The Silent Force of Greed
Apr 30 2003
The war in Iraq isn’t the only war — and isn’t even the most devastating conflict raging today. But lurking behind many of them is the same silent force. New research flags the presenc
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Nuclear Madness and Missile Envy
Apr 30 2003
Dr. Helen Caldicott has a way of gutting dreams that nuclear arms offer any kind of security. The Nobel Peace Prize nominee spoke in Vancouver this Monday on old and renewed nuclear dangers — in
Pet Cemetery Sends Signal to Senators
Apr 30 2003
A pet cemetery appeared on Parliament Hill today, its 110 crosses reminding Senators how many animals are abused or killed in Canada each day. The group behind the display is urging Senators to pass
Myths of Pro-Abortion Violence
Apr 29 2003
Anti-abortion websites are proclaiming an “epidemic of pro-abortion violence” — alleged crimes committed by abortion providers and other pro-choicers. One source claims incidents of &#
Remembering Rosemary Brown
Apr 29 2003
For Rosemary Brown, “being black and female in a society which is both racist and sexist is to be in the unique position of having nowhere to go but up!”
The WT-Who?
Apr 29 2003
While public gazes remain fixed on Iraq, talks are moving ahead quietly at the World Trade Organization (WTO). While we were glued to our television sets, Canada committed itself further to opening u
Sierra Club of Canada
Oil Industry Could Threaten Cod Stocks
Apr 28 2003
The feds have shut down the Atlantic cod fishery to protect depleted stocks, and fishers will pay the price. But will the oil and gas industry ever have to share the burden? Ecology groups have been
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Air Canada Layoffs Halted
Apr 28 2003
Flight attendants have won a small victory in legal proceedings surrounding Air Canada’s bankruptcy protection. A judge has ruled that layoffs must be put on hold — including 200 layoffs sc
Socialist Worker
Blame the Market (Not the Workers)
Apr 28 2003
On April Fool’s Day, Air Canada filed for bankruptcy protection. And only a fool, argues Paul Kellogg, would believe the reasons (and remedies) widely proffered for its fate. The business press
This is What Democracy Looks Like?
Apr 28 2003
On April 14, the Pentagon announced that “major combat in Iraq is over.” That same day, in Nasiryah, 6,000 people protested their exclusion from a closed-door meeting held by General Jay Ga
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Drugs in the News
Apr 28 2003
How well do Canadian newspapers report the good, the bad and the ugly of new prescription drugs? Given the increasing share of public health dollars that drugs consume, quality reporting is vital. A
National Union of Public and General Employees
Union Urges ILO Probe into B.C. and Ontario
Apr 25 2003
Last month, the International Labour Organization found both British Columbia and Ontario to be in violation of Canadaâe(TM)s obligations under ILO Conventions. Neither government has signalled
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Airline Puts Creditors Before Pensioners
Apr 25 2003
Is Air Canada trying to avoid its pension obligations to protect its favoured creditors? Today, the Canadian Auto Workers will ask a bankruptcy judge to stop the sputtering airline from bumping worke
Citizens for Public Justice
Ontario’s Welfare Experiment Fails the Poor
Apr 25 2003
“Can you tell me why one level of government gives you money, then another takes it away?” Marika, a mother of two, is trying to get her life back on track by training as a personal support
Postcard from Morocco
Apr 24 2003
Helplessness tempered with patience: throughout Morocco, this feeling is popular. Though Morocco is almost as far from Iraq as it is from the U.S., Arab heritage binds the two peoples. “We're no
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Gutting a Power House
Apr 24 2003
British Columbia says its new Energy Plan promises relatively minor changes to B.C. Hydro. But a new study by Marjorie Griffin Cohen shows the utility is being quietly but utterly transformed. Cohen
National Union of Public and General Employees
Koebel Brothers: Scapegoats?
Apr 24 2003
First the Walkerton water tragedy killed seven people and made 2,000 others sick. Then a long public inquiry flagged Ontario’s privatization and deregulation excesses as one of the main causes.
Search Warrant for Secret Political Funds
Apr 24 2003
Democracy Watch today served MPs with a “search warrant” for hidden trust funds to highlight loopholes in Canada’s proposed political fundraising law. Bill C-24 “will still allow
Council of Canadians
Listen Up, Mr. Cellucci
Apr 23 2003
Veiled threats of economic retribution. References to dying American soldiers. An emotional reminder that we are a big continental family. U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci’s recent comments have le
Amnesty International
Sexual Orientation Resolution Tests UN
Apr 23 2003
The imminent vote on a United Nations resolution on sexual orientation will test nations’ commitment to the universality of human rights. The resolution “is not a leap into uncharted territ
Feds Fight Same-Sex Marriage
Apr 23 2003
Last July, the Ontario Divisional Court ruled that restrictions on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, giving both Ontario and Canada twenty-four months to comply. With tradition and bigotry on i
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario Pressed to Recall Legislature Over SARS
Apr 22 2003
Ontario is feeling pressure to recall its legislature to deal with a SARS outbreak that is increasingly straining medical facilities and workers. Opposition politicians — some linking the outbre
Polaris Institute
Frosty Relations: Defence Lobby and Defence Minister
Apr 22 2003
Defence Minister John McCallum looked uncomfortable at the CANSEC military trade show this month in Ottawa. At one point, he demanded that a nearby camera be shut off as he spoke with a clutch of ind
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Kids’ Earth Day Visions
Apr 22 2003
Eight children have won national prizes for artwork expressing their Earth Day visions. The young artists, with roots ranging from Edmonton to Miramichi, entered a poster contest staged by Canada&#14
Climate Change Threatens Ontario Agriculture
Apr 22 2003
Rising temperatures. More floods, droughts and extreme weather events. Hotter, drier conditions during the main growing season. That's what Ontario farmers can expect in coming years, according to a
Challenges of Reconstruction
Apr 21 2003
The Iraq crisis — beyond the war — has always been a long-term, multifaceted crisis. Iraq never recovered from the 1991 Gulf War, or from the terrible aftermath of conflict with Iran, all c
B.C. Teachers' Federation
B.C. Schooling Faces Inclusion Crisis
Apr 17 2003
British Columbia’s tradition of highly-inclusionary public education cannot be sustained with current levels of support, a new study suggests. Research conducted by teachers and parents uncovers
Amnesty International
Response to Disorder Shockingly, Awfully Inadequate
Apr 17 2003
Two more incidents in two days: thirteen killed, twenty-eight injured. Amnesty International reiterated concerns today about the protection of civilians and their right to free expression as American
National Union of Public and General Employees
MPs Relent on Patent Drugs
Apr 17 2003
Just last week, the House of Commons Industry Committee, stacked with “pharma-friendly” Liberal MPs, voted to shelve a planned study of Canada”s drug patent rules. Public pressure has
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Another Way for Manitoba
Apr 17 2003
Manitoba’s NDP government has not reversed the neglect of the most vulnerable Manitobans that began under the Filmon government. Dollars that could have been used to boost equality have instead