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Ontario closing provincial parks, reducing Ranger program - Posted: October 05, 2012
  Unoperating parks under-served, day-based jobs inadequate.

Ontario set to sell Thornhill hospital to private for-profit US-based conglomerate - Posted: October 04, 2012
  Sale directly opposes strategy outlined in province's Action Plan for Health Care.

Red Tape Reduction Commission puts Canadians' safety at further risk - Posted: October 04, 2012
  Government bureaucracy taking precedence over public services.

Ontario Ministry of Labour lays off the same number of inspectors it just hired - Posted: October 04, 2012
  McGuinty playing games with employment standards enforcement.

City of Ottawa to store contaminated soil beneath planned Lansdowne urban park - Posted: October 04, 2012
  Mismanaged P3 project still not getting it right.

BC Liberals blocking right to democratically-elected school board in Cowichan Valley - Posted: October 04, 2012
  Government fired trustees over deficit budget meant to rectify years of cuts.

Teachers and education support staff taking Ontario Liberals to court over Bill 115 - Posted: October 01, 2012
  Legislation removing collective bargaining rights seeks to make itself above the law.

Ontario PCs propose massive health care privatization — coalition - Posted: October 01, 2012
  Conservatives attempt to claim increased accountability through undemocratic, self-selecting hospital boards.

New guide helps municipalities sort out the facts about P3s - Posted: October 01, 2012
  Critical concerns raised regarding protection of public services.

Coalition calls for reversal of Ontario Northland Railway decision - Posted: October 01, 2012
  Jobs, economy and safety in the North depend on it.

Chicago teachers refuse "best we can do" excuses - Posted: October 01, 2012
  Concessions now only mean more concessions later, says CTU.

A Matter of Trust — OPSEU fights back against proposed pension changes - Posted: October 01, 2012
  Ontario fails to tax corporations effectively, looking to ordinary citizens for bailout.

Wall Street profiteering from municipal water services - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Private equity firms use greater bargaining power to negotiate more lucrative deals at the expense of taxpayers.

Privatization a cover-up for corrupt political tactics and patronage - Posted: September 29, 2012
  "Pervasive and growing reality" undermining nations - Krugman.

"New" Conservative pension plan offers little retirement security - Posted: September 29, 2012
  PRPPs simply RRSPs "with a new coat of paint" — CD How Institute.

Neil Armstrong opposed Obama’s SpaceX privatization plan - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Astronaut hero had “substantial reservations” about forcing NASA out of human space operations.

Extra-billing for day surgeries continues in Vancouver - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Government inaction leading to increasingly unequal and inaccessible health care.

Continued Conservative cuts are affecting Canadians' safety in their communities and on the job - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Correctional services staff, border officers, military veterans, law enforcement agents and others organize Fall info forum.

Civil rights organization, union ready to fight Ontario Liberals educational Bill 115 in court if passed - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Constitutional rights blatantly disregarded for political advancement during election period.

Ontario's education minister falsely creating strike panic - Posted: August 16, 2012
  August contract expiry prompts province to threaten back-to-work legislation pre-emptively.

Town halls across Canada discuss public transport needs - Posted: August 16, 2012
  Citizens' help requested to produce a blueprint for Via Rail's revival and expansion.

Coalition takes company to court over new Toronto diesel rail line - Posted: August 16, 2012
  Premier's directions for completion prior to Pan-Am games contrary to Metrolinx's statutory obligation to consider environmental sustainability, long-term goals.

New "Waste Watchers" hotline monitors Toronto's private trash collection - Posted: August 16, 2012
  Days, weeks, months to come will prove that in-house works best — union.

Predatory privatization threatens citizens, communities — report - Posted: August 16, 2012
  Citizens pay "a terrible long-term price to plug short-term budget holes."

Bankers attempt out-of-pocket profit from workers' pensions - Posted: August 16, 2012
  PRPPs riskier, costlier than CPP expansion.

Human Right to Water and Sanitation yet to be implemented - Posted: August 16, 2012
  Canadian government in violation of international recognition.

Second arbitrator in Canada Post labour settlement rejected by federal court - Posted: August 16, 2012
  Labour Minister asked to appoint unbiased mediator, not friends.

Privatization gives the last laugh to for-profits - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Undermining the common good not funny.

BC court case could affect Medicare for all Canadians - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Private clinic pushing to permit extra-billing.

"Modernization" at Via Rail just another word for "budget cuts" - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Service reductions despite upgrades may signal privatization to come.

Nova Scotians fight for federal involvement in Medicare - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Canada must help ensure efficient and equitable health care for all citizens across the country.

Brand-new facilities go unused as St. Andrews Biological Station's budget is slashed by 25 percent - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Reducing fisheries monitoring and oversight in New Brunswick "just another nail in the coffin in the death of evidence."

Canada Post being privatized by stealth - Posted: August 01, 2012
  More than 50 postal outlets expected to be transferred to private hands across the country in 2012.

Saskatchewan considering labour changes that contravene international law - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Proposal disregards freedom of association principles.

Insecure power supplies in Alberta boost private profits - Posted: August 01, 2012
  Province should heed failure of electricity deregulation.

BC's liquor distribution privatization plan put forward for corporate interests - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Freedom of Information documents reveal one company's lobbyists influenced Liberals.

Conservative cuts to national parks threaten ecology and economy - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Commercial and industrial activities compete with tourism and conservation.

Canadian teachers comment on their ability to do their jobs - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Teaching requirements remove focus from students.

Ontario health system not fully utilizing nurses and practitioners — report - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Expanding scope of practice of health care professionals would help patients, improve cost-effectiveness of public system.

Legal opinion warns against secret trade talks - Posted: July 19, 2012
  CETA would empower European and American corporations at the expense of provinces and territories.

Nova Scotia enshrines principles of Canada Health Act in provincial law - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Changes help ensure health care remains public.

NDP demands customer protection for freight rail service - Posted: June 29, 2012
  Rail Customer Protection Act would circumvent Conservative inaction.

Via Rail reduces Montreal-Halifax service - Posted: June 29, 2012
  Cuts undermine recent investment to national passenger railway.

McGuinty's fire-sale of Ontario assets halted - Posted: June 29, 2012
  ServiceOntario still on the privatization table.

Slashing health care for refugees puts lives at risks, costs more - Posted: June 29, 2012
  Health care professionals rally to fight for equitable health care for all Canadians.

Food safety bill might give industry ability to undermine inspectors - Posted: June 29, 2012
  Killing 100 food inspection jobs adds to risk.

Two-year wait too long for review of Ontario College of Teachers recommendations — union - Posted: June 29, 2012
  New report comments on investigation and disciplinary processes.

Ski hill development in Riding Mountain National Park counters National Parks Act - Posted: June 29, 2012
  Parks Canada failing to protect ecological integrity of parks.

School library staff already receiving layoff notices following Ontario Liberal budget - Posted: June 28, 2012
  Cuts totalling over $500 million in three years take services away from students.

NDP defuses budget privatization bomb, McGuinty threatens ON election - Posted: June 15, 2012
  Schedule 28 of bill would create "privatization czar," sell off vital services at loss.

Saskatchewan's public consultation on labour laws skewed in favour of employers - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Unfair process may be illegal.

How do we say goodbye to our heritage? - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Conservative budget cuts to Parks Canada threaten Trent-Severn Waterway communities.

Two new protected wilderness areas announced in Nova Scotia - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Conservation efforts focus on largest, most ecologically-significant sites.

Nova Scotia health department contracting out AV and print services - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Questions about public benefits of arrangement remain unanswered.

Harper forcing privatization on municipalities through PPP Canada - Posted: June 14, 2012
  The only option until 2014 is riskier and pricier.

Harper attacks marine science in Quebec - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Cuts to Maurice-Lamontagne Institute put species and people at risk.

Louisiana's back-door education privatization plan - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Voucher system to launch in the fall.

PEI proposes liquor privatization - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Ripple-effect closures in tourism sector anticipated.

Budget cuts will hit health care and social services hard — ON health advocates - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Video of presentations made at province-wide town hall meetings.

Call McGuinty's bluff — Smokey Thomas - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Action to end privatization measures must be taken, not just discussed.

Manitoba may soon require P3 public accountability - Posted: June 06, 2012
  More accountability, transparency needed before starting P3 projects.

BC rally opposes contracting out health care services - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Liberals allow privatization to drive down wages.

Campaign against PEI service cuts aims for emotional impact - Posted: June 06, 2012
  Union appeals to values to defend public services.

Exel's powerful friends helped pushed BC liquor privatization - Posted: May 31, 2012
  Public consultation forsaken, tendering process might be too.

Back-to-work legislation "put on Parliament's red-eye bullet train" - Posted: May 31, 2012
  Government meddling sabotaged CP Rail-Teamster negotiations.

MNR cuts, centralization put public at risk in emergency situations - Posted: May 30, 2012
  Record forest fires in Northern Ontario prove need for local staff.

Ontario budget allows privatization of all government services - Posted: May 30, 2012
  Act overrides quality standards and allows private service providers to charge fees.

Free e-books help advocates defend public services - Posted: May 30, 2012
  Two new valuable resources available.

Ontario MNR outsources hunting and fishing licenses to US for-profit company - Posted: May 24, 2012
  Privatization contributes to joblessness and puts Canadians' privacy at risk.

Back room deal jeopardizes Ring of Fire area, benefits single mining company - Posted: May 24, 2012
  First Nations' requests for public consultation denied.

Changes to meat inspection put Canadian food chain at risk - Posted: May 24, 2012
  Private vets unqualified in slaughter operations, susceptible to conflicts of interest.

Conservative budget kills support for the DFO - Posted: May 24, 2012
  Cuts mean delayed reaction times, less oversight, lost jobs and fewer facts.

BC Hydro wasting water to purchase private power - Posted: May 23, 2012
  Utility losing money, costing taxpayers, and enriching for-profit companies.

Selling off ServiceOntario in budget bill will cost taxpayers - Posted: May 23, 2012
  Government giving away $2.7 billion in annual provincial revenue to private investors.

Saskatoon Health Region ships jobs to private, for-profit Calgary company - Posted: May 23, 2012
  Protest rally supported by community members.

Radium Hot Springs to come under private management - Posted: May 10, 2012
  Kootenay National Park and two others to see their hot springs privatized.

Front-line face of federal budget cuts is grim - Posted: May 10, 2012
  Public service workers reel as the full impact of service cuts comes home.

European multinationals to get unconditional access to all government purchasing and contracting - Posted: May 10, 2012
  CETA would prohibit spending on local economic development.

Voices of support for a national passenger rail system - Posted: May 09, 2012
  Transport Action activists share their insights.

Court allows Ottawa P3 development of Lansdowne Park to proceed - Posted: May 09, 2012
  Friends fear courts giving "undue deference" to Council's decisions, based on inaccurate data.

Suicide prevention for soldiers suffers budget cut - Posted: May 09, 2012
  Minister walks away from responsibilities — union.

Ottawa Valley rail line governed by and for the people - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Not-for-profit plans to be in operation by Fall.

Social problems increase public services costs - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Taxing corporations and the rich would help overcome income inequality by funding public services.

CETA could be putting public health care at risk - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Clause for protection of Canada's public services too weak.

Privatized immigration control takes lives, violates human rights - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Companies favour profits over transparency while government avoid lawsuits.

Feds ignore impact of budget cuts on smaller economies - Posted: April 05, 2012
  PSAC calls for details of cuts and their effect on Canadians.

Milwaukee Sheriff tries to privatize courtroom bailiffs - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Judge issues injunction and orders alternate solution.

BC planning to contract out medical transcription services - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Patient confidentiality at risk.

Conservative budget cuts kill 40,000 private sector jobs - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Canadians all across the board affected — CAPE.

Privatizing Ontario Northland will kill 1,000 jobs in the North - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Vanthof brings North Bay motion to Ontario Legislature.

Austerity budgets aren't healthy - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Doctors tell Harper and McGuinty to raise their taxes.

Harper's budget a Depression-era flashback - Posted: April 05, 2012
  Austerity costs 70,000 jobs and weakens public programs — CCPA.

Municipalities across Canada request exemptions from CETA - Posted: March 20, 2012
  Secret international trade deal places too many restrictions on local governments.

Hundreds of thousands strike in India over plans to privatize state assets - Posted: March 19, 2012
  Crowds also protest inflated prices and inadequate labour laws.

National day of action defends public services - Posted: March 19, 2012
  Public employees speak out in the face of cuts to essential jobs.

Mask comes off with Greece crisis — Naomi Klein - Posted: March 01, 2012
  As happened in South Korea, speculators use disaster to lock in security for themselves.

Privatizing US airport security could increase security threats - Posted: February 29, 2012
  New law effectively reduces government body's powers in managing privatization.

Crumbling education system reveals costs of Michigan's austerity politics - Posted: February 29, 2012
  Public dollars being diverted from disadvantaged students.

Union provides online voice for government scientists - Posted: February 29, 2012
  Communication restrictions compromise research and progress.

Florida Senate kills prison privatization bill - Posted: February 29, 2012
  Senators vote 21-19 against secret contracts.

US small businesses debunk notion that regulations are their main problem — poll - Posted: February 15, 2012
  Entrepreneurs cite lack of customer demand as top reason for reduced hiring.

Ontario demands public hearings on the Drummond Commission and budget - Posted: February 15, 2012
  Cuts won't solve the deficit crisis, nor do Ontarians want them — survey.

Conservatives' cuts will harm employment equity - Posted: February 15, 2012
  PSAC asks Senate committee examining hiring practices to investigate.

Ontario health care delivery changes include assembly-line style private clinics - Posted: February 15, 2012
  Under-funded public hospitals to suffer more cuts.

