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Tom Sandborn

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Tom Sandborn was born in Alaska and raised in the wilderness by wolves. Later, Jesuits at the University of San Francisco and radical feminists in Vancouver generously gave time and energy to the difficult task of educating and humanizing him. Tom has a formal education, too: a BA from UBC. He has been practicing the dark arts of journalism off and on ever since university, and now also has about five decades of social justice, peace and environmental campaigning under his belt.

Tom's goal is to live up to the classic definition of a journalist's job from H. L. Menken - to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.

Reporting Beat: Labour and social justice, health policy, and occasionally environmental issues.

What is the most important issue facing British Columbians?: Two key issues face BC residents (and they're both so compelling and complex that Tom refuses to rank them): income equality and environmental degradation. Both desperately need solutions.

Stories by Tom Sandborn

opinion

Our Tarnished Maple Leaf

Why the world sees an ugly Canada, and how to restore our image.

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Dec 2014


opinion

Who Will Become BC's Next Labour Leader?

Next week, two candidates vie to make provincial history in the race to replace Jim Sinclair.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Nov 2014


culture

'I'm Still Waiting for Someone to Come up with Communism 2.0'

Stan Persky, author of 'Post-Communist Stories,' talks to The Tyee.

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Nov 2014


opinion

Beware the Solange Denis Effect, Prime Minister

Canadian doctors call to make health care for seniors a federal election issue.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Nov 2014


opinion

Plenty of Fight Left in Jim Sinclair

Resigning but hardly resigned, the BC Fed president scrapped for 'all working people.'

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Oct 2014


opinion

How Labour Unions Make Us Healthier

It's because inequality, by many measures, makes us sick.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Oct 2014


news

The End of AIDS?

Not so fast, says Stephen Lewis. Beyond drugs we need social and political cures.

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Sep 2014


news

In BC, Ample Fuels for Union Debates

Pipelines spark support, opposition, from labour groups in province and across Canada.

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Jun 2014


blogs

Tugboat strike averted at port, but still possible

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Jun 2014


news

New National Labour President Vows a More Militant Approach

After close CLC victory, Hassan Yussuff puts focus on mobilizing 'ground war' campaigns.

By Tom Sandborn, 9 May 2014


news

Polled Public Opposes Privatized Canada Post

Fearful that cuts spell an imminent sell-off, workers call to reinstate 'postal banking.'

By Tom Sandborn, 1 May 2014


news

Vancouver's 'High-Needs' Patient Care under Threat, Docs Warn

Gov't counters that changes at six clinics will preserve health standards and save money.

By Tom Sandborn, 30 Apr 2014


blogs

Faculties at SFU, UNBC step up union organizing

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Apr 2014


blogs

Retailers pressured on anniversary of lethal Bangladesh factory fire

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Apr 2014


blogs

No charges laid in fatal Lakeland mill fire 

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Apr 2014


news

Province Doubles Sawmill Inspection Staff

Critics continue to press for public inquiry in the wake of two lethal fires in 2012.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Apr 2014


news

A New Kind of Political Force in Vancouver

Embracing a cross-community US organizing style, the Metro Vancouver Alliance is born.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Mar 2014


news

Embattled Nurses' Union Set for Leadership Election

Presidential candidates explain how they'd lead BCNU into a new era.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Feb 2014


blogs

Camped for three years, aboriginal blockaders vow to stop northern LNG pipeline

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Feb 2014


news

As BC Universities Fret over Bottom Line, Faculties Unionize

UVic votes to certify, SFU and UNBC votes to follow.

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Feb 2014


news

Psychologically Traumatized Workers Still Get the Shaft

Compensation claims plagued with obstacles, unlike those of the physically hurt, say critics.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Jan 2014


news

No Charges in Babine Fire Renews Call for Crackdown on Reckless Bosses

Political will needed to stop preventable worker deaths: union leader.

By Tom Sandborn, 17 Jan 2014


blogs

Gap slammed for refusal to sign global factory safety pact

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Jan 2014


blogs

Pressure grows on Canadian retailers to commit to factory safety

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Dec 2013


news

Unions Condemn IKEA for 'Anti-Worker Agenda' in Richmond Fight

'We truly care about our employees,' company counters, as dispute continues.

By Tom Sandborn, 13 Dec 2013


news

Because 'Domestic Violence Is Not a Private Matter'

How does abuse of women affect workplace? Canadian Labour Congress, Western U. launch research.

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Dec 2013


news

'This is Personal': Bangladeshi Factory Worker's Plea for Safer Conditions

Kalpona Akter asks Bay, other Canadian firms to sign binding safety agreement.

By Tom Sandborn, 27 Nov 2013


news

Signs Harper Is Gearing Up to Declare War on Unions

Tory tweets, convention chatter and looming legislation hint at what may be coming, say labour advocates.

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Nov 2013


news

Total Charged to BC Employers in 2012 for Role in Worker Deaths: $129,000

Unions continue push for tougher penalties for reckless managers.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Oct 2013


news

Gov't Reneged on Wage Promises, Say Community Social Service Agencies

Ministry counters it never agreed to chip in for raises prior to May election.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Oct 2013


blogs

New policy bars group of pregnant Victoria teachers from continuing contracts

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Sep 2013


blogs

Landlord, target of DTES 'wanted' campaign, turns himself in

By Tom Sandborn, 13 Sep 2013


blogs

Arrest warrants issued for notorious Downtown Eastside landlord

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Sep 2013


news

A Tyee Series

Hard Work, Big Gains for Young Union Worker

Her job isn't easy, but Krissy Murphy loves the challenge -- and financial freedom -- it offers.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Sep 2013


blogs

Ikea face-off in Richmond marked by fourth contract offer rejection

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Aug 2013


blogs

Elizabeth Keliher, a powerful voice for justice on Vancouver's east side, dies

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Aug 2013


news

BC's Little Known Resource for Unhappy Patients

Health care advocates wonder why quality review boards are so under-publicized.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Aug 2013


news

Young Workers Face 'Crisis' of Scarce Good Jobs

Under 30s churning through temp gigs, stalled in life, wondering if politicians care.

