Covid-19 is shining a light on a number of flaws in our health and social safety net. A concern that has been universally shocking has been the shoddy way in which we care for our elders. Manitoba has fared better than many provinces, but this has largely been due to generally low numbers, a bit … Continue reading Covid-19 in Manitoba: Caring for our elders
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
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.
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
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?
In September the Pallister Government announced its plans to implement a 'mixed-model" home care system that smacks of privatization. In the article The Politics of "Mixed-Model" Home Care, Mary Jean Handle and Christine Kelly, scholars in the Department of Community Services at the University of Manitoba warn that Manitoba's home care services, described by Manitoba … Continue reading Beware of “Mixed-Model” Home Care in Manitoba
A Value Manitoba volunteer recently checked out Brian Pallister's healthcare survey, hoping to tell the government why implementing a tax on healthcare is potentially a regressive policy move. He quickly learned that the survey is not only flawed, but also misleading. We think he did a great job noting the problems with the survey so … Continue reading “Manitobans Making Choices” The Pallister Government’s Healthcare Survey
There is so much wrong with Brian Pallister's plan to introduce a healthcare "premium" that its hard to know where to begin. It introduces a potentially regressive and significant tax by a government that has consistently criticized the previous government for increasing the PST by 1%. The Pallister government has promised to reverse that increase … Continue reading Brian Pallister’s Healthcare Tax
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.