Parker Barss Donham July 15
At this point, the popular notion that the coke ovens and the tar ponds are affecting public health in Cape Breton is nothing more than a theory. Documents obtained under the Access to Inanity Act sh
Michele Landsberg July 14
Joy is the last thing you'd expect at a place like Sistering, a daily drop-in centre for marginalized and homeless women - "ordinary women in extraordinary circumstances." Sistering - its palpable go
Linda McQuaig July 14
The need for economic security has never been lost on the rich. But it's also important - arguably even more important - to those lower down the income ladder, who are more vulnerable to a bad turn o
Rachel Giese July 12
As far as discipline goes, spanking is a highly effective practice if the goal is to humiliate, bully, frighten and intimidate. It's a good method for making someone submissive and resentful, but not
Parker Barss Donham July 11
Tuesday, a court in Nova Scotia decided in favour of Ralph Fiske's wrongful dismissal suite. This is a case where a lone civil servant proved that courage and integrity can overcome the mediocrity th
Dalton Camp July 11
Canada's national newspapers may never forgive Tory leader Joe Clark for being right. From the beginning, he dismissed the threat of Canadian Alliance Party and its ill-fated leader, Stockwell Day.
Tom Walkom July 10
A man charged with <i>causing a disturbance by shouting</i> was dragged into court in chains like some kind of Charles Manson and denied bail - yet almost no one seemed to find this odd.
Dalton Camp July 8
The news of the Fraser Institute's book on the harmlessness of second-hand smoke and its co-author made my day. I always thought they were blowing smoke out there at the institute. Now I know the smo
Parker Barss Donham July 8
The furor over Bill 68 raises basic questions about government priorities. The strong public support that nurses enjoyed throughout the crisis confirms the high value Nova Scotians place on stable, g
Michele Landsberg July 8
Ontario corporations will delight in a $2 billion tax cut, provided by their Tory friends in government. The women of the province (teachers, nurses, welfare mothers, home caregivers) are paying for
Michele Landsberg July 7
How did Jim arrange to exert his control, even from prison? He stalled for nearly a year before entering a plea. The CAS worker insisted to Alvin that until Jim was tried, his rights as a father must
Rick Salutin July 6
Both John Sewell and Paul Godfrey have been mayor of Toronto at one time. Sewell built affordable housing and a sense of citizenship. Godrey led the push to build the SkyDome. You could put these two
Judy Rebick July 5
Judy Rebick
Everyone agrees that marijuana is relatively harmless as drugs go. It is less harmful than either alcohol or cigarettes. No one dies from marijuana use. Most Canadians now agree that marijuana should
Judy Rebick July 5
Judy Rebick
John Clarke is suspected of messing up somebody's files, pushing desks around and maybe throwing a microwave oven out the window. Mike Harris is suspected of implementing policies that caused the dea
Parker Barss Donham July 4
Unlike a legal strike, with a negotiated protocol for maintaining emergency services, mass resignations of Nova Scotia's health-care workers will be more militant, more disruptive, and harder to cont
Linda McQuaig July 3
The multinational drug industry has fought the generic drug licensing system just about everywhere it has surfaced. Thirty-nine major drug companies jointly launched a lawsuit against South Africa in
Tom Walkom July 3
Most people probably have a vague idea that it's illegal to advertise prescription drugs in Canada (although not over-the-counter remedies such as simple antacids). Most probably have been seeing mor
Murray Dobbin July 2
In its blind pursuit of ever more trade agreements, the federal government is actually encouraging the exodus of nurses by treating them as "exporters" of services. In so doing, it opens up our healt
Michele Landsberg July 1
For the first time, there is a fresh gust of genuine, even frightened, awareness sweeping through the stale assemblies of entrenched power: male supremacy in the developing nations comes at a cost of
Dalton Camp July 1
The idea of belonging to a country is under attack. One of our national newspapers serially produces dire comparisons showing the joys of living in a prospering United States as against our own sadly
Parker Barss Donham July 1
The value of having a local coal supplier seems to have dawned on the monopoly utility suddenly and belatedly - a reality they couldn't seem to see when they were driving Devco to the wall.
Michele Landsberg June 30
My broken toes seem to chronicle, in their fragmented way, the course of my adult life.
Rick Salutin June 29
It's jazz festival week in Toronto. The sounds of Peter Appleyard's vibraphone drift across Queen Street from the big white tent with chandeliers in City Hall Square. It's a kind of camouflage, or so
Rachel Giese June 28
At a groundbreaking United Nations special session on HIV/AIDS earlier this week in New York City, fundamentalist religious leaders prevented a leading gay activist from participating in a roundtable
Dalton Camp June 27
Observers of the great political drama to the south may see a growing opposition to President George W. Bush's brand of arch-conservatism. His approval ratings are low and on hold; the nation doubts
Parker Barss Donham June 27
Early Tuesday morning, in the Nova Scotia Legislature, a tag team of NDP and Liberal MLAs presented a series of petitions. They circled the opposition benches in turn, like kids playing one-a-cat. Th
Thomas Walkom June 26
Lake Huron's Amberley Beach boasts a beautiful waterfront area - and a sign warning swimmers of the hazards posed by the untreated fecal waste contaminating the lake. Animal manure is virtually unreg
Dalton Camp June 25
It is only through trial and error that we can discover the underlying wisdom of the Canadian government in becoming a booster of genetic modification. Perhaps the government thinks it has something
Parker Barss Donham June 24
For two weeks, Premier John Hamm's Tories have been on the ropes, absorbing blow after blow in the ring of public opinion. Their ill-conceived plan to impose below-market wages and working conditions
Michelle Landsberg June 23
In 1995 - the year before Theresa Vince's obsessed stalker and former supervisor murdered her - the Harris government was elected. One of its early deeds was to repeal the employment equity law, whic