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Jul 2013


blogs

Major BC construction player Kiewit fined for worker death in California

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Jul 2013


news

Negligent Bosses Go Undercharged for Worker Deaths, Critics Say

Law intended to hold reckless management accountable is woefully unenforced.

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Jul 2013


blogs

Canada opts not to restrict trade with Bangladesh after factory collapse

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Jul 2013


blogs

Go west and north, young workers, suggest latest StatsCan figures

By Tom Sandborn, 26 Jun 2013


blogs

Big investors call on retailers to support factory safety pact in Bangladesh

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Jun 2013


news

Richmond Ikea 'Bullying' Employees Back to Work, Union Says

Company insists it cares 'tremendously' about workers as dispute drags on.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Jun 2013


blogs

SFU underpays teaching assistants for vacation, says union

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Jun 2013


blogs

Activists demand public hearings for coal export project

By Tom Sandborn, 23 May 2013


news

Loblaws Only Canadian Firm to Endorse Worker Safety Accord in Bangladesh

Retail Council of Canada seeks US allies to oppose call for binding agreement.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 May 2013


news

Union Leader to Clark: Let's Put Down the Gloves

But 'don't do more of the same,' he urges Libs, while reflecting on NDP loss.

By Tom Sandborn, 15 May 2013


blogs

Father of killed worker hopes for NDP gov't and Kiewit investigation

By Tom Sandborn, 13 May 2013


blogs

Fiscal management slightly better under NDP: study

By Tom Sandborn, 10 May 2013


blogs

Grand Chief calls Liberal Sullivan's comments on First Nations 'totally out of touch'

By Tom Sandborn, 9 May 2013


blogs

BC's largest public sector union chooses new leader

By Tom Sandborn, 9 May 2013


news

Canadian Firms Pressed on Bangladeshi Worker Deaths

One retailer that sources from destroyed garment factory says it will compensate victims.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 May 2013


news

Foreign Temp Workers Changes Not Enough: Labour Leaders

FOI documents reveal need for investigation into skill levels, say union chiefs.

By Tom Sandborn, 30 Apr 2013


blogs

Head of UBC social work calls for closing BC care institutions

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Apr 2013


blogs

Vision councillor endorses NDP's Heyman in Vancouver-Fairview

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Apr 2013


blogs

Youth can't vote, but they can march on Earth Day

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Apr 2013


blogs

Labour council votes to fund pre-campaign work for NDP candidate

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Apr 2013


blogs

Changes to transit service for passengers with disabilities rattle union

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Apr 2013


blogs

BC First cofounder vows to 'seek the will' of voters

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Apr 2013


news

Big Liberal Donor's Rocky Safety Record

US firm Kiewit, a major player in BC construction ruled 'reckless' in worker's death, has piled up other safety violations.

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Apr 2013


blogs

Civil Rights Now organizing people with disabilities for BC Election 2013

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Apr 2013


news

People with Disabilities Mobilizing for BC Election

New laws, restoring cuts to community living on their agenda.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Apr 2013


blogs

Big firms hoard tax cut riches while economy drags: CLC

By Tom Sandborn, 31 Jan 2013


blogs

SFU bargained in bad faith with CUPE staff: LRB

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jan 2013


news

Protect the Global Domestic Worker: Report

Canada yet to ratify UN safeguard for 53 million who toil in others' homes.

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Jan 2013


books

Peace Lessons from 'The General's Son'

Born of a family of fierce fighters for Israel, Miko Peled chooses a different mission in Palestine.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Jan 2013


news

BC a Base for Abortion Battlers Trying New Tactics

New faces of anti-choice include Langley MP Mark Warwara, Vancouver activist Mike Schouten.

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Jan 2013


blogs

Anti-choice group wants 'heretic' Justin Trudeau banned from speaking

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Dec 2012


blogs

Garment factory fires abroad may have Canadian connections, says activist

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Dec 2012


news

Solidarity on Life Support? Nurses Union Steps up Raids

After successful raid on Licensed Practical Nurses, BCNU gears up for more.

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Dec 2012


news

Sharing Wisdom to Improve HIV/AIDS Treatment

Delegation from Jamaica visits Vancouver to talk progress, stigma, and 'treatment as prevention.'

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Dec 2012


news

UN Asked to Censure Canada for Failure to Prosecute Bush for Torture Complicity

Human rights groups file complaint on detainees' behalf.

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Nov 2012


news

Time for People with Disabilities to 'Make the Rules in Our Own Lives'

Paul Caune of Civil Rights Now has powerful ideas for next BC election.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Nov 2012


blogs

Labour activists deliver 'Bad Boss' award to east Vancouver restaurant owner

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Nov 2012


blogs

Plan now for effective disaster relief: advocates for BC residents with disabilities

By Tom Sandborn, 31 Oct 2012


blogs

Thousands pledged to 'bold action' in demo against pipeline and tankers Monday in Victoria

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Oct 2012


news

Temp Miners from China Dig up Trouble for Clark

Hailed by premier as jobs coup for BC, coal mine now a lightning rod for union, enviro, First Nations anger.

