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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.

Concern over McGuinty's pension super-fund proposal grows - Posted: October 04, 2012
  Legal challenge may be imminent if Ontario Liberals proceed with takeover of retirement savings plans.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Report reveals economic impact of 2011 postal strike was negligible - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Cost of labour disruption exaggerated by hundreds of millions.

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.

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.

Conservative commitment to public services questioned during National Public Service Week - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Union says government has lost credibility.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

National security will suffer from cuts — border guards' union - Posted: April 25, 2012
  1,026 jobs cut will directly impact public safety and national border security, says CIU.

Federal government turns against food safety - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Canadians "left to fend for themselves."

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Drummond report is the first step in health care privatization — OCHU - Posted: February 29, 2012
  The stage is now set for more to come.

Binding arbitration needed in SK cancer care since major court ruling - Posted: February 15, 2012
  Contract delay affecting cancer patient care.

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 being used as 'get-rich' schemes by corporate executives - Posted: January 19, 2012
  OPSEU calls on Ontario government to stop letting private operators profit from public money.

Health coalition lobbies to strengthen the Health Accord - Posted: December 15, 2011
  With future of medicare on the line, hundreds converge in Ottawa.

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.

Service Canada closes PEI processing centre, blames workers for productivity dips - Posted: December 07, 2011
  "Political cover" hides truth behind long EI wait times — union.

Toronto Library Board member meets with privatization lobbyist - Posted: December 06, 2011
  Unregistered meeting violates lobbying regulations, draws complaints.

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

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

New ON Public Hospitals Act must listen to the public, not private lobby — health coalition - Posted: November 23, 2011
  McGuinty already worked with hospital execs to do away with transparency through secrecy clause.

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.

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.

Curb inefficiency in health care to avoid bankrupting Albertan taxpayers - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Privatization not the solution.

Small farmers say no to 'stranglehold of seed multinationals', patents on plants - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Sustainable family farmers protest seed industry union on its 50th anniversary.

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.

Privatizing Toronto Hydro would be short-sighted - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Mayor forgets he once voted in favour of the public interest — and a public Toronto Hydro.

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

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.

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.

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

P3 Canada fund takes away local governments' control over new initiatives - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Ottawa forcing municipalities to follow costly privatization model.

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

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

Former Albertan doctor with public and private system experience favours public health care - Posted: September 29, 2011
  Politicians pushing privatization not doing their jobs.

School 'reform' really about privatization - Posted: September 21, 2011
  Education an investment, not an expense, says author.

Education activists seek to supplant capitalist system with 'free development' model - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Curriculum endowed with mindless, irrelevant routine a trap to create passive followers.

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

New report proves universal Pharmacare is affordable - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Universal drug plan would actually save us money.

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

Whistleblowers running out of options - Posted: August 30, 2011
  Those working to keep government accountable no longer safe from persecution.

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.

Muskoka renewable energy cooperative applies for support for community energy - Posted: July 21, 2011
  Private landowner would share revenue with non-profit and municipality.

Toronto against privatization of its libraries - Posted: July 20, 2011
  Pre-emptive petition attempts to keep the TPL off Ford's radar.

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.

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.

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.

Wisconsin university playing privatization trick — Peter Rickman - Posted: June 15, 2011
  Budget approval that would legislate "Badger Partnership" looms.

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.

Asphalt will not solve all problems - Posted: May 26, 2011
  Public transportation champion Harry Gow calls on politicians — planners and citizens must plan together.

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'.

Health care efficiency reforms better option than privatization - Posted: May 12, 2011
  Positive results more feasible nationally than on 'piecemeal' provincial, local levels.

Respect our marketing choice — wheat farmers - Posted: May 11, 2011
  Wheat Board Alliance responds as former agriculture minister goes back on his word.

Saskatchewan teachers staged one-day strike - Posted: May 11, 2011
  Withdrawal of services highlighted value of teachers' work.

Too many choices in education drain the public purse but don't improve the system - Posted: April 28, 2011
  Loss of vocal parents, best teachers and principals harms system further.

BC salmon fishery needs more transparency - Posted: April 27, 2011
  'Stacking' quotas lets corporate owners pay less for catch while employing fewer fishermen.

BC Liberals approve further privatization of province's oldest provincial park - Posted: April 27, 2011
  Government puts commercial interests ahead of those of the public.

