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

Have your say on health care - Posted: February 22, 2011
  Introducing a new online avenue for meaningful discussion.

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

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

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.

Privatization a very bad idea - Posted: May 31, 2010
  Passing off public responsibility to private companies will make matters worse.

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.

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.

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.

Alternative to Remembrance Day ceremonies, Ed Broadbent moderates event - Posted: November 12, 2009
  Palestinian doctor believes in hope, reconiliation despite personal tragedy.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Rhetoric of "Big Government" used to attack services - Posted: September 14, 2009
  Double standard says funding for business is in the public interest and all other spending is "socialism".

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.

Ride for free: The case for free public transit - Posted: August 18, 2009
  Belgium's free public transit is a how-to success story.

"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.

New Rule: Not everything in America has to make a profit - Posted: July 31, 2009
  US commentator asks: when did the profit motive become the new patriotism?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Harper's economic recovery plan: cut, and run from government responsibilities - Posted: July 16, 2009
  Conservatives still fixated on cutting costs at all costs, even in jobless, growthless economy.

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'.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Financial collapse - no better time to build a better economy - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Put money in the service of people and the planet - not the other way around, says author.

What is education for? - Posted: June 06, 2009
  Students aren't customers; education is not a commodity – argues author.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Universal health care drives the economy - Posted: May 21, 2009
  Employment, spending linked to access.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

Private clinics: Medical scans or marketing scam? - Posted: April 01, 2009
  "Preventative" scans often neither safe nor highly accurate.

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.

Book looks at Reagan's legacy of deregulation - Posted: March 18, 2009
  Under Reagan, USA went from being the world's leading creditor to heaviest debtor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food safety: Time to rethink control by the WTO - Posted: March 11, 2009
  For over a decade, governments forced to overturn public-interest laws or face trade sanctions.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Re-tooling the financial regulatory system — and the economy - Posted: January 24, 2009
  Financial crises the "hardy perennial" of unregulated financial systems.

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.

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.

Why you should be screaming for higher taxes - Posted: January 15, 2009
  US economic growth was strongest when taxes were high.

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.

Deregulation? No such thing. - Posted: January 12, 2009
  The only question is, who benefits from government intervention?

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

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.

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

How the World Bank and the IFC helped create the financial crisis - Posted: December 17, 2008
  Lending shared important features with subprime loans in the US.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Privatizing health care is not the answer: lessons from the United States - Posted: October 22, 2008
  Why the US spends more and gets less.

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

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.

Free market ideology is far from finished - Posted: October 15, 2008
  Change won't happen without public pressure on politicians in this key period.

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.

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.

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.

We need stronger regulations for the global financial system - Posted: September 24, 2008
  Petition calls for fundamental causes of global financial crisis to be addressed.

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.

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.

This fall, vote for medicare - Posted: September 11, 2008
  Harper government not collecting needed data nor enforcing rules.

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.

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

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

Have conservative economics won out? - Posted: September 03, 2008
  Both Tories, Liberals have rewritten the playbook.

Paris Mayor returns municipal water services to public hands - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Is the global water privatization trend ending?

The free-market state as predator - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Suddenly planning, standards, regulation and progressive taxes don't seem so bad.

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.

"Cult of outsourcing and privatizing" exposed in new Thomas Frank book - Posted: July 15, 2008
  The Wrecking Crew shows how conservative ideologues sabotage the state.

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

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

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?

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

US health insurers' bottom line: reject odds-on claimants - Posted: April 08, 2008
  Health care covers only healthy people.


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