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Oct 2012


news

'We Have Started Ball Rolling' on Justice for Work Deaths

'Some satisfaction' for father of killed son, after helping press officials to prosecute negligent employers.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Sep 2012


blogs

Labour Day: Another Canadian first

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Sep 2012


news

BC Farm Work Hell Drove Us Home, Say Guatemalans

Temp workers say they fear retribution if identities known.

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Sep 2012


blogs

Walking the line on labour's day

By Tom Sandborn, 30 Aug 2012


blogs

BCGEU, other unions to take strike action September 5

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Aug 2012


news

Grieving Families Want Tougher Justice for Workplace Deaths

Delegation to demand more investigation and prosecution against negligent employers.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Aug 2012


blogs

Health minister showing criminal negligence on asbestos: activist

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Aug 2012


news

BC Gov't Ducking Action Against Illegal Billing Clinics Say Advocates

Ministry of Health could cut off funding to for profit violators if it wanted says BC Health Coalition.

By Tom Sandborn, 17 Aug 2012


blogs

New Quebec party promises to ban asbestos exports

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Aug 2012


books

Achieving 'Progress' This Summer

What am I reading on balmy BC days? Michael V. Smith's amazing novel set in Ontario.

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Aug 2012


blogs

BCGEU president warns of more militant action

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Aug 2012


blogs

Nearly 200 BCGEU members to strike over wages

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Aug 2012


news

Hard Landing for Aveos Workers

Months after their privatized former Air Canada firm collapsed, employees face unemployment, benefit cuts and uncertainty.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Aug 2012


news

Despite New Rules, Mentally Injured and Bullied Workers Still Disadvantaged: Critics

Concerns raised that laws passed to fix BC's workers' compensation system miss the point.

By Tom Sandborn, 26 Jul 2012


blogs

Epidemiologists denounce asbestos trade

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jul 2012


blogs

Two years later, abused Khaira forestry workers still waiting for redress

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Jul 2012


blogs

TransLink reverses decision to cut TaxiSaver program

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Jul 2012


blogs

Safety, employment standards lack for commercial cleaners and guards: study

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Jul 2012


news

Losing Taxi Savers Program Will 'Clip Wings', Say Users

At TransLink consultation, mobility-challenged passengers explain why the service must stay.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Jul 2012


news

The Robocall Scandal's Vancouver Link

As Elections Canada investigation continues, complaints of calls in two ridings unfold.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Jul 2012


blogs

Canadian Labour Congress accused of 'selling out' Quebec students

By Tom Sandborn, 22 Jun 2012


news

In Emergency Rooms, a Potential 'Hidden Epidemic'

Vancouver study finds bad reactions to medications in patients are missed 40 per cent of time by ER doctors.

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Jun 2012


blogs

Studies cite business benefits of safeguarding workers: labour groups

By Tom Sandborn, 30 May 2012


news

Yellow Cabs Drawn into Rocky Mountaineer Labour Fight

Rail line reportedly asks hotels to 'avoid' taxi company, while union is found guilty of contempt.

By Tom Sandborn, 10 May 2012


news

Accusations Mount over Aveos Crash Ousting 2,600 Workers

Air Canada's latest move against bankrupt spin-off further enrages unions.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 May 2012


blogs

Pro-asbestos group closure hailed by labour advocate, NDP

By Tom Sandborn, 3 May 2012


blogs

Hotel picket against Rocky Mountaineer replacement workers continues today, says picketer

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Apr 2012


blogs

Hotel ousts Rocky Mountaineer replacement workers

By Tom Sandborn, 13 Apr 2012


blogs

Local Subway franchise gets 'Bad Boss' award

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Apr 2012


news

Not Your Mom and Dad's Labour Movement

Young workers prepare to re-shape unions for the 21st century.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Apr 2012


blogs

Ditching fossil fuels could be 'the hardest thing humans have ever done': McKibben

By Tom Sandborn, 27 Mar 2012


blogs

Congo massacre survivors seek leave to appeal case at Supreme Court

By Tom Sandborn, 26 Mar 2012


blogs

Denny's foreign workers win class action certification

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Mar 2012


news

A Community 'Knows its Own Needs Best'

That's the idea behind Literacy Lives, where students create health programs that fill unique service gaps.

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Mar 2012


blogs

Actors' unions support workers in Rocky Mountaineer dispute

By Tom Sandborn, 27 Feb 2012


news

Firm No to 'Net Zero' from Social Service Workers

Years at bottom of public sector pay built anger, a strike is likely, say union leaders.

By Tom Sandborn, 27 Feb 2012


blogs

Galiano Island conservancy expansion will protect 'red listed' eco-communities

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Feb 2012


news

'Like Yesterday's Trash'

Locked out Teamsters at Rocky Mountaineer say they've been 'erased' by politically well-connected management.

By Tom Sandborn, 17 Feb 2012


blogs

Appeal court upholds ruling on protection of orca habitat

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Feb 2012


news

Girls' Detention Closures 'Blindside' Union, Breach Rights: Critics

Centralizing youth in custody boosts alternative services, supporters counter.

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jan 2012


blogs

Pharmaceutical giant to settle Canadian class action suit on Vioxx

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Jan 2012


news

Are Cuts to Canadian Meat Inspection a Spoiler?

Gov assures safety, but critics warn of increased health risks and cost burden for BC.

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Jan 2012


blogs

Thousands to rally for locked out electro-motive workers

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Jan 2012


blogs

Canada should stop supporting the asbestos industry: NDP’s Pat Martin

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Jan 2012


news

Voice from Grave Pleads for Canadian Asbestos Ban

Quebec minister challenged to honour cancer victim's deathbed wish not to fund Jeffrey mine.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Jan 2012


blogs

BC opponents slam gov't ban on veils at citizenship ceremonies

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Dec 2011


news

As Occupiers Block Port, Labour Questions Tactics

'Take protest to Bay Street and Howe Street, leave the poor working stiff alone': longshore union president.