P3 hospitals cost taxpayers more money, offer fewer services at lower quality - Posted: April 27, 2011
  New report highlights how and why public hospitals are far superior.

CUPE volunteers with Habitat for Humanity in Grand Forks, BC - Posted: April 27, 2011
  Community project to build a multi-plex for people in need.

New website strives to safeguard public good - Posted: April 27, 2011
  Profiles barriers to public services and underlines democratic values.

Teachers matter in the public education system - Posted: April 20, 2011
  Educators often react wearily to the endless trends and fads that wash over their world.

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.

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

Canadian post-secondary education at risk of Wisconsin-style attacks - Posted: March 24, 2011
  Groundwork for increased privatization on campuses already being laid.

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

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.

Government public sector spending at its lowest in 30 years - Posted: March 17, 2011
  Temporary stimulus spending spike already on a downturn.

New documentary highlights seniors' care gaps in BC's health care system - Posted: March 10, 2011
  Investigation fuels need to address nationwide problems as boomers age.

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

Videos debunk health care myths - Posted: February 24, 2011
  Medicare less expensive, privatization not cheaper.

Five years without a national child care program - Posted: February 22, 2011
  Nothing but high costs and few choices left for parents.

Public servants respond to international attacks - Posted: February 08, 2011
  Scapegoating and diversion used to avoid dealing with economy's real problems.

Global solidarity needed to protect public services - Posted: February 07, 2011
  Public Services International launches campaign.

Changes needed to make public funding of politics more democratic - Posted: February 07, 2011
  One-person, one-vote principle needs to apply to party funding.

Quebec's underfunded universities can mine rich tax havens for funds - Posted: January 15, 2011
  Forget asking poor students to foot the bill.

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

Privatized health care could make businesses less competitive - Posted: January 15, 2011
  Canada Health Act needs to be more inclusive to remedy problems.

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

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.

Attacks on public employees shameful - Posted: January 06, 2011
  Republicans undercut public servants to protect America's rich.

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.

Long-distance scorer reveals absurdity of corporate test-scoring system - Posted: January 05, 2011
  Politicians and corporations benefit from privatized test-scoring, students and test-scorers suffer.

BC P3 projects built on unethical and unprincipled business practices — economist - Posted: January 05, 2011
  Governments have wrongly embraced the idea that the private sector can build and operate less expensively than the public sector.

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.

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.

Public service professionals call for stronger protection of whistleblowers - Posted: December 20, 2010
  Auditor General's report on public sector integrity a "wake-up call."

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.

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

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

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".

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Say NO to Privatized Sewage Treatment Facebook page - Posted: April 21, 2010
  Victoria-based site offers resources and feedback on municipal anti-privatization campaigns across Canada

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".

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.

Weakened Ontario home care system put at risk if contract bidding resumes - Posted: April 13, 2010
  CUPE and Ontario Health Coalition warn against bringing back twice-suspended system of corporate competition for home care contracts.

More cuts coming at Canada Post - Posted: April 13, 2010
  Hundreds of jobs of "permanent temporary" employees at risk.

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.

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.

New Brunswick power deal axed - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Grassroots protest congratulated on putting pressure on government to abandon plan.

Saskatchewan budget cuts 178 jobs across the board - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Public service cuts will total 15 per cent over next four years despite growth in economy.

Web site supports Rights & Democracy work, against interference by feds - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Former presidents line up to offer support for the human rights work of organization.

OECD report touts privatizing Canada Post, power utilities - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Netherlands post office deregulated, now has decreased profits, higher postal rates.

World Water Day celebrated across Canada - Posted: March 24, 2010
  Union promotes public–public partnerships.

Ontario's plans are financially stupid - Smokey Thomas - Posted: March 23, 2010
  Hiring US investment bank like "a vampire squid wrapped around face of humanity" squeezing money out.

Senior federal scientists have to obtain permission to speak publicly, but rarely allowed to - Posted: March 23, 2010
  Muzzling of scientists responsible for cod fishery collapse, salmon stock decline.

Looming pension crisis needs attention now - Posted: March 15, 2010
  Union goal is to have 100 per cent of members with a good pension plan.

Recall of common food additive reveals government failures on food safety - Posted: March 15, 2010
  Contaminated protein was distributed for six weeks after contamination was detected

Candidate Smitherman would privatize garbage, TTC - Posted: March 09, 2010
  Taking cue from feds and province, Toronto public services would be on the table.

