Laying few charges will help reduce overcrowding

[This article was first published in the Winnipeg Free Press, March 8, 2017] By John Hutton Manitoba has a higher proportion of adults in custody than any other province. We lock up people more frequently than Saskatchewan by… Read More

Manitoba Youth Crisis Workers Left in Limbo

By Lynne Fernandez Manitoba Government and General Employees Union members at Macdonald Youth Services (Local 221), who provide crisis intervention services to youth and families in Winnipeg, walked off the job on August 2, 2016. This move was… Read More

The Tough on Crime Strategy Has Not Made our Communities Safer

By Elizabeth Comack, Cara Fabre and Shanise Burgher Crime rates in Canada have been steadily declining for more than a decade, yet prison populations have been increasing in recent years. Commentators have attributed this disconnection between dropping crime… Read More

Justice Requires Hope

By John Hutton Sunday, August 10th, marked the 40th anniversary of what has come to be known as Prisoners’ Justice Day in Canada. Ever since the suicide of Edward Nolan in a segregation cell at Milhaven Institution on… Read More

“Indians Wear Red”: Aboriginal Street Gangs in Winnipeg

They were kids when they started. Teenagers locked up in the youth detention centre, watching movies about American street gangs. Soon they realized that if they stood up for each other, and worked together, it was easier to… Read More

Renovating Rental Regulations

PDF version by Sarah Cooper The Honourable Jim Rondeau, Minister of Healthy Living, Seniors and Consumer Affairs recently introduced legislation to modify the Residential Tenancies Act. CCPA-MB was invited, along with representatives from several other community organizations, to… Read More

More cells not the answer

PDF version by John Hutton A recent editorial in the Free Press (“Programs won’t solve jail crisis” Feb 8, 2013) by the President of the Manitoba Government Employees Union (MGEU) calls on the province to continue building more… Read More

The Tragedy of Phoenix Sinclair

PDF version by Jim Silver Media coverage of the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry has been quite thorough and often insightful. However, the bulk of the media coverage is missing the defining feature of the story. When that defining feature… Read More

Denying EIA Benefits because of Outstanding Warrants – Unwarranted!

PDF version by Dennis Lewycky and John Hutton The provincial government announced recently that it will take away Employment and Income Assistance (EIA) benefits for people with outstanding warrants for serious crimes. Recently there have been a couple… Read More

Playing politics with poverty in Manitoba

PDF version by Shauna MacKinnon It’s been a bad week for advocates working to improve the lives of people living in poverty. Recent child poverty statistics continue to show high rates for Manitoba and Monday’s throne speech gave… Read More