Same-Sex Marriage in 2002
Dec 20 2002
It's been a year of victories and frustrations for Canadian same-sex marriage advocates. While the feds continue to hedge, watershed court rulings in Ontario and Quebec have quickened the march towar
National Union of Public and General Employees
PM Will Fight Health Privatization
Dec 19 2002
Jean Chrétien is promising more money for medicare, but says Canada can't afford the full price tag of the Romanow recommendations. Still, in a series of year-end interviews, the Prime Min
Amnesty International
Iraq: Human Rights at Risk
Dec 18 2002
The human rights of civilians in Iraq are under threat — from their own government, from the effects of post-Gulf war sanctions, and from the possibility of renewed military strikes by the U.S.
Ethics of the Ethics Counsellor
Dec 18 2002
A democracy watchdog is taking federal Ethics Counsellor Howard Wilson to court over his “structural bias, delay and failure to fulfill his legal duties.” Wilson has yet to rule on eight co
Canadian Union of Public Employees
B.C. Cuts Weigh Down Olympic Bid
Dec 18 2002
A new poll shows that support for the Vancouver/Whistler Winter Olympic bid is waning. But fifty-nine per cent of B.C. respondents said they'd feel more comfortable backing the bid if the Campbell go
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Why Health Dollars Need Strings Attached
Dec 17 2002
There's an emerging consensus that Canadian medicare needs a serious cash injection. And if some provinces had their way, the feds would now wire them wads more cash without strings attached. That's
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ugly Win for Money-in-Politics
Dec 17 2002
The strikingly-misnamed National Citizens' Coalition has won another one for big business — convincing an Alberta judge to strike down a law limiting third-party advertising during election camp
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Private Hospital Scheme “Doesn't Add Up”
Dec 16 2002
It's a leap of faith into thin air, says Canada's largest union. The Royal Ottawa Hospital has issued a request for proposals to three consortia selected to build a new privately owned and operated f
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Rags and Riches
Dec 13 2002
Canadians may view their country as a land of opportunity, but it's also a land of deep inequality. A new study reveals large gaps between rich and poor in all regions — and gaps across regions,
CAW
CAW
Kyoto's Promise for the Auto Industry
Dec 13 2002
Automobile industry lobbyists have joined the corporate pile-up against Kyoto, saying it threatens both sales and jobs. So why did a thousand delegates to a recent Canadian Auto Workers convention <I
New Protection for (Some) Species at Risk
Dec 13 2002
Ten years in the making, Canada's Species at Risk Act became law last night, providing new safeguards for endangered species and their habitats. But even as the bill received Royal Assent, sixty-one
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Manitoba's Aboriginal Education Crisis
Dec 12 2002
Soon, one in three Manitobans reaching working age will be Aboriginal, but the educational system is largely failing them. A new study finds that Aboriginal high-school students want the education th
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Vancouver Librarians Hail &#147;Novel&#148; Approach
Dec 12 2002
Librarians are hailing news that city council's new appointee to the board of Vancouver's public library will review a contentious reorganization proposal. At stake are plans to replace thirteen unio
More Medicare, Hold the Defence
Dec 12 2002
What&#146;s behind all this pressure to boost Canada&#146;s military spending? <I>Not</I> our legitimate defence needs, concludes a study released yesterday. Instead, report author Steven Staples fin
Council of Canadians
Committee Calls for &#147;Assimilation&#148;
Dec 12 2002
Boost military spending. Tighten security, military and economic ties with the U.S. And study the possibility of a customs union and monetary integration with our southern neighbour. Those are some o
Amnesty International
Human Rights Media Awards Announced
Dec 12 2002
Amnesty International Canada today bestowed its annual awards for outstanding reporting on human rights. This year&#146;s winners are journalists who put &#147;Evil on Trial&#148; wherever human righ
Socialist Worker
Health Care, Not Warfare
Dec 11 2002
&#147;We could find some money &#151; probably not as much as [he] is recommending,&#148; warned the Prime Minister on the release of Roy Romanow's medicare report. Then there's Abe Bloom: &#147;My m
Time Left for Political Gift Reforms?
Dec 10 2002
The Money in Politics Coalition yesterday reminded the Prime Minister about his commitment to introduce new political fundraising rules by <i>November.</i> The PM had promised legislation strengtheni
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Health Care and the Right to Strike
Dec 10 2002
Why have more than 200,000 health-care workers walked off the job for varying stretches since 1999 (sometimes illegally)? It's a symptom of a &#147;crisis in health-care employment,&#148; according t
National Union of Public and General Employees
Expand Medicare To Affirm Human Rights
Dec 10 2002
The American experience suggests that for-profit health care squeezes out the most marginalized among us. So Canada's second largest union is marking International Human Rights Day today by issuing a
Council of Canadians
The Right Choice to Make
Dec 9 2002
In their recent reports, Roy Romanow and Michael Kirby both call for renewed federal commitment to medicare. But while Romanow rejects for-profit care, Kirby does not &#151; and that difference could
Amnesty International
U.S. Executions to Mar(k) Human Rights Day
Dec 9 2002
With two executions scheduled in the U.S. for December 10 &#151; International Human Rights Day &#151; American politicians &#147;should reflect on their country's selective approach to global standa
Then the Phone Rang
Dec 6 2002
It was a typical Wednesday at the centre. Upstairs, six rape crisis workers were busy reviewing November's reports. On the main floor, five women who had fled their husbands' violence cooked supper f
Council of Canadians
GM Mouse Stays Inside Pandora's Box
Dec 5 2002
The beleaguered &#147;Oncomouse&#148; was inches from becoming Canada's first-ever patented animal life form. Researchers at Harvard had manipulated the rodent's genes to leave its descendants suscep
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Privacy Threat at Gun Registry?
Dec 5 2002
It's way over budget. The Auditor General says the feds concealed its true cost. And now another red flag flies over the federal gun registry: the privacy of our information may be at risk. On Januar
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Romanow: $3.5-Billion Is Not Enough
Dec 5 2002
Much has been made of Alberta and Quebec's rejection of Roy Romanow's medicare recommendations as an intrusion on their sovereignty. But the Premier of Ontario named the real challenge: the success o
No &#147;Normal&#148; Mother
Dec 4 2002
From an early age, Toronto's Meenu Sikand wanted to be a mother. Aware of limitations imposed by her spinal cord injury, she wanted to be sure she was ready. Finally pregnant at thirty-five, after ye
Public Service Alliance of Canada
Proud, Harried and Harassed
Dec 3 2002
Federal public sector workers are proud of their work, and many report growing job satisfaction. Those are among the positive findings of the latest <a href="http://www.survey-sondage.gc.ca/2002/menu
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Study Pans Private Hospital Plans
Dec 3 2002
On the heels of Romanow's resounding endorsement of public medicare, another study is savaging plans to boost corporate involvement in Ontario's hospitals. Public-private partnerships (P3s) will cost