Outsourcing Under Scrutiny

By Lynne Fernandez There has been a greater tendency for governments to outsource, and the City of Winnipeg is no exception. Outsourcing can be complex and lack transparency, particularly when public-private partnerships (P3s) are used. Under a P3, …

That’s What Unions Do

By Lynne Fernandez PDF version Back in February, 2013, CCPA-Mb  put out a Fast Facts  titled Six Unions: One Voice* which chronicled the many problems faced by staff at the University of Manitoba campus . We explained how …

CCPA-MB AGM with Larry Brown as guest speaker

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba office 2013 Annual General Meeting Friday, September 20, 2013, 11:30 am – 1 pm. Anhang room, 2nd floor, Millennium Library 251 Donald St. Keynote speaker: Larry Brown Larry is Secretary Treasurer of …

Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues Takes Big Step Forward

It was a cold, late autumn morning, but the atmosphere could not have been warmer  inside the Fort Garry Hotel this past Sunday.  CCPA Mb. held its Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues fundraising brunch, selling an impressive …

The Income Inequality Issue in Canada

by Errol Black A June 30 op-ed piece in the Winnipeg Free Press by Jason Clemens (MacDonald-Cartier Institute) titled, “Over simplifying income inequality,” dismisses concerns raised about the growing inequality of incomes in Canada. He proposes that “the over-simplification of …

Anti-unionism at Heart of Free Press Argument

By Lynne Fernandez For such a short article, the June 29th editorial: Do not further inflate Bipole III raises an impressive array of questions and concerns. First of all, according to reports from the Floodway Authority (and as …

Where’s the Compassion? The Harper Government’s Approach to Employment Insurance

by Errol Black Canada’s Employment Insurance (EI) System has been much in the news in recent weeks. The main issues are long delays in processing EI claims resulting from the Harper government’s attempts to automate and depersonalize the …

Bloated Public Sector or Bloated Rhetoric? …You Decide….

Yesterday I sent a letter to the Winnipeg Free Press about an August 31st op-ed decrying Manitoba’s supposedly “bloated” public sector. The op-ed was just begging for a response. Let’s hope the letter gets printed, but in case …