Social Policy

Winnipeg will soon open a ‘wet shelter’

Winnipeg will soon open a ‘wet shelter’

Tailoring a program to tackle homelessness and alcoholism saves lives   Maybe it’s time we woke up and realized that how we’ve been dealing with a certain segment of homeless people in this city just isn’t working. You probably know the ones I mean: you pass by them if you walk downtown on your way […]

“What happens to our sons and daughters with disabilities when we die?”

“What happens to our sons and daughters with disabilities when we die?”

Fix the RDSP and close the poverty gap of Canadians with disabilities   Canada’s Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is the first poverty-fighting tool for people with disabilities in the world. This remarkable example of federal/provincial/territorial cooperation, which was created in 2008, has already changed the lives of more than 150,000 Canadians with disabilities. Unfortunately, […]

Death’s tug of war with mystery and science

Death’s tug of war with mystery and science

An obsession with ‘present mindedness’ wipes out concerns about past or future. ~ Harold Innis I count myself as lucky to have been born when death was still pretty much a mystery, more the prerogative of poets and other artists, philosophers and religious teachers than of scientists and doctors. I grew up surrounded by death. […]

Manitoba’s McPhedran storms through Senate

Manitoba’s McPhedran storms through Senate

The guards on Parliament Hill have a nickname for her. It’s “the Perfect Storm” and when Sen. Marilou McPhedran found out that’s what they were calling her, she was delighted. The Manitoba senator, named as an Independent to the Red Chamber in October of 2016, says she’s aware that she sometimes makes people uncomfortable but […]

It’s time Canada had a national dialogue on a basic income guarantee

It’s time Canada had a national dialogue on a basic income guarantee

A basic income guarantee has been back in the news a lot lately, thanks to Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Elon Musk and other tech giants who have been publicly endorsing the concept. But it’s not just talk in Canada. Ontario is piloting a basic income across three cities, Quebec has brought in a basic income […]

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