Drummond Commission proposing public service cuts without public consultation - Posted: February 02, 2012
  McGuinty shuts down legislative discussion process on publicly funded report.

Privatizing water services a possibility with CETA - Posted: February 02, 2012
  Leaked documents show water services not exempt from Canadian-European Union trade agreement.

NDP prepped for new parliamentary session - Posted: February 01, 2012
  Peter Julian leads a charge against cuts to jobs, health care and aboriginal communities.

Public services in Toronto spared Ford's worst - Posted: February 01, 2012
  Budget vote rejects majority of mayor's proposed cuts.

Wisconsin likely to recall Walker - Posted: February 01, 2012
  Governor to answer for his attacks on workers.

Ontario Nurses challenge Drummond Commision's crisis thinking - Posted: January 24, 2012
  Research identifies relatively small deficit and debt to GDP ratios for Ontario.

New Brunswick Auditor General criticises government's decision to build P3 schools - Posted: January 19, 2012
  Preferential treatment of P3 model distorted analysis results.

Jasper National Park could be privatized - Posted: January 18, 2012
  Project would establish a dangerous 'parks-for-profit' precedent — Green Party.

Cuts to public service bilingualism program not part of Harper's austerity agenda - Posted: January 18, 2012
  Conservatives contemptuous of a bilingual Canada, concludes NDP.

Washington liquor privatization plan faces legal challenge - Posted: December 15, 2011
  Unions say law based on ballot initiative violates state Constitution.

Study debunks myth of higher public sector pay - Posted: December 15, 2011
  Main difference is stronger pay equity for female public employees.

Agriculture minister broke law by killing Wheat Board - Posted: December 13, 2011
  Plebiscite should have been held first — Federal Court.

New campaign insists public services should not be sacrificed to the economy - Posted: December 07, 2011
  PSAC offers a third choice to Canadians.

Poll shows Conservative treatment of CBC affects public's trust in Tories - Posted: December 06, 2011
  Friends of Canadian Broadcasting launches video campaign to bolster support for public broadcasting.

Journalists give award to public service whistleblowers - Posted: November 24, 2011
  Scientists were fired for reporting on health threats.

Real toll of feds transfering veterans' care to provincial hands is high — Stoffer - Posted: November 24, 2011
  Job losses, reduced access to result.

PSAC calling for consultation on public service cuts - Posted: November 23, 2011
  Conservatives offer cash incentives to consultants for proposing budget cuts.

Stave Lake P3 water plan rejected and Abbotsford mayor ousted - Posted: November 23, 2011
  New mayor pledges to discover why feds don't fund public water infrastructure projects.

NYC taxpayers lose billions to contracted firm in latest fraud scandal - Posted: November 22, 2011
  The cost of 'having private companies involved in the public's business' exposed.

Ontario pays private firms more than Crown Corporation in secret power contracts - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Power costs rise because McGuinty privatized 10 percent more of it since coming to office.

Farmers will face onerous transpo costs in post-Wheat Board open market - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Harper already subsidising Churchill for loss of rail and port income from grain exports.

Europe worried about a treaty proviso Germany designed to protect itself - Posted: November 16, 2011
  CETA could allow Canadian companies to sue European governments, and vice versa.

Euro crisis says nothing about sustainability of welfare state — Krugman - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Euro-area countries 'subject to funding disruptions', lack of flexibility.

BC community votes down P3 water plan in referendum - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Residents see 'little value' in a 21-year deal with a private contractor.

BC discriminating against union activists and elected school board officials - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Proposed education legislation attempts to silence those who disagree with government.

Ontario municipalities urged to pass resolutions against the sale of alcohol in convenience stores - Posted: November 09, 2011
  MADD and others cite harmful societal effects.

FL governor halted in unconstitutional prison privatization bid - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Judge rules against privatization plan for the second time.

Public service professionals vote to join the CLC - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Decision to integrate unites two 'organizations committed to the Public Good'.

Wheat Board retaliates against Harper government's anti-democratic processes - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Large American food conglomerates to profit from dismantling of CWB, to the detriment of Canadian family farmers.

New report slams prison privatization - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Private prison industry relies on mass incarceration for profit.

News moguls enforce censorship for their own private interests - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Corporate-owned media manipulation threatens Canadian democracy.

Saint John taxpayers to save half a million dollars per year on in-house trash collection - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Municipality to save $1.3 million over five years by going public.

Costco supports privatization of US liquor sales - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Retail giant already contributed $11 million this year.

CETA threatens the generic pharmaceutical industry in Canada - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Trade agreement would cause loss of jobs and $1 billion per year in exports.

European and Canadian organizations join together, call for public debate on CETA - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Condemnation for lack of transparency in negotiations spreads.

Government study on high speed rail faulty - Posted: October 21, 2011
  Report with limited vision suggests taking steps backwards.

For-profit immigrant detention centres face frequent inhumane treatment lawsuits - Posted: October 14, 2011
  Outsourcing of immigration enforcement allows governments to abandon accountability.

Support swells for taking back the things that belong to all of us - Posted: October 13, 2011
  'The common good' an important social organizing principle.

Hungary considers privatization ban - Posted: October 13, 2011
  Though free of communism now, many Hungarians fear widespread sell-off of public assets.

Ontario still lacks patient transfer industry standards despite 2002 warnings - Posted: October 13, 2011
  Province's ministry of health only one in Canada that does not regulate patient transfer services.

The Right starts to listen as economic system shown as failure - Posted: October 13, 2011
  Three decades of supply-side policies have produced the very problems they were meant to fix.

CDN and US activist groups form Great Lakes partnership - Posted: October 12, 2011
  Public trust would acknowledge environmental threats facing the Lakes.

Troubled Euro bank Dexia partly funded Ontario P3s - Posted: October 12, 2011
  Province may have to guarantee funding in schemes thought to transfer risk to private sector.

Koch brother encouraged right-wing think tank researcher to use Social Security, Medicare - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Opponents of the public services did not hesitate to use them when needed.

Privatization vultures attack, but Save the Post Office movement mobilizes against proposed cuts - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Democrats propose viable plan to ease the pressure, provide flexibility to maintain and expand services.

Health Canada permitted caffeine in non-cola carbonated drinks to allow import of Scottish beverage - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Department of Foreign Affairs moved to eliminate 'long-standing trade irritant'.

Nova Scotia spends $100,000 on a private firm to find out how to cut health care costs - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Firm already a proponent of more privatization, sits on P3 council.

State judge rules Florida prison privatization unconstitutional - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Teamsters Union asks governor not to waste more public money on an appeal.

BC community wins award for in-house waste collection program - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Excellence in solid waste reduction credited to communications team.

60 UK hospitals facing closure due to PFI debt - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Public funds to be taken out of NHS to support private deals.

Union files ethics complaint against Florida prison privatization scheme - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Investigation to focus on illegal private sector political contributions.

Large contracts have corrupting influence on private contractors - Posted: September 29, 2011
  $90,000 a day report will say what Conservatives want to hear.

Friends of Lansdowne launches court appeal to stop P3 plan - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Judge interpreted the law too broadly, says citizen coalition.

Banff could bring wastewater treatment services in-house - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Council examining cost savings, value of private versus public service delivery.

Abbotsford not providing residents with info on P3 water project - Posted: September 22, 2011
  Presentation to Council, citizen questions go unanswered.

Israel attempting to privatize national parks - Posted: September 21, 2011
  Opponents spearhead 'Nature not for sale' campaign targeting tourists, hikers, social media.

New US report shows higher cost of private contracts - Posted: September 21, 2011
  To save money, government needs to bring services in-house.

Tea Party campaign manager died for lack of private health insurance - Posted: September 15, 2011
  Ron Paul true to his word, though revelation comes after debate.

Secret emails reveal multi-level plans to privatize health care delivery in the UK - Posted: September 15, 2011
  Concerns strongest over basic right to health care, foreign involvement.

Nova Scotia community ready and willing to sell its water supply to oil project - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Unsustainable project in all likelihood to move forward.

'Freedom' abused as excuse for letting the uninsured die - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Affordability of health insurance not a question of 'taking risks'.

CUPW complaining to ILO about back-to-work legislation - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Union also expects to win court challenge over freedom of association.

Ohio executes first prison sale to private company - Posted: September 07, 2011
  With prison operations privatized for decades, it was just a matter of time.

Mass privatization announced in Ukraine - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Only vital assets to stay under government control.

Italians strike against austerity - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Workers fervently oppose proposed labour reforms.

Greece set to implement mass privatization plan - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Jobs, public services, and wages cut for austerity program.

CMA advisory panel under fire for recommending increased private options - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Misleading panel report suggests Canadians don't care if the health system is private or public.

BC votes to reject HST, reinstate PST - Posted: August 30, 2011
  Unfair tax favours corporations and the wealthy, increases class inequality.

Sell-out of solid waste services in Toronto moving forward - Posted: August 30, 2011
  City issues Request for Quotations despite flawed plans, hopes to accelerate process.

For-profit nursing home shuts down, leaves residents and their families vulnerable - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Low standards in care and unforeseen closures place elderly at risk.

Conservative plan to privatize Search and Rescue encountering nationwide opposition - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Newfoundland and Labrador requesting expert review and local input on SAR selloff.

Exploiting prison labour for corporate profit - Posted: August 09, 2011
  No longer enslaved, forced labourers are incarcerated instead.

Calgarians asked to report parks maintenance problems to City - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Public parks staff bail out contractors, keep their eyes peeled for more trouble.

Canada being sued for NAFTA violation by private American wind energy company - Posted: July 21, 2011
  Local procurement rules in Ontario Green Energy Act threatened.

Shaw introduces two-tiered system to crush competition - Posted: July 21, 2011
  Move contradicts company's supposed pro-Internet stance.

Close call in Calgary — Private seniors' residence nearly evicts tenants to increase profits - Posted: July 20, 2011
  Secret 60-year contract surfaces to save affordable housing for ailing elderly.

Private Calgary parks maintenance crews can't keep up, need help of public staff who used to do the work - Posted: July 20, 2011
  Privatization not saving taxpayers money when City pays twice for one service.

CETA designed to encourage privatization of public services - Posted: July 20, 2011
  Free-trade agreement with EU a threat to local-purchasing policies, Canadian jobs.

Saint John exploring P3 option for water treatment plant, infrastructure - Posted: July 07, 2011
  Mayor insists water would remain city-owned and -operated.

CRTC consulting the public on the CBC's license renewals - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Hearings an effort to make broadcasting public services accountable to the public.

Ontario NDP pledges to bring hydro back to a public system - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Move would eliminate bureaucratic waste, stop power price spikes.

Manitoba Hydro provides the most reliable service in North America for the lowest rates — report - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Unions campaign to keep the Crown corporation public in light of fall elections.

Alberta NDP calls for RCMP to investigate healthcare queue jumping - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Seven complaints made to queue-jumping hotline in first week.

Californian city avoids water privatization - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Water company has recent record of putting profits first.

Tories offer "illogical" excuse for back-to-work legislation — CUPW - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Legislation attacks right to determine work conditions.

Council of Global Unions promotes World Public Services Day - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Charter protects services that enhance quality of life.

Waterloo region to implement light rail transit system by 2017 - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Council yet to decide private sector's level of involvement.

European public services committee raises concerns about CETA - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Calls on European Commission to respect public services in its negotiations.

Alberta Tories say queue-jumping not an issue, contradict evidence - Posted: June 16, 2011
  Report appeared to suggest plans to privatize health after the next provincial election.

Nanaimo City Council creates convoluted advisory board of private interests - Posted: June 15, 2011
  Neglects to give itself seats in its own Economic Development Corporation.

Nova Scotia approves private salmon farms in lobster grounds, pushes out lobster fishermen - Posted: June 15, 2011
  Private company holds two leases and plans to apply for a third.

Wisconsin mobilizes for a fairer world — Peter Rickman - Posted: June 15, 2011
  Protest organizer tells of his state's growing alliance of students and workers fighting to take back control from corporations and the rich.

Italians in Canada should vote against water privatization in referendum - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Government trying to "delay, deny, and destroy the will of citizens" by blocking referendum.

CUPW debunks myths about Canada Post - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Don't believe the myths — Canada Post is affordable, productive, and profitable.

Union campaigns for public services as Cons increase corporate handouts - Posted: June 07, 2011
  PSAC trains members to know their rights and engage their communities to save public services.

For-profit water companies seek UN consultative status - Posted: May 26, 2011
  Application contrary to resolutions on human right to water, say opponents.

CUPW appeals for public support as nationwide strike looms - Posted: May 19, 2011
  Union arranges to ensure delivery of cheques for pensioners.

Waste collection cost-savings 'speculative at best' — report - Posted: May 19, 2011
  Independent accountants find cost estimates 'seriously flawed'.

Toronto private waste collection savings overblown — study - Posted: May 11, 2011
  City underestimates costs of monitoring private waste contracts.

McGuinty sneaks hospital secrecy loophole into provincial budget - Posted: May 11, 2011
  'Reprehensible' process benefits vested interests.

New AB Health Act would limit rights to challenge government decisions, promote more privatization - Posted: April 28, 2011
  Public inquiry more important than ever to ensure the system looks after those who pay for it.

Harper government hands $10 million over to former Fantino campaign fundraisers - Posted: April 27, 2011
  New medical industrial park not the hospital Fantino promised in by-elections.

A quarter of Canada's electricity generated by private firms, set to rise to a third in less than a decade - Posted: April 21, 2011
  Private interests to profit; public to pay more, again.

Ontario bill gives private interests easy access to social housing sector - Posted: April 21, 2011
  McGuinty beginning to align with Ford in anticipation of fall elections.

