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… Read More

Today’s conservatives are not your Grandpa’s Tories: Co-ops, Credit Unions and Free Trade Policies

By Ellen Smirl On the Main Street in Morden Manitoba there are two gas stations: an Esso and a Co-op. During the busiest times of the week-after a hockey game, or on Sunday when the area’s many churches… Read More

Responding to the Fentanyl crisis: Constructing better drug policy in Manitoba

First published on CBC online edition Dec 3, 2016 By Ellen Smirl Increasing tragic deaths from Fentanyl are raising calls to deal with this crisis. Evidence shows that controlling supply and criminalizing drug users does not address the… Read More

New Report: Summary Evaluation of The Madison Congregate Housing

By Ellen Smirl This study evaluated The Madison, an 85 unit congregate housing apartment located in Winnipeg Manitoba, using qualitative methods and a cost-comparison to the findings of the At Home/Chez Soi Housing First Study. Given the persistent… Read More

Losing Ground: How Canada’s Employment Insurance system undermines inner-city and Aboriginal workers

PDF version Full report (PDF) by Ellen Smirl and Lynne Fernandez The EI system allows workers to pay into a plan that is supposed to provide crucial support for workers between jobs, and quality re/training when required. However,… Read More