Manitoba Premier Stefanson should oppose carbon tax

Manitoba Premier Stefanson should oppose carbon taxIt’s expensive out there and Manitobans trying to gas up their car to get to work or simply heat their homes need relief Manitobans shouldn’t be fooled by the paltry sum that Trudeau has sent them via carbon tax rebates. It doesn’t come close to what the tax costs them. The Parliamentary Budget Officer crunched…

Private facilities bring much needed competition to health care system

Private facilities bring much needed competition to health care systemThe competition will pressure governments to improve the public system Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s proposal to use private health centres to alleviate long wait lists has faced opposition from many quarters. It may seem counterintuitive, but Ford’s plan will actually ease the shortages of doctors and nurses. It was B.C.’s NDP government of the early…

Canada’s health-care system is a disaster

Canada’s health-care system is a disasterForeign-trained health professionals could help alleviate the strain Canada’s medical system is fast becoming a disaster area and a tragedy. There are not nearly enough family doctors to provide primary health care. Walk-in clinics were supposed to backfill this need, but many now do not take walk-ins as their registered patient load is already beyond…

Indigenous land acknowledgements have outlived their usefulness

Indigenous land acknowledgements have outlived their usefulnessReconciliation should not be the stuff of soothing platitudes Is it time to rethink indigenous land acknowledgements that often open energy-sector conference sessions? Are we ready to question their utility and effectiveness in advancing the interests of Canada’s indigenous peoples? Are they moving the reconciliation needle – or have they become little more than meaningless,…

Is Manitoba’s liquor monopoly on its last dregs?

Is Manitoba’s liquor monopoly on its last dregs?Manitobans can only hope First Alberta, then Saskatchewan, but will Manitoba follow? Next year will be the final year for the Saskatchewan government to retail alcohol – nearly 100 years after it began. This history demonstrates how long government keeps its hands on something once it starts, but also how an incremental approach can allow…

How we teach reading really does matter

How we teach reading really does matterThe whole language approach to teaching reading has been devastating for students Reading is the most important skill taught in school. If students don’t learn how to read, not much else that happens there is going to matter. That’s because being able to read is essential in virtually every job. Without the ability to read,…

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…

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…

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,…
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