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… Read More

He Had a Dream

By Jim Silver Fifty years ago, April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis Tennessee. James Earl Ray was convicted, but as Angela Davis said, “racism was Martin Luther King’s assassin.”

Health Care Blind Spot

By Jim Silver Manitoba’s health care system is undergoing major changes. Many Manitobans fear that the changes are more about saving money than improving health, and that privatization of parts of the health care system may be a… Read More

KPMG: Reasons to be skeptical of the advice they offer

By Jim Silver It is curious that the Pallister government would have hired consulting firm KPMG to provide advice on how to manage the Province’s affairs. KPMG’s actions across the world and in Canada—some illegal; many promoting the… Read More

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