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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cost of meds to skyrocket following Canada-European Union Trade Agreement - Posted: September 29, 2012
  Patent reform being used as bargaining chip at expense of Canadians' health.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hudak's assault on labour - Posted: July 18, 2012
  Ontario's education workers could lose years of hard-earned job benefits.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Illegal dismantling of Wheat Board costly to Canadians - Posted: May 30, 2012
  Litigation could cost federal government billions while abolition of single desk transfers wealth from farmers to the private sector.

Conservatives not protecting postal services in CETA negotiations — union - Posted: May 30, 2012
  Canada can avoid pricey drawn-out lawsuits like those created by NAFTA.

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

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

Public Service Europe labels EU's water privatization agenda as irresponsible - Posted: May 23, 2012
  European associations and unions calling for an end to water services liberalisation.

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

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

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.

Alberta P3 study — higher costs and risks with private model - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Taxpayers have to foot the bill for bankrupt for-profit company.

Conservatives bent on not getting the facts - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Cuts in the federal budget show a "disturbing trend."

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

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

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

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

Privatization prevents accountability, cheats democracy - Posted: March 19, 2012
  Mistaken faith in equality of markets overshadows corruptibility in for-profit motives.

Teachers attacked by Liberals in BC and Ontario - Posted: March 19, 2012
  Teacher leaders ought to focus on a new political plan.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saskatchewan's essential services legislation declared unconstitutional - Posted: February 15, 2012
  Judge rules on violation of right to freedom of association.

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

Invest in rural rail services — NDP - Posted: February 15, 2012
  Government neglect the cause service cancellations.

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

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

Drumming up teacher support for the Liberals a tough feat for McGuinty - Posted: February 02, 2012
  Education workers won't back new austerity priorities.

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

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

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

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

Harper's health scheme will mean 'Goin' Down the Road' for Maritimers - Posted: January 19, 2012
  Regional out-migration to increase under heavy financial burdens.

Michigan a US leader of radical 'education reform' - Posted: December 16, 2011
  GOP releases an onslaught of privatization, budget cuts, and attacks on teachers' unions.

100,000 US postal job cuts and wholesale post office closures proposed - Posted: December 16, 2011
  Privatization plan is bad for Americans, bad for businesses, bad for the economy and bad for workers — Dennis Kucinich.

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

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

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

Metrolinx floats P3 construction of new Toronto light rail - Posted: December 08, 2011
  There's always the very real possibility that the private partner will default or walk away.

Huge majority of Canadians support a public health care system - Posted: December 07, 2011
  Top issue unites the country.

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.

Obama ensures Americans protected against insurance abuse - Posted: December 07, 2011
  New legislation puts USA on track to single-payer system.

Liberals perform worse than predecessors on long-term care in Ontario - Posted: December 07, 2011
  Increased privatization has lessened the quality of services at the expense of taxpayers.

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

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

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

Five privatization nightmares unfolding in USA — AlterNet - Posted: November 23, 2011
  Shifting costs to other parts of government and the economy not truly saving money.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naomi Klein explains the right's successful anti-climate framing - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Real climate solutions depend on 'seizing economic terrain from the right', framing discussion around 'enlightened economic system'.

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

BC communities pressure feds for public funding options - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Conservatives reserve water dollars for private projects.

7,000 tune in for BC community town hall on P3 water project - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Council trying to push through privatization plan even though public option is 28 percent cheaper.

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.

Over 80 EU, CDN civil society groups demand an end to CETA - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Negotiations for sole benefit of transnational corporations.

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

P3s don't transfer risks to the private sector - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Bank crises drive up costs of private financing.

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

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

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

Conservatives don't have to cut public services to balance the budget — union - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Alternatives should 'nurture sustainable economic development'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ontario Tories and Liberals have deep ties to for-profit health care industry - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Ontario Health Coalition accuses insiders of influencing health care policy in favour of privatization.

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.

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

Privatization prevents 'public control over quality' - Posted: September 21, 2011
  Skimping on everything but essentials allows private sector to profit.

Private foreign investors, railroad companies real winners of dismantling Wheat Board - Posted: September 21, 2011
  Tories disregard farmers' voices to favour businesses.

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

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

Government often pays twice as much for contracted-out instead of in-house services — study - Posted: September 15, 2011
  Republican criticisms of bloated public service proven false.

'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.

Increasing spending on education good for government budgets — OECD - Posted: September 14, 2011
  Educated individuals less of a drain on social programs, pay more tax.

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

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

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

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

Why democracy is public - Posted: August 31, 2011
  The American Dream beats the nightmare.

Ford's privatization schemes revisited - Posted: August 31, 2011
  With provincial elections looming, Toronto's problems must become an election issue.

School privatization proponents back Wisconsin governor - Posted: August 31, 2011
  Ideological, financial support helped Republicans in 2010 elections, 2011 recalls.

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

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

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

Right-wing opposition to high-speed trains explained - Posted: August 09, 2011
  They say it's about the money, but it's really about the votes.

Campaign responds to CFIB attacks over pensions - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Union exposes spread of disinformation.

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

Alberta Liberals call on government to follow Auditor General's advice on overbilling doctors - Posted: July 21, 2011
  Appeals resonate as $1.8 million in overbilling over past two years have already been found.

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

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

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

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

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

Privatization has failed to allow Alberta to provide for its citizens - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Alberta richer than other prairie provinces, but underserved

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

Regulations, not free market forces, keep Canadian consumers safe - Posted: June 15, 2011
  Harper's quiet erosion of civil society and public services puts us all at risk.

