Heat Wave: Bakery Worker Dies
Aug 9 2001
A bakery worker died of heat stroke Monday in Barrie, Ontario. Kim Warner, 44, died on the job at the Weston-owned Crissa Bakery. Warner's union is advising workers throughout South-Central Ontario t
NAFTA Tribunals: a Little Less Secret
Aug 8 2001
Canada, the U.S. and Mexico agreed on July 31 to increase the "transparency" of tribunals that hear complaints pressed by corporations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Calling t
CRTC Approves "Convergence," Threatens Diversity
Aug 3 2001
The CRTC yesterday renewed broadcasting licenses for television stations controlled by CTV and CanWest Global. In doing so, the CRTC accepted the media conglomerates' plans to merge television and ne
Montreal Squatters Stand Firm
Aug 1 2001
More than 75 activists continue to occupy an abandoned three-story building near Montreal's finer hotels. Calling for more affordable housing, the squatters say they're in for the long haul.
August Brings Celtic Harvest Celebration
Jul 30 2001
What's sweeter than tasting the summer's first tender ears of corn? The month of August brings Lammas, a Celtic celebration of the first harvest. It's a time to reflect on abundance. It's also a time
Welcome rabble's Newest Partners
Jul 26 2001
Four Canadian organizations have joined the ranks of <I>rabble</I>'s supporting partners this July. You can expect to hear more in this space from the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies,
BC Threatens Teachers' Bargaining Rights
Jul 23 2001
Collective bargaining and striking are workers' democratic rights. Governments can limit those rights in order to ensure life-and-limb "essential services" like policing and firefighting. In a fright
Online Pop-Ed Bookstore Launches
Jul 19 2001
Today marks the launch of a new online bookstore devoted to popular education. Featuring secure online transactions, "Reading the World / Reading the Word" is a service of the Catalyst Centre, one of
Can Private Clinics Cut Waiting Times?
Jul 17 2001
Doctors in some provinces are advocating private surgical clinics where they can offer faster service - to people who can pay a fee. They say this approach can cut waiting times for everyone. But doe
National Gallery: Strike Over
Jul 13 2001
The strike is over at the National Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Feeling they'd finally been shown some respect, 200 striking workers ratified a new collective agreemen
Behind Canada's #3 UN Ranking
Jul 12 2001
Many Canadians are proud to come from a country that ranked "best place to live" for seven straight years. In this year's UN Human Development Index, released Tuesday, Canada slipped to third place,
Anti-WTO Campaign Gears Up
Jul 11 2001
World leaders converge on Qatar this November for the first WTO Minsterial Conference since Seattle. The meeting could spawn a new round of negotiations to massively liberalize trade. And once again,
New Economy = Same Old
Jul 6 2001
The new high-tech economy may be ushering in whole new "paradigms" of production and communication. But when the road gets rough, management still takes care of its own. And workers still feel like p
Free Trade Fears Halt Water Plant Privatization
Jul 5 2001
The Greater Vancouver Regional District has shelved its scheme to privatize a planned water filtration plant. More than 1,000 citizens attended consultations in June to oppose handing the plant to an
Gender Inequality Still a Reality
Jul 3 2001
Decades of struggle for equality have yielded some modest results for Canadian women. Women's incomes, however, still lag behind men's. And that gap is much wider than you might expect, according to
Bill 68: Dark Days for Nova Scotia Labour
Jun 28 2001
Labour groups say it's one of Nova Scotia's darkest moments. The province's Tory Government has rammed through legislation to get its way in a dispute with health-care workers. Bill 68, passed Wednes
Remember Carine Wilson
Jun 27 2001
Born into Montreal's elite, she chose a domestic path: powerful husband, several kids, a large home to tend. But something clicked in her 30s, and she sprang into public life. Carine Wilson (1885-196
Education in Ontario: Manufactured Crisis?
Jun 26 2001
In 1995, Ontario's then-Education Minister was caught on tape promising to "create a crisis" to build support for changing the system. A recent report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Canada Post: Workers Want Profits Reinvested
Jun 22 2001
Canada Post has turned an $84 million profit - in its sixth consecutive profitable year. Of that, $19 million goes to the federal government as a dividend, bringing the total payout since 1996 to $26
Striking Museum Workers Demand Respect
Jun 21 2001
Support is building for more than 200 striking museum workers at the National Gallery and its allied Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. The workers call their demands modest - and say that
GATS: Facts and Fictions
Jun 19 2001
The World Trade Organization (WTO) and its corporate boosters have a PR problem. Grassroots resistance is building against negotiations to expand the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). C
Victory: Saskatchewan Health-Care Workers
Jun 18 2001
Relief rained on Saskatchewan on Friday as more than 12,000 striking health-care workers returned to their jobs. After a marathon bargaining session, CUPE's Health Council thanked the province's NDP
Water for People and Nature
Jun 15 2001
Is fresh water a product that's best traded on open markets - pollution and depletion by damned? Or is water a common resource and basic human right? An international coalition spearheaded by the Cou
The FTAA: After Quebec
Jun 14 2001
Civil liberties took a beating this April during Summit of the Americas protests in Quebec. And many commentators are chasing questions about Canadians' democratic rights. But what about the Summit i
Health Care Workers Strike in Saskatchewan
Jun 12 2001
More than 12,000 Saskatchewan health care workers walked off the job Saturday morning. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) says the employer won't budge on priority issues - workload, pens
Canadian Labour Welcomes Back CAW
Jun 11 2001
The Canadian Auto Workers have moved a step closer to reconciling with Canada's broader labour movement. On June 4, the Canadian Labour Congress Executive Council voted to lift sanctions applied agai
BC Tax Cut Helps Top Earners
Jun 7 2001
On his first day in office, BC's Liberal Premier Gordon Campbell has announced sweeping personal income tax cuts averaging 25 per cent. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling the move
Postal Workers to Host Colombian Counterparts
Jun 6 2001
Colombia is a dangerous place for trade unionists: of 140 unionists assassinated worldwide in 1999, more than half were Colombian. The bloodshed is part of a 30-year civil war that continues to ravag
Council of Canadians Speaker Abducted
Jun 5 2001
A guest invited to speak at a Council of Canadians conference this July has reportedly been abducted by Columbian paramilitaries. Activists say that Kimy Pernia Domico, renowned human rights and indi
CUPE Calls for Ontario Revolt
Jun 4 2001
Canada's largest public sector union implored its members on Friday to intensify struggles against Ontario's Tory government. Leaders of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are enraged by r