Don’t cut Neighbourhoods Alive!

By Jim Silver The provincial government has halted funding for Neighbourhoods Alive! This is a serious mistake. Neighbourhoods Alive! (NA) is a provincial government program that funds community development initiatives in thirteen low-income urban areas in Manitoba, including… Read More

Cities and Civic Workers: The Union Role in Building Better Cities

Book Review by Jim Silver Although Carlo Fanelli’s book Megacity Malaise: Neoliberalism, Public Services and Labour in Toronto is not about Winnipeg, it offers many insights applicable to Winnipeg and to other Canadian cities. Fanelli is a former… Read More

Honouring a Quiet Warrior: Larry Morrissette

By Elizabeth Comack and Jim Silver First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Sept 28, 2016 The recent death of Larry Morrissette (April 16, 1957 – Sept 20, 2016) is a major loss, not only to his family… Read More

Remembering Larry Morrisette

  Larry Morrissette’s untimely death on September 19, 2016 is a great loss to Winnipeg’s Indigenous community and to all those active in making transformative change in Winnipeg’s inner city. Larry was the Executive Director of Ogijiita Pimatiswin… Read More

Remembering Privatization of Home Care

By Jim Silver Brian Pallister has said that if his Conservative Party wins this month’s provincial election, he will not rule out the possibility of experimenting with privatization in Manitoba’s health care system. It may be worth recalling… Read More

Poverty Policy Choices and Winnipeg’s Inner City

By Jim Silver Provincial government policy can be designed to punish those in poverty, or to reduce poverty. Both approaches have been tried in Manitoba, the first in the 1990s and the other more recently. We can compare… Read More

Gains are Being Made: The State of the Inner City Report 2015

By Jim Silver First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Dec 10, 2015 It has recently been claimed in the media that nothing is working in the fight against poverty. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ State of… Read More

Kathy Mallett – Inner City Builder

Kathy Mallett is being honoured at this year’s CCPA-MB Errol Black Chair Fundraising Brunch being held November 15 at the Hotel Fort Garry. There are unsung heroes in Winnipeg’s inner city, especially in the Aboriginal community, and few… Read More

Poverty: Not Present this Election Campaign

By Jim Silver If you’re following the federal election campaign you would think that poverty in Canada has been eliminated. Politicians, guided by their ever-cautious advisors and thinking only of short-term electoral advantage, rarely if ever utter the… Read More

Making Homelessness History

Homelessness has recently been much in the news, because of the tragic deaths of three homeless people in Winnipeg and also because of the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s National Congress on Housing and Homelessness, held recently in… Read More