Canada-EU Trade Deal Bad for Manitoba

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez and John Jacobs Recent leaks from the negotiations between Canada and EU confirm concerns that a comprehensive economic and trade agreement (CETA) would infringe on Manitoba’s ability to promote economic development and advance …

National Housing Day: Still waiting for a plan

PDF version by Shauna MacKinnon November 22nd is National Housing Day in Canada. Canada is the only country in the G8 that does not have a national housing strategy. There have been many attempts to rectify this in …

Let’s Put the Horse Before the Cart: Why We Need Investment in Social Infrastructure

by Kirsten Bernas and Lynne Fernandez In July, 2012, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba was invited by the federal government to participate, together with other groups representing a variety of industries, in consultations for its …

Random acts of kindness will not solve inequality

PDF version By Lynne Fernandez It’s noteworthy how much media attention Mr. Doubledee’s random act of kindness is receiving. He and Mayor Katz were in New York this Saturday to appear on CBS TV. Doubledee, a Winnipeg Transit …

Is It Time To Repeal Balanced-budget Legislation In Manitoba?

by Errol Black and Shauna MacKinnon In a recent review of income inequality in Manitoba, we compared Manitoba to Canada.  The comparison showed that in 2010 “Manitoba was the most equal province before taxes and the third most …

Manitoba’s NDP: Time to return to its social democratic roots

PDF version by Errol Black and Jim Silver In June 1969, Manitoba elected Canada’s first NDP government and Manitoba’s first social democratic government. The NDP has since become the dominant political party in Manitoba, winning 8 of the …

Closing the Divides – First things first

by Errol Black In early July the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg announced that it was seeking to obtain money to fund a study to determine the feasibility of relocating the C.P.R. yards that geographically currently divides the city. …

Dreaming Big Dreams?

PDF version by Jim Silver Congratulations both to the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (SPCW) for raising the issue of the long-standing divide between Winnipeg’s North End and the rest of the city, and to the Free Press …

The Income Inequality Issue in Canada

by Errol Black A June 30 op-ed piece in the Winnipeg Free Press by Jason Clemens (MacDonald-Cartier Institute) titled, “Over simplifying income inequality,” dismisses concerns raised about the growing inequality of incomes in Canada. He proposes that “the over-simplification of …

Anti-unionism at Heart of Free Press Argument

By Lynne Fernandez For such a short article, the June 29th editorial: Do not further inflate Bipole III raises an impressive array of questions and concerns. First of all, according to reports from the Floodway Authority (and as …