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Policyfix

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 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.
Blog - Policyfix March 11
Paul Moist | Pensions and the retirement security concerns of Canadians have been in the news in a big way in recent years. Going into the April election, Manitoba brings a strong record of supporting workers.
Blog - Policyfix March 10
Pete Hudson | Manitoba's home care program is publicly funded and publicly delivered. The elephant in the room in the upcoming election will be privatization.
Blog - Policyfix March 9
Lynne Fernandez | The results of the federal election indicate that most Canadians understand the value of publicly provided services. Hopefully this is a lesson all the political parties in Manitoba have absorbed.
Blog - Policyfix March 8
Lynne Fernandez | A new report from the Errol Black Chair in Labour Issues examines how the Prairie region is being affected by Conservative government cuts and recommends how funding and programs be restored.
Blog - Policyfix March 2
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Green Action Centre | Most major Canadian cities have organic waste pickup. If Winnipeg does not move soon on this issue, we will be one of the few large cities in the country not doing our part.
Blog - Policyfix February 11
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Scott Price | Ride-sharing service Uber wants into the Winnipeg taxi market. But looking past the marketing facade, Uber isn't innovative or inevitable.
Blog - Policyfix February 10
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Molly McCracken | Increased income, educational programs and northern food subsidies need to work hand in hand if the food security crisis in Manitoba is to be overcome.
Blog - Policyfix January 13
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Lynne Fernandez | A new Errol Black Chair paper explains how a combination of governmental policies and initiatives in Manitoba allows social enterprises to reduce carbon emissions while employing inner city workers.
Blog - Policyfix December 23
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Carole O'Brien | The Mothering Project is an innovative community-based program providing services to vulnerable mothers impacted by substance use.
Blog - Policyfix December 22
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Jen Erdmann | Supportive housing is an important model on the housing continuum and a positive choice for many people living with mental illness.
Blog - Policyfix December 17
Jim Silver | The CCPA's State of the Inner City Report 2015 shows that important poverty-related indicators are improving and public investment in community-led initiatives is making a difference.
Blog - Policyfix December 8
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Shauna MacKinnon | Alleviating poverty is a long-term proposition that requires multiple interventions. Community-based organizations are one part of the solution and they should be adequately funded to do their work.
Blog - Policyfix December 2
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Evangel Ekine | Elections such as those recently held in Canada and Nigeria provide hope for further social change.
Blog - Policyfix November 25
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Lynne Fernandez | Could the Manitoba government do more? Absolutely. Is there room for criticism? No doubt. But let's play fair.
Blog - Policyfix November 24
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Jess Klassen | In recent history, housing in Canada hasn't been a hopeful topic. Despite these odds, Winnipeg can boast a hopeful housing story in the case of WestEnd Commons.
Blog - Policyfix November 6
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Jamie Brownlee, Kevin Walby | Gaining access to tightly controlled government information is critical in promoting social justice. So what's the state of access to information in Canada today?
Blog - Policyfix October 22
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Josh Brandon | With a potential partner at the federal level, the possibility for progress exists, but housing activists must redouble their efforts to put an end to poor housing in Winnipeg and across Canada.
Blog - Policyfix October 16
Molly McCracken | Women have a lot at stake in this election: higher rates of economic inequality, impacts of violence and lack of child care. Here's how Winnipeg women fare.
Blog - Policyfix October 14
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Jim Silver | If you're following the federal election campaign you would think that poverty in Canada has been eliminated. Yet poverty continues to be a major problem in Canada.
Blog - Policyfix October 7
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Lynne Fernandez | If governments would recognize the advantages of partnering with social enterprises, more people would get the training and experience they need to meet Manitoba's future labour market demands.

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