Victoria looking to privatize sewage services against industry advice - Posted: March 09, 2010
  P3 not the way to go says construction head

SK public servants settle, ON college teachers narrowly accept contract - Posted: March 02, 2010
  Agreement comes after five months without contract for SGEU members.

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

New Brunswick being run by "shadow government", letter to the editor - Posted: March 02, 2010
  PV reader underlines value of social networking for grassroots organizing against sale of NB Power.

Paris water public again, California resisting privatization - Posted: March 01, 2010
  California groups to launch media campaign against water bond, Victoria poised to reject sewage privatization.

Ontario home care contracts expiring, McGuinty may lift ban on competitive bidding - Posted: March 01, 2010
  Media campaign makes case for building public system, better working conditions.

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.

Major shift in thinking needed to get commuters out of cars into public transit - Posted: February 20, 2010
  Public transit expansion in Kitchener-Waterloo sees ridership up among students, low-income adults.

Report supporting public private partnerships (P3s) "biased and superficial" - Posted: February 20, 2010
  Privatizing schools in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick not proven cost effective.

Saskatchewan gov't quietly privatizing services despite election promises - Posted: February 19, 2010
  IT work to be outsourced to the private sector, public park buildings sold.

Social networking supports campaign for more nurses - Posted: February 18, 2010
  London nurses among groups to use Facebook to spread the word.

Campaign for protection of pensions, retirement security - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Hot issues for federal budget, two unions use social networking to highlight concerns.

Cancer-care nursing cuts in London, 20 per cent loss of critical nursing knowledge - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Cuts to nursing staff will result in longer wait times, risks in complications.

Prudent long-term electricity planning also needs reasonable investment - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Chasing votes does little to develop requirement guidelines, reserve capacity.

Bottled Water Free Day campaign on March 11 in schools, universities, colleges - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Public infrastructure such as water fountains not being maintained or installed in new buildings.

Upcoming federal budget needs tax fairness, investment in public services - Posted: February 18, 2010
  Don't panic about recession, PM, finance minister told at pre-budget consultations.

New resources, research to help battle privatization in BC - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Lengthy contracts signed with private corporations to operate previously public services.

Postal employees being set up to be "problem" in Canada Post challenges - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Corporation wants tories to reassess pledge to maintain moritorium on rural closures.

Canada spends one-half per capita on health than US does, yet we are healthier - Posted: February 12, 2010
  Government pleads poverty, yet proceeding with tax cuts to Ontario corporations.

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.

Sask health care providers have conciliatory talks canceled by province - Posted: February 02, 2010
  Union looks for collective agreements, launches tv ad in support of public services.

BC public-private partnerships (P3s) questioned by Auditor General, independent review called for - Posted: February 01, 2010
  "Bill of goods" being sold to Canadian taxpayers with privatization.

Quebec City outside workers, "cols-bleus", resist privatization of garbage collection - Posted: February 01, 2010
  Media campaign underlines how other services can be privatized.

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.

Half-million Canadians will exhaust EI benefits before finding work: Study - Posted: January 31, 2010
  Despite easier access to system, numbers of unemployed with exhausted benefits jumps dramatically in one year.

Canadians turn out in thousands to protest prorogation - Posted: January 26, 2010
  Facebook-organized crowd of 5,000 howls as Arrogant Worm lampoons comic parody "The Proroguer" in January cold.

Most Canadians see municipal infrastructure as key to quality of life - Posted: January 25, 2010
  New poll says 96 percent think funding should be maintained or increased, protected against future offloading.

Nova Scotia school, hospital workers have tentative deals, Montreal starts strike - Posted: January 25, 2010
  Montreal blue collar workers start rotating strikes, without contract since 2007.

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.

Younger Canadian workers face decline in living standards when retired - Posted: January 15, 2010
  Study concludes living standards will decline unless changes are made.

Ontario college workers set to walk out in February - Posted: January 15, 2010
  Strike mandate tells management it's time to negotiate seriously.

Steady cutbacks to education funding in BC while expectations rise - Posted: January 14, 2010
  Shortfall crisis has left school districts scrambling to lever down spending by eliminating programs, staff and services.

Public services: "Something you can rely on even in tough times" - Posted: January 08, 2010
  Health care, public transit, education, community centres highlighted in ad campaign.

