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’s Dystopian Plan for Postsecondary Education in Manitoba
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
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.
Manitoba Families 12 Month Strategy
Early in 2020 Manitoba's Department of Families issued a 12-page document: Shared Priorities, Sustainable Progress: The Department of Families 12-Month Strategy. The document received little attention in the media and most Manitobans will have not heard of it. That's too bad. It provides further insight into the provincial governments plans in a number of policy … Continue reading Manitoba Families 12 Month Strategy
The Pallister Record: “Is the Worst Yet to Come?”
We've been slacking off over the summer here at Value Manitoba, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been a ton of things going on. The provincial election is September 10th and unless sanity suddenly prevails, the Pallister government will be back at the helm, emboldened to continue its hacking away at public services. Premier Pallister … Continue reading The Pallister Record: “Is the Worst Yet to Come?”
Neighbourhoods Alive! RIP
Soon after releasing its 2019 budget and poverty reduction strategy, the Manitoba government announced an overhaul of its community development funding programs, effectively bringing an end to NA!. Once prominently featured on the governments website, a search for NA! will lead you to this message. This article published in the Winnipeg Free Press describes why the … Continue reading Neighbourhoods Alive! RIP
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?
Tory Cronyism and the Privatization of Air Services in Manitoba.
In a previous post we described why Manitoban's should be concerned about the Pallister government's bent toward privatization. In this article, we learned that the Premier of Manitoba's last Conservative government benefited handsomely from the privatization of Manitoba Telecom Services. Well, seems like Mr. Filmon is back in the game. In February 2019, the Manitoba … Continue reading Tory Cronyism and the Privatization of Air Services in Manitoba.
Hey Manitoba, Talk to the “Gnome”
Wow. Just wow. It’s difficult to know where to start with this one. As described in this CBC article, Manitoba government employees were sent an email from the head of the province's civil service, introducing them to Gerome G. Gnome — a garden gnome billed as the government's "engagement champion."The notion that a virtual ceramic garden gnome would … Continue reading Hey Manitoba, Talk to the “Gnome”