Public services to be debated in the National Capital Region - Posted: April 20, 2011
  Debate follows up on unanswered questions after the national leaders' debate.

Overwhelming majority of postal workers vote to strike - Posted: April 20, 2011
  Strike set for end of May if Canada Post doesn't cut rollbacks.

Toronto rallies for communities, jobs, and public services - Posted: April 11, 2011
  10,000 tell Ford they didn't vote for cuts.

Privatization proponent to review Ontario health spending - Posted: April 08, 2011
  Emergency motion asks government to rescind appointment.

CUPW and CEP sign solidarity pact - Posted: March 30, 2011
  Communications workers vow to support postal workers in their fight for public services.

Privatization blocks free access to science journals - Posted: March 28, 2011
  Public, libraries to remain in the dark unless they cough up.

BC report recommends legal aid be a public service - Posted: March 28, 2011
  Social and economic costs of failed system borne by communities.

Budget's piecemeal approach to education sidesteps real needs - Posted: March 24, 2011
  Modest student debt relief, low research funding to granting councils show a political choice.

Edmonton rejects private snow removal - Posted: March 24, 2011
  To purchase multi-use equipment instead.

Federal budget favours Conservative pet projects over Canadians' priorities - Posted: March 24, 2011
  Sends message that public services are Canadians' problem, not government's.

Preemptive protest against Quebec's budget draws 50,000+ - Posted: March 18, 2011
  Budget tabling likely to provoke more mass protests.

Focus on public servants and their rights to win fight over cuts — Gallup - Posted: March 17, 2011
  Centring debate over public sector cuts on how individual workers are affected can make difference in battle for US public opinion.

Health Accord in hands of unelected senate — Canada Health Coalition - Posted: March 17, 2011
  Advocates fear undemocratic move to bypass Parliament.

Feds privatize Canadian water with AbitibiBowater NAFTA settlement - Posted: March 17, 2011
  Settlement fails to defend public's right to ownership and control of natural resources.

Public hearing on wholesale Internet access scheduled for July - Posted: March 17, 2011
  CRTC not reviewing retail Internet services despite public clamour.

Canadians want banks and finance industry to pay more taxes — poll - Posted: March 10, 2011
  Majority supports deficit-reduction measures, not more corporate tax cuts.

Four government departments' outsourcing costs rise 100 percent since 2005 - Posted: March 09, 2011
  Provincial budget caps have not touched outside consultants.

CETA a "bad drug trip", Pharmacare a salve - Posted: March 09, 2011
  CETA would add $2.8 billion to annual drug expenditures.

Ontario should look to Wisconsin for a glimpse into its potential future - Posted: February 24, 2011
  Union rights protected in Canada, but similarities disconcerting.

McGuinty sides with Ford, plans to designate Toronto transit as an essential service - Posted: February 24, 2011
  Move to strip workers of collective bargaining rights mirrors Wisconsin union troubles.

Toronto to privatize waste collection, cut jobs and wages - Posted: February 24, 2011
  Only the first step in more privatization to come, says councillor.

Bottled water bans spread across Canada - Posted: February 24, 2011
  Canadians object to buying negative product when clean, safe water is free.

B.C. Liberal budget cuts jobs, public services for three more years - Posted: February 23, 2011
  Government pays lips service to public servants while cutting jobs.

Public waste collection outperforms private in Ottawa - Posted: February 09, 2011
  Downtown service saves millions, gets fewer complaints.

More complaints against concierge medical services surfacing - Posted: February 09, 2011
  Two BC clinics facing investigations.

Harper cuts funding to International Education Program - Posted: February 07, 2011
  Jeopardizes education of 2 million in developing world.

Big Pharma may get speed-up of new drug approvals - Posted: January 30, 2011
  Health Canada putting private profit before public health.

Calgary possibly to stop adding fluoride to public water supply - Posted: January 28, 2011
  Committee votes 5-1 against fluoride despite proven dental benefits.

Taxing pay equity settlement perpetuates discrimination, inequality - Posted: January 28, 2011
  Canadian Human Rights Tribunal dismisses human rights complaint.

Cities under pressure over water - Posted: January 16, 2011
  Canada's water infrastructure in a dismal state, cost-cutting at odds with repairs.

New Brunswick could sell off public liquor stores - Posted: January 15, 2011
  Cost-cutting changes coming in the spring, maybe some surprises too.

Newmarket, ON librarians "not asking for the moon" - Posted: January 15, 2011
  Campaign strives for parity with other library workers in region.

Invest in public hospitals, help poor — Saskatchewan polls - Posted: January 14, 2011
  57 percent oppose investing public funds in private clinics.

Canada Post wants rollbacks - Posted: January 11, 2011
  Postal workers expect tough fight to protect hard-won rights.

Government quietly axes PS temps - Posted: January 11, 2011
  HRSDC refuses to release the number of fired employees.

Blue collars strike in Sherbrooke, QC - Posted: January 11, 2011
  Workers deprived of a collective agreement for three years and want to resume negotiations.

What you don't know about a deal you haven't heard of - Posted: January 07, 2011
  CETA challenges Canadian sovereignty, increases Canada's carbon emissions potential.

Reduce inequality to improve health of Canadians - Posted: January 06, 2011
  Health disparities play a significant role in health system costs — Health Council of Canada.

Privatization of parking enforcement leads to overzealous ticketing - Posted: January 05, 2011
  Private officer goes on ticket-writing"rampage."

Public service unions preparing to fight for severance pay - Posted: January 05, 2011
  The fight to hang on to public servants' severance pay will be the hot-button labour issue of the new year.

Quebec community groups create coalition to oppose privatization and support public services - Posted: January 04, 2011
  Regional coalition opposes the commercialization of the common good.

CETA threatens public water, democracy - Posted: December 21, 2010
  CUPE and the NDP worried about lack of public consultation surrounding negotiations.

Seniors' crisis looms as Flaherty nixes more CPP, pushes private pensions - Posted: December 20, 2010
  Outrage mounts as government rejects calls and proposals from labour and provincial finance ministers.

Newmarket, ON public library set to strike in New Year - Posted: December 20, 2010
  Discontent brewing since summer boils over as 95 percent give bargaining committee mandate to strike.

Simmering Quebec set to boil - Posted: December 19, 2010
  Promised cuts to social program spending and a doubling of university tuition fees ignite Quebec's social movement.

Shock Doctrine push to gut Social Security and middle class - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Wait for an emergency like the terrible recession so people are in shock and want solutions, and then change everything so fast they can’t respond while telling them how this is good for them.

Privatizing Penticton event centre cost local taxpayers heavily - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Operational deficits, delays and cost overruns have forced Penticton to reduce services in other vital areas.

When services disappear, people lose out - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Saskatchewan government employees' campaign focus on value of public services.

End private trade lawsuits against governments – civil society groups - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Corporate lawsuits costing taxpayers millions.

BC government destroying public power - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Energy plan systematically dismantled, privatized, encumbered, and disempowered provincial utility.

Privatization fosters black market, Quebec MD says - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Controversy erupts in province over claims surgeons are slipped thousands to move patients up the list.

Alberta government denies privatization plan despite "smoking gun" - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Citizens rally at legislature to protest.

Highway expansion doesn't solve congestion - Posted: December 07, 2010
  Montreal Board of Trade sold on public transit in contrast with new pro-car mayor of Toronto.

Compare health workers to sports stars – Ontario nurses - Posted: November 25, 2010
  ONA launches campaign to reframe how people see public servants.

Work grinds to a halt in Harper's civil service - Posted: November 25, 2010
  Top professionals and PS workers feel "like rats in a tread-mill, stuck in a cage".

30 percent of UK hospital's spending pays private finance supplier - Posted: November 24, 2010
  NHS will ultimately pay more than £50 billion for buildings worth £11 billion.

New BC drug review 'jeopardizing lives' - Posted: November 24, 2010
  Province went from best to worst in evaluating pharmaceuticals - Canada Health Coalition.

Youth are challenged to take up 'Shannen"s Dream" - Posted: November 24, 2010
  Educators active in campaign calling for First Nations' education equality being launched in memory of youth activist.

Alberta health care needs action, not a new health act - Posted: November 24, 2010
  Report identifies health care challenges and proposes real solutions.

Bills come due for British privatizations - Posted: November 24, 2010
  The great racket called Private Finance Initiatives now robs taxpayer of billions needed for health care and education.

NAFTA Chapter 11 an increasing threat to the public good - Posted: November 17, 2010
  Canada has been hit with 28 investor-state claims and paid $157M to date.

Another Quebec is possible - Posted: November 17, 2010
  Civil society mobilizes for public services and egalitarian society.

Saskatchewan premier's potash populism is not what it seems - Posted: November 17, 2010
  BHP's planned phasing out of Canpotex, would, have threatened to destabilize the revenue base of an entire province.

Where Is BC's Childcare Program? - Posted: November 17, 2010
  While government slowly ekes out a public plan for care of three and four-year-olds, advocates weigh in with a plan of their own.

Private health care is risky for all of us - Posted: November 17, 2010
  Private health care would be almost as bad for the wealthy as for the poor.

Rail closure would help dismantle national dream - Posted: November 17, 2010
  Canadian Pacific Railway to shut historic line from Smiths Falls to Sudbury.

Poverty and class size drive down educational achievement - Posted: November 17, 2010
  Conservative education reforms are distractions to move debate away from poverty, which requires progressive solutions.

Programs to keep seniors living at home will require shifting public attitudes – again - Posted: November 17, 2010
  For 25 years, OCSCO has worked to put seniors' rights and collective needs on the public agenda.

Hydro bills paying for lobbyists: Ontario NDP - Posted: November 05, 2010
  Provincial Liberals take cash from publicly-owned utilities.

Nigel Wright's position in PMO made possible by huge loophole in ethics rules - Posted: November 05, 2010
  Conflict of Interest Act prevents public from filing complaints.

Postal workers' video blog makes negotiations more transparent - Posted: November 05, 2010
  Members need to know about negotiations that could affect the future of postal service.

"Mad Max" Bernier advances Conservative plan to end Medicare - Posted: November 05, 2010
  He sounds like the Harper who was at the NCC says Harper's former boss.

NSGEU launches TV ad campaign to promote public services. - Posted: November 05, 2010
  Polling indicates the public values the public services they receive.

Potash highlights renaissance of economic nationalism - Posted: November 05, 2010
  A major crack and division has opened up within the ranks of the conventionally wise, and a welcome precedent has been set.

Politics trumps everything in battle between evidence and ideology - Posted: November 05, 2010
  Public servants are caught when commanded to "Make it so" in spite of unintended but predictable consequences.

Mel Hurtig still carries nationalist torch - Posted: October 26, 2010
  Twenty five years later, publisher is proud that Council of Canadians remains an irritant.

Sherwood Forest on the block - Posted: October 26, 2010
  Cabinet plans massive sell-off of government-owned forests as they seek to save billions of pounds.

Privatizing reserve land a recipe for disaster - Union of Ontario Indians - Posted: October 26, 2010
  Legislation would provide land speculators unprecedented opportunities.

Federal government professionals cuts off contract talks over government move to cut severance - Posted: October 26, 2010
  Selling the future is a step backwards - PIPSC.

Climate justice requires social justice - Posted: October 26, 2010
  Quality Public Services conference in Geneva hears that green jobs must provide decent work.

Peterborough Regional cuts more registered nurses, making 153 cut to date - Posted: October 26, 2010
  More than 2,400 RN positions cut across Ontario.

Tale of three cities proves public services matter to Canadians - Posted: October 26, 2010
  Ottawa voters reject their own experiment with Rob Ford-style chaos, Calgary embraces public values.

British expert joins coalition in warning about Ontario hospital funding changes - Posted: October 21, 2010

Website calculates real cost of wage freeze - Posted: October 21, 2010
  Ontario union develops website so workers can calculate how much they will lose if their pay is frozen.

Private stores far more likely to sell booze to minors - Posted: October 21, 2010
  Government outlets twice as diligent in checking IDs of underage drinkers, province's study finds.

Union fights to keep Saskatchewan highways in public hands - Posted: October 21, 2010
  Website enlists campaigners to protect province's vital public services from privatization.

Election platform aims to put focus back on education, not ineffective testing - Posted: October 21, 2010
  Ontario teachers are tired of feeding government's insatiable appetite for evidence that its top-down initiatives are working.

Public should not subsidize unethical mining – C-300 - Posted: October 21, 2010
  McKay's Responsible Mining Bill could exert global influence.

Rural and remote Canadians suffer if postal services deregulated - Posted: October 20, 2010
  Trends worry municipal leaders, so 329 adopt CUPW resolutions to date.

Julie Mason was a passionate medicare defender - Posted: October 20, 2010
  Investigative journalist said she was born with QUESTION AUTHORITY on her forehead.

Why pay cuts for McMaster's cleaners are bad for us all - Posted: October 06, 2010
  If this group of employees is forced to accept wage reductions, many will be pushed into poverty.

BC public servants at front line fighting privatization - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Vulnerable citizens suffering from cuts and sell-offs.

Private water raiding threatens temples on sand in Cambodia - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Unchecked pumping of scarce water resource puts stability of ancient monuments at risk.

Conflict of interest "infects" BC drug review panel - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Big Pharma helps OK drugs for sale in province.

Hospital staff rally to fight cuts in Peterborough - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Hospital staff from across Ontario assembled to protest deep cuts to services.

Private BC clinics violating the Canada Health Act - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Explosion of for-profit clinics jeopardizing equality and fairness of the health care.

Imported food may not be adequately inspected – CFIA audit - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Food from international sources may not meet Canadian standards.

