Doing Austerity in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

  By Lynne Fernandez and Simon Enoch In the Fall 2016 Monitor, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)Saskatchewan’s Simon Enoch penned Getting to Know Brad, introducing Canada’s most popular premier – Brad Wall – to the country. He …

Portage la Prairie P3 decision fails the public interest test

By Paul Moist Pursuant to new provincial and federal effluent guidelines, the City of Portage la Prairie is required to upgrade its wastewater facilities, known as the Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF). The new Public-Private Partnership (P3) project …

Private Long Term Care and Home Care Zombies

First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Oct 25, 2016 By Pat and Hugh Armstrong UBC economist Robert Evans calls user fees in health care zombies, a policy option that keeps surfacing despite being killed over and over …

City of Winnipeg should study benefits of in-house waste collection

First published in the Winnipeg Free Press Sept. 13, 2016 By Lynne Fernandez This fall Winnipeg City Council will determine the future of waste and recycling collection in our city. Current contracts with Emterra Environmental and Progressive Waste …

Keep public services public: The perils of P3’s and SIBs

By Lynne Fernandez The results of the recent federal election are a likely indication of what Manitobans want to see from our next government: transparency; stimulus spending on ailing infrastructure, financed by deficits; a transition to a green …

Home care best kept public

By Pete Hudson Manitoba’s Home Care program was launched in 1974 under the guidance of the late Evelyn Shapiro. It is publicly funded and publicly delivered. It aims to avoid or delay the more expensive forms of chronic …

Asking the Right Questions about P3s in Winnipeg

PDF version by Elizabeth Blackwood and Lynne Fernandez On Tuesday, June 11th, Winnipeg’s Property and Development Committee reviewed a proposal to buy out the Private Public Partnership (P3) agreement for the South District Police Station. In 2012, the …

First a ripple, then a wave

PDF version by Andy Regier and Lynne Fernandez There was a ripple in the waters of public service provision late last year that has left some people perplexed. The Manitoba government announced that it would be selling The …

Six Unions: One Voice

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez This Wednesday, February 13, the six unions operating on the University of Manitoba campus will unite with one voice. The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA), Canadian Autoworkers (CAW) Local 3007, The Canadian …

A Sober Second Look at Liquor Privatization

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez A story in the Winnipeg Free Press’s The View from the West (Private Ontario liquor stores will benefit consumers) brings the issue of privatizing liquor sales to readers’ attention. Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives plan …