Killing the plants that cure
Feb 17 2004
Getting a cold? Take some echinacea. Feeling stressed? Try ginseng. In Europe and North America. the growing popularity of herbal remedies sustains a new multi-billion dollar industry. In developing
Sierra Club of Canada
Pacific oil & gas: 'dangerous assumptions'
Feb 17 2004
A scientific report released today could hasten the resumption of oil and gas activity off Canada's sensitive Pacific Coast. The Royal Society Panel on Oil and Gas did identify numerous environmental
Amnesty International
Students: 'stop executing child offenders'
Feb 16 2004
Since 2000, the world has witnessed 15 executions of child offenders, nine of those in the U.S. Today, thousands of young people and students around the world begin a week of action against the execu
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Liberals set to make same mistakes
Feb 16 2004
Even as the Auditor General reprimands the federal Liberals for siphoning some $100-million to corporate friends, one of the Prime Minister's newest parliamentary secretaries is already pushing more
National Union of Public and General Employees
125 groups: 'no welfare time limits'
Feb 16 2004
British Columbia buckled under pressure last week on its planned two-year limit on welfare benefits — by adding exemptions that will protect most of those who'd faced the axe. But at least 125 o
Sierra Club of Canada
Automakers must change lanes
Feb 16 2004
Automakers want more government incentives to produce energy-efficient hybrid vehicles. Meanwhile, souped-up SUVs and monster trucks roll off their lines in massive numbers. One green group says the
All about living positive
Feb 16 2004
Yo, students! (Teachers too!) Need help with a school project or homework assignment about HIV and AIDS? <i>Live Positive</i> is a new website designed for you &#151; packed with information on the d
Parkland Institute
Challenging empire: on video
Feb 13 2004
Activists and thinkers converged on Edmonton this winter for a major conference: <i>Challenging Empire: Citizenship, Sovereignties and Self-Determination.</i> Now available in web video: talks from N
Drug patent amendments 'critically flawed'
Feb 12 2004
Proposed amendments to the <i>Canadian Patent Act</i> are designed to help provide low-cost medicines to developing countries. But civil society groups say that Bill C-56 is so critically flawed that
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
BC budget: reinvestment sorely needed
Feb 12 2004
The BC Liberals have long promised to balance their books by 2004-05. Economist Marc Lee hopes they will break that promise come budget day next week. Deep spending cuts already have residents reelin
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario hints at wage freeze
Feb 12 2004
&#147;I'm asking our public sector partners to be reasonable and responsible at the bargaining table.&#148; Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty dropped that not-so-subtle hint Wednesday. Unions believe t
Sierra Club of Canada
Ontario teachers: Canada's coal barons?
Feb 12 2004
With assets worth $68.2-billion, the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan is a major financial force. It's responsible for the retirement income of some 250,000 current and retired teachers &#151; who have
Senators target medicare
Feb 12 2004
One of Canada's largest health-care unions is condemning ten senators' &#147;unprecedented attempt to dismantle medicare.&#148; The senators are supporting a Supreme Court challenge to the public med
Montreal's homeless go on-air
Feb 11 2004
&#147;I'm here to make it known that all people, especially street people and the homeless, have a right to the mass media, and do have a right to say whatever [is necessary] to get themselves into b
U.S. 'attack' on Canadian wheat fails
Feb 11 2004
&#148;The World Trade Organization has rejected a U.S. complaint against the Canadian Wheat Board's trade practices. The union representing Canadian family farmers reflected on this eleventh American
Citizens for Public Justice
Where's Canada's child poverty strategy?
Feb 11 2004
1989 was the year Parliament resolved to end child poverty by 2000. By 2001, 15.6 per cent of Canadian children were still living in poverty. And last week's Throne Speech did not even explicitly rec
National Union of Public and General Employees
BC Liberals face new ILO complaints
Feb 10 2004
Last March, the International Labour Organization ruled that six legislative bills in British Columbia violated fundamental principles of freedom of association. Now the National Union of Public and
Canadian groups to host Dalai Lama
Feb 10 2004
On April 23, the Dalai Lama will be the guest of honour at an Ottawa policy seminar organized by two Canadian NGOs. The 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner will address his international campaign to launch
Canadian Union of Public Employees
'Deal-breaker' at Air Canada
Feb 10 2004
Air Canada may lose the white knight that seemed primed to rescue the floundering company. Hong-Kong-based Trinity Times Investment now says its backing is contingent on workers accepting cuts to pen
BC caves on welfare cuts
Feb 9 2004
Finally, after months of abstract assurances, a hard projection: 339. Such a modest-sounding number, such a relief. On Friday, British Columbia projected that just 339 people may lose welfare benefit
Democracy or development: which first?
Feb 9 2004
Canadians are helping to build "good governance" in the developing world. But is democracy necessary for development, or is it the other way around? There is, of course, no simple answer. Nor does go
Black Friday for Canadian farmers
Feb 9 2004
It may be the most spectacular market failure in the history of Canadian agriculture. On Friday, the federal government estimated Canadian realized net farm income for 2003 at negative $13-million. R
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Devolution threatens settlement programs
Feb 6 2004
Devolving federal responsibility for newcomer settlement programs to the provinces could lead to cuts and the loss of national service standards. That warning comes from the Canada Employment and Imm
$1,000 bounty on 'dog killer'
Feb 6 2004
An autopsy has confirmed that poisoning killed T-Bone, the 12-pound spaniel that died Monday after eating something in a popular Toronto park. At least a dozen more dogs are sick, probably from the s
World affairs: time for Canada to step up
Feb 5 2004
Prime Minister Paul Martin's first Throne Speech outlined a vision where Canada's "pride and influence in the world is restored." Welcome words for development NGOs, who say the time for Canada to "c
National Union of Public and General Employees
The <i>Star</i> looks in the mirror
Feb 5 2004
Like most newspapers in Canada, the <i>Toronto Star</i> no longer has a labour reporter. Unlike most newspapers, the <i>Star</i> is publicly asking itself why. Sort of. The paper's ombudsman, Don Sel
Liberals' democratic reforms 'weak'
Feb 5 2004
Prime Minister Paul Martin yesterday unveiled his plan to reduce the &#147;democratic deficit&#148; that he targeted throughout his leadership campaign. Democracy Watch says the plan amounts to &#147
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Throne Speech 'mirrors Groundhog Day'
Feb 4 2004
Paul Martin couldn't have picked a better day for his first Throne Speech, the head of Canada's largest union mused this week. &#147;Paul Martin chose Groundhog Day to tell Canadians to expect more o
CAW
CAW
Hargrove: Throne Speech 'positive, but...'
Feb 4 2004
Paul Martin's first Throne Speech set a generally positive direction for Canada, Buzz Hargrove conceded this week. But the Canadian Auto Workers President stressed that warm words &#151; on health, e
Sierra Club of Canada
Fortis dam survives legal challenge
Feb 4 2004
Belize's highest court &#151; the British Privy Council &#151; last week narrowly decided not to halt construction of a controversial hydro dam that could ravage one of Central America's last undistu