Free Press Community Review: West
PCs continue to leave Manitobans behind2 minute read Friday, Jun. 2, 2023
Investing in education always pays the highest returns. But it’s clear the Progressive Conservative government does not want to properly invest in education, as it continues to cut education. The PCs have shown that they want to make life harder for Manitobans, including children, while putting the interests of their wealthy friends first.
A top concern for many Burrows constituents is the education of their children. Coming out of the pandemic, during which many children were challenged by online learning, it is important that we meet their needs and help them get back into an ideal learning environment. Smaller classrooms, various formats of teaching, and options for enjoyable extra-curricular programs are essential. But the PCs chronic underfunding to our education system puts all of this at risk.
Recently, both Seven Oaks School Division and Winnipeg School Division raised concerns about the funding they are receiving from the government this year. The PCs so-called increased funding to education is not on par with the inflationary pressures that our schools have to face. Instead of investing in education, the PCs gave out cheques worth millions to billionaires who do not even live in Manitoba.
The Manitoba NDP continues to hold the PCs accountable for the damage they are doing to our province. In 2021, the NDP forced the PCs to withdraw Bill 64, which would have eliminated democratically elected school boards and silenced local, community voices. This spring we again delayed some bills until the fall session of Legislature so that Manitobans will have more time to learn about their impacts and voice their concerns. Bills 9 and 30 would have privatized public liquor sales, costing our province millions of dollars in lost revenue annually. Bill 33 would have restricted the work done by community organizations working in harm reduction.
Failure to act leads to increase in HIV rate2 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 31, 2023
The Manitoba HIV Program Report shows that the number of people living with HIV in the province grew from 111 to 169, or 52 per cent, between 2018 and 2021. This alarming rise in HIV rates in Manitoba is an issue that demands immediate attention and action. The government’s inaction, however, has only exacerbated the situation, leading to severe consequences for individuals, our communities, and the health-care system as a whole.
Despite clear evidence of escalating HIV transmission rates, the government has failed to implement comprehensive prevention and education programs. This lack of action has perpetuated misinformation, stigma, and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS, hindering efforts to promote awareness and encourage safe practices. Rising HIV rates and record-breaking overdoses year after year have still not been enough for this government to take action or implement supervised consumption sites. By neglecting the urgent need for robust healthcare services, accessible testing, and harm reduction strategies, the government has allowed the rates of transmission to skyrocket.
Furthermore, the insufficient funding allocated to HIV/AIDS initiatives in Manitoba has severely affected organizations who are working tirelessly to combat the crisis, all combined with the years that the government had spent damaging our health-care system leading to catastrophe in the pandemic. This lack of support has disrupted the availability of essential services, such as counselling, treatment, and support networks, leaving individuals living with HIV vulnerable and isolated.
The government’s failure to prioritize the fight against HIV is a disregard for the health and well-being of its citizens. Urgent measures must be taken to reverse this trend, including increased funding for prevention programs, harm-reduction efforts including supervised consumption sites, widespread outreach and comprehensive health education in schools.
Support for kids, not billionaires2 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 31, 2023
It’s graduation season. And this year I’m thrilled to join the ranks of proud parents who will be watching their children graduate, as my oldest son graduates high school.
As a parent myself, I know that kids in Manitoba deserve the best. They deserve small class sizes and a teacher who can give each student the one-on-one attention they need. They deserve a classroom with educational assistants and resources, plus warm meals for those who need them.
Unfortunately, Brian Pallister and Premier Stefanson have been cutting education funding for years. And we recently learned they have a secret plan to cut school funding for thousands of kids if they are elected this fall. The Progressive Conservative government’s new funding model for public schools will mean millions of dollars more in cuts to classrooms. Under the new model, the PCs would cut $11 million from Seven Oaks School Division, $10 million from Louis Riel School Division, $8.5 million from St. James-Assiniboia School Division, $4.5 million from Pembina Trails School Division, and over $2 million from Winnipeg School Division. These cuts mean fewer teachers and EAs, more students crammed into classrooms, and less support for parents and families.
The PCs can’t be trusted on education. Instead of investing in our schools, they’re handing out cheques to hugely successful out-of-province companies like Loblaws, which have been making your groceries more expensive. And Manitobans still remember Bill 64, the PC’s failed education bill which would have consolidated school divisions in our province under one centralized authority. Fortunately, Manitobans said no to Bill 64, and together we were able to stop it from passing.
After a land -blessing ceremony on May 24, the 161-acre Naawi-Oodena site is ready to be developed into a community filled with residential areas, sporting and education facilities, recreational spaces, businesses, and affordable housing — a joint effort of Treaty One and the Canada Lands Company, a federal development agency. Construction will begin this fall The ceremony — which began at 9:30 a.m. and finished shortly after noon — was celebrated with gifts, music, speeches, food, and a tent and a teepee protecting guests from that day’s strong winds. A time capsule was also buried and will remain underground for the next century. Organizations present that morning were Treaty One Nation Leadership, the Grand Chiefs Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, Manitoba Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations, along with representatives of the City of Winnipeg and Province of Manitoba. Curly Mousseau of the Sandy Bay Ojibwe First Nation (pictured top left) blessed the land, for the first time since it was repatriated in December 2022.1 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 31, 2023
Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum nomination deadline May 311 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 24, 2023
There’s still time to nominate a prospective Manitoba Golf Hall of Fame & Museum entrant for this year.
According to Golf Manitoba, the organization is “dedicated to the recognition of extraordinary contributions and accomplishments in the sport of golf” in the province.
Applications are currently being accepted into the hall, and individuals or teams can be nominated.
The application deadline is May 31. Visit www.manitobagolfhalloffame.com for more information.
IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s set for May 271 minute read Preview Wednesday, May. 24, 2023