Honouring the memory of Phoenix Sinclair: Our collective responsibility

By Shauna MacKinnon “The social and economic conditions that render children vulnerable to abuse and neglect are well beyond the scope of the child welfare system” (Hon. Ted Hughes, Commissioner, The Legacy of Phoenix Sinclair: Achieving the Best …

The Living Wage: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

By Lynne Fernandez Minimum-wage workers are not just teenagers working at fast-food restaurants after school. According to the Manitoba Federation of Labour, 55 per cent of minimum wage earners in Manitoba are adults twenty years and older; 51 …

Sign on to support child care in Manitoba

Despite major investments by the Provincial Government in early childhood education since 1999, tens of thousands of families lack affordable child care. Only one in five children under the age of five is in licensed child care in …

We Day sidesteps the real issues of child poverty

By Molly McCracken This week, 16,000 high school students will be bused to the MTS centre to attend “We Day” and be encouraged to help others. Organized by social enterpreneurs Mark and Craig Kielburger, their globally branded Free …

Manitoba Needs a Public Childcare System

By Susan Prentice On September 19, Manitoba launched an on-line consultation on the province’s next multi-year plan for childcare.  Since 2002, Manitoba has had two five-year plans, each of which made incremental changes. A major redesign of childcare …

“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 …

Community-Based Organizations: A Place at the Child Welfare Table

PDF version by Lindsay Larios and Lisa Spring “We bear the expectation of providing resources for families involved in child welfare without having a place at the child welfare table.” – CCN. The Child and Family Services (CFS) …