Coalition helps topple Liberals after botched NB Power sale - Posted: October 06, 2010
  We recognized that people power worked in New Brunswick – Tom Mann, NBU.

Campaigning person-to-person for public service - Posted: October 06, 2010
  Champions for Change conference kicks-off national effort.

Pharmacare central to preventing and eradicating poverty - Campaign 2000 - Posted: September 23, 2010
  The working poor and self-employed usually do not have work-based plans and are ineligible for provincial income-tested programs.

Government liquor store privatization risk-free? - Posted: September 23, 2010
  Not so fast, says Virginia study.

"Streamlining" Medicare - Posted: September 23, 2010
  Critics charge proposed Alberta Health Act a cover for privatization.

Privatization: the wrong direction for patients - Posted: September 23, 2010
  TV ads aim at Brad Wall government's plan to turn health care over to business.

Will that be oil with your water? - Posted: September 23, 2010
  BC environment staff stretched razour-thin.

Teacher bonuses not linked to better student performance – study - Posted: September 23, 2010
  Merit pay does nothing to improve test scores or other markers of success.

Education moving to centre stage as Hudak tops McGuinty in poll - Posted: September 23, 2010
  But by opposing popular early learning program, Tories play into Liberal trap for a repeat of John Tory debacle.

Keep TTC public or face consequences - Posted: September 23, 2010
  Canadian and international experiences point to disastrous problems and waste when cities sell off their transit sytems.

Communities lack infrastructure to fulfill Canada's Northern strategy - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Canada has failed to make ongoing investments to sustain northern development while its northern neighbours have steadily strengthened their northern presence.

Ottawa City Council acted in bad faith in plans to privatize heritage park - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Friends of Lansdowne launch legal challenge.

Outgoing CMA president pumps private health insurance and user fees for patients - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Private approach would be to dismantle more than 60 years of progress - activists.

Systemic health reforms may be a prelude to privatization, warns new CMA president - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Sustainability is about providing universal access to high quality health care, delivered in a cost-effective manner - Jeff Turnbull.

Ontario teachers call for two-year moratorium on Grades 3 and 6 standardized testing - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Teachers assess students better than EQAO tests - ETFO.

National pharmacare plan could save up to $10.7 billion a year - study - Posted: September 13, 2010
  Private drug plans do poorly in comparison with public.

Austerity measures unfairly target low income earners - Posted: August 03, 2010
  Low-paid Ontario support workers take cuts while corporations get billions in tax cuts.

Powell River, BC, says "Keep water public!" - Posted: August 03, 2010
  Residents oppose paying subsidy to private company to supply their needs.

Equal opportunity in the workplace is the latest Conservative target - Posted: August 03, 2010
  Government flogs myths about employment equity, equality, and merit.

Activists, opposition force retreat on public asset sell-off in Ontario - Posted: August 03, 2010
  "Super-corp" meets a quiet, if temporary, demise.

BC government leaning toward private schools - Posted: August 03, 2010
  The premier 'chairs' a Fraser Institute fundraiser. The Fraser Institute extols private education. Public school advocates are worried.

Census decision is senseless - Posted: August 03, 2010
  The issues that are no longer being probed by the government or Statistics Canada are not going away.

Canada abstains on historic water rights resolution at UN - Posted: August 03, 2010
  UN General Assembly passes historic Human Right to Water and Sanitation resolution over Harper's objections.

Infrastructure neglect will cost billions – report - Posted: August 03, 2010
  Average Canadian will pay $51,000 in reduced wages to cover the bill.

California on verge of collapse because tax cuts starved state government - Posted: July 09, 2010
  Overcrowded classrooms are becoming normal in California, where conservatives caused a financial crisis with ballot initiatives freezing taxes.

Jim MacDonald, 91, founded Canadian Health Coalition - Posted: July 09, 2010
  Fiery Cape Bretoner won the Spirit of Tommy Douglas Award.

Privatization process of Ottawa's Lansdowne illegitimate - researchers - Posted: July 09, 2010
  Municipal politicians can at times act more like cheerleaders than assessors.

Edmonton tree service $1M cheaper if city did it - Posted: July 09, 2010
  'We did not receive value for money': auditor.

'SuperCorp is a SuperScam' demonstrators tell McGuinty cabinet - Posted: July 09, 2010
  "The more we're learning about SuperCorp, the less it passes the smell test."

The Third Depression beckons due to deficit hysteria - Posted: July 09, 2010
  Old-time religion is so widespread, in Europe, officials seem to be getting their talking points from Herbert Hoover.

Police conduct "arbitrary and excessive" - Posted: July 03, 2010
  Canadian Civil Liberties Union calls for public inquiry into police action during G20 conference.

Police grabbed "critical mass" cyclist in mid-ride - Posted: June 30, 2010
  Witnesses say Geoffrey Bercarich was knocked off his bike, dragged away and beaten.

Police surround and attack small group of protesters at Queen and Spadina - Posted: June 30, 2010
  Graphic video shows brutal takedown of peaceful demonstrators.

A reader writes about her G20 weekend - Posted: June 30, 2010
  Shocking submission detailing police brutality and intimidation written to Toronto Star writer, Antonia Zerbisias', Facebook page.

Toronto Police threaten G20 journalists with rape - Posted: June 30, 2010
  Amy Miller Miller claims she was throttled at the neck and stripped of her press pass as she was being arrested.

Grim echo of 1930s as governements cut spending - Posted: June 30, 2010
  Policy makers make dangerous bet.

G8 seeks to divert attention from broken aid pledge - Posted: June 29, 2010
  Rich nations work on plan to cut deaths of mothers and infants to turn spotlight from failure to meet $50 G aid promise.

People First and the G20 summit - Posted: June 29, 2010
  There are those who believe that all forms of public protest are illegitimate but they are wrong.

Police desperate to avoid an inquiry - Posted: June 29, 2010
  Official line is that downtown Toronto was sacrificed for summit security.

Conditions at G20 Dentention Centre are illegal, immoral and dangerous - Posted: June 29, 2010
  Detainees forced into cages with little food and water for up to 35 hours.

Live blog from Saturday's G20 protest - Posted: June 28, 2010
  Illlustrated account from the streets of Toronto during the Saturday riot after the protest rally shows small groups of hooligans and confused police.

Decisions today on Ottawa's Lansdowne Park - Posted: June 28, 2010
  Council to decide if landmark will be privatized and intensely developed, or kept public and whole.

Eyewitness account from Queen and Spadina - Posted: June 28, 2010
  "It was at Queen Street that things changed and, from what I witnessed, it was the police who changed it."

Open letter alleges police brutality at G20 demo - Posted: June 28, 2010
  Cyclist punched by police out while others hold him.

Banks are off the hook, with austerity for the rest of the world - Posted: June 28, 2010
  G20 refusal to tax financial sector could further harm the poor.

Videos of G20 protests and policing - Posted: June 28, 2010
  Documentation of peaceful protest and repression.

What the media ignored at G20 protests - Posted: June 28, 2010
  25,000 citizens peacefully demonstrated against G20 policies in Toronto.

Civil Society muzzled at G20 - Posted: June 28, 2010
  It's media apartheid – Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace

CCLA rights monitors arrested - Posted: June 27, 2010
  Civil Liberties Association denounces sweeping illegal arrests.

Final G20 Draft - Posted: June 27, 2010
  Clean energy hoovered out of G20 final communique - WWF

G20 draws a blank on poverty - Posted: June 27, 2010
  Oxfam identifies Canada as the obstacle to progress.

EDITORIAL: Photos, eyewitness accounts and reports raise questions that only a full judicial inquiry can answer - Posted: June 27, 2010
  Globe pix point to possible repeat of Montebello outrage.

G8 leaders offer little and fail to hold themselves accountable - Posted: June 26, 2010
  Harper lost on maternal health because he wasted political capital opposing bank tax.

Environmental groups frustrated with climate change and energy outcomes of Muskoka G8 - Posted: June 26, 2010
  Having stalled climate action in Canada for the last 4 years, the Harper government has successfully stalled it at the G8.

When police stick to phony script - Posted: June 26, 2010

G8 summit of shame fails poor people – Oxfam - Posted: June 26, 2010
  Failure will leave a sad legacy of kids out of school, denied medicines for the sick, and no food for the hungry.

Take a tour of the Fake Lake - Posted: June 26, 2010
  See how Canada welcomes world media – and excludes civil society.

Maternal health funding could be a shell game – Oxfam - Posted: June 26, 2010
  It sounds like a lot of money, for five years, but Canada has spent a similar amount, in three days, for summits.

G8 maternal child health intiative a dismal failure – World Poverty Coalition - Posted: June 26, 2010
  Prime Minister unable to rally support needed.

Huntsville: Reporter detained several hours - Posted: June 25, 2010
  "Once my trunk was open, uniformed police seem to come out of every corner."

Opinions mixed on whether to influence or scrap G8/G20 summits - Posted: June 25, 2010
  Many question the very legitimacy of events – Steve Staples.

Almost martial law... - Posted: June 25, 2010
  CCLA warns security zone is now under "Public Works Protection Act".

Summits could be wasted opportunities – Pembina Institute - Posted: June 24, 2010
  The countries that have the credibility to lead on the world stage are the ones who are acting at home – Clare Demerse.

G8/G20 Summits, June 2010 – Index of links - Posted: June 23, 2010
  Summary of articles about the G8 Summit in Muskoka and G20 Summit in Toronto, from Straight Goods News, labour, NGOs, and other sources.

Leaked declaration sees G20 back off plan to stop subsidies for Big Oil and Coal - Posted: June 23, 2010
  Commitment is watered down in draft statement - Greenpeace.

Canadian women demand action on G8 Muskoka Health Initiative - Posted: June 23, 2010
  36 prominent Canadian women have signed onto a letter urging Prime Minister Stephen Harper to protect the rights of women.

Economists who won't name winners and losers from dismantling medicare should be shamed - Posted: June 11, 2010
  Claim that medicare is too costly to maintain is based on economic and political myths.

United Water service failures indicative of problems - Posted: June 11, 2010
  American cities suffer under privatized utilities.

'Supercorp' privatization will backfire on McGuinty - Posted: June 11, 2010
  OPSEU and SEP join forces to alert voters to dangers of selling off any portion of Ontario's cash cow Crown corporations.

High incarceration rate in USA significant factor in strains on state and local budgets - Posted: June 11, 2010
  Cutting the incarceration rate for non-violent offenders would reduce state and local budgets by almost $15 billion per year.

Powell River community forms water watch coalition - Posted: June 11, 2010
  Members believe that ownership, operation and management of water and water-related utilities must remain in the hands of the public.

Conservatives trying to ram partial postal deregulation through Parliament - Posted: May 31, 2010
  Omnibus budget Bill C-9 contains hidden provisions.

Louisiana House backs bill that could slow privatization - Posted: May 21, 2010
  Bill would give lawmakers the ability to reject privatization contracts involving the state's mental hospitals.

Union, chamber blame privatization for Turkish mine deaths - Posted: May 21, 2010
  Mine accidents have risen drastically since a change in the Mining Law in 2004 that provided private subcontractors a much larger share in the sector.

UK Conservatives begin union bashing, prepare to privatize Royal Mail - Posted: May 21, 2010
  Long term, these programs are horrible failures.

Geroge Lakoff's ballot intiative would boost California public power - Posted: May 21, 2010
  Proposal would end caps on taxation by reducing 2/3rd voting requirement to simple majority.

Winnipeg waste water privatization contract does not pass the smell test - Posted: May 21, 2010
  Question remains whether Province will ensure that Winnipeg's proposed MCU provides sufficient oversight.

Action needed on Canada-Colombia trade agreement - Posted: May 21, 2010
  MP's attack on CoDevelopment Canada's Wood highlights flaws in federal policy

General Electric and BC's private power gold rush - Posted: May 21, 2010
  When cash-poor Finavera needed backers for its Peace River wind farms, who stepped up? First, an aging Irish tycoon cut his sweet deal, then giant GE gained the 'lions share' of profits.

Harper's divisive tactics are damaging Canadian civility and undermining democratic traditions - Posted: May 21, 2010
  Blatant disdain for democracy as displayed by Nancy Ruth not an isolated Conservative incident.

New Brunswickers launch coalition for public good - Posted: May 13, 2010
  New organization follows halting of proposed sale of assets of NB Power.

Canada-EU trade accord could erode health care - Posted: May 13, 2010
  British Medical Journal covers Canada-Europe trade deal controversy.

Conservatives fund risky, expensive privatization deals - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Evidence is mounting that P3s do not deliver real value for money - Paul Moist.

London underground's privatization experiment dead - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Remaining PPP is bought out.

US mass transit cuts leave passengers stranded - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Big wheels unmoved.

Private orthopedic clinic goes belly up - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Public purse to rescue bankrupt beacon of privatized health-care.

Healthcare surpasses jobs as top issue - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Returns to traditional place in list of Canadians' concerns.

Drug lobbyist resigns from Alberta public health panel - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Albertans have said time and again they want publicly delivered health-care - Brian Mason.

Anti-privatization protests intensify in Phillippines - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Asian Development Bank (ADB) pushes privatization of water facilities across Asia.

Bill would help end homelessness - housing and native activists - Posted: May 06, 2010
  C-304 would bring all levels of government together for joint action.

The great American bubble machine - Goldman Sachs - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone provides details on how Goldman Sachs, from tech stocks to high gas prices, has engineered every major market manipulation since the Great Depression.

Goldman Sachs set to plan sell-off of Ontario assets - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Huge and controversial banking firm has a history of playing both sides in privatization deals.

Walkom: Ontario's phony war against druggists - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Real health care cost drivers are the big multinational pharmaceuticals firms.