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

New television ads promote value of public services - Posted: January 07, 2010
  Value of public services underlined in business and family life.

McGill University casual workers unionize - Posted: January 07, 2010
  Collective agreement will provide better security and working conditions.

Unions tell finance ministers of social, economic risks of failing to support retirees - Posted: January 06, 2010
  Companies hiding behind bankruptcy courts to reduce pension benefits.

Ontario community college teachers set to strike - Posted: December 23, 2009
  Negotiations broke down when colleges walked away from the table.

Flaherty plans Walkerton medicine for Canadians - Posted: December 23, 2009
  Defends his record in Ontario that led to water contamination, hospital and school closures, cuts to protective services.

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

Moratorium on post office closures in doubt: CUPW - Posted: December 13, 2009
  Concerns about current Canadian-European Union trade talks, EU members to deregulate postal services by 2012.

Unfair funding distribution hurts schools across BC - trustees, parents, teachers, staff - Posted: December 12, 2009
  Citizens groups turn up heat on Campbell government.

The business case and the human case both support public health care, says health economist - Posted: December 04, 2009
  But Canada loses its health-care edge with a pharmaceutical regime you could call "Little America" - Bob Evans

Blue Summit inspired by search for "Water Justice" - Posted: December 02, 2009
  New trade deals could see further corporatization of water systems, many First Nation reserves without safe water for years.

Museum workers want protection against contracting-out - Posted: November 30, 2009
  Final offer does not protect workers, who call for arbitration.

Medicare supporters should stick to values arguments - Nik Nanos - Posted: November 30, 2009
  Pollster says Canadians are too complacent about universal health care.

Many American doctors openly envy Canadians for their working conditions - Posted: November 30, 2009
  Private clinics in Canada undermining universality of health care.

Ontario's school funding falling behind: Study - Posted: November 20, 2009
  Province ranks 54 out of 64 Canadian and American jurisdictions.

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.

Ottawa considering handing over control, redevelopment of Landsdowne Park to private sector - Posted: November 18, 2009
  CUPE: Lansdowne Partnership Plan does not follow control and accountability guidelines

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

Unhappy days may be here again - Posted: November 16, 2009
  "Dalton Days" floated in Ontario, but no one suggests the obvious alternative of raising corporate taxes.

Stop post office closures, call for moratorium: CUPW petition - Posted: November 16, 2009
  Rural, small town post offices to be closed without community consultations or options investigated.

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.

How Sault Ste. Marie avoided massive line-ups and anger at their H1N1 clinics - Posted: November 09, 2009
  More effective care in Canada needed to seamlessly link primary health care to public health.

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.

Defend access to health care based on need: Medicare Pledge from Canadian Health Coalition - Posted: November 06, 2009
  On-line initiative to demonstrate support for public insurance.

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.

Political leaders lacking vision with traditional "shovel ready" spending - Posted: October 23, 2009
  Purchase of local, sustainable and nutritious groceries could create "virtuous-circle" economics to finance stimulus.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saskatchewan Crowns (corporations) on endangered species list - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Grassroots group fights to save affordable, accessible services from extinction.

Public-private partnerships put corporate paws in public pockets - Posted: September 10, 2009
  Bargain basement highways, meter-collecting revenues and public buildings give complex tax advantages to investors.

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.

Do our federal politicians still believe in Canada? - Posted: August 13, 2009
  Bold, visionary national leadership needed, not more off-loading of responsibilities.

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

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.

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

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.

Tax cuts caused deficit - Posted: June 15, 2009
  Losing billions more to new cuts still won't fund services to citizens.

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.

Canadian health care: fact or myth? - Posted: June 14, 2009
  Canadian psychologist working in US helps sort facts from fantasy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Research backs up public daycare for quality, cost, inclusion - Posted: May 22, 2009
  Substantial body of North American research concludes:commercial status means poorer quality.

UK health researcher tells Canada: contracting-out hospital cleaning a big mistake - Posted: May 22, 2009
  Health care associated infections are fourth leading cause of death in Canada.

Toronto puts green rooftops high on public planning agenda - Posted: May 21, 2009
  Letter congratulates city for move to become first in North America to both require and govern construction of roof gardens.

Video of protest, arrests at Ontario hospital raises questions - Posted: May 21, 2009
  P3 approval, centralization based on deception, resident claims.

