WSF targets world of 'misery'
Jan 16 2004
Organizers of this week's World Social Forum (WSF) in Mumbai, India say the conference will launch a major offensive against the “world of violence and misery” shaped by the likes of George
CAW
CAW
What I learned at day care
Jan 16 2004
The smartest parenting decision my spouse and I ever made was to send our girls to non-profit group day care. Imagine two dozen toddlers beavering away in a busy room: the only way to avoid utter cha
NAFTA erodes Mexican human rights
Jan 16 2004
Ten years of NAFTA have been a disaster for many Mexicans. Their right to just conditions of work, their right to food, their right to live free from violence and discrimination — all have erode
Council of Canadians
Americas: Trade trumps human rights
Jan 15 2004
Civil society organizations leaving the Summit of the Americas in Monterrey are far less enthusiastic about its outcome than Prime Minister Paul Martin seems to be. The Summit's final declaration, th
BSE testing vital and affordable
Jan 15 2004
Why isn't Canada testing all cattle over 30 months of age for mad cow disease (BSE)? Universal testing would restore consumer confidence, re-open markets and end the instability that grips Canadian f
Emissions trading could boost Manitoba
Jan 15 2004
Manitoba can use its natural assets to seize opportunities presented by Canada's proposed greenhouse gas emissions trading system. That's the conclusion of a report released today by the Task Force o
FTAA sneaks into summit declaration
Jan 14 2004
The Summit of the Americas came to a close Tuesday in the Mexican city of Monterrey with a final declaration asserting that a hemisphere-wide trade treaty should move forward because it will foment g
Canadian Union of Public Employees
P3 hospitals to proliferate?
Jan 14 2004
“Our members wanted to believe that the Liberals were going to be different from the Tories,” CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan said Monday. The union had just met with Health Minister George
In memoriam: Joan Meister
Jan 14 2004
Courageous. Outspoken. Visionary. Spiritual. Joan Meister, her colleagues say, embodied all of these qualities. A force within the disability rights movement, Meister co-founded DisAbled Women's Netw
National Union of Public and General Employees
What makes us anxious?
Jan 13 2004
SARS, water and meat, for starters. A new Vector poll shows that nearly two thirds of Canadians are “very concerned” that hospitals will not be ready for a new outbreak of severe acute resp
Of human import
Jan 13 2004
When families tucked into their holiday meals this season, many offered thanks for the abundance of food before them. But David Mitchell says most Canadians have no idea who they should be thanking.
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Quebec court quashes pay equity loophole
Jan 13 2004
Unions are welcoming a Superior Court ruling that strikes down part of Quebec's 1996 <i>Pay Equity Act.</i> The target is a loophole providing exemptions to employers who claimed they had equity prog
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Will Ontario Liberals choose change?
Jan 12 2004
Ontario's Liberal government cannot keep its campaign commitments to renew public services without both increasing taxes and running deficits for at least part of its first term in office. That's the
Amnesty International
Action, not words, for the Americas
Jan 12 2004
The Organization of American States has adopted numerous resolutions encouraging respect for fundamental rights. But as leaders of 34 nations gather in Mexico for the January 12-13 Summit of the Amer
A decade of rhetoric for Indigenous peoples
Jan 12 2004
Did you even know that we are living in the United Nations' International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995-2004)? As it comes to a close, two critics reflect on &#147;how little has been
National Union of Public and General Employees
Canadians oppose financing privatization
Jan 9 2004
A new poll shows that a majority of Canadians believe Ottawa should require provinces to spend federal transfers on public, not-for-profit services. That approach to halting privatization appeals mos
SEUI is on the air
Jan 9 2004
It's radio by and for trade unionists. SEIU Canada periodically produces a web broadcast packed with commentary and music. This edition's guest host: CLC Executive VP Barb Byers. Featuring reporter P
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Government halts public worker bargaining
Jan 9 2004
Canadian public employees are dismayed by yesterday's federal government decision to cancel January bargaining sessions at Treasury Board and the Canada Customs Revenue Agency. Four of five collectiv
State of the world: richer, fatter, not much happier
Jan 9 2004
While rising consumption is helping more of the world meet basic needs, it is unsustainably depleting the earth's natural resources while failing to increase people's general levels of happiness. Tha
Three Gorges: the man who wouldn't sign
Jan 9 2004
Guo Laixi is a geographer who took part in the Chinese feasibility study for the massive Three Gorges dam. Alarmed by the Canadian-supported project's potential impacts, he refused to sign the study
India mainstreams medicinal plants
Jan 8 2004
A new Indian government program to bring medicinal plants into the country's medical and popular mainstream should make the plants safer to use while putting money into the pockets of the villagers w
Polaris Institute
Martin faces test at Bush meeting
Jan 8 2004
The Summit of the Americas in Mexico next week will be Prime Minister Paul Martin's first step onto the international stage as a national leader. Much has been made of his first meeting with George W
India at the crossroads
Jan 7 2004
India's governing party is a master at the tactical game of dancing between seduction and blackmail, governance and repression. Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Interior Minister Lal Kishan Ad
National Union of Public and General Employees
Wage freeze showdown on the rock
Jan 7 2004
Forget October's election promises. In Newfoundland and Labrador, apparently, the sky is now falling, harsh action needed. And so the new premier has announced that there will be no new money for pub
International Freedom of Expression Exchange
36 journalists killed at work in 2003
Jan 6 2004
Thirty-six journalists were killed worldwide as a direct result of their work in 2003, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. That's a sharp rise over 2002, when 19 journalists were kille
Amnesty International
U.S. holds human rights hostage
Jan 6 2004
Guantanamo Bay. The name is now synonymous, says Amnesty International, with &#147;a government's pursuit of unfettered executive power and disregard for the rule of law.&#148; Some detainees are now
National Union of Public and General Employees
A Premier's double standard
Jan 5 2004
Another January, another scandal for Gordon Campbell &#151; and a New Year's reminder that the B.C. Premier plays by different ethical rules. Two ministerial staffers, David Basi and Bob Virk, have b
Sierra Club of Canada
How my Christmas was blasted
Jan 5 2004
&#147;After four years of holding off the planned oil and gas exploration in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, in late November, through subterfuge and deception, the permits for seismic testing wer
Buddha was a lumberjack
Jan 5 2004
Jim Drescher is not your typical Nova Scotian lumberjack. Sure, he cuts down trees, mills logs. He's got big strong hands, and he wears tough denims and checkered shirts. But unlike most loggers, Dre
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Ottawa taxi dispatchers strike
Jan 1 2004
As the clock struck twelve to ring in 2004, Ottawa taxi dispatchers filed out of work and gathered on the picket line. Last-minute talks broke off yesterday when their employer failed to meet their b