Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press Friday Feb. 3, 2023
By Julius Chester
The following op-ed by MHC Provincial Director Thomas Linner was originally published in the Brandon Sun on Thursday, February 2, 2023.
On August 19, 2022 the provincial government announced plans to contract out inter-facility transfer of low acuity patients “from the Brandon, Selkirk and Winkler/Morden areas to medical appointments, diagnostic tests or for treatment.” The Manitoba Health Coalition (MHC) is concerned that, once again, the Pallister-Stefanson government has ignored the actual rural health care staffing crisis – the severe lack of rural health care professionals, including paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers – with a service provision crisis.
January 20, 2023
For Immediate Release (Winnipeg, Treaty One): Manitobans want the provincial government to keep the money earmarked for the Education Property Tax Rebate and spend it on public services instead, finds a Probe Research poll.
January 12, 2023
For Immediate Release (Winnipeg, Treaty One): As CCPA predicted (1), the mid-year fiscal update released today shows the Provincial Manitoba budget is in surplus, demonstrating the province can do more to help those struggling with the affordability crisis.
Access to reproductive health services is a social justice issue. Such access helps guarantee the right of “security of the person” for women. During the 1980’s, in Manitoba and Canada, there was a protracted reproductive choice campaign that resulted, in 1988, in the elimination of the law restricting abortion services in Canada. The struggle for reproductive health services and reproductive choice has continued since then. To expand and entrench access to reproductive health, including access to abortion services, there is still much to be done. We will need to organize to prepare our community for the onslaught against reproductive health services that is bound to come to Canada from the United States.
Ellen Kruger is a long-time women’s health activist. She was founding board chair of the Women’s Health Clinic which opened in 1981 and the chairwoman of and spokesperson for the Coalition for Reproductive Choice from 1981 to 1989.
Kemlin Nembhard is the Executive Director of the Women’s Health Clinic in Winnipeg.