Where’s the Value in Brian Pallister’s HealthCare Plan?A Chronology of Cuts.

Despite promises to maintain frontline services, the Pallister government has managed to make healthcare accessible to fewer and fewer Manitobans.  From closures to emergency rooms and urgent care clinics in low income neighbourhoods, to the elimination of in-hospital physiotherapy and occupational therapy and the closure of the Victoria Hospital Mature Women’s Centre, it’s near impossible … Continue reading Where’s the Value in Brian Pallister’s HealthCare Plan?A Chronology of Cuts.

Manitoba Housing units left vacant while homelessness soars

CBC recently published two stories about two different vacant buildings owned by Manitoba Housing that once housed some of our province’s most vulnerable citizens. These vacant buildings could house around 400 people. But one building, located on downtown’s Smith Street, has been sitting vacant for almost a year now, and the other for two years. … Continue reading Manitoba Housing units left vacant while homelessness soars

Door opened for P3s in Manitoba

Until very recently, Manitoba has been somewhat sheltered from the scourge of Public Private Partnerships (P3s) that have hit other parts of Canada. But Pallister’s government let that genie completely out of the bottle with the announcement that 4 new schools would be “P3d”. This link explains what’s going on in Manitoba and why it’s … Continue reading Door opened for P3s in Manitoba

Art and Honour of the Crown

After the dust, damage and self-congratulation around last week's Conservative Budget has settled, we'll each be left with our own take on that document, on what it does and what it fails to do for our various communities. The tone deaf closures of emergency facilities in North Winnipeg and the removal of the Misericordia Urgent Care are perhaps the most egregious flash points, but for … Continue reading Art and Honour of the Crown

Brian Pallister’s Scissors: The Sad Saga Continues

In an earlier post Value Manitoba listed a number of changes made by the Pallister government in recent months.  In this post we build on that list, further bringing into question who will benefit from Brian Pallister's vision of "the most improved province in Canada." The attack on working people and universally accessible front-line services continues. Jobs: Labour legislation … Continue reading Brian Pallister’s Scissors: The Sad Saga Continues

Bicycle Rides and Reconciliation: An open letter to Premier Pallister

In an earlier post, Value Manitoba shared concerns about Premier Pallister’s plan to cycle to Peguis First Nation as a “gesture of reconciliation”. Manitobans have now been invited to join the Premier “in this mission of friendship by writing a letter to Manitoba’s Indigenous peoples, expressing your gratitude for the vital role they played in the formation … Continue reading Bicycle Rides and Reconciliation: An open letter to Premier Pallister

Students Say “NO” to the Pallister Government’s Tuition Hikes

The following post originally appeared in The Manitoban, University of Manitoba's student newspaper. Over the past two years, I have had the great pleasure of working with and representing students in Manitoba. While serving as the provincial chairperson of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Federation of Students, I’ve heard many concerns, experiences, and anxieties from … Continue reading Students Say “NO” to the Pallister Government’s Tuition Hikes

Reconciliation and Premier Pallister’s Bicycle Trip

Premier Pallister gave new meaning to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) “Calls to Action” during his State of the Province address to the Manitoba Chamber of  Commerce this week. The Premier expressed his gratitude for the work of Judge Murray Sinclair and the TRC. As a “symbolic” gesture of reconciliation, the Premier announced that he … Continue reading Reconciliation and Premier Pallister’s Bicycle Trip