Council of Canadians June 12
"We really wonder how our peaceful efforts have been portrayed to the Nakoda Sioux." Solidarity Village organizers are frustrated in the wake of scuttled plans to stage an anti-G8 protest camp on Abo
Centre for Social Justice June 12
While identifying with "anti-capitalism" does not itself constitute an alternative vision, it does point toward a project of discovering and building something new. To demand what's currently impossi
Sierra Club of Canada June 11
Environment groups are opposing a Canadian company's proposal to mine uranium in South Australia. Southern Cross Resources plans to pump sulphuric acid into groundwater to dissolve uranium ore. That
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives June 11
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Ontarians who depend on rental housing are locked in a crisis. Vacancy rates are just 1.7 per cent, with average rents rising at twice the inflation rate. An early blow came in 1995, when Ontario sto
National Union of Public and General Employees June 10
National Union of Public and General Employees
Quebec legislators have voted unanimously to recognize the right of same-sex couples to adopt, raise children and share a marriage-like status called a civil union. Supporters say passing Bill 84 mak
B.C. Teachers' Federation June 10
B.C. Teachers' Federation
A second senior arbitrator has resigned from a government appointment to strip provisions from the negotiated contracts of British Columbia's teachers. George Adams, a former judge, quit last week af
Citizens for Public Justice June 7
Citizens for Public Justice
The low point came in 1996. That's when Finance Minister Paul Martin made Canada the only industrialized Western nation with no national housing program. Michael Shapcott is co-chair of the National
Amnesty International June 6
Amnesty International
Amnesty International is imploring the international community to send observers to the Occupied Territories - and for Israel to welcome their presence. The plea comes in the wake of yesterday's suic
Alternatives June 6
Nuclear war is said to have no winners. But India may be preparing for a "limited war" to flush out Islamic militants in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. And confrontation may be precisely what some mi
International Fund for Animal Welfare June 5
Animal welfare groups are applauding federal Liberal and NDP parliamentarians for passing Bill C-15B yesterday. The legislation, which now moves to the Senate, will enable judges to impose harsher se
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives June 4
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Three prominent economists throw cold water on the Ontario government's business case for privatizing the Hydro One transmission network. In a report released Friday, they conclude that, "by any obje
Equal Marriage for Same-Sex Couples June 4
Alberta amended its laws last week to give gay and lesbian public-sector workers the same pension rights as heterosexuals. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees had threatened to take the governm
Council of Canadians June 4
The World Summit on Sustainable Development kicks off in Johannesburg on August 26. It's billed as the high-octane sequel to the first Earth Summit held in Rio in 1992. But judging from a recent draf
working TV June 3
working TV
In the pitch of the modern privateer, public-private partnerships are all the rage. The P3 idea: private companies can design, build or operate facilities and services that remain publicly funded. Bu
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives May 31
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
An inquiry into the Walkerton tragedy has called for deep reforms to protect drinking water. But a new study warns that multinational corporations may soon be empowered to block some of those changes
B.C. Teachers' Federation May 31
B.C. Teachers' Federation
The British Columbia Teachers' Federation has filed suit in B.C. Supreme Court challenging laws that imposed a contract on teachers - gutting key provisions of their previous collective agreement and
National Union of Public and General Employees May 31
National Union of Public and General Employees
Four unions have launched a constitutional challenge to British Columbia's union-busting law. Bill 29 rewrote negotiated contracts, permitting some services to be contracted out to lowballing private
working TV May 31
working TV
Riding AC/DC's hard rock classic, working TV's video montage captures the energy of a May 25 mass protest in Vancouver. As many as 40,000 people rallied against the deep cuts and neoliberal agenda of
Sluts Against Butts May 30
Guerrilla activists hit Toronto sidewalks today - hauling a portable confession booth for tobacco industry collaborators. Sluts Against Butts are bent on holding big tobacco responsible for manipulat
Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation May 30
Despite making deep cuts this year, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is staring down a $23.3-million budget shortfall. Forbidden from running a deficit, the board may not re-open schools in
International Fund for Animal Welfare May 29
The <I>Heritage Hunting and Fishing Act</I> is symbolic legislation to recognize recreational hunting as part of Ontario's heritage. Just as the bill went to debate yesterday, a new poll was release
Canadian Union of Public Employees May 29
Influence-peddling on Parliament Hill is this month's big news. But Canadians should be just as concerned about lobbyists lurking in their own backyards. Increasingly, corporate hucksters are pressin
Canadian Union of Public Employees May 28
Canada's largest union made an aggressive stand this week for public health care. They've always said privatization is less efficient. Now they're saying privatization kills. Appearing before the Rom
Amnesty International May 27
Amnesty International
More than 8,500 Palestinians have been arrested in the Occupied Territories since February 27. Many have been arbitrarily detained, says Amnesty International, and there has been a "pattern of cruel,
Citizens for Public Justice May 27
Citizens for Public Justice
When the Group of 8 leaders take refuge in Kananaskis this June, they will review a plan to pull the "forgotten continent" out of poverty. It's at ambitious call, this New Partnership for African Dev
National Union of Public and General Employees May 25
National Union of Public and General Employees
Ontario must make big changes to ensure safe drinking water. So says the final report of a public inquiry into the Walkerton tragedy. Seven people died and 2,000 more were struck ill when the town's
Democracy Watch May 24
A watchdog group today requested probes into five Canadian senators. The five sat on committees reviewing legislation affecting a corporation in which they may have had financial interests. Because a
Public Service Alliance of Canada May 24
Canadians were rethinking their summer vacation plans after 5,000 Parks Canada voted in April to strike. And their union says this pressure is what drove negotiators to reach a tentative agreement th
National Union of Public and General Employees May 23
National Union of Public and General Employees
Lawyers in British Columbia have overwhelmingly supported a motion of non-confidence in Attorney-General Geoff Plant. Before the 754-to-325 vote, many castigated government plans to close twenty-four
Childcare Resource and Research Unit May 22
In 1990, one of seven Canadian kids lived in poverty. So Canada was one of six nations that year that called for a World Summit for Children. And we led participants in promising to give children top