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Dec 2011


blogs

National law organization joins call to ban asbestos

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Dec 2011


news

Asia Pacific Fdn Pressured to Disavow Former Fellow's Pro-Asbestos Stance

Baljit Chadha rebuts claim his views violate ethical standards.

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Dec 2011


books

Beware the Internet Underworld

Cyberthieves and deviant hackers abound in Misha Glenny's grim portrait of organized crime online.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Nov 2011


blogs

HSA president predicts tough bargaining in 2012

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Nov 2011


news

Embattled Silviculture Operator Charged with Fraud, Forgery

Owner of Khaira Enterprises denies allegations. Separate police investigation of a 2010 camp death continues.

By Tom Sandborn, 22 Nov 2011


blogs

BC Nurses Union insurgents don antique capes to protest raid on HEU

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Nov 2011


blogs

Raj Chouhan honored for long service on farmworker rights

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Nov 2011


news

World's Largest Catering Firm Locks Out BC Workers

Most are visible minority women paid $12 hourly. Compass Group profited $1.5 billion last year.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Oct 2011


news

BCTF Demands Government Action after Supreme Court Win

As talks resume, minister sticks to class size remedy union calls 'slap in face.'

By Tom Sandborn, 26 Oct 2011


blogs

David Suzuki slams corporate profiteering at Occupy Vancouver

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Oct 2011


blogs

Torture victims target Bush's Surrey visit

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Oct 2011


blogs

Strong labour presence at Occupy Vancouver

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Oct 2011


news

Medicinal Grow-ops Remain Uncharted Territory

Many pose hazards, say Surrey officials. But other local BC politicians worry more oversight will snuff out a good thing.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Oct 2011


blogs

Hospital Employees Union Survey is 'push polling': BCNU President

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Oct 2011


blogs

Less than a third of BC nurses back raid on HEU: survey

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Oct 2011


blogs

Barlow foresees 'new wave of civil disobedience'

By Tom Sandborn, 30 Sep 2011


news

Rocky Mountaineer Lockout Goes off the Rails

Judge slaps union, politicians blast owner, replacement hire whacks passenger.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Sep 2011


news

BC's Employer Scandal in the Woods Continues

A year after being rescued from abuse, Khaira's tree planters still not paid. They may not be alone.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Aug 2011


blogs

Unions recommend 'yes' vote on social service workers' contract

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Aug 2011


blogs

Quebec grants funding extension to asbestos mine

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Aug 2011


news

'This Place Saved My Life': Inside the Rainier Hotel

Meet the people who transformed a crumbling Vancouver SRO into a source of second chances.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Aug 2011


blogs

Margaret Morgan, activist, RIP

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Jul 2011


news

Grooming Generation Activist

Want to get good at creating social change? Next Up is looking for its next crop of graduates.

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Jul 2011


blogs

New medical pot dispensary opens in Yaletown

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Jul 2011


blogs

Clock ticking for private investment in Quebec asbestos mine

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Jul 2011


blogs

Rocky Mountaineer lockout a "nasty strike": union

By Tom Sandborn, 7 Jul 2011


news

Abbotsford, Mission Part Ways over P3 Water Project

As their populations swell, the towns no longer find it easy to share.

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Jul 2011


blogs

Scientists condemn Canada's stand on asbestos exports

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Jun 2011


news

Harper's Asbestos Support 'Crassest Form of Politics': CLC Head

Canada again scuttles international effort to label chrysotile exports toxic.

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Jun 2011


blogs

Locked-out postal workers occupy Tory MP's offices

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Jun 2011


news

Nickeled and Dimed: BC's Uneven Minimum Wage Bump

Critics say Libs are miserly to let employers pay less to workers who serve alcohol.

By Tom Sandborn, 7 Jun 2011


blogs

Pacific Gateway highway expansion hits two roadblocks

By Tom Sandborn, 31 May 2011


blogs

Canadian mining company can be sued for alleged rights abuses in Africa: Judge

By Tom Sandborn, 18 May 2011


news

When Lefty Met Margaret

Working class love story inspires major gift to SFU's labour studies department.

By Tom Sandborn, 16 May 2011


blogs

'We're there for you' US union head tells Canadian Labour Congress

By Tom Sandborn, 13 May 2011


blogs

Layton vows to push Harper on pension reform

By Tom Sandborn, 11 May 2011


news

Mexican Gov't Union Busting in BC, Charges Union

Guest workers pressured by Mexican officials to decertify unions, says UFCW.

By Tom Sandborn, 11 May 2011


blogs

Wall Street execs should go to jail, labour leader tells national convention

By Tom Sandborn, 10 May 2011


blogs

Denny's worker fired for making complaint

By Tom Sandborn, 9 May 2011


blogs

Guerilla arborists plant protest forest for Earth Day

By Tom Sandborn, 22 Apr 2011


blogs

Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Burnaby; Emery denied transfer to Canada

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Apr 2011


news

Will America's Anti-Union Spasm Engulf Canada?

Fraser Institute conservatives openly wish for it, unions rally to vow 'no way.'

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Apr 2011


blogs

Nearly 300 commit to taking action in Stop Coal Campaign as province has record coal exports

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Apr 2011


blogs

B.C. strategically placed to slow down global warming/climate change, says author McKibben

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Apr 2011


news

'Woman of the Year' Is Out of a Job

Provincial cuts finally catch up with Cranbrook’s Women's Resource Centre run by Vicky Dalton.

