Amnesty International
Missing, murdered, misunderstood
Mar 22 2004
As many as 500 Aboriginal women have gone missing in Canada over the past 20 years. It's the tip of a wider reality: Aboriginal women disproportionately face violence in their lives. This tragedy sho
Damning Three Gorges
Mar 20 2004
On the Yangtze River, with diverse Canadian involvement, China is building the world's biggest dam. Its sheer physical scale is matched only by the controversy it inspires — and by efforts to qu
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Russia fails captive aid worker
Mar 19 2004
Nineteen months after the abduction of Arjan Erkel, M
Class hatred and the hijacking of Aristide
Mar 19 2004
Some observers describe last month's coup against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide as a U.S. plot. Other believe American involvement was less direct — a case of willful neglect. But mos
Parkland Institute
Albertans deserve a break
Mar 18 2004
Alberta continues to enjoy record growth and huge surpluses. Critics say that's largely a result of sacrifices made by Albertans — in terms of quality of life and public services. Will the provi
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Teachers commit $5M to 'defence' campaign
Mar 18 2004
British Columbia's teachers are preparing a major public awareness campaign to defend public education. At their union's annual general meeting this week, delegates voted overwhelmingly to invest up
National Union of Public and General Employees
Insurance profits fatten
Mar 18 2004
So this is where the money goes? Bloated insurance premiums — especially for auto coverage — are a political hot potato right across Canada. And figures just released by the Insurance Burea
Amnesty International
Iraq's anguish, one year on
Mar 18 2004
As many as 10,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed as a direct result of the U.S.-led intervention launched one year ago. Millions are suffering the consequences of devastated infrastructure and mass
CAW
CAW
CN strike: end in sight
Mar 16 2004
Around-the-clock bargaining culminating this morning in a tentative agreement between the Canadian Auto Workers Union and Canadian National Railway. If ratified in a vote to be held this week, the de
National Union of Public and General Employees
Handcuffs for women's centre advocates
Mar 16 2004
“Assault by trespass” is the charge. Five women were hauled away in handcuffs Friday when they refused to leave the BC legislature after meeting with the minister responsible for women's is
Fighting to win: a criminal act?
Mar 16 2004
“We live in an insane world, where people who go out and challenge injustice are the ones who must defend themselves from the charge of being criminals.” Reflections from John Clarke of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Alternative budget targets cronyism
Mar 16 2004
The tenth annual Alternative Federal Budget, released today, telegraphs a familiar message: <i>Canadians do have choices.</i> This year's AFB is a roadmap for reinvesting in public services over thre
Council of Canadians
The Canada we want
Mar 15 2004
The Martin government's designs on cozier relations with the U.S. could become a key election issue. Maude Barlow is out to ensure that it does. Last week, she kicked off a cross-country tour with th
B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
Victoria denounces social service cuts
Mar 15 2004
Victoria city council has unanimously endorsed a resolution denouncing cuts to services for some of British Columbia's most vulnerable residents. Twenty-two towns and cities have now backed the resol
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Smelling postal privatization
Mar 15 2004
Ottawa has been heard musing, again, about privatizing Canada Post. This is the Crown corporation that has consistently turned a profit since 1989 while maintaining one of the world's best postal sys
Burmese dissident visits Canada
Mar 13 2004
At 73, Daw San San is again on the run, wanted for condemning Burma's military junta. Since her election in the National League for Democracy's landslide victory in 1990, she has lived either in pris
Afghan women driven to suicide
Mar 13 2004
Free at last? A growing number of women and girls are committing suicide in some northern Afghan provinces. According to a member of the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, oppress
CAW
CAW
Whatever happened to the military-industrial complex?
Mar 13 2004
The world's last superpower is supercharging military spending for new adventures ranging from Star Wars to the invasion of Iraq. Behind it all &#151; right? &#151; lie deep and nefarious connections
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC unions join pay equity fight
Mar 12 2004
Three British Columbia trade unions are intervening in a Supreme Court pay equity case that began in Newfoundland but has implications nationwide. The muss to date: a major union negotiates an equity
B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union
Towns denounce BC social service cuts
Mar 11 2004
Revelstoke, Trail and the District of Saanich are the latest municipal councils to denounce deep funding cuts to programs and services for British Columbia's most vulnerable citizens. Nineteen counci
Canadian Union of Public Employees
P3s pick the public pocket
Mar 11 2004
&#147;If you thought there were problems in how the federal government administered the sponsorship program, prepare yourself for the next attack on the public purse.&#148; CUPE president Paul Moist
Farmers appeal for BSE help
Mar 11 2004
Canadian family farmers are asking government for emergency help to cope with losses spawned by the BSE crisis. The National Farmers Union is calling for cash payments of $300 per on-farm calf &#151;
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Newfoundland finance crisis overstated?
Mar 11 2004
The sky is <i>not</i> falling on Newfoundland and Labrador, a new study concludes. Tell that to Premier Danny Williams, who says a spiralling deficit demands deep cuts to public services and a wage f
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC ferries: still safe?
Mar 10 2004
Privately-operated Pacific ferries may be increasingly unsafe because of corroding carbon-dioxide firefighting systems. A new report from the ferry workers' union says the equipment on many ships is
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Rape as a weapon of war
Mar 10 2004
Wars leave women and girls particularly vulnerable. They are all too often raped, abducted and forced into sexual slavery as social and economic structures fall apart. When forced to flee their homes
U.S. increasingly disliked overseas
Mar 10 2004
President Bush and his foreign policy are increasingly unpopular in the rest of the world, according to a recent poll. A majority of respondents from all countries polled &#151; including long-time U
Public Service Alliance of Canada
'Toothless' whistleblower bill coming?
Mar 10 2004
Finally, Canada's Martin government is set to table legislation to protect whistleblowers &#151; workers who expose wrongdoing in government. But a union that has pressed for such protections for mor
Canada boosts support for people of Haiti
Mar 9 2004
Canada's Minister for International Cooperation today announced $5-million in new support for the United Nations' humanitarian assistance, reconstruction and transition efforts in Haiti. &#147;Before
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BC health unions eye strike
Mar 9 2004
43,000 BC health-care workers are facing a raw deal, made possible by some legislative grease from the BC Liberals. It goes like this: Accept massive concessions, or watch as your jobs are shuffled o
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Women's shelters going 'clinical'
Mar 9 2004
Pressure from funders and corporate-style directors is fundamentally transforming some Ontario women's shelters. That message comes this week from a panel of advocates &#151; who say a creeping shift