The Inequality Budget

Finance Minister Joe Oliver had a chance Tuesday to prove the Harper government’s economic prowess. The budget he delivered, however, failed miserably to do that. Continue reading

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Lessons from Toronto: Winnipeg’s Rooming House Challenge

On April 16th, 2014, a fire broke out in a rooming house on Enfield Crescent in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighbourhood. The fire resulted in the death of an elderly man and injuries to several other residents of the building. This tragic event served as somber precursor to the release of the May 2014 report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives- Manitoba, Rooming Houses to Rooming Homes. With the release of this report, a community forum was held and drew an audience of over 100, including community members, community agency staff, rooming house tenants, City and Provincial employees, and others. The community forum started an important and long-overdue dialogue about the many complicated issues surrounding Winnipeg rooming houses. Continue reading

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Making a case for a Labour Market Intermediary

By Kirsten Bernas and Shauna MacKinnon

There is a growing opportunity in Manitoba to bridge the economic and social divide between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. First of all, Manitoba employers are looking for skilled workers. Second of all, our large and young Aboriginal population continues to increase at a faster rate than the non-Aboriginal population. Continue reading

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Temporary foreign workers face unjust crackdown

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By Sarah Zell and Diwa Marcelino

As part of an ongoing overhaul of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) the federal government imposed what is referred to as the “four and four” rule, the results of which will begin to impact newcomers this April 1st.
The regulation limits the length of time temporary workers may work in Canada to four years. In the past, employees with work permits about to expire could apply for renewal. That is no longer the case. Under the new rule, migrant workers in low-wage jobs and Live-in Caregivers must leave the country as early as April 1, 2015, and are then barred from returning to work in Canada for another four years.

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Shooting for the stars: Inner city basketball program has big impact

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Alicia and Rachelle Dunsford with their AAA Junior Varsity Championship banner. They are now at the Collegiate.

Young people from inner city Winnipeg made their neighbourhood proud on Monday night. Six youth who grew up playing basketball at the Spence Neighbourhood Association brought home championship banners!

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Stagnant wages for over 80 percent of Canadian workers

Are wages in Canada stagnant or growing? The short answer is another question: do you live in an oil boom province? There’s a fairly common meme that Canadian wages are no longer stagnating, as opposed to US wages. Indeed, in Canada, overall wage growth has picked up since the last crisis.  Read more…

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Low response in National Housing Survey lead to bias

When the Government of Canada decided to cancel the long form cencus for 2011 and replace it with the voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) many expressed concern NHS data would be less reliable and vulnerable populations would be less likely to participate.  These concerns have proven to be correct.  Read more…
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