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

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

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

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

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

University education in Canada no longer affordable for most — study - Posted: October 04, 2012
  Tax credits and debt relief programs don't help students pay the bills.

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 best-positioned to save public education system — Salutin - Posted: October 01, 2012
  Union bargaining brought about all the important education reforms.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrating 50 years of Medicare in Saskatchewan - Posted: July 19, 2012
  Suggestions for the continued success of public health care in Canada.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

P3 transit problems in Vancouver - Posted: June 14, 2012
  Public accounting for service disruptions needed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Via Rail Canada shirks on developing national passenger system - Posted: May 31, 2012
  Bottom line trumps efficient service.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

For-profit education leaves kids behind - Posted: May 10, 2012
  The pineapple-sized thorn in America's side.

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

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

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

Old Age Security fact sheet - Posted: May 09, 2012
  Evidence shows program is sustainable.

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

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

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

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

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.

P3 model too costly for Saskatchewan long-term care project — report - Posted: April 25, 2012
  Traditional public funding would have saved taxpayers $10-20 million.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Profiting from prison labour — in Canada too - Posted: March 19, 2012
  With wages frozen for the past 5 years, contracting out prison labour is lucrative, but not for inmates.

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

California's degraded education system - Posted: March 19, 2012
  Reverse austerity to restore quality education — Rose Aguilar.

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

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

NB Liquor safe from privatization - Posted: March 19, 2012
  Steady income growth helps pay for public services.

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.

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

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

Thirteen Influential Education Thinkers - Posted: February 29, 2012
  A look at key contributions to education systems and methods.

Federal budget cuts weaken environmental sustainability and economic prosperity — PSAC - Posted: February 29, 2012
  New video highlights absurdity of pitting Canadian fisheries against economy.

Market-based solutions don't improve the quality of health care or the efficiency of its delivery - Posted: February 15, 2012
  England offers prime examples of policies to avoid.

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.

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

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.

Ontario using program meant to serve rural communities to privatize liquor sales - Posted: February 02, 2012
  Agency stores run for private profit popping up in urban areas.

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

Fraser Institute skews results of report on health care wait times to please donors - Posted: February 02, 2012
  Inaccurate survey methods leave room for data manipulation.

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.

Privatization a scheme to transfer wealth away from public to select few - Posted: February 01, 2012
  Tax cuts and deregulation other methods of appropriating public dollars.

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

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

Online charter schools cost taxpayers, enrich private companies and fail students - Posted: January 19, 2012
  Lower education standards increase corporate profits.

Agriculture Union seeks industry support for retaining food safety inspectors - Posted: January 19, 2012
  Safe food is in the best interests of companies as well as Canadians.

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

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

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.

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

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

Private prisons cost the public jobs, liberty - Posted: January 18, 2012
  'Rent-a-slave' system boosts corporate profits.

Coalition warns McGuinty to end Ontario health care privatization - Posted: December 16, 2011
  Appointed provincial commissioner on public service reform recommends nation-wide privatization.

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.

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

Expanding water markets is not Alberta's best bet — report - Posted: December 13, 2011
  Research finds access to water, the environment, and First Nations communities are adversely affected.

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.

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

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.

Regina-Qu'Appelle region fared better before transition to for-profit surgeries - Posted: December 06, 2011
  Health region now paying more to serve fewer patients.

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

Republicans work with private interests to push virtual charter schools - Posted: November 24, 2011
  Potential for profit overrides lower quality of education, decreased student performance levels.

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

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

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.

NJ park privatization places corporate interests before public good — Tittel - Posted: November 23, 2011
  Private groups want public land for corporate assets.

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

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

Government cuts increase unemployment rates, EI wait times - Posted: November 16, 2011
  Canadians can expect to be underserved for more than a year during automation transition.

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

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

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

Big Pharma paid US doctors $760 million over two years to prescribe their medicines - Posted: November 09, 2011
  Drug companies profit at the expense of patients' health.

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

Bid to privatize liquor distribution in Washington rejected a week before referendum decides fate of entire system - Posted: November 08, 2011
  Deal offers no 'net positive' financial benefit to the public — state budget director.

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

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.

Toronto City Council votes to privatize trash collection on nothing more than assurances of savings - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Privatization a controversial, unproven 'solution' to 'manufactured' garbage crisis.

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

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

Murdoch seeks to turn a profit on the 'education market' - Posted: November 02, 2011
  Technology-based approaches that don't consider social factors are 'doomed to fail'.

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

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

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.

Corporate profile of a private library - Posted: October 24, 2011
  Report provides a glimpse into the private US library market.

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'.

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

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

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

BC education threatened by privatization lobby - Posted: October 13, 2011
  Provincial Liberals 'pretending you can get a quality product by nickel-and-diming the system'.

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

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

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

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

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

Quebec to crack down on private staffing agencies in health care sector - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Ruling to be used as precedent in other cases.

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

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

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

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

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.

