Asking the Right Questions about P3s in Winnipeg

PDF version by Elizabeth Blackwood and Lynne Fernandez On Tuesday, June 11th, Winnipeg’s Property and Development Committee reviewed a proposal to buy out the Private Public Partnership (P3) agreement for the South District Police Station. In 2012, the …

First a ripple, then a wave

PDF version by Andy Regier and Lynne Fernandez There was a ripple in the waters of public service provision late last year that has left some people perplexed. The Manitoba government announced that it would be selling The …

Six Unions: One Voice

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez This Wednesday, February 13, the six unions operating on the University of Manitoba campus will unite with one voice. The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA), Canadian Autoworkers (CAW) Local 3007, The Canadian …

A Sober Second Look at Liquor Privatization

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez A story in the Winnipeg Free Press’s The View from the West (Private Ontario liquor stores will benefit consumers) brings the issue of privatizing liquor sales to readers’ attention. Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives plan …

Let’s Put the Horse Before the Cart: Why We Need Investment in Social Infrastructure

by Kirsten Bernas and Lynne Fernandez In July, 2012, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba was invited by the federal government to participate, together with other groups representing a variety of industries, in consultations for its …

Time to Expand the Manitoba Advantage

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez and Errol Black There has been much discussion about the direction Manitoba Hydro (MH) is heading in and the role it should play in our province. It’s an important discussion to have because …

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 …

Election 2011 UnSpun

by Lynne Fernandez Here’s an UNEDITED version of my letter appearing in today’s Winnipeg Free Press. I’m responding to Mr. Tishinski’s letter to the editor of September 27th. Mr. Tishinski rightly notes that a referendum would have to …

Experimenting with Home Care Privatization – Did we learn our lesson?

by Shauna MacKinnon There has been much talk about privatization in these days leading up to the October 4th election. While nobody but Hugh McFadyen knows for sure what he will do if elected, the NDP have shown …