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First published in the Winnipeg Free Press April 9, 2021.
   For Immediate Release (Winnipeg): The province of Manitoba’s commissioned Economic Review of Bipole III and Keeyask report by Brad Wall recommends privatization of Manitoba Hydro, the province’s cherished, publicly-owned crown corporation. This stands in contrast to the vast majority of Manitobans opposed to privatization and the provincial government’s own publicly stated commitments.
 VANCOUVER — The 150th anniversary of British Columbia joining Canada arrives at a time when people and institutions are being asked to reckon with the foundational impacts of racism in our society. Challenging Racist British Columbia: 150 Years and Counting, is a new publication examining the long history of racist policies that have impacted Indigenous, Black and racialized communities in the province over those 150 years, tying those histories to present day anti-racist movements. 
The report tracks which level of government picked up the tab for every COVID-19 program announced through Dec. 31, 2020, and also analyzes how the provinces are spending their share of federal transfers. Overall, 92 per cent ($343 billion) of COVID-19 direct spending initiatives, excluding liquidity and unallocated funds, came from the feds––compared to eight per cent ($31 billion) from provincial governments.
Le rapport indique quel ordre de gouvernement a payé la note pour chaque programme lié à la COVID-19 annoncé jusqu’au 31 décembre 2020 et analyse la façon dont les provinces dépensent leur part des transferts fédéraux. Dans l’ensemble, 92 % (343 milliards de dollars) des initiatives de dépenses directes liées à la COVID-19, à l’exclusion des fonds de liquidités et non attribués, provenaient du fédéral, comparativement à 8 % (31 milliards de dollars) qui provenaient des gouvernements provinciaux.
OTTAWA––Canada has earmarked $374 billion between federal and provincial governments in direct COVID-19 emergency spending, but almost every province is sitting on unspent funds, according to a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). 
OTTAWA – Selon une nouvelle étude du Centre canadien de politiques alternatives (CCPA), bien que le Canada ait affecté 374 milliards de dollars entre les gouvernements fédéral et provinciaux aux dépenses d’urgence directes liées à la COVID-19, presque toutes les provinces disposent de fonds non dépensés.
The CCPA has calculated how much of COVID-19 spending has come from the federal government and how much has come from the provinces. Overall, 92 per cent ($343 billion) of COVID-19 direct spending initiatives, excluding liquidity and unallocated funds, came from the federal government––compared to eight per cent ($31 billion) from provincial governments.
The winter/spring 2020 issue focuses on the ways in which the neoliberal education agenda and austerity governments are reshaping education across the country, and the impact of these changes on kids — particularly the most vulnerable — and communities. But it also illustrates the passion with which the public will defend its schools and support their educators and education workers. It includes a cross-country scan of standardized assessment policies.