaceutical industry once again stands accused of anti-competitive practices. The National Union of Public and General Employees is the sixth group to file a complaint with the Compe
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Teachers Lose Self-Governance
May 13 2003
British Columbia&#146;s government is seizing control of the professional body that governs that province&#146;s teachers. Currently, teachers elect members to fifteen of the twenty seats on the gove
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Brampton: For Patients or For Profit
May 13 2003
In the face of unanswered community questions and mounting evidence of the dangers of Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), the William Osler Health Centre &#151; and the Ontario Tories &#151; are pushi
Amnesty International
Grave Concern Over Rights in Guatemala
May 12 2003
Amnesty International is warning the international community of a &#147;grave deterioration&#148; in Guatemala&#146;s human rights situation over the last year. The caution comes on the eve of the Ma
Pass to Present
May 12 2003
Vancouver&#146;s Chinatown Millenium Gate is seen by some, simplistically, as a decorative structure built to exoticize Chinatown and entice tourists. But its complexity lies in how it marks the hist
Manley Money Raises Ethics Questions
May 12 2003
Democracy Watch today reacted to John Manley&#146;s disclosure of donations to his Liberal leadership campaign &#151; by arguing that many place the Deputy Prime Minister in an apparent breach of eth
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Child Labour Returns to B.C.
May 9 2003
&#147;Childhood is a time for learning and play, not jobs,&#148; insists British Columbia&#146;s teachers&#146; union. The group wants the provincial government to drop plans to expand child labour l
National Union of Public and General Employees
Lawyers Target Toronto&#146;s &#147;Medieval&#148; Jail
May 9 2003
Defence lawyers may flood Ontario courts with appeals for lighter sentences to pressure the Ontario government to end &#147;medieval&#148; and &#147;brutal&#148; conditions at Toronto&#146;s ancient
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Accenture Gets Plum Privatization Contract
May 9 2003
Accenture, the notorious consulting firm, has scored a non-tendered $500,000 contract to review Ontario&#146;s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Critics fear it&#146;s the first step toward shrin
Wayne&#146;s World (Ain&#146;t Queer)
May 9 2003
Elsie Wayne, MP and deputy leader of the Progressive Conservatives, wants homosexuals to &#147;shut up&#148; about their lifestyle: &#147;Why do they have to be here in the public ... why are they in
Sierra Club of Canada
War on West Nile: Beyond Shock and Awe
May 8 2003
Bugs are breeding again, so concerns about the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus are back at the fore. But ecologists warn that intensively spraying adult mosquitos is a dead end: pesticides have littl
Council of Canadians
SARS Revives Lifeform Patent Debate
May 7 2003
Within days of mapping the genome of the SARS virus, the British Columbia Cancer Agency has filed for a patent on all of its genes. It&#146;s a defensive move: the group wants to prevent profit-drive
National Union of Public and General Employees
B.C. Highway &#147;Sell-Out&#148;
May 7 2003
The people who design and maintain B.C.&#146;s Coquihalla highway say that plans to privatize one of the province&#146;s key transportation routes is a sell-out for interior communities. They fear th
Farming is a Family Job
May 7 2003
Farm women, youth and men all play critical roles in the survival of Canada&#146;s family farms, new research shows. The one-year study provides more evidence that traditional gender-based and age-ba
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Post Office: Where Do the Dollars Go?
May 6 2003
Canada Post has disclosed a $71-million profit for 2002, its eighth consecutive year in the black: &#147;We have demonstrated that Canada&#146;s postal service can be profitable without privatization
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario&#146;s Ambulance Crisis
May 6 2003
Ambulance dispatchers say a staffing crisis is causing a dangerous delay in ambulance response times in Ontario. Ministry of Health guidelines require dispatch centres to deploy ambulance teams withi
They All Broke the Rules
May 6 2003
This week, Liberal Party leadership candidates are questioning each other's compliance with the party&#146;s campaign donation disclosure rules. Meanwhile, Democracy Watch notes that all three candid
Vroom: Beyond the Marginal
May 5 2003
What phenomenon in Asian North America &#151; that <i>isn&#146;t</i> associated with the bubble tea and karaoke thing &#151; can we truly call our own besides the import car scene? It&#146;s definite
Moroccan Press Under Fire
May 5 2003
Through the first four years of King Mohammed VI&#146;s reign, some thought a new era of freedom had dawned for the Moroccan press. But the recent censure and harassment of several journalists has ou
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Erodes Learning Conditions: Poll
May 2 2003
Province-wide polling reveals that more than two-thirds of British Columbians believe learning conditions for students have deteriorated since the B.C. Liberals stripped the teachers&#146; collective
Wars Yet to Come
May 2 2003
The war is not over; it has scarcely begun. Iraq has been betrayed from within, insists Aijaz Ahmad, the regime having cut a deal with the invaders. Popular resistance has been deferred, but the lead
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Union Questions Ontario Tories' Mandate
May 2 2003
Ontario&#146;s Eves government &#147;has no mandate to implement any legislative agenda based on its Throne Speech,&#148; says the president-elect of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers&#146; Feder