COVID-19’s impact on the home care sector has been devastating. Across Canada, it is well documented that workers and older people receiving care have experienced gruelling and isolating working and living conditions respectively. In Manitoba, most home care workers are im/migrants. While there is some emerging research on the experiences of im/migrant home care workers in Manitoba, there is a dearth of public knowledge about their experiences working and living in the province.
Race and anti-racism
Previously published in the Winnipeg Free Press March 30, 2023
On March 23th, 2023 Winnipeg Police Chief Danny Smyth posted on the Winnipeg Police Service substack a statement in response to Fadi Ennab’s research on police in schools.
The Convoy that took over Ottawa for a month last year just met outside Winnipeg this past weekend. While the right to protest is an essential part of our democracy, it is important to look critically at this movement that has harboured white supremacist, libertarian and in some cases even fascist beliefs. These ideas have originated most recently in the USA, but have a long and odious history elsewhere in the world.
Boards of directors are ubiquitous in Winnipeg’s social service sector, including in newcomer and refugee settlement organizations. Existing research shows that representative boards are more connected with community issues, better adapt to challenges, and are seen more positively, which in turn increases their impact in the community. This research finds that boards in Winnipeg’s settlement sector are not representative of the populations they serve and that there are crucial ways organizations can change their governance practices to support the participation of newcomers.
School safety is important for all students and families. Feeling safe in schools can provide the optimal learning space where students feel a sense of belonging and are able to thrive, academically and socially. Yet, for many Indigenous and Black students in Winnipeg, safety in school is not the norm; schools are spaces where racism permeates their relations with peers, staff and police.
This spring, Global Affairs Canada sought advice on the development of a reciprocal procurement policy that would “reduce access to Canadian federal procurement opportunities for foreign suppliers, goods, and services from countries that do not provide a comparable level of access to Canadian suppliers.” The department frames the policy as a means of ensuring fairness and mutual benefit in Canada’s international trade relationships.
Ce rapport décrit la composition de la population active au salaire minimum et explique en quoi la hausse du salaire minimum dans l'Ontario en 2018 a affecté l’écart salarial racial des hommes et des femmes qui travaillent. Lorsque le salaire minimum de 14 $ l'heure a été introduit, les lobbyistes du monde des affaires ont fait de sombres prédictions. En fait, la hausse des salaires en Ontario a été loin d’être une « tueuse d’emplois » : l’emploi total a affiché une croissance de 1,7 % en 2018 et de 2,8 % en 2019.
This report examines the impact of increasing Ontario's minimum wage to $14 per hour in 2018. Despite dire predictions that increasing minimum wage would eliminate jobs, employment actually increased in the period after the change. The study, funded by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), also found racialized workers, especially women, benefitted from the minmum wage increase, largely due to the gendered and racialized nature of low-wage work. Employment in almost all industries with lower-than-average wages increased.