The $100 Million Question

First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Friday July 14, 2017 By Lynne Fernandez and Ian Hudson In March of 2017, the Premier claimed that for every one per cent the province lowered (or didn’t raise) wages for… Read More

Giving Manitoba’s Working Families a Fair Shake: The 2016/17 Living Wage Update

By Lynne Fernandez Notwithstanding stable economic growth and consistently low unemployment, poverty remains a problem in Manitoba. In 2014, 11 per cent of Manitobans lived in low income. That’s down from 11.8 per cent in 2011, however child… Read More

The Pallister Government and the Path to Reconciliation Act

By Shauna MacKinnon On Friday May 26, I attended an impromptu event organized by supporters of the North Point Douglas Women’s Centre.  The event was held to show support for the Centre, which was reeling from the news… Read More

20 years of research in the public interest: CCPA Manitoba

This year the Manitoba office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives celebrates 20 years of independent research, analysis and expertise. From last year’s talk by Naomi Klein to this year’s address by black freedom movement icon Angela… Read More

Proposed legislation a sentence of poverty for low income workers

By Josh Brandon and Molly McCracken Working should be a route out of poverty, but for some, low wages are a poverty trap. The current minimum wage is inadequate as at $11/ hour, it places workers as far… Read More

P3’s must give ‘value for money’

By Lynne Fernandez First published in the Winnipeg Free Press May 6, 2017 On May 2, 2017 the Province’s news release announced it would be putting out a request for proposals (RFP) for Public Private Partnerships (P3s) to… Read More

Budget 2017: Health care changes concerning

Changes to Manitoba’s Health Care system are coming fast and furious. This will invariably impact key services we all rely on and limit access to needed services. On April 7th, the Friday prior to the budget, the Winnipeg… Read More

Climate Loses in Budget 2017

By Nathan Laser Disappointingly, specifics were lacking from the provincial budget on fight against climate change. In what was arguably the first real budget to be presented by Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government, they had precious little to… Read More

Budget 2017: No strategy no change to poverty

By Josh Brandon Low income Manitobans were hoping that this year’s budget would offer a plan to help lift them out of poverty. A well-funded strategy with targets and timelines for its implementation and for reducing poverty would… Read More

Budget 2017: A step back on social housing

By Kirsten Bernas Budget 2017 provides $150M less for the development and maintenance of social and affordable housing compared to last year’s budget. Groups like the Right to Housing Coalition are concerned that this will increase homelessness and… Read More