National Union of Public and General Employees
Drug Patent Review a Downer
Jun 3 2003
Next week, finally, a Commons committee will review pharmaceutical industry practices that protect profits while inflating Canadians’ drug costs. Someone who’s not holding his breath is Jam
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Teachers May Boycott Own Association
Jun 3 2003
Teachers in British Columbia are contemplating withholding a $90 annual fee from their own professional association. The strategy is brewing in response to Bill 51 — rushed into law last week &#
Land Reform: Brazil’s Crucible
Jun 2 2003
Landowners already doubt him. Landless peasants expect him to finally restore justice to the most inequitable country in the world. Miguel Rossetto, Brazil’s Minister for Land Reform, knows that
Canadian Union of Public Employees
B.C. Privatizes Children’s Hospital Services
Jun 2 2003
B.C. Children’s and Women’s Health Centre is alone among Canadian children’s hospitals in its move to privatize critical cleaning and dietary services. Last week, the hospital’s h
Canadian Union of Public Employees
CUPE Slams Federal Airline Inaction
May 30 2003
As Air Canada’s board meets to decide the airline’s future, Canada’s largest union is condemning the federal government for abandoning the industry. The union has called for bridge fun
Polaris Institute
Field Guide for Citizen Weapons Inspections
May 30 2003
Nuclear weapons still menace the planet: 20,000 warheads worldwide stand ready. But with the world’s attention focussed on countries like North Korean, Iran and Iraq, who’s watching the Wes
Council of Canadians
NAFTA Unconstitutional?
May 30 2003
The fight against NAFTA’s “investor rights” rules continues: the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and the Council of Canadians today served the federal government with evidence to supp
Policy Will Cost Women’s Lives
May 30 2003
On May 20, a man entered B.C.’s Mission Memorial Hospital and shot to death a patient and her visiting mother. Vancouver Rape Relief says the double murder of Sherry Heron and Anna Adams exempli
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Recovering But Still Fragile
May 29 2003
Manitoba cut spending in the mid-1990s to fell a fiscal deficit — and built a public services deficit in its place. Since then, services have improved somewhat, though some sectors remain alarmi
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ontario’s Decade of Desperation
May 28 2003
Since Ontario’s Tories were elected in 1995, welfare rates have plummeted by an inflation-adjusted 37 per cent. Welfare incomes now fall well below the Sarlo-Fraser Institute’s poverty line
Amnesty International
Suffering Beyond the Spotlight
May 28 2003
People around the world are more insecure today than at any time since the end of the Cold War, warns Amnesty International. “The war on Iraq dominated the international agenda for the past year
National Union of Public and General Employees
Four Million Can’t Afford Basics
May 28 2003
More than 13 per cent of all Canadians cannot afford enough food, shelter, clothing and transportation for a healthy life, according to a new gauge of poverty developed by Human Resources Development
Council of Canadians
Canada’s Collusion in the AIDS Crisis
May 27 2003
An atrocity: more than 32 million people in developing countries are infected with HIV/AIDS — a growing epidemic that will draw untold millions more into its foul belly. And two truths: (a) thei
CAW
CAW
Currency Traders Swig Canadian Beer
May 27 2003
The loonie is rising fast on the U.S. greenback, but that says more about the self-stoking activity of speculators than it does about Canada’s economy. They say the Bank of Canada is the guy who
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Funding Freeze Shuts Schools
May 26 2003
British Columbia announced Friday that it will spend $611-million on school capital projects over the next three years. Noting that this is simply a school maintenance budget, the teachers' union cal
National Union of Public and General Employees
Election Could End Ontario’s P3 Push
May 26 2003
With an Ontario election call looming, citizens could soon get their chance to vote away Canada’s most controversial experiment in privatized health care. If elected, Ontario Liberal Leader Dalt
Socialist Worker
Protest Kept Canada Out of Iraq?
May 26 2003
Canada is no peacemaker, argues Abbie Bakan in the latest <i>Socialist Worker.</i> But Canada&#146;s decision to stay out of the war on Iraq holds lessons for activists. Bakan believes that public pr
Citizens for Public Justice
Evaluating Ontario&#146;s Grand Experiment
May 23 2003
Since 1995, they&#146;ve slashed social assistance, frozen the minimum wage and cut support for affordable housing. The Ontario Tories&#146; &#147;grand experiment&#148; was supposed to drive people
Group Contests Ethics Rulings
May 23 2003
Democracy Watch today released details of its court challenges highilghting federal Ethics Counsellor Howard Wilson&#146;s &#147;structural bias.&#148; The group is contesting Wilson&#146;s rulings o
Citizens for Public Justice
God Bless America
May 22 2003
So Iraq has been &#147;liberated.&#148; Now where do we get a handle on the dramatic display of military power we have witnessed &#151; driven by a shift in military policy perhaps unprecedented in U
CAW
CAW
Buzz on the Dollar
May 22 2003
Fifteen per cent: that&#146;s how much the loonie has gained on the U.S. greenback so far this year. That movement makes life harder for Canada&#146;s export industries. And CAW President Buzz Hargro
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ontario Shortchanges Rozanski
May 22 2003
Last December&#146;s Rozanski Report seemed to promise real change in Ontario&#146;s approach to funding education. But after an encouraging start &#151; new funding totalling $610-million announced
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario Meat at Risk?
May 22 2003
Is Ontario&#146;s meat safety is at risk because dozens of inexperienced meat inspectors may overlook abnormal symptoms in animals? The province employs ten permanent and 130 contract inspectors at 2
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Study Questions Rapid Transit P3 Push
May 21 2003
More signals of a one-track mind? British Columbia is preparing to seek bidders to design, build, operate, maintain and partially finance the new RAV (Richmond-Airport/Vancouver) rapid transit line.
Retired Judges Don&#146;t Qualify
May 21 2003
Unions are calling it a major setback to an Ontario Tory assault on public health care. The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that the province&#148;s Health Minister acted &#147;patently unreasonabl
Morocco: Fighting Extremism with Democracy
May 20 2003
The suicide bombings that rocked Casablanca Friday night also shook the foundations of Moroccan society. It&#146;s not yet clear what steps the government will take to reassure Moroccans of their sec
Amnesty International
G8 Nations Arm Human Rights Abusers
May 20 2003
As the G8 leaders prepare for their summit in Evian, Amnesty International reveals that they are still arming some of the world&#146;s worst abusers of human rights. A new report shows how these coun
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&#146;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 &#151; who