Port of Churchill finally opening for business?

Port of Churchill finally opening for business?The opportunity costs of not exporting natural gas and oil remain enormous Manitoba premier Heather Stefanson finally voiced support for more energy exports out of Hudson Bay. That is excellent news because the potential is real and the reasons to refuse are illusory. “We are looking at liquefied natural gas, primarily,” Stefanson told reporters recently.…

Misbehaving teachers must be held accountable

Misbehaving teachers must be held accountableAll students deserve to be safe and secure while at school The Manitoba government intends to improve how it handles teacher misconduct. In a recent news release, Education Minister Wayne Ewasko said his department is consulting with key stakeholders about this issue. It’s about time the province tackles this problem. The latest report from the…

Research aims to boost mental health support for farmers

Research aims to boost mental health support for farmersPeople who own, operate or work on a farm have higher suicide rates compared to most other occupations The life of a Canadian farmer might sound peaceful – living in the countryside, working outdoors, growing our food. But scratch that bucolic surface and the reality is much different, with high rates of depression and stress…

The skilled trades shortage has a solution: women

But women have challenges that most men don’t have when entering the trades

The skilled trades shortage has a solution: womenThe fridge has stopped working, and your frozen food is melting. You call your usual appliance repair service only to find its cadre of four technicians has dwindled to two overloaded workers. They’ll do their best to come as soon as possible but can’t give a specific date. You contact friends about stuffing some food…

Trudeau deliberately choosing to lower Canadians’ living standards

The feds should be cutting taxes, not raising them

Trudeau deliberately choosing to lower Canadians’ living standardsThe rising cost of living isn’t an act of God or nature. Politicians are making it worse every day. You can find politicians who are making life more affordable for taxpayers. But those politicians don’t live in Ottawa. Ottawa is raising gas taxes, payroll taxes and even alcohol taxes. Meanwhile, 51 other national governments are…

Manitoba needs to pick up the pace on tax relief

The province should look to its neighbours and other jurisdictions that are providing meaningful relief

Manitoba needs to pick up the pace on tax reliefIn the race to help people struggling with inflation, other jurisdictions are off to a running start. Meanwhile, the government of Manitoba is still stuck at the starting line, trying to tie up its running shoes. The government’s summer announcement of an affordability package will see cheques go to families with children and seniors. Those…

As inflation rages minimum wage hikes fall short

Governments’ failure to care about low-wage workers has meant real-dollar pay cuts for those who can afford them least

As inflation rages minimum wage hikes fall shortTen years ago, advocates in the United States started a campaign for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. In 2014, low-wage workers in B.C. and Ontario followed suit. Before long, the call for $15 had spread right across the country. Eight years later, how do the provinces measure up? Six provincial governments increased the minimum wage this…

Ottawa will investigate food prices. It’s about time

Canadians need to understand how their food supply chains really work

Ottawa will investigate food prices. It’s about timeWith the hype caused by the scandal at Hockey Canada, few noticed last week that Ottawa decided to investigate food prices and the alleged abuse by large grocery chains. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture and the members of the Committee will examine the problem in the coming weeks. We must first welcome Ottawa’s decision.…

Being a school trustee is not for the faint of heart

School trustees must approve budgets, hire key personnel, determine policy priorities, and ensure proper transportation for students

Being a school trustee is not for the faint of heartManitoba trustee elections take place later this month. While some candidates have already been acclaimed, voters in other parts of the province have quite a few candidates to choose from. We should not take this election for granted. At this time last year, it looked like there wouldn’t be any trustee elections at all. However,…

Local elections: democracy as it is meant to be

Candidates do not tend to have corporate sponsorships nor to conform to the wishes of political parties

Local elections: democracy as it is meant to beOn average, fewer people vote in local elections than in provincial or federal elections. Interestingly, each vote has a greater impact in local elections, especially in smaller communities. There is more to this phenomenon than numbers and proportions. Local governments not only respond to the input of their constituents on local issues, but school council…
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