Child poverty report card
Nov 25 2003
More than a million Canadian children now live below the poverty line. And a new report has a message for those who say to parents: “Get a job.” More than half of all poor children have par
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Child poverty persists in Nova Scotia
Nov 24 2003
More than 19 per cent of Nova Scotia's children live in poverty. That's up from 16 per cent in 1989 — the year Canadian parliamentarians declared that child poverty should end by the year 2000.
Polaris Institute
Martin's star wars zeal
Nov 24 2003
There was a message for Paul Martin in Jean Chretien's farewell speech at the Liberal leadership convention. The outgoing prime minister drew a standing ovation when he reminded Liberals how importan
How not to organize a strike
Nov 20 2003
From June 1 until August 28, Sudbury's largest union local was on strike against Inco, the nickel mining giant. Steelworkers Local 6500 represents Inco's 3,300 production and maintenance workers in t
National Union of Public and General Employees
Roots of our drug war
Nov 20 2003
The first Canadian inquiry into the cost of drugs began in 1958. By the early 1960s, the Restrictive Trade Practices Commission was recommending that “patents with respect to drugs be abolished&
Council of Canadians
Canada as FTAA 'bad cop?'
Nov 20 2003
On the eve of the FTAA Ministerial in Miami, the U.S. and Brazil have made waves by proposing an FTAA Lite package. The buffet-style deal would allow countries to pick and choose which elements they'
Amnesty International
Universal Children's Day: Take action
Nov 20 2003
Entire generations are growing up without ever knowing what it feels like to be safe. Millions of children in Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Uganda and other conflict-rife areas have been killed, injur
Canadian Union of Public Employees
100 days on the line
Nov 19 2003
Amherst, Nova Scotia's striking women's shelter workers don't do things quietly — even when it comes to marking a dark day. On Tuesday, they celebrated 100 days on the picket line with a rousing
B.C. Teachers' Federation
Child labour law 'dishonours Canada'
Nov 18 2003
On December 15, child labour returns to British Columbia. On that day, amendments to the <i>Employment Standards Act</i> will effectively lower the minimum working age from 15 to 12 years. The govern
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
FTAA peril: NAFTA lessons
Nov 18 2003
Trade ministers from 34 countries meet in Miami this week to negotiate a proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. The FTAA would extend the terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) t
Women's friendships are vital
Nov 18 2003
A landmark UCLA study suggests friendships between women are special. &#147;They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marr
It's about information, not technology!
Nov 18 2003
Traditional media still have far more power over most people's lives than the Internet. Poor and rural people are squeezed out of the mass media frame &#151; and, for them, the dot-com revolution is
Amnesty International
Deporting for torture
Nov 17 2003
Amnesty International is urging U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to launch a full investigation into the treatment of Maher Arar. The Canadian citizen was deported last year from the U.S. to Syria
National Union of Public and General Employees
Business lobby urged to end secrecy
Nov 17 2003
Canada's second-largest union is challenging the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to identify the companies it represents in its latest rhetorical attacks on public sector workers. The con
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Bono and Paul: more than spin?
Nov 14 2003
When U2's Bono appears at this week's Liberal Party convention, he's expected to ask Paul Martin for a stronger commitment to African development. Is it just a publicity stunt? Or could this actually
Socialist Worker
United right: Can this turkey fly?
Nov 14 2003
&#147;It is not clear which is more pathetic &#151; Peter McKay's willingness to forget a promise not five months old, or David Orchard's naivet
Parkland Institute
Alberta universities: changes loom
Nov 13 2003
Alberta's proposed <i>Post-Secondary Learning Act</i> could redirect the course of education in the province for years to come. Shannon Phillips explores how Bill 43 threatens to shake up tuition fee
Amnesty International
Amnesty demands prison abuse inquiry
Nov 13 2003
Albert Duterville is a Haitian refugee who has been in jail here since 1990. Credible reports have him being beaten more than twenty times in that span &#151; by both guards and other inmates. Amnest
Tracing racism in Toronto
Nov 13 2003
Visible minorities, statistically, are now Toronto's visible <i>majority.</i> But racism remains a serious problem in Canada's largest city. Ranvir S. Jangi explores how racism functions here and how
Sierra Club of Canada
Logging and wilderness: balance on the Rock
Nov 12 2003
Could it be a model for collaboration between industry and eco-activists? Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and the Sierra Club of Canada signed an innovative agreement in 2001 to develop recommendations t
Canadians stressed out
Nov 12 2003
Canadians are having trouble balancing work, personal and family commitments. They're increasingly anxious about Canada's health and social safety nets. And though they have a little more spending mo
Education for lean times
Nov 12 2003
A wave of education reform is building, looking remarkably similar as it strikes near and distant shores. The reform agenda stresses &#147;standards,&#148; lean production methods for edu-workers, an
working TV
Getting child care on the agenda
Nov 11 2003
What does it take to get child care onto the agenda in federal and provincial elections? Vancouver child care advocates and unionists got together last week to ask just that. Watch 90 minutes of web
Amnesty International
Why was Arar deported?
Nov 11 2003
Canadian citizen Maher Arar endured torture, repeated interrogation and horrific conditions while held without charge for over a year in Syria. What role did Canadian law enforcement and security age
National Union of Public and General Employees
Gag order on BC welfare cut
Nov 10 2003
BC's welfare rules will change dramatically next April Fools' Day. People without dependents will be blocked from drawing assistance for more than two out of every five years. (Single moms and others
B.C. Teachers' Federation
BC teachers snub 'Christy&#146;s College'
Nov 10 2003
British Columbia's teachers are stepping up their struggle against this May's legislated takeover of their professional body. A new proposal would have teachers withhold their $90 annual fees from &#
Against Inco: postcard from Indonesia
Nov 6 2003
&#147;Waiting in the lobby of Jakarta's World Trade Centre, the building that houses the Canadian Embassy to Indonesia, I heard jeers and chanting outside. A small but vocal group of protesters from
Amnesty International
Another Canadian languishes in Syria
Nov 6 2003
With Maher Arar finally free, questions are spinning about his earlier deportation to Syria and his treatment there. Meanwhile, another Canadian/Syrian national remains jailed in Syria &#151; since M
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Why P3 hospitals don't work
Nov 6 2003
Four prominent economists and a former Auditor General director agree: &#147;public-private-partnership&#148; (P3) hospitals are a bad idea. In a report released today, they argue that P3 facilities,
National Union of Public and General Employees
Home care action needed
Nov 5 2003
The population is aging and the demand for home care services is rising dramatically. Can the sector cope? The final report of the Canadian Home Care Human Resources Study maps out the challenges ahe