National Union of Public and General Employees
Bar Hours: Will Provinces Follow B.C.?
Aug 15 2002
British Columbia's decision to extend closing time to 4 a.m. has prompted several other provinces to review their own liquor laws, particularly Ontario. Meanwhile, criticizing the B.C. decision, Moth
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Manitoba Health Workers May Strike
Aug 15 2002
Sixty per cent of Manitoba's 10,000 health care support workers have rejected the government's latest wage offer. The thirteen unions locals that voted down the offer are now preparing to strike. The
Council of Canadians
Canadians Press for South African's Release
Aug 15 2002
On the agenda: privatization and the fate of a South African activist. The forum: three Canadian groups met yesterday with South Africa's Deputy High Commissioner in Ottawa. The issue: Trevor Ngwane,
Canadian Union of Public Employees
South African Anti-Privateers on Trial
Aug 14 2002
In April, members of the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee gathered in front of Johannesburg Mayor Amos Masondo's home. They were there to protest against water and electricity rate hikes, disconne
National Union of Public and General Employees
Will McMaster Make Nike Sweat?
Aug 14 2002
McMaster University has a new "No Sweat" policy for products bearing its name or logo. Now suppliers will have to respect international labour standards and name all factories involved in making the
Polaris Institute
Turn Arms Back Into Wings
Aug 14 2002
Dramatic post-9/11 increases in U.S. defence spending are already reshaping Canada's economy. Most obvious is the militarization of Canada's aerospace industry — the world's fourth largest, than
Case Spurs Poaching Crackdown Call
Aug 13 2002
The RCMP is feeling pressure to expand its investigation into wildlife poaching by game farmers. The call comes after new charges were laid against a Saskatchewan veterinarian and game farmer. John P
Sierra Club of Canada
Why Was Alberta's Climate Plan Rejected?
Aug 13 2002
Flatly dismissing the Kyoto Protocol, Alberta presented its own go-slow climate change proposal this May. That plan was quickly rejected by the federal government and by every other province and terr
Is Free Trade Working for Farmers?
Aug 12 2002
While agri-food exports have tripled through fourteen years of free trade, net farm income stayed flat and farm debt doubled. Where farmer-owned co-ops once produced two-thirds of the grain, they now
Great Law of Change
Aug 12 2002
"There are three principles by which any approach to making change should be judged: Will it create real and immediate improvements in people's lives? Will it help people realize their own strength a
National Union of Public and General Employees
Foreign Affairs Whistle-Blowers Can Sue
Aug 9 2002
The Ontario Court of Appeal is allowing two federal employees to sue their managers at the Department of Foreign Affairs. The two say they were harassed after complaining about lavish spending and po
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Mediation Fails at Vid
Aug 9 2002
Four weeks of mediation have failed to resolve the bitter Vid
Council of Canadians
Chem Company Gets NAFTA Breather
Aug 9 2002
A Canadian firm wants $1-billion in damages over California's decision to phase out a gasoline additive it produces. But a NAFTA Tribunal ruled this week that Methanex hasn't backed its claim that th
Polaris Institute
Did You Witness This Arrest?
Aug 9 2002
Were you in Quebec City in April 2001? (Is that you pictured at right?) You may be able to strengthen the defense of someone arrested during the Summit of the Americas protests. Check to see if you w
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Gas Leak: Canada's "80% Loophole"
Aug 8 2002
The National Energy Board (NEB) is supposed to ensure Canada's energy security. One of its jobs is to restrict natural gas exports to resources that are surplus to Canadian needs. But eighty per cent
Puppy Mill Owner Still in Business
Aug 8 2002
With a rap sheet reaching back forty years, two convicted animal abusers continue to run illegal "puppy mills" in Southern Ontario. Last year, officials seized some 180 sick dogs from their Vaughan o
Alternatives Radio: Sudan's Chance for Peace
Aug 7 2002
For two decades, civil war raged in Sudan between black Christians and animists in the south and the Arab-Muslims of the north. On July 20, the government signed a peace agreement with the southern r
Amnesty International
Israeli Court Okays Collective Punishment
Aug 7 2002
The Israeli High Court decided yesterday to allow demolition, with no right to judicial review, of homes belonging to families of people believed to have carried out attacks against Israelis. Amnesty
National Union of Public and General Employees
No Public Hearings on B.C. Liquor Privatization
Aug 6 2002
Think privatizing liquor sales in British Columbia is a bad idea? Want to have some input? Too bad. The B.C. Liberals are lurching ahead — undeterred by evidence that the move will produce highe
Amnesty International
Sudan: Human Rights for Lasting Peace
Aug 6 2002
A lasting structure needs a strong base, says Amnesty International. The group is calling on the Sudanese government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement to make human rights the foundation of
Feds to Reconsider Same-Sex Appeal?
Aug 2 2002
When the courts ruled last month that restrictions to same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, even Ontario's Tories accepted the result. Yet the federal Liberals have so far lacked the fortitude to h
National Union of Public and General Employees
Damning Judgement Scars PEI Tories
Aug 2 2002
Prince Edward Island's Supreme Court recently struck down legislation enabling the provincial Tories to discriminate against casual employees suspected of supporting other political parties. The fort
Sierra Club of Canada
Kyoto Ad Warz
Aug 1 2002
Saturday's <I>Globe and Mail</I> featured a full-page ad slamming the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Placed by Alberta's Klein government, that PR cost taxpayers around $50,000. The Sierra Club fe
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Deliverance for Suburban and Rural Couriers
Aug 1 2002
It's 5 a.m. You haven't had a vacation for months, even years. You haven't slept all night because your kid's seriously ill. But you could lose your job if you take time now to visit the hospital. We
National Union of Public and General Employees
Poverty Climbs Among Pre-Schoolers
Jul 31 2002
Poverty remains a serious problem in Canada, despite the economic boom of the past decade. And a new report highlights a disturbing trend: pre-school children are now the group most likely to live in
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Same-Sex Challenge Antagonizes Public Servants
Jul 31 2002
The Public Service Alliance of Canada is condemning the federal government's decision to appeal a landmark court decision recognizing same-sex marriages. Contracts covering 90,000 PSAC-organized publ
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Pakistan as U.S. Terrorist Arm?
Jul 30 2002
By choosing Pakistan as an ally, the U.S. has created quite a spectacle: two of the planet's leading terrorist states have banded together in a "war on terrorism." That's the view of Asad Ismi, who a
National Union of Public and General Employees
Anti-OPSEU Ads Cost Millions
Jul 30 2002
Ontario taxpayers dropped $3.1-million this year on one anti-union PR campaign. That's how much Ontario's Tories spent on newspaper and radio ads to shape public opinion during a 54-day strike by pub
Amnesty International
Refuelling Colombia's Human Rights Crisis
Jul 29 2002
The U.S. Senate has accepted relaxed rules allowing military aid to Colombia to be used to fight "terrorism" and not just narcotics. Amnesty International called the anti-terrorist justification "per
CAW
CAW
The Economics of Hot Air
Jul 29 2002
Pop quiz: What group of Canadians (a) is opposed to an international treaty they say will erode Canada's sovereignty and economy; and (b) is predicting increasingly dire consequences if the agreement