"Education catastrophe" as states may cut 300,000 public school jobs - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Boards making drastic cuts because state money and local property taxes have been hit hard by the recession.

A new climate movement in Bolivia - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Naomi Klein reports from reports the World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Bolivia.

Saskatchewan shelves privatization plans - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Crowns earn to much to sell off.

Huge profits from BC private power raise alarms - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Corporations pocket green energy subsidies.

False assumptions behind health care user fees - Posted: April 30, 2010
  An open letter to the Prime Minister from Canadian Doctors for Medicare .

Selling Ontario Power Generation would take the lid off electricity prices - Posted: April 21, 2010
  The only thing that stands between Ontarians and soaring deregulated electricity prices are government caps.

In defense of public school teachers in a time of crisis - Posted: April 21, 2010
  Teachers are no longer asked to think critically and be creative in the classroom.

Budget freeze will harm Canadians and compromise public services: PSAC - Posted: April 21, 2010
  Expenditure restraint equals a reduction in services.

Passage of Bill C-474 important victory for farmers - Posted: April 21, 2010
  Bill will require analysis of potential harm from GM crops before licensing.

G20 offers opportunity for "Robin Hood Tax" - Posted: April 21, 2010
  "Canadians want to do our fair share. Why shouldn't banks and brokerages pay too?" say advocates.

New trade justice coalition leaks draft of Canada-Europe trade deal - Posted: April 21, 2010
  "More draconian than WTO or NAFTA", agreement would tie hands government while enforcing corporate rights and privatization.

Global unions call for tax on financial transactions - Posted: April 13, 2010
  Harper rejects "Robin Hood" plan despite enormous potential to help world's poor and reign in "paper economy".

OISE survey good news for public educators - Posted: April 13, 2010
  Ontario poll confirms support for public education and opposition to privatization.

Selling off our public assets makes no sense for Toronto - Posted: April 13, 2010
  Many of them generate stable flows of revenue that the city will lose in these one-shot deals.

Edmonton illustrates perils of corporatized water - Posted: April 13, 2010
  People of Edmonton have no accountability or oversight over the workings, service and decision-making of corporate water-provider Epcor.

Canadians no longer see red over prospect of higher taxes - Posted: April 13, 2010
  Almost three out of five Canadian CEOs surveyed in March say higher taxes are needed to get the country back into the fiscal black.

Canada Post to privatize 300 contact centre jobs across Canada - Posted: April 06, 2010
  Obsession with privatization will badly damage the quality of the Canadian postal service as well as the communities it serves - Robyn Benson

Saskatchewan's surgical plan puts profits first, not patients - Posted: April 06, 2010
  Government fails to fund public surgical centre for $3 million but finds $5.5 million for private-for-profit care.

Conservatives want to ram partial postal deregulation through Parliament - Posted: April 06, 2010
  Legislation undermines Canada Post's exclusive privilege to handle letters.

A dozen key problems with the BC Energy Plan - Posted: April 06, 2010
  Plan will privatize BC's watersheds and power production, erode public utility, and export electricity to the US market.

Women and part-time workers asked to shoulder an unfair burden, vulnerable will suffer - Posted: April 06, 2010
  An interview with Warren "Smokey" Thomas

Saskatchewan loses a piece of its soul for $5 million - Posted: April 06, 2010
  Cutting public broadcaster SCN deprives province of economic activity and opportunity to tell its own stories.

Private sector attracting more Quebec health professionals - Posted: March 30, 2010
  Nurses and doctors leaving public institutions, according to Merck-funded zine

Tar sands tanker traffic could cause another Exxon Valdez disaster - Posted: March 29, 2010
  Twenty one years after mega-spill Harper government is moving to return giant tankers to the BC coastline.

Ontario elementary teachers say standardized testing doesn't work - Posted: March 29, 2010
  Eliminating EQAO and letting teachers teach would save money, produce results - ETFO.

Budget 2010, too little for too many - Posted: March 04, 2010
  Public service freeze, cuts to corporate taxes, cities left to fend for themselves.

PM urged to "put people first" in budget - Posted: March 02, 2010
  Economic recovery needs quality public services, retirement security, adequate EI benefits.

Canada falls to 25th in Gender Gap Index, down from 7th in 2004 - Posted: February 23, 2010
  UN has strongly criticized Canada on women's poverty, violence to Aboriginal women & girls.

Planned cuts to Ontario child care programs will leave low-income, special needs families without care - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Job losses and increased demand for welfare will outweigh savings from cuts.

Buy America provisions give away Canadian farm for little return - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Public services previously excluded from NAFTA now on the table with new deal.

Rights and Democracy shake-up an "extraordinarily serious scandal" - Broadbent - Posted: February 01, 2010
  Public appointments process is used to pursue ultra-conservative political agenda.

Radio Labour launches on-line February 1 with international coverage - Posted: January 25, 2010
  Separate podcasting site for labour groups, issues, encouraging north-south dialogue.

Nova Scotia hospital, school board workers set to strike - Posted: January 07, 2010
  Wage parity, inferior contracts issues before January 11 strike date.

Ottawa museum workers win after 12-week strike - Posted: December 17, 2009
  Issues settled include contracting out, temporary workers can become permanent after 24 months

Ontario could sell off of crown corporations like "selling the family silver" - Posted: December 16, 2009
  Deficit is pretext for getting commercial assessment on lottery sales, hydro, liquor stores

Whistleblower Colvin testimony, Tory committee members say they are "incredulous" - Posted: December 03, 2009
  Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers expresses deep concerns about personal attacks on Colvin, one of its members.

CUPE statement on the passing of Gil Levine - Posted: November 19, 2009
  He built CUPE’s research branch into the largest labour research team in the country.

Gil Levine, giant of Canadian labour, passes away - Posted: November 19, 2009
  Crucial figure in union merger that resulted in the creation of CUPE in 1963.

CRTC moving from individual TV licenses to group ones - Posted: November 16, 2009
  Latest round of hearings will only propel further deregulation, critic says.

Misinformation used in discussion of who "should" get hurt next in recession - Posted: November 11, 2009
  Government deficit estimated to be modest, easily addressed by modest tax increases than major spending cuts.

Full day kindergarten welcomed by parents, advocates, union - Posted: November 09, 2009
  Money spent on early education proven to have long term impact against poverty.

Private clinics looking to expand into Saskatchewan, saying they can reduce waits - Posted: November 06, 2009
  Progress is being made in wait times, says CUPE.

Hotel among first in Toronto to subsidize transit pass for workers - Posted: November 06, 2009
  TTC urging hotels and businesses to make program part of green strategy.

Hospital union leaders question ability of Ontario hospitals to handle H1N1 surge - Posted: November 06, 2009
  Province has the fewest beds per 1,000 of the population of any province in Canada.

Albertans distrust those running their health care - CBC poll - Posted: October 26, 2009
  Professionals get higher marks than politicians and senior managers.

Museum strikes show no sign of settlement in sight - Posted: October 23, 2009
  Labour dispute threatens to disrupt the annual memorial celebrations including Remembrance Day.

Ottawa federal cleaners better off twenty-five years ago than today - Posted: October 21, 2009
  Union fights harassment and intimidation to organize office cleaners in Ottawa – SEIU.

Tell PM food safety still a priority - Food Safety First Campaign - Posted: October 11, 2009
  Positive steps made, but other inspection programs woefully understaffed.

Government continues to withdraw resources from federally-supported science - Posted: October 11, 2009
  Medical doctors and scientists now have severely reduced access to an important research tool.

Montreal auditor general pulls plug on water meter privatization contract - Posted: October 05, 2009
  Rates hikes of 167 percent, spiraling costs, conflict of interest cited.

Foresters call for government enquiry, new responsible ownership for six bankrupt mills - Posted: October 05, 2009
  AbitibiBowater attempted to build an empire based on debt, union says.

Students hit by record youth unemployment, assistance cuts - Posted: October 05, 2009
  Summer job dearth for 15 to 24 year olds breaks all previous records.

New film: You, Me and the SPP - Posted: October 05, 2009
  What was the real agenda behind North America's overreaching security agreement? Market accessibility.

Front line justice workers call for changes in how mentally ill are treated - Posted: October 04, 2009
  Increasing incarceration of people with mental issues is cruel and unusual punishment - NUPGE.

BC Health Sciences Association blasts government for cutting autism support - Posted: September 27, 2009
  Says "improvement in service" is really $3 million in cuts.

Spend early on children, says OECD - Posted: September 27, 2009
  New report compares public spending, policies for children with child-wellbeing in different countries.

Privatization, casualization global trends in higher education - Posted: September 27, 2009
  Casualization brings poor working conditions, low wages and a decline in qualifications of academic staff.

BC: education grants cut in half - Posted: September 27, 2009
  Critics note cuts will hit the poor hardest.

Alberta: threat of more education cuts galvanizes resistance - Posted: September 26, 2009
  Parents, teachers and trustees join forces.

Ontario: new "transactional" schools gaining ground - Posted: September 26, 2009
  Make education relevant and thought-provoking, not about regurgitating facts, proponents say.

Standardized testing: failing grade - Posted: September 25, 2009
  Time-consuming, high stress test has questionable merit, say Ontario teachers.

New legislation would ethically screen pension fund investments - Posted: September 22, 2009
  As Canadians, we let our pension funds stray - SEIU.

Dump Site 41 stopped: the public wins one for water - Posted: September 20, 2009
  Victory shows water management needs rethinking at all levels of government.

Surprise! McGuinty, Charest sign interprovincial trade deal - Posted: September 17, 2009
  Agreement will hamstring social, economic policy, critics charge.

The SPP is dead - Posted: September 17, 2009
  Security and Prosperity Partnership tainted by secrecy, Bush legacy.

Dependence on parent fundraising grows huge gap between public schools - Posted: September 17, 2009
  Trustees for Education discussion paper calls for equity in education.

French President wants to measure well-being, dump GDP - Posted: September 16, 2009
  Draws on report headed by Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Cut to Canadian Recording Arts Grant sparks furor, online petition - Posted: September 16, 2009
  Diversity in music program killed without announcement during summer recess.

CD Howe Institute still firing corporate spin at sinking tax ship - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Corporate tax contributions so low they could barely twist an ankle if they fell any further.

Labour head in Quebec suspended for questioning P3 project - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Public pressure by workers, concerned citizens causes quick reversal by city council.

Cafeteria kickbacks: unhealthy, unethical and pricey - Posted: September 08, 2009
  How food-service providers bilk millions from taxpayers.

Women's poverty takes back burner in recession - Posted: September 07, 2009
  Government policies contribute to poverty among women.

Privatized public schools in USA underwhelm critics - Posted: August 27, 2009
  Studies prove public schools get disproportionate share of the neediest students, yet still do as well - or better.

Tell the USA the truth about our healthcare system - Posted: August 22, 2009
  Avaaz petition aims to cause a stir in US media before congressional vote.

Why is Environment Canada gagging its own scientists? - Posted: August 22, 2009
  New communications policy restricts how government researchers may interact with reporters.

"Buy Canadian" better option than binding trade agreements - Posted: August 16, 2009
  A joint statement on public procurement and the public good.

Mainstream media misses the boat on BC river privatization - Posted: August 13, 2009
  Power, tax revenues go south at a loss, local market prices triple.

Disturbing trend towards criminalizing public dissent in Ontario - Posted: August 13, 2009
  Police compile list, lay charges against rural retirees who oppose dump site.

New poll shows overwhelming support for public health care - Posted: August 13, 2009
  CMA president's privatization agenda goes against Canadian current.

International company to bottle, export small town Ontario municipal water - Posted: July 31, 2009
  Plans include selling tap water back to local schoolchildren.

Quebec to expand private health care - without debate - Posted: July 31, 2009
  Province has gone further than Supreme Court demanded.

Tell Stephen Harper: action required on listeriosis report - Posted: July 30, 2009
  Will report on last summer's outbreak gather dust or garner changes?

BC Utilities Commission pulls plug on government plans to privatize power - Posted: July 30, 2009
  Regulatory body confirms province's need for additional power was grossly exaggerated.

Toronto strike: no contract, no service is basic business sense, not "public sector monopoly" - Posted: July 30, 2009
  Why demand concessions from workers while those who caused crisis get billions in bailouts?

Airline deregulation puts private profit above public and industry - Posted: July 30, 2009
  Concessions by employees have gone straight into pockets of private investors.

Municipal privatization: What Winnipeg can learn from elsewhere - Posted: July 28, 2009
  Corporatizing utilities brings risks to public, but rewards private interests.

Yukon energy privatization attempt brings resignations, backpeddling - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Premier vows no privatization, but talks continue.

Winnipeg city council sets up arm's length water and garbage utility - Posted: July 16, 2009
  P3 approved despite 30 public presentations against proposed plan.

Winnipeg councillor: no water utility sales without referendum - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Response to public outcry over public-private partnership.

Overwhelming majority of Canadians back public health care - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Canadians have no appetite for further privatization, pollster finds.

US Businesses and economists back public health care with petition - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Public health care seen as saviour of the economy.

Shh! Coming soon: Canada, US and Mexico's Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Demand to have a say in North America's future.

Canada's EI benefits well below OECD average: study - Posted: July 15, 2009
  Weakened, inadequate programs have produced a 'massive risk shift' onto families, economist says.

US government looks at razing suburbs - Posted: July 02, 2009
  As fortunes decline and people leave, some centres find there are "simply too few people to pay for services".

Public policy in UK shifts from growth to wellbeing, sustainability - Posted: July 02, 2009
  Watchdog organization keeps British government on track for 'prosperity without growth'.

New fund backs local programming - Posted: July 02, 2009
  "No excuse to close stations or reduce local programming," says media union.