User fees for enriched classes new way privatization creeping into education system - Posted: October 06, 2011
  Public Education Week raises awareness about illicit school practices.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group passes resolution against privatization of state liquor sales - Posted: September 21, 2011
  Move to encourage North Carolina to maintain its current public system.

BC community school board trustee defends publicly owned bus system - Posted: September 21, 2011
  Model has already seen efficiencies amid deep cuts in recent years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

BC Government forging ahead with privatization of park trail services despite available alternate options - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Friends of Strathcona fear private control of area adjacent to resort.

BC Hydro director suggested the public institution could have role in future water privatization - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Privatization of utility itself now under scrutiny.

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

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

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

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

Privatizing parts of the health care system will make things worse - Posted: September 07, 2011
  Profits will motivate doctors to drive patients into private system.

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.

Current competitive bidding process failing Ontario's ailing seniors - Posted: August 30, 2011
  Aging population needs equitable and effective homecare.

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

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

Private daycare threat has BC moving to change who controls childcare - Posted: August 30, 2011
  Corporate purchase of five daycare centres is really about real estate.

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

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

National drug plan — pros and cons - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Profiteers have much to lose but many citizens have much to gain.

BC parks more expensive, less user-friendly than 10 years ago - Posted: August 09, 2011
  Stats explain decline in user visits.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Potential cost to Canada for privatizing the CBC: $1.3 billion — report - Posted: July 07, 2011
  Public broadcaster a valuable Canadian asset.

Mission drops out of co-bid with Abbotsford to privatize water works - Posted: July 06, 2011
  Abbotsford pursues P3 project alone despite together-or-not-at-all agreement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canadians want public water services - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Governments should fund infrastructure projects and protect water from private corporate interests &8212 poll.

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

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

Right-wing think tank recommends the privatization of Canadian water - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Blames municipalities rather than government underfunding for current state of water system.

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

Alberta water already essentially privatized - Posted: June 28, 2011
  Recommended Water Authority would formalize the process.

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

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

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.

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.

TransLink overlooked errors by Vancouver's Canada Line P3 operator - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Concessionaire won't be penalized for its past failings — or those until August.

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.

Private drug insurers don't take cost effectiveness or safety of drugs into account - Posted: June 08, 2011
  Canadians have little reason to trust the health care system to private operators.

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.

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

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.

Public education allows kids to innovate new ways of building — and belonging to — community - Posted: May 27, 2011
  Democratic principles like freedom of expression and independent thinking more valuable than what's on the curriculum.

Walkom rebuts privatization proponents' framing, reveals true meaning of report - Posted: May 27, 2011
  Focus not on Medicare in Canada, but on problems in US system.

Street sweepers have Sudbury City Council wondering why it chose private - Posted: May 27, 2011
  Contractor needs help from City to fulfil contract.

New book hopes to effect attitude shift towards the private car - Posted: May 26, 2011
  Improvements to public transit alone can't move cities toward sustainable transportation systems.

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

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

Public-public partnerships protect water resources - Posted: May 26, 2011
  Federal water policy needed to safeguard communities' water rights.

How community-based approaches can make education more "public" - Posted: May 19, 2011
  Focusing on kids' needs at grassroots level gets results.

Report exposes the ghostwriting practice in the pharmaceutical industry - Posted: May 19, 2011
  Big Pharma, academics guilty of skewing results for profit, prestige.

Canada Post serves Canadians well as a public institution - Posted: May 19, 2011
  Why privatize a public service system that works?

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

Community-friendly development projects help solve infrastructure deficit - Posted: May 19, 2011
  Excessive costs of urban sprawl compounded in low-density cities.

Edmonton school board moves to prevent for-profit child care - Posted: May 19, 2011
  Motion thwarts expansion of corporate centres.

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

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

Standardized tests fail the education system - Posted: May 11, 2011
  Business culture's focus on measurable data can have the opposite effect than the one desired.

Welland hospital to sell extended and long-term care beds to private company - Posted: May 11, 2011
  Beds may or may not reopen, at the company's discretion.

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

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

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

Private AB safety inspection company that ignores rules continues to operate - Posted: April 28, 2011
  Onus put on municipalities to keep an eye on the inspection agency.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Union backs Victoria residents in support of public sewage treatment - Posted: March 10, 2011
  Pressure on City Council to "stay the course and stay public" after industry report released.

Women's group calls on federal government for a national childcare service - Posted: March 10, 2011
  National childcare a common sense response to a changed society — YWCA.

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.

CUPW organizing postal workers in pharmacies - Posted: March 10, 2011
  Canada Post's "cheap labour strategy" undermines collective agreements.

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.

Regulations are everyone's business - Posted: March 09, 2011
  Nothing more than "irritants" for Harper, lobbyists.

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

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

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

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

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

USA proposes new regulations to limit for-profit schools from plundering educational grants - Posted: February 23, 2011
  For-profit grant students default more, graduate less.

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.

