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Health Groups Challenge BC Smoking Ban Delay
Oct 24 2001
When British Columbia banned smoking from workplaces in 1998, it excluded smoke-choked hospitality businesses. A total ban was set to start September 10. But on the eve of its implementation, the BC
Peace Coalition Calls for National Day of Action
Oct 23 2001
The September Eleventh Peace Coalition is calling on groups across Canada to join a national day of non-violent action “for global peace and justice” on November 17. On that same day, Ottaw
Amnesty International
Detainees' Rights After September 11
Oct 23 2001
Without being charged, two men are held in solitary confinement in a New York jail. They're reportedly denied exercise, shackled when they're outside their cold cells, and subjected to strip searches
Hawking Candy to Keep Schools Open?
Oct 22 2001
How hard has education been hit in Ontario? Teachers are shaking their heads after the Bluewater District School Board asked schools to help out with fundraising. "While public school students sell c
Pets at Ground Zero
Oct 22 2001
It's a reality eclipsed by the enormity of human suffering. But what about all the pets injured or lost in Manhattan on September 11? Shut out until recently, animal protection groups are finally on
WTO Caravans Hit the Road
Oct 19 2001
When world leaders huddle in Qatar this November at the WTO Ministerial Conference, they could spawn a new round of negotiations to liberalize trade. And once again, the Common Front on the WTO will
Living in Limbo
Oct 18 2001
"Canada is a wonderful country. Our international image of being compassionate and humanitarian is well known. For a couple of years we even made it to the top of the United Nations' list of the best
BC Teachers Vote 91.4% to Strike
Oct 18 2001
In British Columbia's first-ever province-wide strike vote, 91.4 per cent of teachers have said "yes." That doesn't mean a strike is inevitable. It does mean the teachers have given themselves a new
GE Labelling Bill Defeated
Oct 18 2001
Parliament yesterday killed legislation to enforce labelling for all genetically engineered (GE) foods. The large-scale farming industry favours GE products, but their environmental and health effect
Amnesty International
Arms To Afghanistan Beckon Calamity
Oct 17 2001
Since the 1980s, many countries have funnelled weapons and expertise to factions within Afghanistan. That flow is growing with the American campaign against the ruling Taliban. Pakistani and Saudi so
Canada Post Pushing Purolator?
Oct 15 2001
Canada's Post's courier service is changing. According to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), postal outlets were to begin offering Purolator's service as early as last week. The repositioni
Spending Cuts Could Gut BC
Oct 11 2001
Without tax and spending cuts, BC's budget may have been balanced this year. But shortly after taking office, BC's Liberals consummated an election promise - delivering thundering tax cuts of $2.1 bi
September Eleventh Peace Coalition Launches
Oct 9 2001
Thirty high-profile groups have formed a national coalition to oppose Canada's participation in military retaliation and to confront racism festering since the September 11 terrorist strikes on the U
Arab-Canadian Exhibit Postponement Was Racist
Oct 9 2001
An exhibit featuring thirty Arab-Canadian artists was set to debut this month at the Canadian Museum of Civilization. After the September 11 attacks, however, the Museum postponed the exhibit - indef
BC Teachers Weigh Strike
Oct 5 2001
Today is World Teachers' Day. It's also the last working day before British Columbia's teachers vote on whether to strike. It will be the first province-wide strike vote on a bargaining dispute in th
Conference Organizers Support Thobani
Oct 4 2001
Dr. Sunera Thobani has faced storming derision since addressing a Women's Resistance conference on Monday in Ottawa. Opposing militaristic responses to the September 11 crisis, Dr. Thobani denounced
Air Canada Workers Brace for Impact
Oct 4 2001
Thousands died when hijacked jetliners levelled the World Trade Center and punched holes in the Pentagon - and the airline industry. Now thousands of Air Canada workers are about to lose their jobs.
WTO Caravans Set to Go
Oct 3 2001
World leaders will huddle in Qatar this November 9-13 for the first World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference since the 1999 Seattle flop. Once again, this meeting could spawn a new round of ne
Ageing Pickering Nuke to Restart?
Oct 2 2001
After a hearing tomorrow, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission may permit Ontario Power Generation to restart four reactors at the Pickering "A" station near Toronto. The plant closed in December 1
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Oct 2 2001
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Women's Victimization, Criminalization - and Resistance
Sep 28 2001
Disheartening numbers of women live within cycles of victimization and criminalization. Victims of violence can be re-victimized by a criminal justice system that's mandated to protect them. And crim
Ground Zero: What About the Pets?
Sep 27 2001
It's a reality eclipsed by the enormity of human suffering. But what about all the pets lost in the evacuated sections of Manhattan since September 11? The area is a crime scene, so animal protection
End Child Poverty Fast
Sep 27 2001
By signing the 1988 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Canada pledged action to protect specific rights that every child should enjoy. Sadly, since then, child poverty has risen by 40 per cent
"Outreach" and Rebuilding Canada's Left
Sep 26 2001
There's new energy building on Canada's Left, but it's mostly happening outside the New Democratic Party. So the party's renewal committee recently affirmed that <i>outreach</i> is the key to rebuild
Amnesty International
Afghanistan: Impending Human Catastrophe
Sep 25 2001
As the U.S. weighs options in its "new war," a humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Afghanistan. Fearing U.S. military strikes, hundreds of thousands of Afghans are heading for the border. But doors i
Aftermath of Despair
Sep 21 2001
Grieving. Gripped with fear. So many of us. Maude Barlow sends us this impassioned letter. Four calls from the Council of Canadians chair ... First: resist the racist backlash rising in our midst. Se
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Senate Committee "Pushes" Health Privatization
Sep 18 2001
A Senate committee examining Canadian health care appears set to push privatization. The committee is mandated to impartially examine "issues and options." But the Canadian Union of Public Employees
Amnesty International
Justice, Not Revenge
Sep 17 2001
While mourning the victims of last week's attacks in the U.S., Amnesty International warns that "international solidarity with the victims is not about seeking revenge but about cooperating within th
Barlow Challenges U.S. to Take Higher Road
Sep 17 2001
In a letter to the U.S. Ambassador in Ottawa, Maude Barlow expressed grief for victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy. The Council of Canadians chair also challenged the U.S. to deny the terrorists their go
Terrorist Tragedy: Public Employees Express Grief and Solidarity
Sep 12 2001
The head of Canada's largest union expressed grief after terrorist attacks killed thousands in New York and Washington. "We cannot begin to understand what has happened today in the United States," s