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

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.

Koch brothers fund university departments to train future profiteers - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Right-wing billionaires privatize academics in the name of profit for private interests.

BC Hydro could be on its way to privatization - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Author speculates it's "either that or bankruptcy".

UK would model one of world's most efficient health services on one of the least - Posted: June 08, 2011
  British health system would look a lot like the USA's if the NHS was privatized.

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

Municipalities will lose power and Canadians will lose rights, public services with CETA - Posted: June 08, 2011
  EU wants access to Canadian markets; Canadians want what's in the public interest.

Ontario PCs plan compulsory tendering of public sector support services - Posted: June 07, 2011
  Plan would divert 10 percent of hospital budgets from front lines to administration.

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

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

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

Use public health care to attract investors — Adrian Dix - Posted: May 11, 2011
  BC NDP leader pushes province to capitalize on competitive edge.

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

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

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

Canada Health Act violations occur nationwide, but provinces and feds illegally turn a blind eye - Posted: April 27, 2011
  Enforcing law is government's responsibility, regardless of whether in agreement with it.

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

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

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

Former BC Premier pretended to look after the public interest while looking after P3 partners - Posted: April 20, 2011
  Accepted awards from P3 promoters while still claiming to represent the public.

Reality check — Claiming that competition will improve healthcare quality defies all common sense - Posted: April 20, 2011
  Solutions lie in training more healthcare workers.

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

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

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

Investing in public infrastructure will create more jobs than corporate tax cuts - Posted: April 08, 2011
  High unemployment rates expected to remain steady as Conservatives prepare to cut infrastructure and health care spending.

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

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

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

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.

Gouging Manitoba public for hydro profits would spur cost increases throughout the economy - Posted: March 18, 2011
  Lower overall standard of living versus low-cost, efficiently delivered public energy.

How political manoeuvres in Wisconsin are using the pretext of crisis to subvert democracy - Posted: March 17, 2011
  Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews Shock Doctrine author Naomi Klein.

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

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

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

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

Government workers, not industries, should enforce health and safety regulations — poll - Posted: March 10, 2011
  New study, series of videos released to highlight importance of regulations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Privatizing alcohol sales will increase alcohol-related deaths — Study - Posted: February 09, 2011
  Public stores raise needed revenues while committing to social responsibility.

Improvements to CPP should be Harper's first priority — Poll - Posted: February 09, 2011
  Majority of Canadians against Flaherty's decision to stall.

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

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.

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

Ford explores privatization options in TO - Posted: January 28, 2011
  Toronto could slash income-generators and subsidized services.

Finance industry lobbying against enhanced CPP - Posted: January 27, 2011
  CLC files Access to Information request to see who is applying pressure against bigger public plan.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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."

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

Alberta budget spending shell game gets losing grade - Posted: February 23, 2010
  Increases to health care, infrastructure were financed by cuts to other areas, elimination of 800 public service jobs.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Ontario comes up snake eyes on education with HST gamble - Posted: January 07, 2010
  McGuinty puts early learning strategy, health, social services at risk.

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.

Alberta election irregularities being challenged in court - Posted: December 23, 2009
  Many Albertans were directed to wrong polls, left off voters lists.

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.

Selling Ontario assets does not address genuine economic issues - Posted: December 22, 2009
  Fire sale of assets may be way for premier to look good in next election.

Obama missed three significant opportunities to green American economy - Klein - Posted: December 22, 2009
  Other countries were poised to follow American lead.

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

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

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

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

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

Time for Canada to have an adult conversation about climate change - Pembina Institute - Posted: November 10, 2009
  Country can meet target to cut greenhouse gas pollution and enjoy solid economic growth.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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".

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.

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'.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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".

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Focus on bottom line leaves social fabric to unravel - Posted: January 15, 2009
  Social infrastructure, not just bridges and roads, needs funding to function.

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

Stats Can study: public infrastructure raises economic productivity - Posted: January 15, 2009
  Between 1962 and 2006, one half of private sector productivity the result of public works.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada still needs child care - Posted: September 26, 2008
  Canadians have less access to services than those in 19 other countries.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Globalizers lose their faith - Posted: August 14, 2008
  Even former proponents full of doubt as crises ripple through system built on shaky pillars.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

"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.

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

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

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.

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.

Private water investment costly for customers, industry analysis reveals - Posted: June 20, 2008
  Corporations have a financial incentive to oppose conservation, protection of drinking water sources.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Turning on Canada's tap - Posted: April 22, 2008
  Why Canada needs a comprehensive policy and strategy on bulk water exports to the United States.

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.

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.

Public-Private Partnerships and Municipalities - Posted: April 16, 2008
  Beyond principles: a brief overview of practices.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Hidden Agenda for Public Broadcasting - Posted: April 01, 2008
  Gap grows between Conservative election policy and current stance.

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

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

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

Privatization – Harper Conservatives quietly eye options - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Nuclear sell-off and private prisons may be on horizon.

Consumers vs citizens - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Blame the mess the world is in on people acting like consumers and not like citizens.

Privatizing federal buildings a "sweet deal" for new owners - Posted: November 11, 2007
  25-year deal leaves taxpayers responsible for billions in undefined future rent and maintenance costs.

Manitoba Telephones, ten years later - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Customers, workers, complain that privatized company puts profits before service.

Education IS a public matter - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Complaints about schools reveal privatization's real agenda.

Privatization: a reality check - Posted: November 11, 2007
  Canadians really do not want to privatize the public services that are most important to them.

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

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