Valuing the Voice of People Living with Disabilities in Manitoba

By Carlos Sosa Recently the Manitoba Government made a decision to reject a core funding application from the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities (MLPD) for the 2018-19 fiscal year. It can be very difficult for an organization …

The Deep Roots of the Meth Crisis

By Jim Silver First published in the Winnipeg Free Press December 19, 2018 Winnipeg’s meth crisis continues to skyrocket. I think a case can be made that in large part, the meth problem is a reflection of a …

How to make a low income bus pass work

By Ellen Smirl A year after announcing a 25-cent a trip fare increase, mayoral candidate Brian Bowman has promised to create a low-income transit pass if he is re-elected mayor on October 24th. This is great news because …

Drop the Stereotypes and deal with the real problem

By Jim Silver First published in the Winnipeg Free Press September 28, 2018 In August the Free Press published an article (Safety complaints at Lord Selkirk Park, Aug. 24, 2018) that painted a very negative picture of Lord …

Winnipeg: Where the buildings have no names and the streets have no crossings

By Doug Smith Nearly forty years ago, in March 1979, Winnipeg city councillor Joe Zuken led a band of a dozen or so pedestrians in what is likely to have been city’s most celebrated act of jaywalking. The …

Mayor playing with fire

By Paul Moist, Throughout 2018 there has been intense media scrutiny directed at Alex Forrest, the President of the United Firefighters of Winnipeg (UFFW). While this story continues to unfold, we do know its most important facts.

Imagine a Winnipeg…2018 Alternative Municipal Budget

By Lynne Fernandez, Winnipeg cannot control broader macro pressures such as climate change or a stagnant global economy, but it can prepare for the changes that are coming. It can meet climate change with policy to mitigate damage, …

Winnipeg Without Poverty: Calling on the City to Lead

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE [May 2, 2018]: Make Poverty History Manitoba launched it’s city poverty reduction plan Winnipeg Without Poverty: Calling on the City to Lead at 10am, May 2. This report, endorsed by more than 90 organizations, calls …

Funding Community Strength in North Point Douglas

By Kate Sjoberg and John Hutton First published in the Winnipeg Free Press June 15, 2017 It may seem unusual for an organization that works with incarcerated men to take a position in support of a program that …

Uber No Solution for Winnipeg: Analysis of taxi and transport

By Paul Moist Conservative forces in the provincial legislature and at Winnipeg City Hall are combining to enable ride-sharing services such as Uber and allow its introduction into the Winnipeg market. Acting on recommendations of the December 2016 …