Union Bug Blog
Apr 12, 2007 -
The Declining Minimum Wage
Manitoba’s minimum wage, like those of all Canadian provinces, is reviewed and adjusted on an arbitrary basis. It needs to be indexed to some measure of economic performance or wage rates, and should reflect a desire to help full-time minimum wage earners at least reach the poverty line.
Apr 10, 2007 -
You Can't Always Get What You Want
As expected, everyone wanted a piece of the Doer gang after the budget came down last Wednesday. “Not enough” was the mantra once again, whether you were looking for tax cuts, program spending, money for Lake Winnipeg and water clean-up, child care, etc, etc.
Apr 03, 2007 -
Doer Government Set to Release Budget
The Doer government is poised to release a Provincial Budget tomorrow. This being an election year, it will be interesting to see what the government priorities are – and where they’re headed as the campaign silly season begins.
Mar 30, 2007 -
McFadyen’s Record on Privatization is Clear
It was ten years ago this week that the former Progressive Conservative government of Gary Filmon announced that Manitoba Health had selected Olsten Health Services to deliver home care services to new clients in Winnipeg. In short, this was the first step in an effort to privatize home care. At the time, the arrangement was deemed, “the best model to use to deliver high quality patient care while curtailing escalation of costs.”
Mar 28, 2007 -
Are Hybrids the Cure-all We’ve Been Looking For?
As part of an effort to appear more “green”, the federal Conservative government recently began offering rebates on the purchase of new cars, like hybrids, which use less than 6.5 litres of gas for every 100 kilometres driven. The basic rebate will be $1,000 and will increase by $500 for every half-litre reduction, to a maximum of $2,000.
Mar 26, 2007 -
Tories Flip Flop on Child Care
The recently tabled Federal Budget confirmed what many had known for a long time – that the Harper Government had been way off base on its plan to create child care spaces by providing tax incentives and grants to businesses.
Mar 21, 2007 -
Say "No" To Racism
Wednesday, March 21 is the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. There are many events and seminars happening around the province to note this special day.
Mar 19, 2007 -
Workplace Injuries Are A Community Problem
Manitoba continues to lag behind provinces in the rest of the country when it comes to worker injury rates, and it’s high time the entire community gets behind efforts to reduce these numbers.
Mar 14, 2007 -
Why Are Young Offenders Still In The Driver's Seat?
The issue of car thefts has been very much at the forefront of discussion amongst Winnipeggers and in the media of late. A majority of this focus has been on the youth who commit these crimes, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Mar 12, 2007 -
McFadyen Says "Yes" to More Private Wine Stores
This past weekend Manitoba Progressive Conservative leader Hugh McFadyen indicated to a Winnipeg Sun reporter that, if elected, he would “expand the private market for specialty wine stores”.