Oil dumping season open
Dec 11 2003
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has declared the “deliberate oil dumping season” open, after oiled birds washed up on the shores of Newfoundland this week. IFAW says that i
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Canadian teachers disdain 'Christy's College'
Dec 10 2003
Teachers' unions across Canada are voicing their disapproval of the BC government's legislated takeover of that province's College of Teachers. In May, Education Minister Christy Clark replaced most
IDRC @ WSIS ... live!
Dec 10 2003
Canada's International Development Research Centre is a pioneer in embracing information and communication technologies to promote development. At this week's World Summit on the Information Society
Amnesty International
Support builds for arms trade treaty
Dec 10 2003
Today, on International Human Rights Day, some 1,300 people will be killed by conventional arms. But today, a landmark: leaders of Brazil, Cambodia, Mali, Macedonia, Costa Rica, Finland and the Nethe
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Martin's record from down here
Dec 10 2003
Canada's incoming Prime Minister boasts of a strong record of economic growth and rising employment during his tenure as Finance Minister. But Paul Martin's record shines rather less brightly when vi
Council of Canadians
Water wars
Dec 9 2003
We learn in school that the Earth is a closed hydrologic system: there is the same amount of water today as there was at the planet's origin — and it's the same water. But we can render water un
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Understanding radical change in BC
Dec 9 2003
Under Gordon Campbell's Liberals, public policy in British Columbia has swerved sharply to the right. And while the effects on vulnerable populations clearly have been profound, they remain poorly un
WSIS human rights caucus 'concerned'
Dec 9 2003
The Human Rights Caucus of the World Summit on the Information Society says it has “many reasons to be concerned” as delegates converge on Geneva for the December 10-12 event. The Caucus, c
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
Bernardo-Homolka case critic criminalized
Dec 9 2003
Freedom-of-expression advocates are calling on Ontario's Attorney General to halt the criminal prosecution of author Stephen Williams. Williams faces 97 criminal charges linked to material published
Canadian Union of Public Employees
New Year's cab crunch in Ottawa?
Dec 9 2003
Nine bucks an hour, no benefits and punishing workloads could mean ... trouble finding a taxi in Ottawa this New Year's Eve. The city's taxi dispatchers — shared by all major cab companies &#151
Parkland Institute
Albertans worry about democracy
Dec 8 2003
Most Albertans agree that their economy is doing well. But less than half are satisfied with the health of democracy in their province. Those are the conclusion of a report released today by the Park
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC ferry workers strike
Dec 8 2003
Some British Columbian commuters are feeling as piqued today as the workers who operate the ferries they depend on. The 4,300-member B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers Union set up pickets at major ferry
Youth rise up info summit agenda
Dec 8 2003
Young Canadians have managed to push youth issues toward the top of the agenda for the December 10-12 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva. In the year leading up to the event, th
Sierra Club of Canada
Seismic blasting threatens marine areas
Dec 5 2003
The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board last Friday issued a permit for seismic blasting in one of Canada's most sensitive and biologically productive marine areas. Now, though, the federal g
National Union of Public and General Employees
More contract busting in BC
Dec 5 2003
Community social service workers in BC this week learned of plans to strip their collective agreements. Unions warn that “unnecessary confrontation and chaos for vulnerable children and adults w
Israelis criticizing Israel
Dec 5 2003
Public debate about Israel is often framed in terms of an apparently unified country pitted against its foreign critics. Widely ignored are the Israeli intellectuals and leaders who oppose their coun
Seeds of threat, seeds of solutions
Dec 5 2003
Modern agriculture faces a pressing threat: genetic erosion. Ironically, plant breeders' very success in developing new high-yielding cereal varieties could lead to a creeping loss of plant species,
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Fifteen long years of free trade
Dec 4 2003
Boosters promised huge productivity growth and a positive restructuring of Canadian industry. Doubters feared crushing pressures on wages, social programs and the public good. A new report by economi
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
Teachers welcome $112-million 'first step'
Dec 4 2003
Ontario school boards learned yesterday that they will receive $112-million to help students facing poverty or learning English as a second language. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation
CAW
CAW
Corporate question period
Dec 3 2003
Conrad Black's recent fall from grace sparked glee and gloating amongst Canada's unwashed rabble. But when we're done cheering, economist Jim Stanford would like us to view Mr. Black's downfall throu
National Union of Public and General Employees
Layton calls for leadership on HIV/AIDS
Dec 2 2003
On this World AIDS Day, the good news is that more is known about HIV/AIDS than ever before. The bad news is that infection rates are still growing worldwide. NDP chief Jack Layton's leadership on t
Amnesty International
Facing the pain merchants
Dec 2 2003
Governments' failure to control the expanding trade in security equipment is fuelling the global proliferation of torture and ill-treatment. Amnesty International reveals the extent of the problem in
working TV
Webcast: Rachel Corrie remembered
Dec 2 2003
To mark International Day of Solidarity with Palestine 2003, some Vancouverites gathered for an evening event on Saturday. Among the guest speakers: Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of slain activist
Council of Canadians
Romanow report card
Dec 1 2003
100 days. Polls at the time showed that's how long most Canadians were prepared to wait for action on Roy Romanow's roadmap to revitalize medicare. One full year later, how have our governments perfo
Citizens for Public Justice
Boardroom meets soup kitchen
Dec 1 2003
“The government needs to raise disability benefits. It used to be that I could get by with my disability pension. Now I barely have enough to cover rent.” Words heard in line at a soup kitc
National Union of Public and General Employees
Romanow one year later
Nov 28 2003
Last November 28, Commissioner Roy Romanow delivered a report on the future of medicare that reflected the values and priorities of Canadians. One year later, critics say it's like Romanow's 21-month
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Doubting Martin's fiscal legacy
Nov 28 2003
Paul Martin's glistening reputation as Canada's deficit slayer may not be entirely justified, suggests a study released today by the Alternative Federal Budget project. During Martin's reign as Finan
Sierra Club of Canada
New group joins radioactive waste battle
Nov 28 2003
Twenty-nine citizen groups have formed a network to fight proposals to bury radioactive waste in the Canadian Shield. Waste is nuclear power's Achilles heel, says Nuclear Waste Watch: “The nucle
Amnesty International
Police abuse at Miami FTAA protest?
Nov 26 2003
Amnesty International today called for a full inquiry into allegations of excessive use of force by police during and after demonstrations last week in Miami. Observers report that police used rubber
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Teachers approve 'Christy's College' snub
Nov 25 2003
British Columbia's teachers have overwhelmingly approved a plan to resist the legislated takeover of their professional body. They voted 88.9 per cent to accept a proposal to withhold their $90 annua