Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Budget: Liberals sleep atop surplus
Mar 24 2004
Yesterday's federal budget is a platform for inaction supported by “old tricks,” charges the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Deferring its opportunity to invest in rebuilding a cou
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Budget: Liberals ignore social deficit
Mar 24 2004
Canada's largest union says that yesterday's federal budget fixates on debt reduction while failing to tackle a gaping social deficit. The union offers its analysis of what Canadians needed — an
working TV
Chomsky engages 25,000 in Vancouver
Mar 23 2004
“We still say no to war.” Some 25,000 people flooded Vancouver's streets on Saturday to re-broadcast that message. This was the city's response to the Global Day of Action Against War and O
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Whistleblowing bill: too little, too late
Mar 23 2004
Canada's federal government has finally introduced legislation to protect employees who report government wrongdoing. But a public service union that lobbied for years for whistleblower protection sa
U.S. complicit in Yassin killing?
Mar 23 2004
The Arab world is flooded today with strong perceptions that the U.S. gave a wink and a nod to Israel's decision to assassinate Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin — if only through its own prosecu
Socialist Worker
Canada: bomber #4
Mar 23 2004
The peace movement helped stop Canada from openly supporting the U.S.-led war on Iraq. A split in the Liberal Party, deepened by the spectacle of public protest, dissuaded the Prime Minister from joi
Seal hunt opens, activists watch
Mar 23 2004
Against international pressure, the commercial hunt for harp and hooded seal pups began today across the ice floes of eastern Canada. The International Fund for Animal Welfare is also out on the ice,
Whistleblowers deserve better
Mar 23 2004
The stories are depressingly similar: mild-mannered public servant exposes wrongdoing, then suffers a chain of pressure and reprisal. And for every Allan Cutler or Joanna Gualtieri, for every Margare
Council of Canadians
Japanese: No GE wheat, please
Mar 22 2004
Canada is facing mounting pressure to reject an application from Monsanto to unleash genetically engineered (GE) wheat strains. Today, a coalition of 410 Japanese consumer and industry groups declare
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