Quebec walking away from privatization partnerships - Posted: July 02, 2009
  P3 agency president has stepped down, following half his board in recent months.

Save prison farms, say Solicitor General employees, National Farmer's Union - Posted: July 02, 2009
  New website aims to turn around decision shut down valuable resource.

Port Moody dumps privatized garbage collection - Posted: July 02, 2009
  Contracted-out service called "embarassing" by mayor, pledges city will do the job right.

Saskatchewan public servants fight back - Posted: July 02, 2009
  Member activation results in grassroots action against Wall government.

Number of new food inspectors: 57 – Number assigned to meat plant inspection: 0 - Posted: June 15, 2009
  Despite promises, feds still focused on checking paperwork.

Nuclear safety threatened by cost cuts - Posted: June 15, 2009
  Safe operation, adequate oversight worth more than possible savings of $7 million.

Provincial, local government should remain free of NAFTA, WTO rules - Posted: June 15, 2009
  Ability of local governments to govern threatened by move to expand trade deals.

Listeria crisis reveals conflict of interest - Posted: June 14, 2009
  CFIA's mandate split between managing food safety and industry promotion.

Municipal governments organize for protection from NAFTA, WTO - Posted: June 13, 2009
  Delegates to national conference demand open public consultation, protection for democratic governance.

Ontario passes Green Energy Act - Posted: June 12, 2009
  Groundbreaking legislation heralded by coalition of leading environmental groups.

Report: "significant downsides" to privatization - Posted: June 11, 2009
  Examines risk, responsibility, accountability, effect on jobs, exit strategy of P3s.

Part-time college workers struggle to organize in Ontario - Posted: June 08, 2009
  Refusing to count ballots in part-time faculty vote is one of many stalling tactics - OPSEU.

Quebec Auditor General asked to investigate university P3s - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Rising costs, untendered contracts raise red flags.

Alberta publicly finances four high schools, cancels P3 project - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Ten elementary, middle schools will still be built with more expensive P3 model.

Take action on food inspection shortage - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Campaign addresses the need for more meat inspectors.

Toronto City Council adopts mandatory green roof requirements - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Toronto leads North America by requiring green roofs on new buildings.

British National Health Service would save $4.4 billion CAD if P3s bought back - Posted: June 03, 2009
  Research shows public-private building contracts no bargain.

AECL's viable assets to be sold - Posted: May 31, 2009
  Taxpayers will be on hook for liabilities and toxic assets.

Twice as many processed meat inspectors needed, union says. - Posted: May 28, 2009
  Research presented to parliamentary committee shows too few inspectors to do the job.

Drug advertising allowed Canada that is prohibited in US - Posted: May 28, 2009
  In US, medications with serious risks carry warnings on packaging, cannot be advertised.

Frozen food producers admit global sourcing means no safety guarantees - Posted: May 28, 2009
  Cheapest ingredients worldwide come from countries no oversight or regulation.

Rural Ontario county rejects P3 wastewater bids, stays public - Posted: May 28, 2009
  Councilors see through low-ball bids, high estimated operating costs.

Conservative MPs spearhead opposition to privatization of BC Crown coal terminal - Posted: May 28, 2009
  Sell-off seen as a job killer, loss of investment by taxpayers.

Ontario community, labour and cancer groups fight American P3 incinerator contract - Posted: May 27, 2009
  Company well-known for labour and safety violations in US.

Deregulated post-secondary education in BC gets failing grade - Posted: May 27, 2009
  Government washes hands of mess, tells students to sue substandard institutions.

Canadians don't trust private companies to keep food safe, poll shows - Posted: May 21, 2009
  Only 13 percent believe the food industry can be relied on to police itself.

Children's mental health facility in Ottawa on brink of bankruptcy - Posted: May 15, 2009
  15 years of provincial underfunding called "slow moving train wreck".

Financial world waits for return of regulatory oversight - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Former FDIC chairman says government's job is to keep greed in check.

Deregulation in Nigeria met with promise of month of mass protests - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Issues of concern include a minimum wage, privatization of refineries

Doubling of profits for Britain's Royal Mail makes hard case for planned privatization - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Government is facing a rebellion from more than 150 Labour MPs over the sale.

What could go wrong? Privatized British Rail demonstrates - Posted: May 14, 2009
  When every service or component is owned by a different operator, nothing is simple.

How to set up a corporate tax shell, with YouTube video - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Setting up in offshore tax haven of Panama as easy as ABC, intern learns.

50 grassroots organizations reject energy sell-off in BC - Posted: May 12, 2009
  Environmental, indigenous, community and labour groups unite against privatized "run-of-the-river" power projects.

Quebec minister vetoes Gatineau P3 arena deal - Posted: May 12, 2009
  City councillor calls it "a victory for taxpayers."

Edmonton privatizes public power utility behind closed doors - Posted: May 12, 2009
  Civic stakeholders, competitors find out about deal only after finalization.

Critical government communications security project given to private sector - Posted: May 09, 2009
  Relinquishing control of public-interest project explained as money, risk and time-saving measure, despite other P3 failures.

Canada Post will not deregulate, thanks to fight-back campaign - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Preserving rural and small-town service remains a concern.

Swine flu shows need for good public health systems world-wide - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Beleaguered Mexican health care system ill-equipped, slow to respond to crisis.

Urgent call for action to stop sale of BC's rivers - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Private run-of-river power projects sidestep public, environmental accountability.

Poll shows majority of Albertans oppose health cuts - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Staying the course, not delisting services, desired by 62 percent of respondents.

Rural Ontario hospital cuts will cost lives, residents charge - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Province's move to consolidate emergency health care in urban centres creates outcry.

California government could be first to limit potent climate change gas - Posted: April 30, 2009
  State senate wants to expand its landmark global warming law.

Cafeteria kickbacks: corporate food companies bilk millions from taxpayers - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Fraudulent rebate schemes keep local providers out of school, hospital, government kitchens, critics charge.

Communities demand bottling giant Nestle stop undermining local control of water - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Company currently in disputes in Canada and six US states.

Public Service Alliance files in court over workers', women's constitutional rights - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Latest charter challenge claimants say Harper government hid regressive laws in budget.

BC public employees join call for moratorium on private run-of-river power - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Groups want proper environmental assessments, local governance and community voices restored.

Health Canada's drug safety procedures lacking, says study - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Rapid approval of drugs, no recall mechanism, puts public at risk.

More cuts to public science in Canada, with YouTube video - Posted: April 29, 2009
  NRC bids farewell to world-class research.

Senate report says Canada lags in care of seniors - Posted: April 23, 2009
  Finds "serious gaps" in health care, transportation, housing and support systems.

Alberta government gets it wrong - Posted: April 23, 2009
  Cutting infrastructure spending and focusing on P3s bucks global consensus, means less bang for the buck

UK P3 projects crash and burn - Posted: April 23, 2009
  Public sector bailouts only way forward.

Government take-over brings BC P3 bridge under budget, ahead of schedule - Posted: April 23, 2009
  P3 deal's collapse saves $200 million, one year's time.

EU farming studies may shift public policy - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Farming, food, health and environment need integrated oversight, author says.

Canadians get more public services than they pay for - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Families in middle 50 percent receive at least half their private incomes in benefits most take for granted - CCPA.

Public-private partnerships fail to deliver - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Governments should abandon the myth that the P3 model has benefits.

PIPSC issues charter challenge over budget - Posted: April 22, 2009
  Legislation that breaks contracts violates rights of employees under 2007 Supreme Court ruling.

Profiles of public interest advocates from Alberta - Posted: April 11, 2009
  Conference brought activists together to think about action in critical times.

How the Citizens' Assembly is reinventing the public's role in decision-making - Posted: April 09, 2009
  Expanding engagement offers the possibility of creating public innovation and consensus.

Proposed federal pension law changes say 'fend for yourself' - Posted: April 09, 2009
  Would transfer risks and costs from investors and corporations to pensioners and workers.

Train wreck: the privatization of British Rail - Posted: April 08, 2009
  Before privatization, the biggest complaint was bad sandwiches, not employee fatalities.

Plan to privatize AECL like dismantling Avro - Posted: April 08, 2009
  Would jettison only most valuable portions, keep money-losers as Crown assets.

Ending privatized medicare in the USA - Posted: April 08, 2009
  US government subsidies enrich insurance companies at the expense of taxpayers and beneficiaries.

Court-ordered private health insurance in Quebec finds no takers - Posted: April 03, 2009
  Health minister claims medicare works so well that private options irrelevant.

US Treasury Secretary wants P3s to bail out big banks - Posted: April 03, 2009
  Plan to scrub assets could leave public holding the bag, while private speculators reap the biggest rewards.

Quebec hospitals to cost $4 billion more as P3s than if publicly-owned - Posted: April 02, 2009
  Not to late to cancel the process, PQ critic says.

Labour mobility spin sweetens secret deregulation and privatization agreement - Posted: April 02, 2009
  New legal challenges feared if TILMA-related changes to internal trade pact go through.

Workers look to G20 leaders to pull world out of recession - Posted: April 02, 2009
  We need a new set of rules for both the global economy and those who profit from it the most.

Interprovincial trade agreements threaten communities, environment, public services - Posted: April 01, 2009
  Press conferences held in seven provinces to present evidence against them.

Food safety: Why end government grain inspection? - Posted: April 01, 2009
  Study finds public safety, market confidence, grower's independence all at risk.

Save Canada's national broadcaster - Posted: March 27, 2009
  Petition to Prime Minister Stephen Harper for bridge financing.

Lobbyists could have wings clipped by court decision - Posted: March 27, 2009
  Question remains whether key rules will be enforced by ethics commissioners.

CBC cuts are ideologically driven – Charlie Angus - Posted: March 27, 2009
  Consolidation, bad debts and bad mergers helped trigger media crisis.

What is big business hiding in overseas tax shelters? - Posted: March 25, 2009
  Firms responsible for the world financial meltdown keep their profits in offshore banks.

OECD drafts principles on exchange of tax information - Posted: March 25, 2009
  Result of global forum on transparency and exchange of information.

BC government taking action on illegal medicare fees - Posted: March 25, 2009
  Attempted crack down at some for-profit clinics.

40 organizations prepare to file complaint at UN against Harper government on women's rights - Posted: March 25, 2009
  Groups say hurdles in pay equity and EI undermine Canadian women's equality.

3,000 Ontario Red Cross home care workers begin strike - Posted: March 25, 2009
  Home health service professionals left living below poverty line after months of bargaining.

Deregulation of BC sewer system setting the stage for disaster: report - Posted: March 19, 2009
  Self-regulatory system open to conflict of interest, removes health officials' power to protect the public.

International Coalition denounces World Water Forum's privatization agenda - Posted: March 19, 2009
  Speaker Maude Barlow defends drinking water as a public right, not corporate cash cow.

EU still banking on financial deregulation in third world - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Critics charge strategy undermines poverty reduction, creates instability.

Maryland rethinks utility deregulation: thousands face cut-off - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Service interruption stayed for 117,000 pending review of doubled, tripled rates.

Court challenge to health-care privatization in Quebec - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Lawsuit contends Bill 33 undermines medicare.

Canada's small literary publishers denied funding under new rules - Posted: March 17, 2009
  New, annual sales-based restrictions would "cripple or kill" venerable publications.

Canada's top scientists reeling from $148 million in cuts to ongoing research - Posted: March 16, 2009
  Brain drain feared as US government set to pump $18 billion into science.

US privatized food safety inspections graded: Fail - Posted: March 12, 2009
  Third-party audits for food safety likened to mail-order diploma mills for education.

BC civil service floats idea of shorter work week - Posted: March 12, 2009
  Voluntary work reduction discussed as way of cutting costs, avoiding layoffs.

Home care workers face increased squeeze - Posted: March 12, 2009
  Health corporations were paying poverty wages even before conservative meltdown hit.

New poll: Canadians not on with selling off Crown corporations - Posted: March 11, 2009
  Harper government reintroduced idea in January's budget.

BC families losing ground to widening gap - Posted: March 11, 2009
  Study reveals 30-year decline in incomes for all but the richest.

CMA elects public-system champion for president - Posted: March 10, 2009
  Last two presidents owned, campaigned aggressively for private clinics.

Should the USA keep feeding "zombie banks" public money after death? - Posted: March 07, 2009
  Former Chief Economist of Senate Banking Committee advises: stop catering to past patterns of power.

UK accountants slam lack of financial scrutiny in P3 projects - Posted: March 07, 2009
  Call for stricter reporting from private sector to determine how public money is being used, whether goals are met.

Private financing collapse leaves BC bridge as fully public project, saving taxpayers $200 million - Posted: March 05, 2009
  Quebec P3 megaprojects also on shaky ground.

Immigration privatized through extension of migrant worker program - Posted: March 04, 2009
  At least half of new immigrants now are forever temporary, and the proportion keeps growing.

BC government accused of fixing rail privatization deal - Posted: March 04, 2009
  Angry bidders cry foul in $1 billion scandal.

Communities suffer as corporations target water systems - Posted: March 03, 2009
  New report shows service suffers, costs skyrocket under water privatization in USA.

"Hidden horrors" of federal budget threaten waterways, students, women, workers - Posted: February 27, 2009
  Conservatives pursue deregulatory agenda by gutting environment assessment.

Airlines ask Canadian safety inspectors to sign confidentiality agreements - Posted: February 26, 2009
  Safety Management Systems producing confusion as to who is responsible for air safety.

BC considers 30 percent cut to public services - Posted: February 26, 2009
  Province already has leanest public sector in Canada.

US airline safety advocates sue DOT and FAA - Posted: February 25, 2009
  Seek to force adoption of safety recommendations made as far back as mid-1990s.

