The gap in health between the richest and poorest Manitobans has grown significantly in the last 20 years.
Here we go again.
In 2012 there is an additional increase in transit fares of $0.05.
For the past three years we have lived in an accessible apartment in the West End because both my wife and I are in wheelchairs.
One of the issues that people who work in the poverty field face is how to reduce poverty in this country.
In mid-February, Winnipeg Harvest and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg released its Aceptable Living Level (ALL) report for 2012.
One of the more concerning adages that rings true in our city today is “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”
It is ironic to note that during the Christmas season when “giving” and “sharing” are so important, 70 per cent of Winnipeggers want to crack down on people who beg for money and squeegee at busy intersections.
Change was simply not in the air in spite of an increase in voter turnout from the municipal election of 2006.
Seemingly, the only two issues that have been debated during this civic election are crime and property taxes. There is no question that these are important issues to some Winnipeggers.
It is interesting to note that there has been more controversy over mayoral nominations than ever before, at least since the creation of Unicity in 1971.
After participating in five Winnipeg mayoral campaigns, I have often been asked whether or not it was worth running.
As you are likely aware, there has been an increasing level of violence in the West End over the past number of weeks - including the rape of a young girl on Langside Street and the murders of two young people, which were gang related.
The City of Winnipeg released its 2010 preliminary operating budget on Tuesday, Feb. 16. To no one’s surprise, it holds the line on property taxes for the 13th year in a row. In fact, during Mayor Glen Murray’s term, there was a slight decrease in property taxes.
In June 2008, over 180 excited citizens formed the Winnipeg Citizens’ Coalition, a progressive political movement that would challenge our pro-business city council headed by Mayor Sam Katz.
You might have noticed a glossy brochure in the Winnipeg Free Press recently promoting the success of the MTS Centre during the five years it has been in operation.