In his 2014 book, Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education, Henry Giroux described neoliberalism as: "an attack undermining all forms of solidarity capable of challenging market driven values and social relations, promoting the virtues of an unbridled individualism almost pathological in its disdain for community, social responsibility, public values and the public good” This pretty much … Continue reading Brian Pallister’s Dystopian Plan for Postsecondary Education in Manitoba
Show a Little Respect, Brian
Brian must really think Manitobans are stupid. His recent plan to send seniors in Manitoba a cheque for $200, regardless of need, to help them with the added costs of Covid-19 is political pandering, plain and simple. He defends his decision, stating it “shows a little respect” for seniors who are spending more during the … Continue reading Show a Little Respect, Brian
Premier Pallister’s COVID-19 ‘plan’: Riding coattails and ramping up austerity.
As outlined in this article by Shauna MacKinnon and Talia Syrie, there is a growing resistance across the political spectrum to Premier Pallister's pathetic COVID-19 plan. If you can call it a plan. It's more like a strategy to off load as much responsibility as possible onto other levels of government and Manitobans themselves. All … Continue reading Premier Pallister’s COVID-19 ‘plan’: Riding coattails and ramping up austerity.
It’s time to scrap Manitoba Budget 2020 and get money out the door
Brian Pallister needs to get his head out of the sand. Fast. And when he dusts himself off, his first order of business should be to scrap Budget 2020. It's not going to do us a lick of good as we all battle through the Covid-19 crisis. His strategy to deal with the social and … Continue reading It’s time to scrap Manitoba Budget 2020 and get money out the door
PST Fact Check: How much will you save and at what cost?
Manitobans are anticipating a provincial election as early as September 2019 and while it has yet to be called, the campaigning has begun with flyers now making their way into residential mailboxes. It is no surprise that Conservative candidates are highlighting the Pallister governments 1% reduction in the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) by 1%, which … Continue reading PST Fact Check: How much will you save and at what cost?
Assessing Manitoba’s Real Economic Problems
The Conservatives have been ringing the alarm bells about our economy ever since they've taken power. But the issues they raise don't qualify as a crisis. As this article explains, they better start keeping their eye on the ball, or they could end up with a real crisis.
Cuts to staffing at Deer Lodge
This cut seems particularly cruel. As reported in the Winnipeg Free Press, residents at Deer Lodge in Winnipeg, some of them Veterans, will receive fewer hours of recreational therapy. According to Bob Moroz, head of the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals, "The WRHA is taking advantage of this opportunity to try and slide in … Continue reading Cuts to staffing at Deer Lodge
Where’s the value for Manitoba’s North?
The Pallister government has paid a lot of lip service to Manitoba's north, but as this article in the Thompson Citizen explains, there's been little real action. As public services are cut in northern communities, how will those losing their jobs cope? Vale's smelter in Thompson is shutting down, and mine closures in Flin Flon are … Continue reading Where’s the value for Manitoba’s North?
Housing just got less affordable for low-income Manitobans
On Thursday April 12th, the Pallister Government announced that it will reduce the benefits received through Rent Assist. It's the second cut since this government was elected in 2016. This CBC article explains the Province's rationale. It makes no sense. Especially for a government that has promised to be "the most improved province in Canada". … Continue reading Housing just got less affordable for low-income Manitobans