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The first in a series Population Indicators 1,303,900 Manitoba’s population estimated by Statistics Canada as of January 1, 2016.[1] 16,200 The amount the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics estimates Statistics Canada undercounted Manitoba’s population number above. This impacts per capita transfers from the federal government to Manitoba.
OTTAWA—The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Bleyer as its new Executive Director. “We are excited to welcome Peter to the CCPA,” says CCPA President Larry Brown. “Peter brings leadership and energy to the Centre and has worked to advance progressive policy in Canada for many years.”
Illustration by Amy Thompson
Image credit: Report of the Auditor General of Canada, November 2004. A recent run-of-the-mill telemarketing call from one of Canada’s largest credit companies took on a threatening tone. Who knew that owning a credit card, purchases on which produced redeemable points for free groceries, also entailed an insidious tradeoff that invaded our privacy and left a chilling aftertaste?
This is a cautionary story of what might happen if we return to the bad old days of the RCMP Security Service, which was caught disrupting and using dirty tricks against a wide range of unsuspecting groups before it was eventually disbanded, its spying responsibilities handed to a newly formed Canadian Security Intelligence Service. It is important to remember this period in light of proposed legislation that would expand CSIS’s investigative powers as well as the types of activities its agents, and the RCMP, will consider as threats to the country.  ***
“If you want it done right, you have to do it yourself.”  In a bold take on this adage, more and more municipalities across Canada have taken it upon themselves to ensure affordable, citywide Internet access through community-based networks known as municipal broadband, typically operated by local governments, public utilities, co-operatives, non-profits or public-private partnerships. Recent developments in the United States highlight their significance and potential role in galvanizing Canada's otherwise lacklustre digital policy.
Hennessy’s Index is a monthly listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. For other months, visit: http://policyalternatives.ca/index
Mike McBane, photo by Stuart Trew, 2014