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

Winnipeg’s Racism Challenge

The Maclean’s article citing Winnipeg as Canada’s most racist city has prompted a public conversation that may prove to be useful. It is important that Winnipeg’s two solitudes get to know each other, at a personal and social… Read More

What We Need in the Throne Speech

By Jim Silver An issue that needs to be addressed in the forthcoming Throne Speech on November 20th, is the persistence in Manitoba of a deep, complex and damaging poverty. Important gains have been made in recent years… Read More

The First Rung on the Ladder Community-Based Literacy Programming in Public Housing Complexes

By Jim Silver A wealth of evidence—both global and local—confirms the value of literacy, and the importance of programs that promote literacy. This is especially the case for low-income individuals and communities, for whom gains in literacy can… Read More

Beer Bottles to Books: Remaking Merchants Corner

By Jim Silver Young North End activists hailed it as the latest example of “North End Rising.” That was the response when Premier Selinger announced on June 24 that the Provincial Government is investing more than $9 million… Read More

Protestors, Rights and Social Justice

By Jim Silver Much critical commentary has been directed at Aboriginal students and others who disrupted a recent talk by Phil Fontaine. I would like to offer a response that is different, but that nevertheless agrees that the… Read More

“Indians Wear Red”: Aboriginal Street Gangs in Winnipeg

They were kids when they started. Teenagers locked up in the youth detention centre, watching movies about American street gangs. Soon they realized that if they stood up for each other, and worked together, it was easier to… Read More

Moving Forward, Giving Back: Transformative Aboriginal Adult Education

PDF version by Jim Silver [Ed. note: Jim Silver’s Moving Forward, Giving Back: Transformative Aboriginal Adult Education (Fernwood: 2013), will be launched at McNally Robinson Bookstore today, Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 pm] When she was 12 years… Read More

The Tragedy of Phoenix Sinclair

PDF version by Jim Silver Media coverage of the Phoenix Sinclair inquiry has been quite thorough and often insightful. However, the bulk of the media coverage is missing the defining feature of the story. When that defining feature… Read More