Impasse between Winnipeg and Province calls for bold action

by Errol Black and Lynne Fernandez In recent months there have been demands from many quarters that the Manitoba government increase the provincial sales tax by one percent and turn over the roughly $265 million in proceeds to …

Film Screening: We Will Be Free

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba presents a special screening of We Will Be Free by Max Fabian Meis and Ferdinand Carrière of Downsideup Film Productions June 20th, 2012, 7pm Millennium Library Free Admission Q&A to follow Opening …

A Rising Tide of Housing: St. John’s, NL

PDF version by Sarah Cooper Although the City of St. John’s, NL, has experienced a recent economic upswing, it has found that a rising tide does not lift all boats. More and more, vulnerable people in St. John’s …

Time to Expand the Manitoba Advantage

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez and Errol Black There has been much discussion about the direction Manitoba Hydro (MH) is heading in and the role it should play in our province. It’s an important discussion to have because …

$7 Million Slip Sliding Away

Last week, Winnipeg city council announced a proposal to build a hotel and waterpark on Parcel 4, at The Forks. This is after years of looking for a private developer to build a water park in exchange for …

Sports Franchises 7,000,000, Shelters 0: Budget 2012

by Shauna MacKinnon and Lynne Fernandez Although there seems to be a collective sigh of relief that the Conservative’s first majority-government budget was not as bad as those that came down in the 1990s, it is important to …

2012 Winnipeg Preliminary Operating Budget goes Madly Off in All Directions

Unfortunately this year’s preliminary operating budget does not set a clear course that will help the city realize the goals stated in OurWinnipeg. Instead, it pits the private sector against the public, businesses against property owners, transit against …

Achieving Urban Intensification in Winnipeg

PDF version by Brendan Salakoh After two years of research and analysis, the City of Winnipeg has recently released its new official plan, Our Winnipeg. The 20-year growth strategy identifies several corridors and centres which (due to transit, location, …

Money for Water Parks or for Rapid Transit?

This letter was published, in a slightly edited form, in the March 10th edition of the Winnipeg Free Press. Dear Mayor Sam Katz, I was pleased to hear that you cancelled the 20 cent transit fare hike. The …

Connecting Aboriginal people to ‘good’ jobs

PDF version by Shauna MacKinnon and Ray Silvius Manitoba has among the highest Aboriginal populations in Canada and it is growing at a faster rate than the non-Aboriginal population. Fifteen percent of Manitobans and 10 percent of Winnipeggers …