It’s Time the Change the Budget Channel

By Lynne Fernandez and Christina Maes Nino The City of Winnipeg has released its proposed operational and capital budgets for 2014. As in previous years, it is hard to see the vision in this budget or the direction …

We Day sidesteps the real issues of child poverty

By Molly McCracken This week, 16,000 high school students will be bused to the MTS centre to attend “We Day” and be encouraged to help others. Organized by social enterpreneurs Mark and Craig Kielburger, their globally branded Free …

Are we as cooperative as we think we are?

This post, by Brendan Reimer was originally posted by the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. This summer, I had the great privilege to be invited by Vancity Credit Union to join their two-week study tour of the Italian …

Appointment of William Neville as Independent Allowance Commissioner a Step Forward

by Errol Black Manitoba’s NDP government recently announced the appointment of William Neville as the Independent Allowance Commissioner under the Elections Finances Act. Neville’s mandate is to establish a public funding process for registered political parties, to replace …

We All Lose When Racism Rears Its Ugly Head

by Lynne Fernandez News of the racist posters taped throughout downtown have outraged Winnipeggers, and rightly so.  The hateful message these posters contained have no place in our society. Insidious and inherently violent, they inflict damage on more …

Manitoba’s NDP: Time to return to its social democratic roots

PDF version by Errol Black and Jim Silver In June 1969, Manitoba elected Canada’s first NDP government and Manitoba’s first social democratic government. The NDP has since become the dominant political party in Manitoba, winning 8 of the …

Are we about to lose our City-owned golf courses?

Tuesday February 14 – Meeting at City Hall The February 14, Property and Development Committee Meeting is a very important opportunity to voice your concerns about the sale of City-owned golf courses for commercial and residential development. There …

How NOT to plan a city

by Lynne Fernandez Two issues of concern have recently arisen at City Hall – the twenty-cent transit fare hike — just passed by council — and a new policy to share water and sewer services with exurban municipalities. …

Global Media Concentration Threatens Local Democracy

As we approach election day in Manitoba, anyone who appreciates democracy would welcome a informed discussion about the important issues. But don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen in our local print media. Pete Hudson explains …