Northern Ireland: Leaked memo exposes payroll privatization failure - Posted: February 25, 2009
  Civil servants get emergency cash after significant underpayments by contractor; other privatization reforms flounder.

Nova Scotia report: Buoyant creative class helps keep economy afloat - Posted: February 25, 2009
  Canada's cultural sector accounted for 1.1 million jobs in 2007.

Raleigh rallies behind public art - Posted: February 25, 2009
  Another city in North Carolina approves stable funding formula for art in buildings, parks and public spaces.

Food safety issues in US are far from resolved - Posted: February 24, 2009
  Outbreaks continue despite calls for stricter consumer protection

Budget 2009: Canada's child care crisis will continue - Posted: February 18, 2009
  Addresses neither old issues, nor new needs of parents in employment upheaval.

Federal budget cuts bad for your health - Posted: February 18, 2009
  Why go for lowest corporate tax rates in the G7 when we have bills to pay?

Parliamentary probe launched into listeriosis outbreak - Posted: February 17, 2009
  Opposition parties demand to know what's going on behind closed doors.

Action alert: Demand public disclosure of Ontario's planned regulatory cuts - Posted: February 17, 2009
  Government's role is to protect the public good, even in bad times.

Canada has world's best banking system - Posted: February 17, 2009
  Never followed the deregulation fad, now Canada's "common-sense" system the envy of the industrialized world.

Peanut-plant salmonella brings calls for US food safety reform - Posted: February 12, 2009
  Outbreak has sickened more than 600 and may have contributed to nine deaths.

Texas " a battleground" over privatization of health and human services - Posted: February 12, 2009
  Child Protective Services, Medicaid, food stamps on the block to lowest bidder.

"Pay equity" bill threatens women's rights - Posted: February 12, 2009
  Changes make it difficult to file complaint, including $50,000 fine for union help.

Demers took action for Canadians and fellow workers because she had empathy - Posted: February 12, 2009
  With public services under siege, sudden death of president leaves PIPSC scrambling.

Stunning job losses mean EI must be improved - Posted: February 11, 2009
  Governments have changed the rules for EI: harder to qualify, benefits chopped.

BC poverty election issue as 200 organizations demand government action - Posted: February 11, 2009
  Open letter and petition gives concrete plan for taking on highest poverty rates in country, despite years of growth.

Why are food producers still their own health inspectors? - Posted: February 10, 2009
  US audit of Canadian meat plants reveals serious breaches; listeriosis investigator gagged by PM.

Blowing the whistle on corporate tax avoidance - Posted: February 09, 2009
  Investigative series looks at the problem in the UK.

Flaherty's budget won't promote big projects, critics say - Posted: February 05, 2009
  Budget targets rehabilitation of existing structures — with strings attached.

Ontario Auditor General: $614-million Brampton Civic P3 cost $394-million too much - Posted: February 05, 2009
  There is no doubt P3s can be done better. But no one is asking whether they should be done at all.

Britain's private finance-based recovery going nowhere fast - Posted: February 05, 2009
  Infrastructure projects left by the wayside as banks backpedal hard.

When private contractors go to war - Posted: February 04, 2009
  Outsourcing war plays both ends: no accountability, out of control, yet under protection of US State Department.

Forensic accountant on BC P3s: higher costs, bias and secrecy - Posted: February 04, 2009
  Observers question government's continued commitment to P3 procurement.

Public service union going to court for part-timers, students, casual labour - Posted: February 04, 2009
  Some workers not more equal than others, says PSAC.

Ontario red-tape cuts raise fears - Posted: February 03, 2009
  Critics say Liberals are putting lives at risk by scrapping up to 35 percent of provincial regulations.

Ontario Auditor General slams P3 hospital financing - Posted: January 29, 2009
  Total of $394 million more to build Brampton through private consortium; audit sought for Royal Ottawa's P3 deal.

Budget a windfall for the wealthy - Posted: January 28, 2009
  In 2009-10 there is twice as much spent on a tax break for home renovations as spent on those with low incomes.

Letter from front line to Flaherty - Posted: January 28, 2009
  Instead of NSA corporate tax cuts, give tax credits for real investments in Canadian economy.

Half-hearted budget won't help the hard-hit - Posted: January 28, 2009
  Tax cuts, corporate handouts, minor benefits seriously underestimate the job at hand.

Edmonton sells off sewage plant - Posted: January 25, 2009
  Sale could create problems under NAFTA.

Conservatives rearranging the deck chairs at Public-Private Partnership office - Posted: January 25, 2009
  Feds fill top jobs at new P3 crown corporation, but don't expect speedy funding of infrastructure projects to follow.

Worldwide inventory of infrastructure spending plans - Posted: January 24, 2009
  Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada surveys world government reactions to crisis.

Green-collar economy taking root in Chicago - Posted: January 22, 2009
  Efforts aim to marry environment, enterprise, social need.

Growing number of economists agree: infrastructure spending urgently needed - Posted: January 21, 2009
  Wish list includes accelerated spending in new technology, alternative energy and transportation.

International consortium short on cash for BC public infrastructure project - Posted: January 21, 2009
  Private toll-bridge partners ask Victoria for more time — again.

BC: Privatized hospital cleaning a failure - Posted: January 14, 2009
  Health and Safety reprimands, public complaints dog multinational contractor.

Frightened private investors derailing BC transit projects - Posted: January 14, 2009
  "If we're relying on private money, this is not the time to do it" — Port Moody mayor.

Canadians value public services over tax cuts: new poll - Posted: January 14, 2009
  Nanos Research shows broad support for social safety net in tough times.

Economic crisis result of decades of deregulation - Posted: January 09, 2009
  Left to their own devices, markets create crises - George Soros

Private company abandons contract at Ontario hospital - Posted: January 07, 2009
  Ontario Public Service Employees Union wins against controversial decision to privatize in-patient services.

Saskatchewan government feeling out public-private partnerships - Posted: January 07, 2009
  New secretariat to evaluate proposals.

Progressive policy leader Quebec winning the baby race - Posted: January 05, 2009
  Family and child-friendly policies help bring birth rate above national average.

US needs trillion dollar recovery package - Posted: January 03, 2009
  'You can't put out a forest fire with a squirt gun,' says Congressional Progressive Caucus.

On the heels of federal-provincial budget talks: a real plan to deal with the economic crisis - Posted: December 18, 2008
  Cutting interest rates is not enough

Bush Labor Department misled Congress in effort to privatize jobs - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Government Accountability Office report finds Department used fictional numbers to support savings claims.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business, once again, publishes misleading federal-private payscale comparisons - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Appropriate comparisons shows public servants paid less, not more, than private sector counterparts.

The plan: strong economy, fair society, clean environment - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Reports, petition, Facebook group promote ways to change Canadian society for the better.

Ontario Auditor General slams Brampton P3 hospital - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Could have been built for millions less as fully public project.

UNICEF flunks Canada on child care - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Report card on Early Childhood Education and Care program ranks Canada at the bottom.

Georgia may completely privatize troubled mental-health system - Posted: December 14, 2008
  Deaths of patients linked to already insufficient, poorly-trained staff.

Contracting out US government work: not a model employer - Posted: December 12, 2008
  With little oversight, workers treated poorly, taxpayers ripped off.

Why we need a coalition government - Posted: December 07, 2008
  Conservative government flounders in the face of a global economic crisis and the prospect of fast rising unemployment.

No deal as deadline passes for Ontario elementary teachers - Posted: December 07, 2008
  Main issue funding gap for students, not wages.

Subsistence wages, job security at heart of York University strike - Posted: December 06, 2008
  With accumulated surplus, hiding behind the current economic recession is deceptive, spokesperson says.

PEI nursing homes stay public - Posted: December 05, 2008
  Government scraps privatization plan in wake of widespread backlash.

Public real estate fire sale in Saint John - Posted: December 05, 2008
  Deal would see Irving Oil get prime real estate, active terminal in exchange for contaminated land.

Canadians can't afford not to have a public drug plan - Posted: December 03, 2008
  Canadian Health Coalition releases report on public hearings.

Winnipeg's move to standalone utility corporation raises fears of privatization - Posted: November 28, 2008
  City water and sewer services to move out of municipal control.

Health Coalitions across Canada ask Federal, Provincial Health Ministers to do their jobs - Posted: November 28, 2008
  Report cites violations of the Canada Health Act and their consequences nationwide.

From British prisons to Winnipeg parking police - Posted: November 27, 2008
  What the 'Peg could learn from Keystone Capers of other governments who rushed out to privatize.

NDP MP calls for freeze on federal building sales - Posted: November 27, 2008
  Formal request made to Auditor General for investigation.

Federal government not meeting air-safety recommendations: Analysis - Posted: November 26, 2008
  On average, the board warned the government of these deficiencies 76 months ago.

Campaign 2000 releases new report cards on child and family poverty - Posted: November 23, 2008

Government has a moral mission - George Lakoff - Posted: November 20, 2008
  Obama won because he identified empathy and aspiration, protection and empowerment as defining properties of democracy.

Three years later, floatplane fatality's widow still seeks workplace accident investigation - Posted: November 13, 2008
  Independent forensic aviation specialist concludes: "The Transportation Safety Board of Canada did not fulfill its obligation in this occurrence."

Obama's economic stimulus plans should include under-appreciated public water system - Posted: November 13, 2008
  Would create green jobs, counteract three decades of neglect.

Provincial safety review of Sunrise Propane explosion fails to consider fundamental problem - Posted: November 12, 2008
  Mayor, councilor of affected ward had both expected to see privatized regulating body abolished, safety regulation revert to government control.

Ad campaign takes on violence against hospital workers - Posted: November 12, 2008
  Twenty-three reported assaults in September alone at targeted hospital.

US lawyer's dream job is directing the London underground - Posted: November 11, 2008
  On ' diabolical' PPP contracts: "No bank is going to get you home at night, so where do you want to put that money?"

Winnipeg families speak out on nursing home shortages - Posted: November 10, 2008
  Manitoba study last year reported that the ratio of patients to staff was 80 to one.

Financial regime change? - Posted: November 10, 2008
  Say goodbye to the neoliberal paradigm that has held sway since the 1980s.

Canada Post charged with unfair labour practices - Posted: November 07, 2008
  Charges include issueing misleading statements to its employees, disregarding provisions of the Canada Labour Code

The case for public investment led growth - Posted: November 07, 2008
  Investors have become so risk averse, there simply has to be a major shift from private to public investment.

Public services will face squeeze with economic crisis - Posted: November 07, 2008
  Recession could could be used to justify privatization and cuts at a time when need is greatest.

McGuinty government wiping out elected hospital boards - Posted: November 05, 2008
  Ontario Health Coalition gets no answers from Ministry as to reasons.

Bush administration makes final push to deregulate - Posted: November 05, 2008
  Last ditch effort to weaken dozens of government rules aimed at protecting consumers and the environment.

Pan-European citizens' coalition seeks moratorium to protect public water from privatization - Posted: November 05, 2008
  European Commission pushing privatization of water services.

Edmonton sewage plant stays public - Posted: November 05, 2008
  "Bargain-basement" deal shelved after community outcry.

Federal scientists launch campaign to end self-policing in food industry - Posted: November 05, 2008
  Research, regulation, power to act in the public interest need to be restored.

Aggressive medical billing techniques confusing Canadians - Posted: October 30, 2008
  Friends of Medicare, OHC both report increase in calls and complaints.

Private clinic in Victoria routinely charged $1200 'facility fee' for MRIs. - Posted: October 30, 2008
  One of 29 found violating Canada Health Act in BC, says Canadian Health Coalition.

Quebec ombudsman denounces hospital's offsite, private surgery deal - Posted: October 30, 2008
  Fears patient rights not protected.

Ontario MPP irate over illegal health charges - Posted: October 30, 2008
  PC member was charged $125 to book appointment.

When governments have to govern - Posted: October 29, 2008
  The players want to win the competition, not simply compete.

Ontario hospitals condemn privatization of outpatient services - Posted: October 29, 2008
  Public labs cost only two-thirds that of private clinics.

Rising borrowing costs could hike cost of Alberta's P3 school projects - Posted: October 29, 2008
  Economic consultant: will cost at least 50 percent more to build schools than through public sector.

Many P3 hospital deals, but little public scrutiny - Posted: October 28, 2008
  In Ontario alone, 19 hospitals are being financed and constructed by private sector.

Study: Private clinics cause public waiting lists to swell - Posted: October 23, 2008
  Wait times longer where private clinics poach staff from public system.

How the Harper government pushed financial deregulation here and abroad - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Way cleared for US mortgage firms and easy credit, insured by Canadian taxpayers.

Scotland bans privatized hospital services - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Privatized support services connected to rise in superbugs.

Unreleased government report on water crisis in Canada made public - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Warns of jurisdictional conflict with US, unsustainable industrial consumption.

US Federal wildlife agencies ordered to ignore global warming - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Review of greenhouse gas pollution for impact on species or habitat forbidden.

Canadian income gap widens dramatically over last ten years, says OECD study - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Canada's spending lower, poverty higher than in other developed countries.

Water privatization's tale of two cities - Posted: October 15, 2008
  Tourist sewage, not promised drinking water, piped into Colombian town.

Most prefer child care to cheques: poll - Posted: October 15, 2008
  Poll reveals Canadians prefer a national child care system to Harper government's $100 monthly cheque by a ration of 2 to 1.

Financial crisis vindicates the role of government - Posted: October 09, 2008
  Letting the financiers regulate themselves leads to disaster - Mel Watkins.

What to do about the financial crisis - Posted: October 08, 2008
  Tax cuts, deregulation, privatization and cuts to public spending will make the economic situation much worse.