By Tom Sandborn, 31 Mar 2011


culture

'The Coca-Cola Case'

More than a documentary, it's a vehicle for a global movement for corporate accountability and union rights.

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Mar 2011


blogs

George Abbott addresses BCTF, asks for 'peace'

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Mar 2011


blogs

Teachers' union prepares to fight wage freeze

By Tom Sandborn, 22 Mar 2011


blogs

Denny's responds to class action suit

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Mar 2011


news

BC Activist Fights the Union Busting States of America

In Madison, where labour rights are under siege, a BC unionist joins the protest.

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Mar 2011


blogs

Unions charge bias at BC Labour Relations board

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Mar 2011


blogs

Cheated treeplanters face long wait for payment

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Feb 2011


blogs

Gulf Island nature centre for city kids hits fundraising halfway mark

By Tom Sandborn, 22 Feb 2011


blogs

Liberal leadership hopefuls ignore children and youth survey

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Feb 2011


news

BC's Paralyzed Child Protection System

If Judge Ted Hughes can resolve the latest 'near stand-off', he'll chalk up a rare win in a century of setbacks.

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Feb 2011


blogs

Dockworkers, employers swap charges during contract bargaining

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Feb 2011


news

A System Broken and 21 Babies Dead

The shocking diagnosis and prescribed fixes from BC's independent children's watchdog.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Jan 2011


blogs

BC Health Minister too busy to meet with MP about drug watchdog

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jan 2011


blogs

Province may have to cover Khaira's costs: BCFED

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jan 2011


news

Foreign Workers Seek Legal Grand Slam against Denny's

$10 million class action suit says contract terms weren't respected, a claim management denies.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Jan 2011


opinion

Welcome to Canada, Now You're under Arrest

Bill C-49 would create two classes of refugees, and a lot of hardship.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Jan 2011


news

Pot for Pain? This Is Your Law on Drugs

Canada's medical marijuana regime in shambles, say critics.

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Dec 2010


blogs

National dispute over unions 'raiding' sparks BC Fed convention split

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Dec 2010


blogs

Construction accidents shake labour leaders in Vancouver

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Dec 2010


news

Scenes from a Showdown at the Hyatt

A surge of unionized room cleaners claiming their jobs are unnecessarily crippling sent a message to management.

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Nov 2010


news

Canadian Mining Firm Accused of Complicity in Congo Killings

Lawsuit highlights need for firmer hand in Ottawa, say human rights groups. Anvil Mining denies culpability.

By Tom Sandborn, 26 Nov 2010


news

Making BC a Green Jobs Machine

No fossil fuels, zero carbon emissions, better employment. A CCPA report says it's doable in BC.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Oct 2010


news

Hard Thanksgiving for Injured Farm Workers

BC pickers were hurt while riding unprotected with produce bound for holiday tables -- adding to history of carnage.

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Oct 2010


books

Class Struggle for Beginners

Allan Engler's 'Economic Democracy' is more than an attempt to rebrand Marxism for the 21st century.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Oct 2010


news

Conflict of Interest 'Infects' BC Drug Review Panel: Critics

Risks said to rise as pharma helps OK drugs for use in province now.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Oct 2010


news

A Tyee Series

A Decade's Slide in Help for Hurt Workers

Liberal changes to WorkSafe BC have eroded payments, rehab for those injured on the job. Computer glitches fuel criticism.

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Sep 2010


news

Skip Hotel Room Cleaning? That's Not 'Green' Says Union

Workers protest option given guests at luxury hotels, launch boycott of Vancouver Hyatt.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Sep 2010


news

A Tyee Series

'Biggest Rollback of Worker Rights in Canadian History'

That's how one scholar terms Campbell-era policies. Part two of the decade's top 10 labour stories.

By Tom Sandborn, 7 Sep 2010


news

A Tyee Series

The Decade's Top Labour Stories In BC

Ten key ways working in this province changed in the Campbell era. First of two parts.

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Sep 2010


news

Off the Bus: Fired Driver Says He's a Victim of Politics

Marwan Marwan says he's no 'time thief' and views against war, racism, pollution cost his job.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Aug 2010


books

John Sloan's Gift to the Fragile Elderly

The BC doctor and author advocates a more dignified, less expensive way to help frail seniors.

By Tom Sandborn, 26 Jul 2010


blogs

Equality for women high on global labour conference’s agenda

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jun 2010


blogs

'Tar sands devastate workers' lives too': new Greenpeace leader

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jun 2010


news

Right and Left Agree: Tax Financial Activities

At Vancouver labour meet, world financial leaders align with trade union reform agenda, sort of.

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jun 2010


blogs

Trade unionists from five continents rally in Vancouver

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Jun 2010


news

Global Labour Frames Future in Vancouver

Nine-hundred delegates from all over the world to vote on green social justice agenda.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Jun 2010


blogs

Nurses' raids on rival union struck down by LRB

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Jun 2010


blogs

On to Ottawa Trek anniversary to be celebrated

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Jun 2010


news

What Do We Owe Our Guest Workers?

Debate rises over how to lower abuse, and whether to make staying easier.

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Jun 2010


blogs

Poll shows support for increasing early childhood spending

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Apr 2010


blogs

Mainstream media mum on broad coalition's planned protest

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Apr 2010


news

Will BC's New Teaching Universities Try to Break Their Unions?

Administration letters have faculty associations worried.

By Tom Sandborn, 31 Mar 2010


news

EI Running out for 500,000 Unemployed Canadians

Stretch the program, urges labour, pointing to system's $55 billion surplus.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Feb 2010


news

Don't Dare Use Students as Scabs during Olympics: CUPE

Paramedics union considering boycott if student volunteers handle Games emergencies.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Jan 2010


news

Budget Hits Will 'Basically Gut' AIDS Vancouver

Lower Mainland HIV service groups say government funding cuts will end up costing public more.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Dec 2009


news

Philippines Bloody for Unionists, But Invest There Says Ottawa

Canada's government is too quiet on abuses say human rights advocates.