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

The global financial crisis: Lessons and responses from Africa - Posted: May 14, 2009
  Global South should break free from failed neoliberal policies, says noted thinker.

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.

The public interest is not for sale - Posted: May 07, 2009
  Government, not private industry, provides independent, non-partisan accountability in public safety issues.

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.

EI needs to work better for more people - Posted: April 30, 2009
  Canada's jobs crisis deeper than the government's own statistics suggest.

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.

Workers of the World Relax: May 1 reminds us why we need a shorter workweek - Posted: April 29, 2009
  Reduced workweek combats poverty, increases employment, author says.

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.

Privatization is not the answer to health care costs: properly adjusted public funding is - Posted: April 09, 2009
  With passing decades, federal cost-sharing with provinces has dwindled from 50 percent to the current 25 percent.

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.

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

Cultural myth production is an enormous industry - Posted: April 06, 2009
  How corporations and television create a "Stockholm Syndrome of the soul".

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.

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.

No US bank nationalisation without state control - Posted: March 11, 2009
  Bankers will not hesitate to enrich themselves at the expense of the public good.

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.

Shorter, shared workweek could end unemployment: covered by EI - Posted: March 05, 2009
  Best-kept secret of Canadian employment insurance policy should be extended to all public and bailed-out private enterprises.

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.

Ending the hidden agenda behind tax cuts - Posted: February 17, 2009
  What happens in the real world when this reasoning is taken to its logical conclusion?

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.

Winnipeg set to dismantle public governance of water treatment with no public consultation - Posted: February 04, 2009
  Research firm "has already consulted with leading private water/wastewater service providers."

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.

Social infrastructure creates three times more jobs than tax cuts - Posted: January 21, 2009
  Frontline workers tell first ministers to reinvest in public services.

How Canada can beat tough times - Posted: January 20, 2009
  Government bonds would give citizens a choice as to where they direct their support.

Regulate the markets for real - Posted: January 15, 2009
  Canada the only G7 country with no federal regulatory agency for financial markets.

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.

How will Harper stimulate the economy? - Posted: January 07, 2009
  Possible policy scenarios include the good, the bad and the ugly.

Security and Prosperity Partnership: Not a merger made in heaven - Posted: January 07, 2009
  We give up the right to decide national policies in food, energy and investment, but it makes the multinationals happy.

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.

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.

Financing health care: is long-term sustainability possible? - Posted: December 15, 2008
  Report shows maintaining medicare is a matter of choice and political will, not government's ability to pay for it.

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.

Ontario must get past the "d" word - Posted: December 05, 2008
  Investments needed to boost economy: CCPA report.

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.

Economic crisis, P3s cut from the same cloth - Posted: November 27, 2008
  Research shows flaws in accounting, faulty assumptions.

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
 

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.

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.

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.

Calculating risk in public-private hospitals - Posted: November 05, 2008
  CMAJ examines the pros and cons of public-private hospital construction.

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.

Seven deadly sins of deregulation — and three necessary reforms - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Current crisis the result of the misguided notion that financial markets can regulate themselves.

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.

What government can do in the first 30 days after the election - Posted: October 15, 2008
  We have been vividly reminded that we need governments to act in the common good.

Public Service, anyone? - Posted: October 09, 2008
  After a crisis, rediscover do-gooding.

Thirty-year campaign against government smashes against reality - Posted: October 09, 2008
  Financial crisis and listeriosis outbreak have shaken the foundations of the neo-Conservative campaign against all things public.

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.

Housing, homelessness, health and the 2008 federal election - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Housing insecurity at record levels.

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

British report sounds alarm on private-public funding schemes - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Canadian P3s modeled on failed British experiment.

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.

A federal election for the planet - Posted: September 25, 2008
  Obvious effects of global warming "terrifying" to research scientists visiting Northwest Passage.

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.

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.

What postal deregulation has done for me - Posted: September 15, 2008
  Misdirected mail, bad service in suburb served by private contractor.

P3s: Risky, expensive, inefficient and undemocratic - Posted: September 14, 2008
  Are public-private partnerships a new revenue stream for corporate interests?

Privatization in many forms looms as potential election issue - Posted: September 11, 2008
  Another public service nightmare story could galvanize debate.

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

New Brunswick watchdogs keying in on P3 nursing homes deals - Posted: September 10, 2008
  Ombudsman, Auditor General to launch review of contract struck between provincial government and Shannex Inc.

