Manitoba’s Budget 2017/2018: When no news is bad news

First published on CBC Manitoba blog April 12, 2017 By Lynne Fernandez The government was well aware that many were dreading yesterday’s budget: Non-profit organizations, healthcare workers, educators and public sector workers in general were bracing for Filmon… Read More

Housing advocates look to provincial budget for action

By Kirsten Bernas Manitobans should have access to housing but, at any given time, there are about 1,400 people experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg alone.  Many others live under threat of homelessness, paying the rent with money needed for food and other basic needs.

Refugee Claimants Require Temporary and Permanent Supports

Abdikheir Ahmed, Hani Al-Ubeady and Ray Silvius We in Manitoba find ourselves in need of a serious discussion about how to coordinate services, including lodging, for the refugee claimants who are continuing to cross the Canada-US border at… Read More

Being involved in uninvolved contexts: Refugee parent involvement in children’s education

By Fadi Ennab The involvement of refugee parents in their children’s education is crucial for academic success and community development. Yet schools often struggle in promoting the involvement of newcomer parents, especially in contexts where there are language,… Read More

The Unbearable Resilience of P3s

By Lynne Fernandez On March 6, 2017, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that the Manitoba government was examining Saskatchewan’s experience with using Public Private Partnerships (P3s) to build new public schools. The Saskatchewan government claims that it will… Read More

Funding non-profit organizations gives good value for money

By Shauna MacKinnon, Several small non-profit organizations (NPOs) are nervously awaiting Manitoba’s 2017 budget. Funding sources they’ve come to rely on have been ‘on pause’ for months and its beginning to affect the services they provide. Many organizations… Read More

Fudging numbers presents distorted picture

By Lynne Fernandez In Aiming for ‘average’ could help Manitoba, Peter Holle resorts to sleight of hand to convince us that Manitoba’s public sector is responsible for the province’s budgetary shortfalls. He states that the size of province’s… Read More

Laying few charges will help reduce overcrowding

[This article was first published in the Winnipeg Free Press, March 8, 2017] By John Hutton Manitoba has a higher proportion of adults in custody than any other province. We lock up people more frequently than Saskatchewan by… Read More

Caring for Home Care in Manitoba

By Pete Hudson In January, the government released the Toews report The Future of Home Care Services in Manitoba. The report was commissioned by the NDP government in 2015 as a follow up to an earlier report on… 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