Polaris Institute
WTO's Crisis of Legitimacy
Oct 23 2002
Everyone's talking about the global trade system and its effects. Less is said about the World Trade Organization (WTO) as a system of global economic governance. But understanding the pungency of an
Non-Profit Child Care Shines
Oct 23 2002
Commercial child care centres, as a group, achieve consistently achieve lower ratings for overall program quality than do non-profit centres. A new study traces the gap to fundamental differences bet
National Union of Public and General Employees
Kamloops Tragedy: Premier Dismisses Cuts Link
Oct 22 2002
B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell is dismissing suggestions that stress caused by government cuts may be linked to a double-murder-suicide at an environment ministry office. Richard Anderson, a manager, k
Council of Canadians
NAFTA Rules Trump Environment (Again)
Oct 22 2002
A North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Tribunal has awarded $8.23-million to S.D. Myers Inc., an American PCB-recycling firm that sued Canada under NAFTA's “investor rights” provisio
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Still Time to Protect Medicare from Trade
Oct 21 2002
Contrary to government assurances, Canadian medicare is not fully protected from international trade agreements under NAFTA and the WTO. But if Canadian governments act soon, they can still strengthe
CAW
CAW
Lab Coats and Overalls
Oct 21 2002
Once Canada's corporate darling, Nortel Networks is bleeding billions, shedding 50,000 workers since 2000 as its share price plummeted by 99 per cent. Yet governments stand loyally by, supplying $400
CAW
CAW
CAW and DaimlerChrysler Bridge Gulf
Oct 18 2002
It went down to the wire, and the process was painful, says CAW President Buzz Hargrove. But moments before their strike deadline, the union reached a tentative agreement with DaimlerChrysler. If mem
Council of Canadians
Speech Foreshadows Romanow Report
Oct 18 2002
Roy Romanow's Commission on the Future of Health Care has “heard Canadians,” enthuses one defender of public medicare. In a speech foreshadowing his report due next month, Romanow reaffirme
Reading Pakistan's Elections
Oct 18 2002
Pakistan recently held its first general elections since General Pervez Musharraf seized power in a military coup three years ago. Was this really a step in a transition from military to civilian rul
Lobbyists Behind Leadership Hopefuls?
Oct 17 2002
Democracy Watch today asked federal Ethics Counsellor Howard Wilson to issue a public ruling about whether lobbyists broke ethics rules by donating to Cabinet ministers vying for the Liberal leadersh
National Union of Public and General Employees
Kamloops Gunman “Despondent” Over Cuts
Oct 17 2002
Co-workers say Richard Anderson was despondent over his role in firings related to the B.C. government's public sector downsizing program. The Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection manager kille
Governments Target Poor, Not Poverty
Oct 17 2002
The United Nations recognizes today as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. But the relevance of the occasion is scarcely acknowledged by parliamentarians, governments and media in C
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Social Services Cuts Harm Workers' Health
Oct 16 2002
A new Ontario study sends a warning to other provinces: restructuring the social services sector has compromised the health of its workers. Dr. Donna Baines of McMaster University documents growing s
Sierra Club of Canada
U.S. Demand For Canadian Oil Strains Environment
Oct 16 2002
America's appetite for fossil fuels is straining Canadian air, land and water resources, according to a report released today. Oil and gas production, driven by U.S. demand, is threatening huge swath
DaimlerChrysler: Almost Midnight
Oct 15 2002
“DaimlerChrysler's stubbornness will put us on strike at midnight,” says Canadian Auto Workers president Buzz Hargrove. After winning new contracts at General Motors and Ford, the union has
National Union of Public and General Employees
Minister Eats Thanksgiving Crow
Oct 15 2002
Jim Wilson ate a goodly serving of crow over the Thanksgiving weekend. Ontario's northern development minister apologized for threatening to fire public employees who do not support the Progressive C
Council of Canadians
Canada to Oppose FTAA “Chapter 11”?
Oct 15 2002
Canada may be on the verge of rejecting corporations' right to sue governments under the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. Does that mean Canada has finally soured on NAFTA's Chapter 11 &#151
United Nations Déjà Vu
Oct 15 2002
Haven't we been here before? Washington manipulating the United Nations, punishing countries that refuse to respect the U.S. line? The Security Council will soon issue new resolutions on Iraq. Histor
Sierra Club of Canada
Will Kyoto Shut Down Canada?
Oct 14 2002
Results from the federal government's latest round of economic modeling should ease fears that ratifying the Kyoto Protocol will cause economic hardship for anyone in Canada. Instead, our economy wil
National Union of Public and General Employees
Famine: Marketing Tool?
Oct 11 2002
Is the U.S. using famine as a lever to promote genetically-modified (GM) foods? As many as 14-million people in Southern Africa are at risk of starvation. And while USAID is offering food aid in the
Amnesty International
Indigenous Peoples Day: Second-Class Citizens Still
Oct 11 2002
Tomorrow is variously recognized as Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day and Dia de la Raza. It recalls a moment ten years ago — on the 500th anniversary of Europeans' arrival on this continent
working TV
Terrorism, Globalism, Conspiracy
Oct 11 2002
Hundreds piled into Vancouver's St. Andrews Wesley Church on Wednesday, looking for critical insight on the U.S. drive for war against Iraq. Featured guest: Dr. Michael Parenti, one of North America'
Drought Aid Misses Dairy Farmers
Oct 9 2002
Farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan have been blistered by this year's drought. That includes dairy farmers, who've been squeezed by rising feed costs. But they aren't getting much help from federal
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canada's Secret Constitution
Oct 9 2002
Has Canada's sovereignty been undermined by agreements adopted under the World Trade Organization? By deals signed under the North American Free Trade Agreement? Absolutely, says Stephen Clarkson, pr
National Union of Public and General Employees
B.C. Legislature Opens Amid Protest
Oct 8 2002
Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberal government faced angry protest Monday on returning to Victoria for the fall session of British Columbia's legislature. Thousands gathered to oppose policies that hav
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Social Service Workers Win Big in N.B.
Oct 7 2002
Twelve hundred workers have ended a four-week strike that paralyzed many social services across New Brunswick. The CUPE 1418 members voted overwhelmingly to accept a new contract that includes substa
working TV
Weapons Inspector: No Case for Iraq War
Oct 7 2002
A top-level whistle-blower invariably turns heads. And so more than 1,100 people packed a Vancouver church last Friday — some hanging from open windows — leaving hundreds more waiting on th
CAW
CAW
Auto Workers Accept Ford Deal
Oct 7 2002
Fourteen thousand Canadian Auto Workers members have accepted a new three-year contract with Ford. The union made gains in wages, benefits and job security — and won measures to ease the blow of
Canadian Union of Public Employees
North Bay Hydro Sours on Democracy
Oct 4 2002
North Bay Hydro is taking CUPE Local 72 to court in an attempt to get an injunction to limit picketing, and to prevent local activists and community members from lobbying city councillors and the may
National Union of Public and General Employees
Medical Contracting Out Backfires on B.C.
Oct 3 2002
British Columbia provides another case study in the perils of privatizing public functions. The B.C. Liberals ditched two-thirds of the staff who administer the Medical Services Plan that residents p