Private clinics eroding fairness and equality of public health care - Posted: October 08, 2008
  New report: 89 suspected violations of the Canada Health Act in 5 provinces.

CFIA problems are the tip of the privatization iceberg - food inspector Bob Kingston - Posted: October 08, 2008
  Seventeen other departments could face potentially deadly cuts like CFIA did due to a pro-privatization ideology.

Eighty-eight economists release open letter criticizing federal government - Posted: October 08, 2008
  Call on government to show leadership in stabilizing financial markets, stimulating real investment, and maintaining employment and incomes.

Food inspectors balked at orders to rebrand Government of Canada - Posted: October 06, 2008
  Many balked at May orders to replace official term with 'Conservative Government'.

Canada's federal public servants under intense political pressure - Posted: October 06, 2008
  Many feel demoralized due to parachute hirings, service privatization and meddling.

Thousands rally for public health care across Ontario - Posted: October 05, 2008
  Marchers in five cities protest cuts to dozens of hospitals.

Privatization policies responsible for current financial crisis, Bolivia tells UN - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Bolivian president points to economic models that "simply privatize resources".

Climate scientist claims Stephen Harper's government muzzled experts - Posted: September 25, 2008
  Says cabinet ignored input of scientists while preparing government's response to global warming.

Canadian Medical Association wants full inquiry into Canada's tainted meat scandal - Posted: September 25, 2008
  Death toll already double that of Walkerton E. coli outbreak.

Aboriginal communities hold protest against poor public services - Posted: September 18, 2008
  March to Treasury Board President's office will demand action against privatization and crumbling infrastructure.

Deregulation dies a sudden death in Washington, DC - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Food, financial debacles bring the 'R-word' back in fashion.

US investor threatens first ever healthcare suit - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Will cite provincial private clinics as unfair competition.

Troubled Australian firm chosen to build, maintain 18 Alberta schools - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Company plagued by layoffs, resignations, massive debt and stock devaluation.

Conservatives to eliminate meat inspection programs in three provinces - Posted: September 18, 2008
  Secret Treasury Board decision would cut inspection programs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Tainted food sparks a safety campaign - Posted: September 16, 2008
  Veterinarians, inspectors, public service union want to make restoration of safety inspections an election issue.

Election promise made to restore court challenges program - Posted: September 11, 2008
  Liberals pledge to revive program cancelled by Harper Conservatives in 2006.

Who is this troublesome 'Fannie Mae' person, anyway? - Posted: September 11, 2008
  The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA),now privatized, began life as a US government institution.

Telecommunications breakdown - Posted: September 10, 2008
  Consumer groups say government deregulation without adequate protection for customers was a serious mistake.

What happens when a city leases public assets to private investors? - Posted: September 09, 2008
  Owners have more latitude to raise prices.

Privatization of Texas State services a "slow-motion disaster" - Posted: September 09, 2008
  Audit shows management problems continue five years later.

Food safety compromised by self-management - Posted: September 05, 2008
  Proposed overhaul from Harper means more deregulation

Toronto propane explosion: who watches safety risks? - Posted: September 04, 2008
  Preventable disaster shows how badly industry 'self-policing' can fail.

Walkerton Mayor calls for public inquiry into Listeriosis outbreak - Posted: September 04, 2008
  Same cast of characters, same cost-cutting and deregulation created deadly E coli outbreak.

Harper ignores health risks for food - Posted: September 03, 2008
  Government meat inspectors' powers reduced in March without public discussion.

Police probe Montreal university P3 deal - Posted: September 03, 2008
  Criminal investigation comes on the heels of provincial auditor's report.

Critics slam changes to aircraft safety inspection system - Posted: September 03, 2008
  Plans to hand over inspection and enforcement to industry moving ahead.

Inside the WTO's collapsed deal - Posted: August 14, 2008
  World's poor dodged disastrous policies when world trade talks failed.

Prisoners of the prison industry - Posted: August 14, 2008
  American writer reflects on prisons as profit centers.

Are Feds planning to remake Warkworth Penitentiary as privatized superjail? - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Local politicians want information from Minister for Public Safety Stockwell Day.

Ontario still fixing problems in first for-profit prison - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Penetanguishene was Canada's first private superjail, run by American company.

Mexican oil reforms would cede sovereignty, critics charge - Posted: July 30, 2008
  Swell of national sentiment in support of constitution, national ownership.

Mexican voters say 'no' to privatizing oil - Posted: July 30, 2008
  Over 80 percent oppose Calderon's plan for oil industry.

NDP demands reinstatement of fired food inspection worker - Posted: July 30, 2008
  Says government attempting to hide issue from public.

US big banks: Privatize the profits. Socialize the losses. - Posted: July 30, 2008
  US banks have been getting into trouble regularly overseas.

Food inspection deregulation a 'disaster' - Posted: July 28, 2008
  BSE-testing cut to save cash

Winnipeg public transit dollars handed to private water park - Posted: July 28, 2008
  Fund from three levels of government to see discounted tickets in return for investment.

American health administrator says she can't protect public in profit-driven system - Posted: July 16, 2008
  Missouri state hospitals closing unprofitable mental health units.

Canada's public-private-partnerships arena attracting foreign players - Posted: July 15, 2008
  Large infrastructure projects leaving public, local control behind.

High stakes secret review of Canada Post - Posted: July 15, 2008
  Conservative federal government could be quietly undoing this universal public service.

Conservatives provoking strike with federal public service - Posted: June 30, 2008
  PSAC fighting back with Think Public campaign

US Conference of Mayors pulls plug on offering bottled water - Posted: June 26, 2008
  Resolution aims to redirect taxpayer dollars back to public water, other public services.

Saint John council rejects public-private partnership for water - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Council divided, will revisit issue with report in fall.

Daycare in New Brunswick gets 10-year government funding commitment - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Strategy outlines 39 initiatives aimed at services for early childhood education, parenting, child care.

Toronto Hydro Telecom sold to Cogeco - Posted: June 19, 2008
  Union conferring with lawyers over City of Toronto's lack of public process.

New public Peterborough hospital dramatically cheaper than public-private partnerships - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Comparison of costs raises questions about P3 funding practice.

International water privatization schemes failing - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Website chronicles high-profile private infrastructure disasters and return to public control.

Mental health expert: public sector in crisis - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Major study requested as disability claims soar in critical public services.

Poll: Canada wants public services - Posted: June 11, 2008
  New national study shows majority of Canadians trust municipal government more than private corporations to deliver public services.

Air France sues Pearson, Ottawa over 2005 crash - Posted: June 11, 2008
  Company charges feds, air-traffic control "cut corners" that contributed to disaster.

Canadian aviation accident statistics and analysis - Posted: June 11, 2008
  Charter air service has higher death rate than any other BC industry.

Auditor General, federal pilots association condemn lack of enforcement in airline safety - Posted: June 10, 2008
  Bill C-7 amendments would prevent self-reported violations from ever being made public, guarantee immunity.

Deaths of pilots, passengers merits no workplace investigation under airline safety regulatory freefall - Posted: June 10, 2008
  Bill C-7 and why the public should be aware.

Pennsylvania Turnpike lease numbers too good to be true - Posted: May 29, 2008
  Democratic state senator analyzes the deal in detail.

Johannesburg High Court declares privatized, prepaid water meters unlawful & unconstitutional - Posted: May 29, 2008
  Orders city to provide full range of water delivery service options.

Turkey's waterways, water services for sale in sweeping privatization programme - Posted: May 29, 2008
  World Water Forum to be held in Istanbul next year.

US, Canadian lobbyists weaken UN resolution protecting water as basic right - Posted: May 29, 2008
  Resolution now protects right to sell water.

Alberta's electrical deregulation handed $500M bonanza to BC Hydro - Posted: May 29, 2008
  Contrary to expectations, free market has neither lowered prices nor increased generation for Albertans.

Pennsylvania Turnpike lease largest privatization deal in US history - Posted: May 28, 2008
  Spanish company submits winning bid of $12.8 billion.

Tanzania awarded nearly $8 million in dispute over failed water privatization - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Tribunal finds water services deteriorated following World Bank-backed initiative.

Alberta health boss denies plan to privatize care - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Mexican project haunts board chair Ken Hughes.

Will Alberta health mega-board create uncertainty among providers? - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Impact on health care to be monitored in coming months.

Twelve Alberta health authority boards rolled into one - Posted: May 22, 2008
  Appointed, unaccountable board addresses neither wait times nor workloads.

Alberta puts private industry in charge of public health administration - Posted: May 21, 2008
  New board chair is insurance industry investor.

Main Street, not Wall Street, should fix crumbling US infrastructure - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Public pension funds could help pave the way.

British study: privatization of postal service threatens its future - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Benefits large companies, no benefit to users.

Atomic Energy to be privatized? - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Review of AECL is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Mexico: Oil privatization halted by mass protests - Posted: May 15, 2008
  "Citizen's army" operated in shifts to blockade government buildings.

Service union questions private clinics - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Federal government asked to enforce the Canada Health Act.

Health professionals seek action on national HR shortages - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Government must address growing shortage of health care professionals

Canada's shrinking government adds to growing inequality - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Majority of tax cuts have benefited the corporate sector and the wealthy.

Lawyers love public-private partnerships - Posted: May 14, 2008
  Behind maturing, growth industry is Canada's desperate need for infrastructure renewal.

Union report documents privatization failures as warning for Halifax - Posted: May 08, 2008
  Provides details of projects that left local taxpayers holding the bag.

US consumers organize to oppose privatization of water utilities - Posted: May 08, 2008
  Private sector shows interest as US nears the limits of its water supplies.

The Water Front: What happens when water is for profit? - Posted: May 08, 2008
  New documentary shows the stark reality of trying to make a buck off a basic necessity.

Mexicans rally to oppose oil privatization - Posted: May 08, 2008
  Opponents of Mexican energy bill vow to take demonstrations nationwide.

New Zealand reverses rail, ferry privatization - Posted: May 08, 2008
  Post sell-off decline of the asset "a painful lesson," Finance Minister says.

BC auditor general red flags costly privatization scheme - Posted: April 30, 2008
  Involves US multinational EDS in collection of provincial revenue.

P3 for Quebec City hospital going nowhere - Posted: April 30, 2008
  Hospital administration asks province to drop efforts to fund facility as private-public partnership.

Scotland to build UK's largest new hospital without private funding - Posted: April 29, 2008
  Strictly public financing for the 'health campus'.

Post-Katrina New Orleans is "SPP made real" - Posted: April 23, 2008
  Recovery led by profiteers, volunteers and NGOs rather than the public sector.

Multinational child care corporation in financial meltdown - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Australian corporation was expanding into BC, Ontario and Alberta.

Election victory no mandate to gut health care in Alberta, says HSAA president - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Messages from new Health Minister's office resemble cost-cutting of '90s.

Federal Government rules out privatizing Canada Post - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Despite slowing traffic, change to be managed through infrastructure investment and expected retirements, not layoffs or sell-offs.

Budget, staff cuts cause "near collapse" of US security agency - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Federal Protective Service workforce has been cut 20 percent since 2004.

Big labour enlists guerilla theatre to battle private equity - Posted: April 21, 2008
  SEIU uses humour, absurdity to shed light on buyout kings, absentee owners.

Edmonton P3 wasn't such a hot idea - Posted: April 16, 2008
  City set to backtrack on agreement with consortium.

City of Edmonton staff advise council to scrap P3 plans - Posted: April 16, 2008
  Rec centre will proceed as traditional "construction management project" after costs, concerns tallied.

Child care polices of Harper Conservatives are failing badly - Posted: April 15, 2008
  New study reveals the smallest increase in regulated child care spaces in years.

Escalating shortage of lab professionals threatens patient care - Posted: April 15, 2008
  Health professional's group is sounding alarm bells in advance of National Medical Laboratory Week.

Water filtration P3s are election issue for Saint John - Posted: April 14, 2008
  Mayoralty candidates open the discussion, ponder becoming for-profit regional water supplier.

IMF, international banks beg for state intervention - Posted: April 13, 2008
  Unfettered financial model bounces reality checks off market fundamentalists.

Self-regulation grounds US air travelers. Are Canadians next? - Posted: April 09, 2008
  Aeronautics Act (C-7), now awaiting Third Reading, could be victim of Southwest and American Airlines debacles.

Foreign investment imperils child care - Posted: April 09, 2008
  Press conference cites Aussie experience, NAFTA rules.

Edmonton set to scrap P3 recreation centre - Posted: April 08, 2008
  Bid-winners' numbers, secrecy just don't add up.

CUPE Keynote Speech: Fight of our Lives - Posted: April 01, 2008
  Coalitions key to stopping privatization.

Bills Threaten Democratic Power, Quality Control of Wheat Board - Posted: April 01, 2008
  C-46, C-39 would give Ottawa unilateral power, favour grain companies.

Internet Storm - Posted: March 31, 2008
  Union urges CRTC to curb internet interference by Bell, Rogers.

Airports privatized by stealth - Posted: March 25, 2008
  Canada's cities now coping with effects of Chrétien Liberals putting airports under control of unaccountable boards made up of political appointees.

Private health care horror story - Posted: March 25, 2008
  40,000 patients at a Las Vegas medical clinic may have been infected with Hepatitis B and C

Privatization, Contracting-Out, and P3s - Posted: March 06, 2008
  Analysis from the the Alternative Federal Budget.

Shelve Castonguay, support medicare, says CUPE - Posted: March 06, 2008
  Report on the Canada Health Act ignores already significant inroads into private health care.

Privatization advances quietly in 2008 Conservative federal budget - Posted: March 06, 2008
  P3s, shrinking surplus and no-strings contracting hem in public role and new programs.

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