Canadian Union of Public Employees
SARS Spread Sped by Privatization
Jun 18 2003
Listen up, British Columbia. The official responsible for Taiwan’s efforts to control SARS has issued a warning about the dangers of contracting out hospital staff. Centre for Disease Control di
Polaris Institute
USCSI: Corporate Power Gathers
Jun 18 2003
It’s a packed calendar for free-traders: WTO meetings in Montreal (July) and Cancun (September), followed by FTAA meetings in Miami (November). Behind the scenes, a powerful lobby will be pushin
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Canada's New Head Nurse
Jun 18 2003
Linda Silas has been elected to succeed Kathleen Connors at the helm of Canada's largest nurses’ organization. Silas is the first francophone to lead the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, re
Sierra Club of Canada
Fusion Decision Nigh
Jun 17 2003
Cabinet is expected to decide this week whether to provide multi-billion-dollar subsidies toward the construction of a $19-billion experimental fusion reactor at Ontario’s Darlington Nuclear Sta
National Union of Public and General Employees
B.C. May Subsidize Private Booze
Jun 17 2003
Just how badly does British Columbia want to privatize liquor sales? Badly enough that the province may subsidize private liquor stores by cutting wholesale prices. Critics wonder why subsidies are n
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Nordion Meddles in Union?
Jun 17 2003
Nordion International stands accused of violating its workers’ collective bargaining rights. The Canada Industrial Relations Board has received a complaint from the Public Service Alliance of Ca
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Trade: When Worlds Collide
Jun 16 2003
Government support for non-profit social services could be at risk despite assurances that social policies will not be compromised by international trade obligations. “The problem,” accordi
Proxy Women Win $414-Million
Jun 16 2003
It’s been a forgotten sector: predominantly female workplaces lacking male job classes to compare for pay equity purposes. But now 100,000 women working in Ontario’s “proxy sector&#148
National Union of Public and General Employees
“Westray” Bill Finally Appears
Jun 16 2003
Late beats never. Ottawa has tabled wide-ranging corporate fraud legislation — including provisions to make company executives more accountable when workers are killed or injured due to manageme
Amnesty International
The Company You Keep
Jun 16 2003
Your pension fund and mutual fund investments can affect human rights and the stability and prosperity of communities around the world. But can small investors really make a difference? Yes! Amnesty
Public Service Alliance of Canada
More Hardship for Toronto?
Jun 13 2003
Pearson International Airport is preparing to lock out some 600 workers on August 1. The move would disrupt travel to and through Toronto, compounding the turbulence stirred up by Air Canada’s w
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Teachers Decry Child Labour Law
Jun 13 2003
Teachers marked the second annual World Day Against Child Labour yesterday by calling on British Columbia to rescind its own proposed child labour law. Bill 37 would expand employers’ ability to
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Stop the Madness, McLellan
Jun 13 2003
It would be the most radical foray yet into privatized health care. And Canada’s largest union is imploring Health Minister Anne McLellan to stop British Columbia from contracting out surgeries
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Fearless Five Win and Learn
Jun 12 2003
Lessons in beating isolation. Take five home care workers from Montague, PEI. And take the Southern Kings Group Home, an employer seemingly bent on breaking the union. The “Fearless Five” t
Manley Can Keep Funny Money
Jun 12 2003
The federal Ethics Counsellor has ruled than John Manley can keep hundreds of thousands of controversial dollars donated to his Liberal leadership campaign. The donors include many registered lobbyis
Gimme Shelter!
Jun 11 2003
Governments talk big about curbing homelessness and poverty. But Canada’s social housing stock is dwindling. More and more people are crowding into shelters. And children have become special vic
CAW
CAW
Minimum Wage: Think Big
Jun 11 2003
Ontario’s measly minimum wage has been ravaged by inflation since it was frozen at $6.85/hour in 1995. Folks earning it now sit way below the poverty line, and it’s holding down other low-e
Flaws Subvert Ethics Bill
Jun 11 2003
Last week, ethics groups were lauding a parliamentary committee for transforming Bill C-24 into a political fundraising law they could (tentatively) support. This week, the same committee is reviewin
Council of Canadians
Canadian Trade Debate Escalates
Jun 10 2003
The federal government disclosed plans last week to spend $24-million on convincing small Latin American countries to support new trade deals. The Council of Canadians marked the occasion by launchin
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
A Poor Time to be Poor
Jun 10 2003
British Columbia’s “radical and unprecedented” new welfare rules will cause enormous hardship across the province. That’s the conclusion of the first comprehensive review of the p
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Patents vs. Public Funding
Jun 9 2003
Pharmaceutical companies will tell you they need extended patent protection — not just to protect profits but also to fund research to bring you better drugs. But a new study suggests that most
Terror Suspect’s Death Sparks Fears
Jun 9 2003
Moroccan human rights campaigners are demanding an investigation into the death of a man police say organized the May 16 suicide bombings in Casablanca. The Crown prosecutor says Abdelhaq Bentassar d
Morocco Rushes Anti-Terror Law
Jun 6 2003
After suicide bombings rocked Casablanca on May 16, the Moroccan government pushed its proposed anti-terror legislation back into Parliament for a hasty vote. Human rights groups say its sweeping new
Amnesty International
Canada Scolded on Aboriginal Governance
Jun 6 2003
The feds appear poised to proceed with the First Nations Governance Act — over Aboriginal objections concerning both the provisions of Bill C-7 and the process that produced it. In a pointed let
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Teacher Honoured for Freedom Battle
Jun 6 2003
James Chamberlain is this year’s winner of the Canadian Library Association’s prestigious Award for the Advancement of Intellectual Freedom in Canada. Chamberlain is the B.C. kindergarten t
Critic Praises Amended Fundraising Bill
Jun 6 2003
A controversial political fundraising bill has metamorphosed into something that even one of its harshest critics can support. Democracy Watch today praised the House Standing Committee on Procedure
Infectious Farmed Elk Roaming Wild?
Jun 6 2003
What to make of an abandoned herd of farmed elk found grazing on the Alberta-Saskatchewan border? Wildlife officials have not ruled out the possibility that they were dumped there after being hit by
Amnesty International
Not in the Jury’s Name
Jun 5 2003
Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman is set to die by lethal injection this month, and only the Governor of Tennessee can stop the apparent miscarriage of justice. Abdur’Rahman’s trial lawyer admits h
Polaris Institute
Missile Defence Lobby Rides Martin?
Jun 5 2003
Despite thirty-eight dissenting Liberals, Parliament this week supported a motion backing a continental missile defence shield. Leadership hopeful Paul Martin skipped the vote, but his public support
CAW
CAW
Give Ontario a Raise
Jun 5 2003
Labour and community groups told the government to “Give Ontario a raise” today. Strengthening social assistance and boosting the minimum wage to $10/hour could bring two million Ontarians