Amnesty International
Jewellers: Get on the bus!
Aug 8 2003
There is still no guarantee that blood diamonds used to fund war and suffering in Africa are not being sold in Canadian stores, despite international efforts to control the trade. This month, BC-base
National Union of Public and General Employees
Lord turns left on auto insurance?
Aug 7 2003
New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord was nearly driven from office over high auto insurance rates. Now he may be ready to consider adopting public insurance for the province. The Tory premier veered th
Girls kissing
Aug 7 2003
What's so hot about watching girls lock lips? Barbara Lee, a founder of the Vancouver Asian Film Festival, really wanted to know. And judging from the 30-plus hours of raw footage that she's edited
Montreal protest in pictures
Aug 6 2003
Around 700 people marched through Montreal last Monday to protest the WTO mini-ministerial unfolding there. For their efforts, some 300 were arrested and barred from protesting the next day. Neverthe
Path of least resistance
Aug 5 2003
Squamish and Lil'wat band chiefs have agreed to pay British Columbia $25,000 per year for the use of four acres of land in the town of Whistler. That's right: the Natives are paying the white people
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario to ditch highway service centres
Aug 5 2003
How desperate are Ontario's Tories for pre-election deficit-busting cash? The government now plans to sell off 24 service centres on major highways — even though they are now generating $8.5-mil
Citizens for Public Justice
AIDS in Africa: Is Canada doing enough?
Aug 5 2003
Imagine every Canadian from Quebec westward being HIV-positive. That image only hints at the scale of the pandemic in Africa, where 30-million Africans carry the HIV virus. Is Canada contributing eno
Starving horses get help
Aug 4 2003
A herd of neglected horses will receive medical treatment thanks to a donation from a national animal welfare group. The ten horses, several of them starving, were seized from a central Ontario farm
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Vancouver privatizes hospital cleaning
Aug 4 2003
The Vancouver Coastal Health Authority has announced that 950 skilled hospital housekeepers will soon lose their jobs. This fall, the cleaning and infection control services they now perform will be
Council of Canadians
Letter to Pierre
Aug 1 2003
For some, this week's WTO mini-ministerial will imprint as the moment when International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew distinguished himself as a special kind of villain. How <i>do</i> you handle a
August heralds harvest celebration
Aug 1 2003
What's sweeter than tasting the summer's first tender ears of corn? August 2 heralds Lammas, a pagan celebration of the first harvest. It's a time to reflect on abundance &#151; and on those who are
Socialist Worker
Record number of countries in decline
Aug 1 2003
This year, 21 counties saw their U.N. Human Development Index ratings fall. That's remarkable, says U.N. Development Program administrator Mark Malloch Brown: &#147;Reversals in HDI are highly unusua
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
N.S. tax cut boosts inequality
Jul 31 2003
The Nova Scotia Tories' 10 per cent tax cut will widen income inequality. While that's clear enough, that's not all. A study released today shows that the scheme will also boost economic inequality b
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Victory for rural and suburban carriers
Jul 31 2003
This week's tentative agreement with Canada Post means significant gains for 48,000 postal workers &#151; and no postal strike for the rest of us. But the biggest victory may be the parallel eight-ye
CAW
CAW
Confessions of a recovering economist
Jul 31 2003
&#147;Good evening. My name is Jim. And I am an economist. It is seventeen days since I last uttered the phrase &#145;supply and demand.&#146; But the demon still lurks, untamed, within me.&#148;
Santropol Roulant's world
Jul 30 2003
The <i>Globe</i> calls them &#147;one of Canada's 10 best-run charities.&#148; We're pleased to call them our latest <i>in cahoots</i> partner. More than meals-on-wheels, Montreal's Santropol Roulant
Sierra Club of Canada
Sprawl hurts us all
Jul 30 2003
Suburban sprawl is hazardous to the environment and to taxpayers' wallets. Ontario loses one square kilometre of prime agricultural land each day to bulldozers. And if today's sprawl rate continues,
National Union of Public and General Employees
Private clinic poaches technologist
Jul 30 2003
Open now for just three weeks, Ontario's first private MRI clinic may already be poaching staff from public hospitals. The Kitchener clinic has reportedly lured a technologist from a Windsor hospital
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Pay now or pay later
Jul 30 2003
Three unions representing 25,000 health workers in Saskatchewan broke off pay equity contract talks last week after learning the government had imposed a funding cap of 10 per cent of payroll. The un
Child care: state of the data
Jul 29 2003
To design or even contemplate national strategies for improving early childhood education and care (ECEC), advocates need strong data on today's programs. A new study identifies key gaps and obstacle
National Union of Public and General Employees
Pettigrew skirts NGO concerns
Jul 29 2003
In Montreal yesterday, civil society leaders met with with International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew and WTO Director General Supachai Panitchpakdi. The National Union's Larry Brown says many voi
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Postal strike averted
Jul 28 2003
Eight months and several strike deadlines into bargaining, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers has negotiated a tentative agreement with Canada Post. They also inked a parallel deal to finally contr
Council of Canadians
Montreal WTO meeting undemocratic?
Jul 28 2003
Is the WTO mini-ministerial, now underway in Montreal, designed to undermine developing countries' needs? Civil society groups say the &#147;Quad&#148; &#151; Canada, US, the EU and Japan &#151; is m
Sierra Club of Canada
WTO bike brigade heads for Mexico
Jul 28 2003
Seventeen Canadian youth left Vancouver Friday &#151; on bicycles &#151; hoping to reach Mexico in time for this September's WTO Ministerial. Organized by the Sierra Youth Coalition, the educational
working TV
Cuban revolution turns 50
Jul 28 2003
The Cuban Revolution began with an unsuccessful attack on the Moncada Barracks led by a young Fidel Castro on July 26, 1953. In Vancouver, nearly 500 people marked the fiftieth anniversary of the mov
Street scoop on WTO in Montreal
Jul 28 2003
Montreal hosts a mini-meeting this week of finance ministers from select WTO member nations. Activists believe the big guns are using this session to strengthen their free-trade agenda for the full W
Peoples' guide to WTO and FTAA
Jul 28 2003
This week's WTO meeting in Montreal is but a fuelling stop on the road to the WTO's Fifth Ministerial in September. And the stakes in Cancun will be huge: agreements there could multiply the powers o
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
N.S. tax cut: who benefits?
Jul 25 2003
Malnourished programs and services didn't deter Nova Scotia's Tories from instituting a 10 per cent tax cut for 2004. The stated logic: it'll spur growth by putting dollars &#147;back in workers' poc
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Canada loses tourism treasure
Jul 25 2003
Yet more bad news for a tourism industry that's already in the dumps.The Canadian Tourism Commission has closed the only major national library dedicated to the tourism sector. Library staff learned
Sierra Club of Canada
Courting Walkerton 2?
Jul 25 2003
When the sewage pits neared capacity in Middle River, Cape Breton, someone dug a trench out to relieve the pressure. Right into a nearby creek that, for some, is a source of drinking water. In Nova S