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 …

Impasse between Winnipeg and Province calls for bold action

by Errol Black and Lynne Fernandez In recent months there have been demands from many quarters that the Manitoba government increase the provincial sales tax by one percent and turn over the roughly $265 million in proceeds to …

Film Screening: We Will Be Free

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-Manitoba presents a special screening of We Will Be Free by Max Fabian Meis and Ferdinand Carrière of Downsideup Film Productions June 20th, 2012, 7pm Millennium Library Free Admission Q&A to follow Opening …

A Rising Tide of Housing: St. John’s, NL

PDF version by Sarah Cooper Although the City of St. John’s, NL, has experienced a recent economic upswing, it has found that a rising tide does not lift all boats. More and more, vulnerable people in St. John’s …

Time to Expand the Manitoba Advantage

PDF version by Lynne Fernandez and Errol Black There has been much discussion about the direction Manitoba Hydro (MH) is heading in and the role it should play in our province. It’s an important discussion to have because …

$7 Million Slip Sliding Away

Last week, Winnipeg city council announced a proposal to build a hotel and waterpark on Parcel 4, at The Forks. This is after years of looking for a private developer to build a water park in exchange for …

Sports Franchises 7,000,000, Shelters 0: Budget 2012

by Shauna MacKinnon and Lynne Fernandez Although there seems to be a collective sigh of relief that the Conservative’s first majority-government budget was not as bad as those that came down in the 1990s, it is important to …

2012 Winnipeg Preliminary Operating Budget goes Madly Off in All Directions

Unfortunately this year’s preliminary operating budget does not set a clear course that will help the city realize the goals stated in OurWinnipeg. Instead, it pits the private sector against the public, businesses against property owners, transit against …

Achieving Urban Intensification in Winnipeg

PDF version by Brendan Salakoh After two years of research and analysis, the City of Winnipeg has recently released its new official plan, Our Winnipeg. The 20-year growth strategy identifies several corridors and centres which (due to transit, location, …