Canadian Union of Postal Workers
No Longer Sacred: Quebec Child Care
Jun 27 2003
Quebec may soon dull one of its brightest stars. Child care and public service advocates have long praised the province’s five-dollar-a-day universal child care/education system as the country&#
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Supreme Court Hangs Up on Bell
Jun 27 2003
Pay equity advocates got a boost from the Supreme Court of Canada yesterday. In a 9-0 ruling, the court dumped Bell Canada’s petition to block human rights hearings on whether it discriminated a
IFAW Targets Pacific Seal Hunt
Jun 27 2003
The world’s more notorious anti-sealing group is looking westward. Federal Fisheries Minister Robert Thibault made waves in April when he revealed that he may consider proposals for a B.C.-based
Be Impossible, Demand Reality
Jun 27 2003
Argentine by birth and Quebecois at heart, Thomas Jensen weaves words and rhythms with a social conscience and a critical spirit — casting a lucid, cynical view on the world that surrounds him.
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Perils of Deep Integration
Jun 26 2003
They call it the Big Idea: Canada gives the U.S. a strong North American security perimeter and easier access to energy resources; in return, we get better access to U.S. markets. But yet another stu
Amnesty International
Torture Manual for the Good Guys
Jun 26 2003
The disgraceful practice was barred in 1948 under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet Amnesty International has received recent reports of torture from more than 150 countries. To help foc
B.C. Teachers' Federation
School’s Out ... Forever
Jun 26 2003
At this time of year, teachers and parents can get misty-eyed as they watch students progress from one grade to the next, or graduate to a new phase of their lives. But in B.C. this year, those tears
CAW
CAW
Railway Sale Derailed
Jun 26 2003
CN announced this month that it will not purchase and privatize Ontario Northland Rail. The 100-year-old provincial crown corporation was originally created to help open up Ontario’s north. Seve
working TV
Video: Miners’ Memorial Day
Jun 26 2003
Some 295 workers have died in the mines around Cumberland, B.C. That town is also where, in 1918, labour organizer Albert “Ginger” Goodwin was shot by a hired cop. So it was a fitting site
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
A+: Manitoba’s Adult Learning Centres
Jun 25 2003
They began to emerge in Manitoba seven years ago, without much coordinated planning. Adult Learning Centres have since become a powerful and effective approach to education, especially for Aboriginal
Sierra Club of Canada
A's to F's: Rio Report Card
Jun 25 2003
The good, the bad and the miserable. At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Canada made some sweeping commitments on biodiversity and climate change. Each year since then, the Sierra Club of Can
Grassy Narrows: Stand for Sovereignty
Jun 25 2003
Oh yes, there was local “consultation” — but no local approval for Abitibi Consolidated’s logging plans. So since December, the Anishnaabe community of Grassy Narrows has been blo
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Halifax Flushes P3 Harbour Deal
Jun 24 2003
Water multinational Suez is no longer welcome in Halifax. And the mayor says that going public with the city’s long-awaited harbour cleanup will save millions of dollars. On Friday, the regional
Council of Canadians
GE Cloud Over Quebec
Jun 24 2003
This blight could extend far beyond the prairies. Monsanto Canada’s application to commercialize genetically engineered (GE) wheat sits before the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. If the green l
Polar Bears Breathe Easier
Jun 24 2003
It’s a fine day to be a polar bear. New legislation could protect Ontario’s estimated 1,000 wild polar bears and ban anyone from holding or exporting a captive bear without permission. The
Public Service Alliance of Canada
He Says 'Rat,' They Say 'Resign'
Jun 23 2003
Employees in the office of Privacy Commissioner George Radwanski want him to step aside to protect the integrity of his office. Staff say their work has been severely impaired by the controversy gene
War and Imperialism, Canadian Style
Jun 23 2003
National myths die hard. And few Canadian myths are more deeply entrenched than the image of this country as a peacekeeper, set in vivid contrast to the militarism and imperialism of the U.S. This im
Refugee Reform: One Year Later
Jun 23 2003
June 28 marks the first anniversary of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Already, several aspects of this framework legislation are making it even harder for refugees to be accepted into Ca
Star's Still Burning: Mary Meigs
Jun 23 2003
Born in Philadelphia, this much-loved writer and painter lived her later days in Montreal. Mary Meigs died last year at age 85. Words and memories from some of those who knew her best: the latest iss
Amnesty International
Native Rights: More Than Words
Jun 20 2003
Four years ago, Canada famously told the United Nations that the situation of Indigenous peoples is “the most pressing human rights issue facing Canadians.” But as we prepare to mark anothe
Canadian Union of Postal Workers
Strike Won’t Tear Safety Net
Jun 19 2003
Contact negotiations are dragging, and Canada’s postal workers could go on strike anytime with 72-hours notice. But their union has inked a deal to ensure that needy Canadians would still get th
Mapping the Roadmap
Jun 19 2003
The “roadmap” is a negotiating plan created in late 2002 by a diplomatic foursome — the U.S., Russia, the EU and the UN — at the height of the international crisis spawned by Isra
Sierra Club of Canada
Throw Kyoto at Automakers
Jun 19 2003
Canada’s Kyoto targets may already be in jeopardy. The federal government’s plan includes boosting the fuel efficiency of cars and lights trucks by 25 per cent by 2010. But the feds are sti
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Ottawa Garbage Disruption Looms
Jun 19 2003
July 1 is Canada Day — always a big party in the national capital. It’s also the strike deadline approved by 100 per cent of waste collection workers at BFI, serving 3000 commercial custome
Socialist Worker
Pension Pyramid Collapsing?
Jun 19 2003
A sliding stock market has dragged public and private pension plans into massive losses over the last three years. There is now a $225-<i>billion</i> funding shortfall in pension funds across the cou
National Union of Public and General Employees
Competition Bureau to Probe Drug Firms
Jun 19 2003
The Competition Bureau of Canada has agreed to investigate a complaint filed against the pricing practices of major drug companies. Initiated by a coalition of unions and civil society groups, the co
Bounty on Bonfield Dog-Dragger
Jun 18 2003
A ghastly case of animal cruelty unfolded near the northern Ontario village of Bonfield last Friday night. An animal welfare group is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of
Canadian Union of Public Employees
SARS Spread Sped by Privatization
Jun 18 2003
Listen up, British Columbia. The official responsible for Taiwan&#146;s efforts to control SARS has issued a warning about the dangers of contracting out hospital staff. Centre for Disease Control di
Polaris Institute
USCSI: Corporate Power Gathers
Jun 18 2003
It&#146;s a packed calendar for free-traders: WTO meetings in Montreal (July) and Cancun (September), followed by FTAA meetings in Miami (November). Behind the scenes, a powerful lobby will be pushin
Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
Canada's New Head Nurse
Jun 18 2003
Linda Silas has been elected to succeed Kathleen Connors at the helm of Canada's largest nurses&#146; organization. Silas is the first francophone to lead the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, re