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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 November 18
Jim Silver | An issue that needs to be addressed in the forthcoming throne speech on November 20, is the persistence in Manitoba of a deep, complex and damaging poverty.
Blog - Policyfix November 17
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Susan Prentice, Molly McCracken | Last week hundreds of educators, academics and activists gathered in Winnipeg for a national childcare conference, united by a vision of a universal early childhood education and childcare system.
Blog - Policyfix November 7
Photo: Arlo Bates/flickr
Shauna MacKinnon | There will be high expectations for the new mayor from Indigenous and non-Indigenous Winnipeggers who have been concerned with racism as well as the geographic, social and economic divide in our city.
Blog - Policyfix October 31
Photo: Michael Coghlan/flickr
Lynne Fernandez | The dissonance between wanting workers and getting people is never going to go away. The Occupational Health Centre has never forgotten that work should be about people and dignity and safety.
Blog - Policyfix October 30
Photo by CCPA-MB
Shauna MacKinnon | Our city would be well served if Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth, inner-city and urban youth, Elders and other adults had an opportunity to come together at Circle of Life Thunderbird House.
Blog - Policyfix October 29
Photo: Vianney (Sam) Carriere/flickr
Kirsten Bernas | There is some good news in the Province's recently released second annual All Aboard report, which tracks poverty and social exclusion in Manitoba. However, it's clear that much more needs to be done.
Blog - Policyfix October 22
Photo: North Point Douglas Women's Centre
Mareike Brunelli | On October 8, over 60 women gathered at the Circle of Life Thunderbird House on Treaty One territory to share their views on municipal issues and address mayoral candidates.
Blog - Policyfix October 9
Photo: Jeremy Brooks/flickr
Jim Silver | A wealth of evidence confirms the value of literacy, and the importance of programs that promote it. For low-income communities, gains in literacy can be transformative.
Blog - Policyfix October 6
Photo: Wikipedia.org
Lynne Fernandez, Kirsten Bernas | Closing the gap between the minimum wage and the living wage is a win-win strategy that provides income security for Manitoban families while stimulating our economy.
Blog - Policyfix September 29
Photo: AJ Batac/flickr
Molly McCracken | The programs funded through the CEO Sleep Out are worthwhile but only skim the surface of the issue. To address homelessness and poverty in a meaningful way requires systemic change.
Blog - Policyfix September 5
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Lynne Fernandez | We all need to understand austerity and its implications before we decide who to vote for in the upcoming municipal election, and further ahead in the federal and provincial elections.
Blog - Policyfix August 14
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John Hutton | August 10, marked the 40th anniversary of what has come to be known as Prisoners' Justice Day in Canada. This anniversary is a sombre one as we seem to be moving backwards at an ever-inceasing rate.
Blog - Policyfix July 14
Photo: North End Community Renewal Corporation
Jim Silver | Young North End activists hailed it as the latest example of "North End Rising." At the heart of what will be called Merchants Corner is an innovative educational strategy.
Blog - Policyfix July 8
Photo: BUILD Inc.
Tony Clarke | A range of social enterprises and related initiatives demonstrate that Winnipeg and Manitoba are on the cutting edge of transition strategies to a low-carbon economy future.
Blog - Policyfix July 7
Photo: Travel Manitoba/flickr
Colin Anderson | The growing popular interest in local, sustainable food is prompting Manitoba to take a second look at supporting local food systems to improve economy, health and food security.
Blog - Policyfix June 20
Julie Guard | The abuse of temporary foreign workers is a significant and growing problem, and it's important to all of us to stop it.
Blog - Policyfix June 9
Lynne Fernandez | There has been a greater tendency for governments to outsource, and the City of Winnipeg is no exception. Outsourcing can be complex and lack transparency, particularly when P3s are used.
Blog - Policyfix June 4
Photo: Plonq/flickr
Lynne Fernandez | Winnipeg's long tax freeze is responsible for our inability to cope with our crumbling infrastructure, and this tax-increase aversion is in stark contrast to other Canadian cities.
Blog - Policyfix June 3
Photo: Peter Tittenberger/flickr
Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba | Graduate enrolment is steadily increasing in Manitoba, but despite increased enrolment, tuition and continuation fees prevent some students from accessing graduate programs.
Blog - Policyfix May 28
Photo: Arlo Bates/flickr
Molly McCracken | Saving rooming houses in Winnipeg should be a priority. This type of housing is viable when well maintained and connected with social supports.
Blog - Policyfix May 26
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Ian Hudson | When asked "what should the city do for its citizens?" Winnipeg's answer has been "less." Given the city's unwillingness to tax citizens, it's not surprising that it has little money to spend.
Blog - Policyfix May 20
Photo: peoplesworld/flickr
Gabriel Bako | Unions must begin to reflect the workforce they're looking to organize, and young people and unions must come together to find ways for a new organizing model that is successful.
Blog - Policyfix May 14
Photo: Lynne Fernandez
Shauna MacKinnon, Lynne Fernandez, Sara Swartz | For one week in early April, Sara Swartz, Shauna MacKinnon and Lynne Fernandez visited Medellin, Colombia to take part in the seventh World Urban Forum (WUF7).
Blog - Policyfix May 2
Photo: Rob Caballero/flickr
Lynne Fernandez | This May Day, let's take a moment to recognize and celebrate all the organizations and individuals who refuse to accept social exclusion as inevitable, and who won't let the dream die.
Blog - Policyfix April 30
Photo: AJ Batac/flickr
Lynne Fernandez | The Winnipeg 2014 Alternative Municipal Budget shows how to grow our economy to meet the challenges we face. It educates, challenges and inspires Winnipeggers to take back our city.
Blog - Policyfix April 29
Photo: Derek Blackadder/flickr
Lynne Fernandez | The Day of Mourning, more than any other day in the labour movement's calendar, brings home why we must remain vigilant in the area of workers' rights.
Blog - Policyfix April 23
Photo: Robert Taylor/Wikimedia
Dean Harder | There is a direct correlation between the loss of the farmer-elected Canadian Wheat Board and the current rail transportation boondoggle which will cost Prairie farmers over $5 billion in sales.
Blog - Policyfix April 17
Photo: Arlo Bates/flickr
Josh Brandon | Projects like these define what is central to the values of Manitobans -- the value of caring for each other as a community and of building a place we proudly can call home.
Blog - Policyfix April 15
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Zoё St-Aubin, Jill Bucklaschuk | A realignment of thinking is needed to acknowledge temporary foreign workers of all skill levels as potential permanent members of communities that contribute to the labour force.
Blog - Policyfix April 8
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Gideon Forman | There's a simple measure Manitobans can take to reduce their risk of cancer: urge the province to ban lawn and garden pesticides this spring.