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Nov 2009


news

Put aside $3 Billion for the Kids

That's how much more BC needs to spend on vulnerable pre-schoolers, say researchers. They call it a bargain.

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Nov 2009


opinion

The View from a HandyDart Driver's Seat

People are mad at strikers for stranding the disabled. Here's another side you haven't heard.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Nov 2009


blogs

Demolition begins at Little Mountain

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Nov 2009


news

Daycare Serving BC's Poorest Forced to Dump Kids

Funding cuts ignore research on early childhood investment, say advocates.

By Tom Sandborn, 2 Nov 2009


blogs

Nurses' union faces rank and file rebellion

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Oct 2009


blogs

Paramedics to vote on 'repugnant' government offer

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Oct 2009


blogs

Autistic kids need services, not bricks: parents

By Tom Sandborn, 30 Sep 2009


news

Halt For-Profit Clinics: UBCM Resolution

BC municipalities to ponder denouncing 'private, for-profit surgical and MRI/CT facilities.'

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Sep 2009


blogs

BC employees' union blasts BC nurses' union

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Sep 2009


blogs

Laundry closure will cost more than 80 union jobs: Hospital Employees Union

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Sep 2009


news

Labour Pains at the Nurses Union

BCNU punished for 'raiding' other unions in drive to gain associate members.

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Sep 2009


news

Supreme Court Showdown for Private Clinics

How two BC lawsuits could change health care in Canada.

By Tom Sandborn, 7 Sep 2009


blogs

Striking Paramedics to meet with labour minister

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Sep 2009


news

Housing Policies Could Help Prevent AIDS, Says Study

Research on B.C. needle drug users links homelessness to unsafe sex and persistent addiction.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Aug 2009


blogs

Delta house demolition blocked by Gateway protesters

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Jul 2009


news

When Unions Collide

Telecom workers union imposes 'soft lockout' on its own professional staff.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Jul 2009


news

More Legal Twists to Migrant Workers' Unionizing Attempt

Greenway Farms loses try at decertifying, but matter isn't closed.

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Jul 2009


news

Setback for Historic Effort to Unionize Guest Farm Workers

Shuffled work force votes to decertify UFCW.

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Jun 2009


news

Tension High at Abortion Clinics

Diatribe against 'Tiller the Killer' circulated by Canadian anti-choice group.

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jun 2009


blogs

Rights group calls for removal of RCMP's top cop

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Jun 2009


blogs

BC Housing applies for Little Mountain demolition permits

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Jun 2009


blogs

Cleared terror suspect can come home, Federal Court rules

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Jun 2009


news

James, Campbell Make Their Pitches to Trade Union Members

The leaders on public works, job safety, training, the minimum wage and more.

By Tom Sandborn, 30 Apr 2009


news

Province's New Counting Makes Homeless Disappear, Say Critics

Numbers just for internal use says ministry.

By Tom Sandborn, 30 Mar 2009


news

'Working Alone' Safeguards Slide

Outraged father of 'gas and dash' victim says officials eroded 'Grant's Law.'

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Mar 2009


blogs

BC foster care in crisis, report and social workers agree

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Mar 2009


news

Jobless? Why You Might Not Get Employment Insurance

'Reforms' fattened surpluses, failed to prepare for bad times say critics.

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Feb 2009


blogs

CP derailments follow cuts to track maintenance: union

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Feb 2009


blogs

Picking a nursing home? Read the fine print on profit

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Feb 2009


news

Illegal Law Cost $84 Million, but Abbott Has No Regrets

Health worker: Bill 29 wrecked my life.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Feb 2009


books

Fixing the Real Economy

Labour economist Jim Stanford focuses on workers, not paper wealth.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Jan 2009


blogs

Vancouver cops scoop journalist

By Tom Sandborn, 27 Jan 2009


blogs

CanWest pushes to drop ‘firewall’ between print and TV newsrooms

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Jan 2009


blogs

Israeli consulates occupied in protests against Gaza incursion

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Jan 2009


blogs

Reforms needed to reduce construction deaths: study

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Jan 2009


news

Lift Kids Out of Poverty, Protect Their Brains

UBC researcher adds to growing data on physical cost of being young and poor.

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Jan 2009


news

Factory Grabs by Workers Coming?

If bailouts fail to save jobs, unions may crank up militant tactics.

By Tom Sandborn, 31 Dec 2008


books

A Prairie Marxist's Memoir

From young communist to senior citizen fighting for health rights. At 95, Ben Swankey tells his story.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Nov 2008


blogs

'Functional cure' for AIDS to be tested in Canadian lab

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Nov 2008


news

Top Private Health Player in BC Slammed for 'Windfall' Profits

John Laing firm rebuked in parliament of UK, where it is based.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Nov 2008


blogs

Obama’s era: Return to the Yaletown pub

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Nov 2008


blogs

US ’08: Welcome to Vancouver’s Obamaland

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Nov 2008


blogs

Salmon farming protest goes to the UN

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Nov 2008


news

The Meltdown, Seen from Below

What union leaders, labour experts and anti-poverty activists say needs to be done.

By Tom Sandborn, 3 Nov 2008


blogs

Company failure may mean bye-bye for guest workers

By Tom Sandborn, 26 Sep 2008


news

BC Artificial Hip Suppliers Kick up Investigations

Some devices recalled; kickbacks probed in US.

