Budget 2017 aka attack on students and recent graduates

By Michael Barkman and Brianne Goertzen

On April 11, the Progressive Conservative government led by Brian Pallister released its second budget under their mandate. While the government is calling it moderate, post-secondary students are calling it an attack on accessible, affordable and high quality public post-secondary education. With student debt closing in on $20,000, the ability for students to pay down their debt just got harder with the release of the 2017 Manitoba budget. Let’s talk about why. Read More

The “Humanizing Transit” event series kicks off with Jarrett Walker!

Join us for a talk about how to make Winnipeg Transit more customer-focused by internationally recognized transit expert Jarrett Walker.

Walker is a public transit consultant, communicator and champion. By breaking down the user experience and clarifying transit agency objectives, Walker builds an easily understandable framework for understanding public transit. Learn more about Walker’s work here: http://humantransit.org/about

WHEN: Thursday May 11, 7-9 PM
WHERE: Manitoba Museum Planetarium Auditorium, 190 Rupert Ave Read More

Manitoba’s Budget 2017/2018: When no news is bad news

First published on CBC Manitoba blog April 12, 2017
By Lynne Fernandez

The government was well aware that many were dreading yesterday’s budget: Non-profit organizations, healthcare workers, educators and public sector workers in general were bracing for Filmon flashbacks. Did the Conservative team take those fears into consideration when putting together the budget? Read More

Housing advocates look to provincial budget for action

By Kirsten Bernas

Manitobans should have access to housing but, at any given time, there are about 1,400 people experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg alone.  Many others live under threat of homelessness, paying the rent with money needed for food and other basic needs. Read More

Refugee Claimants Require Temporary and Permanent Supports

Abdikheir Ahmed, Hani Al-Ubeady and Ray Silvius

We in Manitoba find ourselves in need of a serious discussion about how to coordinate services, including lodging, for the refugee claimants who are continuing to cross the Canada-US border at Emerson, Manitoba.  This involves puzzling out the place of supports and services in the broader refugee system as well as locating refugee claimants within this system. Read More

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 report prepared by accounting firm Myers, Norris, Penny (MNP) on Winnipeg taxicab services, the Province announced legislation to devolve responsibility for oversight of the taxicab industry to municipal government. Read More

Being involved in uninvolved contexts: Refugee parent involvement in children’s education

By Fadi Ennab

The involvement of refugee parents in their children’s education is crucial for academic success and community development. Yet schools often struggle in promoting the involvement of newcomer parents, especially in contexts where there are language, cultural and socioeconomic challenges separating the school system and its staff from the communities and families they serve. While refugee parents are not a homogenous group, they face unique, multiple, and intersecting challenges that can negatively impact their involvement in their children’s education to the point of potentially being uninvolved. Read More

ID requirements will limit turnout

By Lisa Forbes, Molly McCracken and Ellen Smirl

First published in the Winnipeg Free Press March 28, 2017

On March 20th Minister of Justice Heather Stefanson introduced an amendment to the Elections Act that would establish a permanent voter registry for future provincial elections, changes to individual contributions and spending for third-party communications. The amendment allows for the requirement of a voters list based on the 2016 election. The provincial government chose also to amend eligible voter identification (ID) that would require citizens to present a type of ID that is not easily accessible for some Manitobans and potentially skew the slate of candidates to favour those who can inject the most money into their campaign. Read More

How can Winnipeg reduce poverty?

Dear supporting organizations for Make Poverty History Manitoba,

We are holding consultations for developing a City of Winnipeg Poverty Reduction Plan, with consultations starting today at the Millennium Library at 6 pm. Other dates are March 23, April 4 and April 6. Further details below.

No one level of government can solve poverty on its own, so we need the City of Winnipeg to make poverty reduction a priority in the areas it has under its jurisdiction.

If you can spread the word to your contacts and invite your members to attend, that would help us mobilize the support we need to make poverty reduction a priority at the City of Winnipeg. If you are unable to attend, I have attached have a quick survey you can fill out to add your voice.

Josh Brandon, Chair, Make Poverty History Manitoba

The Unbearable Resilience of P3s

By Lynne Fernandez
On March 6, 2017, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that the Manitoba government was examining Saskatchewan’s experience with using Public Private Partnerships (P3s) to build new public schools. The Saskatchewan government claims that it will save $100m dollars by using P3s, although it was not explained how it arrived at that conclusion.

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