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

Wildrose leader's private model a flawed remedy for health care - Posted: February 22, 2011
  Privatization rhetoric justified by misleading claims.

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

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

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

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

Alarm on threatened childcare - Posted: February 09, 2011
  Families need quality, affordable, licensed programs for their kids.

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

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

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

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

Quebec health insurance board investigates clinics charging annual fees - Posted: January 29, 2011
  'Concierge' medical services contravene Canada Health Act.

SK CT scans contracted out despite underused public scanners - Posted: January 28, 2011
  32-month contract signed even though public delivery more cost-effective.

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

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

Mississauga death in unlicensed childcare renews concerns about private care - Posted: January 28, 2011
  OFL pushing for safe and affordable childcare in Ontario.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Standing up for public education in Ontario - Posted: December 20, 2010
  Diversity helps kids learn — commercialization helps them learn an agenda, says defender.

Naysayers are principle threat to Medicare — Dosanjh - Posted: December 20, 2010
  Harper should have dispelled myths and lies, and acknowledged national pride in health care system.

I Heart CBC - Posted: December 20, 2010
  A Friends of Canadian Broadcasting petition to save the beloved broadcaster.

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

Brad Wall and the privatisation of Saskatchewan's health care - Posted: December 19, 2010
  Transfer of surgeries to private clinics won't cut costs or reduce wait lists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto council votes to keep power in public hands - Posted: July 09, 2010
  Publicly-owned and delivered electricity has helped Toronto prosper.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canada's food safety little improved since 2008 crisis - Posted: June 11, 2010
  22 Canadians died as a result of the listeriosis crisis caused by Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto.

SK contracts-out surgeries and tests - Posted: May 31, 2010
  Plan will harm the public health system because there are not enough resources to staff two parallel systems.

Lab reports show Canadian bottled water more contaminated than tap in most cities - Posted: May 31, 2010
  Some brands had levels 400 times higher.

Campaign aims to stop closures, privatization and deregulation at Canada Post - Posted: May 31, 2010
  Website follows struggle to keep postal services public in places like Orleans, ON and St. Boniface, MB.

Walkerton anniversary underlines perils of privatization - Posted: May 31, 2010
  CBC looks inside Canada's worst-ever E. coli contamination.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ontario's damaged home care system at risk again - Posted: May 13, 2010
  Ontario government lifts ban on competitive bidding.

Keep Alberta health privatization out of Saskatchewan - Posted: May 06, 2010
  Costs of surgery in for-profit clinics will escalate and exceed cost of public non-profit facilities after introductory offer.

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

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

Peterborough rejects privatization as a risky bargain - Posted: April 30, 2010
  Report documents waste collection victory through city-union cooperation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EDITORIAL: Federal and provincial budgets spare corporations and the rich at the expense of those in need - Posted: April 06, 2010
  If public servants are to make sacrifices, they should get job security in return.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

"Worst job crisis in a generation" needs job stimulus - Posted: March 02, 2010
  Revived manufacturing sector, green jobs, spending locally seen as solutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Premier Williams cross-border health care, world class cardiac unit in Toronto - Posted: February 12, 2010
  More Americans come here for cardiac care than Canadians going south.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Public Values reader clarifies Hamilton airport sale story - Posted: January 21, 2010
  Nanaimo airport offers lesson in "jurisdiction".

Hamilton airport sale to private investors would set precedent - Posted: January 18, 2010
  City motion would see "windfall" to pay for city's ageing infrastructure.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Fraser Institute's school rankings more harm than good - Posted: December 14, 2009
  Standardized exams poor way of assessing students.

Controversial safety management systems for air safety inadequate: Auditor General - Posted: December 13, 2009
  Federal inspectors inundated with paperwork, don't do hands-on inspections.

Many critics of rail transit systems use inaccurate analysis: Victoria Transport Policy Institute - Posted: December 13, 2009
  Biased data often used when calling rail transit options ineffective.

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

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

Public education, combatting complacency are key to maintaining medicare - Posted: December 04, 2009
  Clinics, nurse practitioners, and pharmacare combine to offer the forward - Linda Silas, CFNU

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Oppostion to Winnipeg plan to privatize half of waste water collection: Water Watch petition - Posted: November 09, 2009
  Contract could lead to future suits under Chapter 11 of NAFTA lessening public control.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

This is Privateering - Posted: December 05, 2008
  George Lakoff proposes a new way to frame privatization and contracting out.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Coke and Pepsi fear bottled water backlash - Posted: July 16, 2008
  Bottled water still more expensive than gas, carries high environmental price tag.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Water should be for people, not profit - Posted: March 25, 2008
  Citizens can take action to protect public water resources before it is too late.

Update on Automation - Posted: March 25, 2008
 

Toronto Hydro: Keep Telecom Public! - Posted: March 25, 2008
  CUPE Local One members from Toronto Hydro Telecom take their anti-privatization message to the streets.

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

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

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

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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