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Policyfix is a blog of the [url=http://policyfix.ca/]CCPA Manitoba office[/url], providing thoughtful analysis of current issues and viable alternatives to government policy.
Blog - Policyfix July 24
Neon "Wage Hike or Strike" sign above traffic. Image: Flickr/Joe Brusky
Lynne Fernandez | The living wage is one of the most powerful tools available to address this troubling state of poverty amid plenty in Manitoba. It ensures that families who are working hard get what they deserve.
Blog - Policyfix June 27
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Shauna MacKinnon | Premier Pallister rode his bike to Peguis First Nation to honour 200 years of the Selkirk Treaty as "a gesture of reconciliation." This gesture will remain hollow when stacked next to funding cuts.
Blog - Policyfix January 5
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Susan Prentice | Manitoba's child-care system is staggering to meet the needs of parents and children, and recent signs give little confidence the new provincial government will respond effectively.
Blog - Policyfix December 7
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Lynne Fernandez | Governments need to move away from throwing public money at private corporations that do not have a meaningful commitment to the North's people and land.
Blog - Policyfix December 1
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Jill Bucklaschuk | The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) stands out as an exemplary model in the fight to seek sustainable and healthy housing solutions as it builds inclusive communities.
Blog - Policyfix November 17
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Lynne Fernandez | SAFE Workers of Tomorrow (SWOT) has grown into a respected organization that is educating young workers and employers how to work safe.
Blog - Policyfix November 15
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Molly McCracken | Addressing poverty requires more revenue directed at reducing poverty, not less. This is why reducing tax revenue through the Basic Personal Exemption in the name of poverty is particularly insidious.
Blog - Policyfix November 2
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Lynda Trono | Eight faith traditions have formed Hunger Free Manitoba to bring attention to the difficulties facing Manitoba's most vulnerable citizens.
Blog - Policyfix October 13
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Ray Silvius, Hani Al-Ubeady, Emily Halldorson | As the Syrian refugee crisis continues, so do Canada's obligations toward refugee resettlement. With a reported 900 Syrians to arrive in Manitoba before the end of this year, what have we learned?
Blog - Policyfix October 12
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Sudhir Sandhu | What was seen as bad legislation for Canada, is now being presented as good policy for Manitoba in Bill 7.
Blog - Policyfix October 5
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Jim Silver | Carlo Fanelli's book Megacity Malaise makes the case for civic unions as front-line defenders against continued neoliberal attacks directed at those who are not at all the cause of our urban problems.
Blog - Policyfix September 29
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Jim Silver, Elizabeth Comack | The death of Larry Morrissette is a major loss, not only to his family and friends but also to the many people he worked with to re-build Winnipeg's inner city and revitalize Indigenous cultures.
Blog - Policyfix September 20
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Lynne Fernandez | This fall Winnipeg City Council will determine the future of waste collection. While garbage is generally not a "sexy" topic, there are many reasons why the public should be paying attention.
Blog - Policyfix August 30
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Lynne Fernandez | Manitoba Government and General Employees Union members at Macdonald Youth Services (Local 221), who provide crisis intervention services to youth in Winnipeg, walked off the job on August 2.
Blog - Policyfix August 10
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David Camfield | CUPW's collective bargaining with Canada Post is a rare case of a public sector union not only trying to defend its past gains but also to change the nature of the work its members do.
Blog - Policyfix August 3
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Lynne Fernandez, Nicole Smith | The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program's 50th anniversary is evidence that this temporary Band-Aid for Canada's agricultural industry has become a permanent element in maintaining the industry.
Blog - Policyfix July 21
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Molly McCracken | Unless immediate action is taken, 2016 will be the first time in a generation that minimum wage workers will see their wages stagnate, resulting in fewer earnings for basics like food and shelter.
Blog - Policyfix June 16
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Josh Brandon, Molly McCracken | Social enterprises fill an important gap in Manitoba's economy for those struggling to enter the workforce.
Blog - Policyfix May 19
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Cora Morgan | A new study out Tuesday finds that Manitoba has the highest number of on-reserve First Nations children in poverty in the country. This number is rising and the situation is getting worse.
Blog - Policyfix May 4
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Molly McCracken | The recently elected Progressive Conservative (PC) party in Manitoba ran on a call for change. While there are many policy areas to monitor, here are four to watch as they begin their mandate.
Blog - Policyfix April 14
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Cheryl Lysy | Keeping the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission public benefits not only employees and customers, but those accessing different health-care and addiction programs in Manitoba.
Blog - Policyfix April 13
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Brianne Goertzen, Michael Barkman | If we want a system that educates students on the basis of their capacity and desire to learn and not on what is in their wallet, shifting from loans to grants is a step in the right direction.
Blog - Policyfix April 12
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Molly McCracken, Greg Macpherson | We hope all of Manitoba's political parties this provincial election will see the wisdom in long-term investments for community-led renewal for a more inclusive and sustainable future.
Blog - Policyfix April 7
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Josh Brandon | Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can be accused of overusing his government's catch phrase "Canada is back." In terms of housing, there is hope that with the 2016 budget, that slogan is justified.
Blog - Policyfix April 6
Jim Silver | Government policy can be designed to punish those in poverty, or to reduce poverty. We can compare these approaches in Manitoba by examining Winnipeg's inner city.
Blog - Policyfix March 31
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Lynne Fernandez | With the beginning of investment in maintenance trades staff and Winnipeg's bus fleet, there's reason to be cautiously optimistic that Winnipeg Transit's fortunes are slowly changing.
Blog - Policyfix March 30
Shauna MacKinnon | For Manitobans concerned about poverty, there will be much to consider when sorting through political party platforms and promises in search of a meaningful poverty reduction plan.
Blog - Policyfix March 17
SEED Winnipeg | Since 2007 the Manitoba government has undertaken a series of steps to regulate fringe banks like payday lenders and cheque-cashers, but there is still more to be done.
Blog - Policyfix March 15
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Lynne Fernandez | Although the fiscal update is much shorter on detail than a full budget would be, there are enough broad strokes to give us an economic picture. And that picture generated no shortage of criticism.
Blog - Policyfix March 14
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Mark Hudson | Our next provincial government needs to build on the recent modest steps taken to re-invest in our universities.