Council of Canadians
The Right Choice to Make
Dec 9 2002
In their recent reports, Roy Romanow and Michael Kirby both call for renewed federal commitment to medicare. But while Romanow rejects for-profit care, Kirby does not — and that difference could
Amnesty International
U.S. Executions to Mar(k) Human Rights Day
Dec 9 2002
With two executions scheduled in the U.S. for December 10 — International Human Rights Day — American politicians “should reflect on their country's selective approach to global standa
Then the Phone Rang
Dec 6 2002
It was a typical Wednesday at the centre. Upstairs, six rape crisis workers were busy reviewing November's reports. On the main floor, five women who had fled their husbands' violence cooked supper f
Council of Canadians
GM Mouse Stays Inside Pandora's Box
Dec 5 2002
The beleaguered “Oncomouse” was inches from becoming Canada's first-ever patented animal life form. Researchers at Harvard had manipulated the rodent's genes to leave its descendants suscep
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Privacy Threat at Gun Registry?
Dec 5 2002
It's way over budget. The Auditor General says the feds concealed its true cost. And now another red flag flies over the federal gun registry: the privacy of our information may be at risk. On Januar
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Romanow: $3.5-Billion Is Not Enough
Dec 5 2002
Much has been made of Alberta and Quebec's rejection of Roy Romanow's medicare recommendations as an intrusion on their sovereignty. But the Premier of Ontario named the real challenge: the success o
No “Normal” Mother
Dec 4 2002
From an early age, Toronto's Meenu Sikand wanted to be a mother. Aware of limitations imposed by her spinal cord injury, she wanted to be sure she was ready. Finally pregnant at thirty-five, after ye
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Proud, Harried and Harassed
Dec 3 2002
Federal public sector workers are proud of their work, and many report growing job satisfaction. Those are among the positive findings of the latest <a href="http://www.survey-sondage.gc.ca/2002/menu
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Study Pans Private Hospital Plans
Dec 3 2002
On the heels of Romanow's resounding endorsement of public medicare, another study is savaging plans to boost corporate involvement in Ontario's hospitals. Public-private partnerships (P3s) will cost
CAW
CAW
Hot Air Over Kyoto
Dec 3 2002
Canadian business leaders are sounding more and more like anti-globalization protesters. Stolid old free-traders rail on about the power of global bureaucrats and looming threats to Canadian jobs. Ne
National Union of Public and General Employees
Expanding Medicare to Honour Canadians with Disabilities
Dec 3 2002
Today is the International Day of Disabled Persons. And it arrives this year at a moment when Canadians are digesting the Romanow report, contemplating the future of public health care. What better w
Amnesty International
Human Rights Central to AIDS Battle
Dec 2 2002
Raising awareness and boosting access to treatment are key to the global struggle against HIV/AIDS. But promoting human rights standards is just as crucial. Social exclusion, economic deprivation and
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Act on World AIDS Day
Dec 1 2002
If the AIDS pandemic continues apace, 70-million more people could die between the years 2010 and 2020. That eclipses the combined death toll of both world wars. Meanwhile, Canada has released just $
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Chr&#195;&#169;tien Watch Starts Today
Nov 29 2002
With Roy Romanow's medicare report in the bag, Canadians are looking to the prime minister now for action, says Canada's largest health-care union. &#147;We have the roadmap. We have the vehicle. The
Amnesty International
Chinese Netizens at Risk
Nov 28 2002
Canadian activists cherish their freedom to peacefully express their views or share information on the Internet. Chinese citizens aren't always so fortunate. In report released today, Amnesty Interna
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Toronto Flushes Arm's-Length Water Board
Nov 28 2002
Toronto City Council has voted to abandon plans to move the city's water and sewer system under the control of an arm's-length municipal service board. Thousands of residents had protested the idea,
Citizens for Public Justice
Saving Our Cities
Nov 28 2002
Canada has become one of the world's most urbanized nations &#151; with nearly 80 per cent of us living in urban areas. But our cities are straining under the pressures of downloading, amalgamation a
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Romanow's Right, Nurses Say
Nov 28 2002
Canada's largest nurses' organization is already praising today's seminal report on the future of medicare. Its president singled out Roy Romanow's recommendations to improve home care, diagnostic se
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Romanow's Hits and Misses
Nov 28 2002
Today's Romanow report clearly rejects the status quo, proposing pragmatic steps to secure the future of public health care in Canada. That's the good news. But you get what you pay for, cautions eco
National Union of Public and General Employees
Time to Act on Romanow
Nov 28 2002
Calling today's Romanow report a &#147;responsible blueprint&#148; for medicare's future, Canada's second-largest union is urging governments to &#147;immediately implement&#148; the report's recomme
Global Coalition Targets Seal Hunt
Nov 26 2002
As many as 300 organizations today announced a new coalition to oppose Canada's commercial seal hunt. Leaders of the new International Campaign for the Seals met yesterday in Ottawa to discuss strate
Council of Canadians
Canada Dodges UPS NAFTA Bullet
Nov 26 2002
A NAFTA tribunal has dismissed the bulk of United Parcel Service's $250-million claim against Canada. The U.S.-based corporation argued that Canada violates its &#147;investor rights&#148; under the
Coalition Demands Stronger Lobbying Laws
Nov 25 2002
Proposed changes to lobbying laws are not enough to end secret lobbying or unethical ties between lobbyists and politicians. That's what the thirty-group-strong Government Ethics Coalition told the H
National Union of Public and General Employees
Disability Tax Credit Saved
Nov 23 2002
It seemed more cruel than frugal, and now it's been nipped in the bud. The House of Commons has passed a New Democratic Party motion calling for the reversal of a controversial finance department cha
Council of Canadians
Groups Take Feds to Court Over Health Care
Nov 22 2002
Fed up with federal inaction on public health care, a coalition of groups is taking the Chr&#195;&#169;tien government to court for failing to comply with the <I>Canada Health Act.</I> They say the f
Kitten Tortured as Anti-Cruelty Bill Stalls
Nov 22 2002
In Richmond Hill, Ontario, someone recently doused a six-week-old kitten in gas, setting it ablaze before tossing it from a moving car. Even when scoundrels like this are caught, they get off lightly
Sierra Club of Canada
Romanian Reactor Deal Risky
Nov 21 2002
Environmental groups want the plug pulled on Canadian financing for Romania's Cernavoda-2 CANDU nuclear reactor. In a report released today, they allege that a secretive planning process has not adeq
CAW
CAW
The Business of Being Ethical
Nov 21 2002
The theme of corporate responsibility is all the rage. The <i>Globe and Mail</i> and <i>Maclean's</i> have featured glossy inserts heralding a new era of ethical leadership by business. Commissions a
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Resisting the Dollarization Drive
Nov 21 2002
Should Canada adopt the U.S. greenback? Our plummeting dollar is certainly strengthening calls for some kind of monetary union. But a new study casts doubt on the benefits promised by the idea's back
National Union of Public and General Employees
Demise of a Human Rights Commission
Nov 20 2002
Layoff notices have started to flow at the B.C. Human Rights Commission. And soon British Columbia will be the only province or territory without such a body. In its place: a tribunal to handle compl