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

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

PIPSC Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance 2008 - Posted: September 05, 2008
  Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Poll: 69 percent want Canada Post to keep delivering the goods - Posted: September 04, 2008
  Nearly 400 municipal councils pass resolutions against postal service 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.

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

Great Lakes deal lifts diversion ban for bottling companies - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Legal precedent threatens 'severe harm' to Lakes, experts warn.

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

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.

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.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulator fired for leaking government plan - Posted: July 28, 2008
  Canadians' health and safety risked by handing regulation to unaccountable private sector.

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.

Welcome to 'Free Public Services Day' - Posted: June 30, 2008
  When our taxes are paid for the year, so are the benefits of civilization.

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

Two hundred and fifty seniors' health care workers lose jobs to privatization on Vancouver Island - Posted: June 26, 2008
  Hundreds of long-term care beds to close over summer, replaced by for-profit institutions.

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.

Federal government gets failing grade from Canadian Labour Congress for early childhood initiatives - Posted: June 26, 2008
  Flaherty's constituency office targeted by child care protest.

PEI health care workers unite against privatized nursing homes - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Activists lead forceful opposition to P3 mindset.

Mental health care must be brought into the mainstream of Medicare - Posted: June 25, 2008
  Part of NUPGE's 10-Step Plan for improving public health care 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.

US government whistleblower protection endorsed by 112 organizations - Posted: June 19, 2008
  Historic letter concludes eight-year struggle to protect federal workers.

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

Hydro Québec's decision to privatize wind power condemned - Posted: June 19, 2008
  Charest government's decision wrong, public union says.

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

Alberta union offers $500 prize for best video about health-care privatization - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Winning video to be posted on YouTube.

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.

Public Science, 25,000 S & T workers affected by government labs transfers report - Posted: June 18, 2008
  Should government relinquish responsibility for leadership and accountability?

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.

Former aviation inspector: Transport Canada's "main concern was to get out of enforcement business" - Posted: June 11, 2008
  Tells Standing Committee of switch to SMS and self-regulation.

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.

Pitfalls for professionals in public-private partnerships - Posted: May 28, 2008
  Becoming "partners" in business ventures with government can bring unwelcome, untenable risks.

Where is the balance in Private-Public Partnership reporting? - Posted: May 28, 2008
  National Post ignores other perspectives on P3 piece.

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.

Gated Communities:The Beginning of a Privatized Future? - Posted: May 15, 2008
  Security and services for the communities that can afford it.

Liberals' public-private hospital deals will cost Ontarians over $500 million - Posted: May 15, 2008
  McGuinty urged to halt P3 hospital projects.

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.

Provincial, federal governments ignore private clinic violations of Canada Health Act - Posted: May 14, 2008
  Growing trend bleeds public health care system of needed skills and services.

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.

Can municipalities afford to sell electric utilities? - Posted: April 30, 2008
  Revenue flow and control over core city function are lost.

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.

The Shock Doctrine in Action in New Orleans - Posted: April 29, 2008
  Disaster capitalists continue to reap side benefits of disastrous flooding.

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.

Time to renegotiate NAFTA, not expand it - Posted: April 22, 2008
  SPP affects over 300 areas of government responsibility, without legislative transparency.

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.

Thunder Bay workers campaign against C-39, loss of one hundred inspection, regulatory jobs - Posted: April 17, 2008
  Conservative Bill puts consumers at risk, gives grain companies advantage over producers, say Grain Commission supporters.

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.

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.

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.

C. D. Howe Institute ranks Alberta schools - Posted: April 08, 2008
  Methodology provides lesson in skewing statistics.

Mantra of fiscal conservatism new phenomenon - Posted: April 07, 2008
  Rather than reduce government programs during recession, we used to increase them.

A Day in Your Life would be Scary without Government - Posted: April 03, 2008
  Despite anti-government campaign from political conservatives, government programs and policies improve our daily lives with little notice in countless ways.

GATS works to further hamstring regulators - Posted: April 02, 2008
  Briefing Paper by CCPA Explores New Draft of Proposed WTO Domestic Regulation.

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

P3 hospital construction costs more, delivers less than proposal - Posted: March 06, 2008
  Specifics of cost overruns, service cuts and cover-up in the Brampton Hospital P3.

Framing wars: The public battle over privatization - Posted: November 11, 2007
  P3s are a solution looking for a problem.


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