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Sep 2008


blogs

Activists claim victory after Ottawa arms show tanked

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Sep 2008


blogs

Harper slammed for failing to support elected Afghan woman

By Tom Sandborn, 23 Sep 2008


blogs

Harper government yanked Sierra Club climate grant

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Sep 2008


blogs

BC hospitals may have installed prostheses from factory criticized by FDA

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Sep 2008


blogs

Cop critic Byers watched VPD soothe suicidal man

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Sep 2008


blogs

Downtown Eastside policing may threaten HIV treatment

By Tom Sandborn, 7 Sep 2008


blogs

Fraser Canyon find shows Chinese Canadian past

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Sep 2008


news

Autism Parents Seek Clout in Federal Election

Activists target ridings with thin margins.

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Sep 2008


news

Foreign Farm Workers Unionize: A First in BC

Seasonal labourers in Surrey claim bad conditions, vote to join UFCW.

By Tom Sandborn, 21 Aug 2008


news

Law Suit a Tar Sands Stopper?

Win for Alberta Cree band could clog up oil ambitions.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Jul 2008


news

Casino Workers Buck Odds

Win right to join union in lean times for organizers.

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Jul 2008


news

Secret Factories for 2010

VANOC won't tell sweatshop watchdogs where Olympics gear is made.

By Tom Sandborn, 30 Jun 2008


news

Eighty Jailed and Sent Home

Mexicans seeking work tricked, detained, sent home.

By Tom Sandborn, 25 Jun 2008


news

School Bus Drivers Parked at 65?

Force retirement, say some districts, despite new law.

By Tom Sandborn, 17 Jun 2008


news

Worst Sports Injury: Worker Abuse

Vanoc, Nike, labour reps to confer at Olympics sweatshop forum.

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Jun 2008


news

Bitter Juice at Sun-Rype?

After strike, Pattison's plant is like 'prison' says unionist.

By Tom Sandborn, 7 May 2008


news

BC's Homeless Death Toll: 56 or More in Two Years

Tally of homeless deaths released to Tyee by chief coroner.

By Monte Paulsen and Tom Sandborn, 17 Apr 2008


news

Librarians Claim Pay Equity Win

Contract ends long Victoria dispute over gender, wages.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Apr 2008


news

Ethical Buying Gains Steam

York U. signs on as activists pressure 2010 Olympics organizers.

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Mar 2008


news

Canada Line Tunnellers Axed

Union claims laid-off workers punished for labour activism.

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Mar 2008


news

Ladner and Vision: Who Courted Whom?

NPA councillor discussed switching sides, claims De Genova.

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Feb 2008


news

Sears Contract on the Fritz

Canada's last company appliance repair workers walk picket line.

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Feb 2008


news

Hotel Union on a Roll

Suburban hotels check into new world of labour relations.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Jan 2008


news

Victoria Library Strike Escalates

Pay equity at centre of four-month dispute.

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Jan 2008


news

Aid Kids with Special Needs: Study

Report slams chronic 'underfunding' in BC schools.

By Tom Sandborn, 18 Jan 2008


news

Deadly Boom

Rising job related deaths prompt safety calls.

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Jan 2008


news

Philippines a Bloody Zone for Labour Activists

Only Colombia is riskier for union organizers.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Jan 2008


news

Jimmy Pattison the Juice behind Kelowna Strike?

Sun-Rype picketers wonder who's really squeezing them.

By Tom Sandborn, 17 Dec 2007


news

Former UK Health Minister to Campbell: 'Don't Do It'

Blair cabinet member warns against private care.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Dec 2007


news

Newsroom Staff Cut at Vancouver's Big Papers

Ahead: Fewer news jobs, more news 'platforms.'

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Nov 2007


mediacheck

Work Outsourced from Sun, Province Newsrooms

Sun editor: union concerns over local control 'pretty silly.'

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Nov 2007


news

Ikea's Latest Model: Equal Pay

Fight against two-tier contracts shifts to Safeway, other BC chains.

By Tom Sandborn, 22 Oct 2007


news

Big Senior Home Chain Has Thick File of Complaints

Health minister refuses to probe firm that owns Beacon Hill Villa.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Oct 2007


news

Hotel Workers Near Settling

On eve of strike, union recommends approval of new contract offer.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Sep 2007


news

Hospitality Workers Flash Anger

March sweeps through big Vancouver hotel.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Sep 2007


news

Vancouver's Library Strike: Women's Pay on the Line

Men get nearly $6 more hourly for similar work, says union.

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Aug 2007


news

Posh Hotels, Painful Jobs

Room attendants press for better conditions.

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Aug 2007


news

'Bottleneck' Blamed for Strike

GVRD employers' rep overloaded, slow, says union.

By Tom Sandborn, 27 Jul 2007


news

Supreme Court Labour's Friend?

Don't assume, says author of 'The Corporation.'

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Jul 2007


news

Campbell's Health 'Conversation' Drives to a Point

Scant support for private fixes, say attendees.

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Jul 2007


news

More Firings, Health Workers Claim

Top court ruling hasn't slowed layoffs says union.

By Tom Sandborn, 22 Jun 2007


news

Can Vancouver Fend off Olympics Sweatshops?

China's abuses 'a warning bell' for 2010.

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Jun 2007


news

Campbell Government Violated Charter Rights: Supreme Court

Tearing up health union contracts ruled unconstitutional.

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Jun 2007


news

'Our Parents Aren't Widgets'

Anger and anxiety as layoff trend hits senior care.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 Jun 2007


news

Union Padlocks a Union

Staffers up their tactics against BC teachers union.

By Tom Sandborn, 29 May 2007


news

Farm Worker Safety Improved

Battle is only half-won, say advocates.

