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EBC Fundraising Brunch Sunday Nov. 7

Join us in-person or online for our Annual EBC Fundraising Brunch 2021!

Each year, in honour of the work of Errol Black,  we gather with amazing people in our community, visit, eat a lovely brunch but also to celebrate individuals in our midst who have done amazing work.   In 2012 we held our first Errol Black Chair Fundraising Brunch, with Errol, who was honoured and Paul Moist as our Guest Speaker.  Now 9 years later, we are honouring the work of Paul Moist. The newly elected Bea Bruske, Canadian Labour Congress President, will be our Keynote Speaker. 

The Manitoba office of the CCPA, established the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues. This full-time labour research position as a means of honouring Errol’s many contributions to the labour movement and to the CCPA. It honours Errol in a way that carries on the work that has for decades been his passion: doing the highly skilled research and writing that promotes to trade union members and to the general public the many virtues of a healthy trade union movement.  This past year we said thank-you to Lynne Fernandez who proudly held the Chair from 2012 – 2021 and welcomed the new Chair, Saku Pinta. 

After a year and a half of not seeing our friends and allies, we are excited to be gathering in-person with those who are comfortable and are double vaccinated.  And we can also connect virtually with friends and colleagues in their homes and across Canada for our 9th Annual Fundraising Brunch with a live Zoom link. 

About Bea Bruske

Bea Bruske— Keynote Speaker   President of the Canadian Labour Congress. Over the past three decades, Bea has served workers and families as an activist, workers’ advocate, negotiator, community organizer and union leader. She is a former CCPA-MB board member.

About Paul Moist

Paul Moist— Honouree   President Emeritus of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada’s largest union with 700,000 members, and served as President until his retirement in November 2015. Paul is a member of the Canadian Industrial Relations Board, a former CCPA-MB board member and a CCPA-MB Research Associate.


In-person cost: $100 for in-person event (includes a $50 tax receipt) 6 seats per table 

View-at-Home ticket: $50 (includes zoom viewing and a $50 tax receipt) 

Union Table Sponsorship cost: $700 (6 seats per table for social distance)  

Virtual Union Table Sponsorship $300 (includes zoom viewing)

Covid Protocols in Effect

Proof of vaccination with photo identification is required for the in person event. Masks required when not eating. This event adheres to public health orders.  If the indoor gathering is restricted the event will be online only.

*Note:  This years’ brunch is held at a larger venue to accommodate for social distancing.  The Fairmont Hotel at 2 Lombard Place Winnipeg.  Parking available on-street or in the Richardson Centre Parkade ($14).

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Speaking Up Homelessness: Supporting our Unsheltered Relatives

October 14, 7 – 8:15 pm

Join us for our first in a series of fall presentations!

Homelessness: Supporting our Unsheltered Relatives

The pandemic has changed many aspects of life but for many people in Winnipeg their lives have become increasingly precarious. Lack of safe and affordable shelter has led to many living along our water ways, under bridges, in parks, and in constant motion. With winter coming this can not continue. Please join us in this conversation about homelessness on October 14.


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We’re hiring

Canada Summer Jobs Student Position: 2021 State of the Inner City 


The State of the Inner City Report is an annual community-based research collaboration led by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba office. The State of the Inner City Report series began in 2005. We work with community partners to end poverty and income inequality in inner city Winnipeg. One of our main goals is capacity-building. 

The CCPA Manitoba convenes leaders from community-based organizations in the inner city to inquire about pressing issues and what types of research would be helpful to advance the collective goals of social, economic and environmental justice in inner city Winnipeg. Research should cover new ground, considers the root causes of systemic issues and offers constructive recommendations to move community priorities forward. Once a topic is chosen, the specific project is guided by community partners and the report makes recommendations to public policy-makers. Fundraising takes place by CCPA Manitoba to cover the costs of the research. The research is published by CCPA Manitoba and is independent, peer-reviewed and non-partisan.  

The report is made available to the public and to our communities of interest: Community-Based Organizations; government; political decision-makers; and allies. The report is used in funding applications; program development; information those who live and work in the inner city; and presented to elected officials and relevant bureaucrats. 

The reports can be found at

Purpose of the position 

The State of the Inner City student researcher will support the 2021 State of the Inner City report methodology and support knowledge mobilization around last year’s report COVID-19: The Changing State of the Inner City – Supporting Community at a Time of Isolation.  

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Conduct background research and literature review on community plans in the inner city of Winnipeg
  • Update the CCPA’s database of Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) involved 
  • Support CBOs in a Data and Research Coordination project 

Qualifications and Skills


  • University student in the social sciences, urban planning or a related field
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Dedication to research and advocacy toward social and economic justices with an interest in research related to urban poverty, community development and inner city issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Good at trouble-shooting and asking for assistance or support when necessary


  • Dedication to research and advocacy toward social and economic justice with an interest in research related to urban poverty, community development and inner-city issues
  • Sensitive to issues of colonization, racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of systemic discrimination 
  • Experience living, volunteering or working in the inner city of Winnipeg

Interpersonal skills

  • Non-judgemental and respectful 
  • Great communicator and listener
  • Dedication to maintaining confidentiality and anonymity of participants
  • Responsible and reliable
  • Good attention to detail and interpersonal skills

COVID and the Workplace

CCPA MB follows all public health protocols. Under present circumstances, this staff position will be required to work from home. If/when provincial and site-specific restrictions are lifted, staff are expected to work from the the CCPA Manitoba office at 583 Ellice Avenue in Winnipeg. This space is wheel-chair accessible. 

This is an eight-week position, based on 35 hours a week at $16.15 per hour. Hours worked per week and start and end date for this position are flexible. 

The CCPA seeks to achieve employment equity. If you identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuit, racialized, and/or a person with a disability, you are encouraged to indicate this in your cover letter. In addition, preference given to inner city residents. 

This is a Canada Summer Jobs-funded position, applicants must be 30 years of age or under. 

Deadline for applications: July 12, 4:30 pm.
Please submit your cover letter and resume to:
Please include this in the subject line: Canada Summer Jobs Position – ‘your name’

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