G6B People's Summit June 24
G8 leaders gather this week in Kananaskis to continue remaking the world in their own image. Meanwhile, civil society groups are already meeting in nearby Calgary to address what the G8 persistently
Amnesty International June 21
Amnesty International
Last year, one third of Canadian refugee claimants reached this country via the U.S. Now Canada is negotiating an agreement that would force all such claimants back to the U.S. Who understands how ra
CoolWomen June 21
Since the cold darkness of December, the days have grown longer and the Earth has wakened in the sun's embrace. This day, the year's longest, marks the half-way point in the ever-turning wheel of tim
Canadian Union of Public Employees June 20
Ontario's plans to sell off Hydro One were scuttled in April, after the courts ruled the province had no authority to relinquish public control over the transmission utility. Posturing compliance, th
Sierra Club of Canada June 20
Ecology groups from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. united in a chorus of solidarity yesterday. Together, they challenged the Environment Ministers of the three NAFTA countries to get serious about prote
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives June 20
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
New investment to fight preventable disease in Africa could spawn hundreds of <I>billions</I> of dollars in income. And while a channel for Northern support exists, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tub
Amnesty International June 19
Amnesty International
Echoes of Talisman Energy. Since 1996, Canada's Ivanhoe Mines has pursued a joint venture in Myanmar &#151; partnering with a military government notorious for its mass human rights violations. One w
New Politics Initiative June 19
How can we begin to make politics relevant to people? According to Libby Davies, "you have to begin where the struggle for survival is taking place." Davies is MP for Canada's lowest-income urban rid
Democracy Watch June 18
Democracy Watch yesterday filed conflict-of-interest complaints against nine lobbyists and several public office-holders &#151; including the Prime Minister, Paul Martin and several senior Ministers.
working TV June 17
working TV
As globalization rolls head, citizens are feeling disempowered by traditional party politics. So some familiar faces, and some fresh ones, gathered in Vancouver this month to discuss new ways to stre
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives June 17
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Some good news in today's budget: more dollars for hospitals; a boost for local water systems; a one-year break from corporate tax cuts; and enough funds for post-secondary education to avert an enro
Democracy Watch June 16
"I have always practised full disclosure." Paul Martin, the deposed Finance Minister, was reacting to Prime Minister Chretien's new campaign donation rules. On Friday, however, Democracy Watch reprin
Alternatives June 14
The "forgotten continent" will be on the agenda at this month's G8 meeting in Kananaskis. Several African leaders have tabled a proposal to jumpstart development - the New Economic Program for Africa
Canadian Union of Postal Workers June 13
In a recent <i>Globe and Mail</i> column, Margaret Wente blasts an emergency resolution on Palestine recently passed by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. With a similar resolution before this wee
Canadian Union of Public Employees June 13
Ontario Premier Ernie Eves says he's dropped plans to sell off Hydro One, the province's transmission utility. A legal challenge by two unions helped force that decision. But today one of those union
National Union of Public and General Employees June 13
National Union of Public and General Employees
The Canadian Labour Congress will continue to support the New Democratic Party despite unionists' concerns that the party is drifting toward the political centre. The endorsement is part of an update
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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