By Tom Sandborn, 4 May 2007


news

With Labour Scarce, Where Are Women in Trades?

Confab to tackle barriers females face.

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Apr 2007


news

Farmworker Safeguards Stalled Say Critics

A month after deadly crash, still waiting for reforms.

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Apr 2007


news

Cheap Rooms Off the Block?

Rare deal could save Eastside SRO.

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Mar 2007


news

Labour Double-Standards Blamed for Farmworkers' Deaths

Relatives, unions decry declining standards.

By Tom Sandborn, 16 Mar 2007


news

Tricked and Exploited?

Supermarket chain grabs passports, coerces immigrant workers, suit alleges.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Mar 2007


news

'This is Poverty Row'

Jostling for jobs on Vancouver's Cash Corner.

By Tom Sandborn, 28 Feb 2007


news

Gordo's 'Conversation' Takes Surprising Twist

Public health care endorsed at Vancouver Board of Trade event.

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Feb 2007


news

Fraser Health Authority Said No to Private Approach

Chair, since resigned, was overruled in decision to reject P3 model for facility.

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Feb 2007


news

Coke Bust Spurs Union Audit

Ironworkers Local 97 'shocked' by officer's drug smuggling charges.

By Tom Sandborn, 29 Jan 2007


news

Lethal Design at Sullivan Mine?

Four deaths might have been prevented says frustrated physics instructor.

By Tom Sandborn, 15 Jan 2007


Vancouver: Medicare Dies Here?

Showdown over private 'urgent care' clinic.

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Dec 2006


opinion

Taking Stock as BC Fed Turns 50

Some views on labour's achievements, challenges.

By Tom Sandborn, 27 Nov 2006


news

Costa Rican Tunnellers Told Strike Would Kill Project

Union charging unfair labour practices.

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Nov 2006


news

Coroner's Inquest Demanded in Sullivan Mine Deaths

Family, union and MLA reject government report.

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Nov 2006


news

In Prince Rupert, Scarce Fish Mean Hungry Winter

Jobless rate soars, union seeks EI 'dignity.'

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Nov 2006


news

Guest Worker Contract Dubious Alleges Union Lawyer

Costa Rican digging Vancouver tunnel testifies firm promised far less pay than official documents reflect.

By Tom Sandborn, 27 Oct 2006


news

Chinese Protester Attacked in Vancouver

Falun Gong meditator beaten outside Chinese consulate.

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Sep 2006


news

Canadian Ironworkers Shut out of Big Bridge Job, Say Unions, Contractors

German firm’s plan for guest workers sparks anger.

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Sep 2006


news

Fraction of HIV Residents Getting Treatment in Downtown Eastside

Experts: 'Definitely a shortfall.'

By Tom Sandborn, 8 May 2006


news

SRO Hotel Evictions Mount

Critics see trend tied to Olympics, gentrification.

By Tom Sandborn, 12 Apr 2006


news

A Tyee Series

Canada's Health Care 'Crisis'

How valid is the alarm behind Campbell's Euro tour?

By Tom Sandborn, 11 Apr 2006


news

A Tyee Series

French Health Reform: 300,000 Uninsured

Doctors Without Borders go into Paris clinics to fill gap.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Apr 2006


news

A Tyee Series

Swedes' U-Turn on Private Care

Voters quickly shut down experiment. Did Premier Campbell take notes?

By Tom Sandborn, 20 Mar 2006


news

A Tyee Series

UK Health Chief Quits as System Plunges into Financial Crisis

'Reformed' system faces $1.6 billion shortfall.

By Tom Sandborn, 8 Mar 2006


news

A Tyee Series

The UK Health Care Briefing Gordon Campbell Isn't Getting

Private deals drove up costs, slashed care, say critics.

By Tom Sandborn, 6 Mar 2006


news

Does BC Really Need 20,000 Global Temps?

Foreign workers a poor fix for Olympic overruns say unions.

By Tom Sandborn, 24 Feb 2006


news

Police 'Trashed' Low Income Hotel, Residents Charge

Going to court over alleged bust-up blitz.

By Tom Sandborn, 1 Dec 2005


news

Sardine Harvest a Threat to Mighty Humpbacks?

Alarms by BC scientists, tour operators don't convince DFO.

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Sep 2005


news

DFO Paid Top Official to Work for Fish Farm Boosters

Critics charge conflict of interest, slam DFO credibility.

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Aug 2005


news

Canada Pushes ‘Suicide Seed’ Trials

Government advocacy of field testing for genetically modified sterile seeds is rebuked in Bangkok.

By Tom Sandborn, 14 Feb 2005


opinion

Life Is a Gravy Boat at BC Ferries

Two-tier lounges aren’t the only examples of privilege at the quasi-private corporation.

By Tom Sandborn, 9 Feb 2005


opinion

Luxury Class Coming to B.C. Ferries

Corporation confirms plans to try out swank ‘premium lounges’ on two ships. See you in steerage.

By Tom Sandborn, 19 Jan 2005


mediacheck

Must Hope Melt, Too?

What to read if global warming has you hot and bothered.

By Tom Sandborn, 10 Nov 2004


opinion

When Preachers Spew Hate

Calling in cops and lawyers won't affirm the cherished values Sheik Kathadra violates.

By Tom Sandborn, 5 Nov 2004


opinion

Pensions Deep into Weapons, Toxins, Sweatshops

The Canadian Pension Plan makes no apologies for its big shift into stocks, including Walmart and 15 top military contractors.

By Tom Sandborn, 17 Oct 2004


opinion

Our Olympics Can Benefit All

But only if B.C. learns key lessons from Athens, and especially Sydney.

By Tom Sandborn, 13 Aug 2004