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  • Blood donor

    Opinion Want to save a life? It's bloody easy

    by Jo Davies

    It was with a great deal of chagrin yesterday that I read the following fact online: only four per cent of Canadians donate blood regularly.

    Posted: Jan 14, 2018 6:00 AM ET
  • wip

    Opinion Flames of romance mean something different for singles at 40

    by Jo Davies

    If you're in the same boat as me (single, middle-aged and relatively certain that the best date you ever had took place in the '80s), you know that dating after 40 is more painful than being Trump's etiquette advisor.

    Posted: Jan 07, 2018 8:00 AM ET
  • 940-summit-series-game1-8col

    Opinion Canada needs a permanent, year-round men's national hockey team

    by Martin Zeilig

    Exhilarating international hockey did not begin with the now legendary 1972 Summit Series between professional Canadian players and the then USSR National Team. It began many years before that with top amateur teams, says Martin Zeilig.

    Posted: Dec 31, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Christmas Cards

    Opinion Millennials are killing the Christmas card — and that's not a bad thing

    by Katy MacKinnon

    Millennials have been lambasted across the board for various atrocities — and now, you can add to the list the accusation that they're killing the Christmas card. But that's paving the way for new digital greeting traditions, says Katy MacKinnon.

    Posted: Dec 16, 2017 2:00 PM ETaudio
  • Hydro tower

    Opinion The answer to Manitoba Hydro increases? Use more electricity, not less

    by Joanne Seiff

    In our household, we're wondering how to afford the Manitoba Hydro bill increases. We save money by being energy efficient — but maybe it's time to take a new approach.

    Posted: Dec 10, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Shutterstock mom cooking on phone with baby

    Opinion 'I'm just a mom': Mothers suffer lack of pride as their work remains undervalued

    by Libby Simon

    As we approach the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which pledged "the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women," it's obvious we still have a lot of work to do, says Libby Simon.

    Posted: Dec 09, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Gemma Hickey surrounded by reporters

    Opinion Non-binary Canadians still fighting for justice

    by Katy MacKinnon

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's apology to the LGBTQ community was heartfelt, but until non-binary Canadians are legally recognized there won't be any hope of eradicating discrimination based on gender identity, says Katy MacKinnon.

    Posted: Dec 02, 2017 6:00 AM ETvideo
  • North Winnipeg Nomads senior girls football

    Opinion New North End police station displacing youth sports

    by Michael Champagne

    The City of Winnipeg wants to build a new mega police station in the North End on the practice grounds for several youth sports teams. Michael Champagne says there are other location and the ideal choice would not interfere with other crime prevention mechanisms.

    Posted: Nov 27, 2017 5:06 PM ET
  • Winnipeg Transit

    Opinion All Winnipeg needs for Christmas is fair transit fare

    by Emily Wiebe

    This is the time of year when people are busy running around getting ready for the holidays. But instead of giving gifts, the City of Winnipeg has proposed making it harder for some people to get around by hiking bus fare by 25 cents and cutting bus routes, says Emily Wiebe.

    Posted: Nov 26, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Brian Pallister broken arm

    Opinion Premier Brian Pallister needs to give up risky solo hikes or job

    by Joanne Seiff

    Hiking alone, without cellphone service or appropriate equipment to make your way safely, isn’t wise, says Joanne Seiff — and people with important jobs, like Premier Brian Pallister, need to safeguard their well-being regardless of location.

    Posted: Nov 25, 2017 6:00 AM ETvideo
  • Ashley Geddes

    Opinion The system is broken — but it's not fair to ask victims to fix it

    by Joanne Seiff

    Imagine a family member was missing or murdered and the police say it's unsolvable. Your family struggles to cope and find answers. Later, a possible tip turns up - but there's still insufficient evidence to act.

    Posted: Nov 19, 2017 12:36 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 19, 2017 1:29 PM ET
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    Opinion Time for Trudeau government to show leadership on income inequality

    by Louis-Philippe Rochon

    The Trudeau government keeps surprising us all with its conflictual and incoherent approach to policy, and its latest flip-flop centres around an issue that has possible long-term consequences — income inequality, says economics professor Louis-Philippe Rochon.

    Posted: Nov 18, 2017 1:00 PM ET
  • Adam Vaughan

    Opinion Winnipeg homelessness conference was well worth investment

    by Louis Sorin

    A recent opinion piece seemed to take issue with a homelessness conference in Winnipeg. Representatives from the groups that organized the conference say it's important to speak as a community to deepen our common vision and understanding, while addressing negative misconceptions.

    Posted: Nov 05, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Homeless person sleeps on Maryland Street in Winnipeg

    Opinion More than talk needed: Homelessness conference misses chance for real action

    by Susan Huebert

    People say that actions speak louder than words, but sometimes meals do the same thing, says Susan Huebert. She argues a recent Winnipeg conference on homelessness could have made changes to help the people it was about.

    Posted: Oct 29, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Bill 31 student protest

    Opinion From freeze to squeeze: Higher tuition puts pressure on Manitoba's students

    by Jesse Hajer and Zac Saltis

    Manitoba, up until recently, had been no different from other provinces when it came to promoting university and college as a means to create opportunity. But proposed changes to post-secondary funding in the province may be push that opportunity out of reach for some.

    Posted: Oct 28, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Used needle on rainy street in Winnipeg

    Opinion Manitoba can, and should, do better for those fighting addiction

    by Robert Lidstone

    Ending homelessness and addiction will take more than new buildings, says Robert Lidstone, a recovering addict. He says it's time to invest at least as much in our human services — those that offer care, support and guidance — as we do in the physical infrastructure that protects us.

    Posted: Oct 26, 2017 5:00 PM ET
  • flu

    Opinion Cut in number of flu shot clinics a bad way to keep Manitobans healthy

    by Joanne Seiff

    A reduction in flu shot clinics in Winnipeg this year offers a perfect example of how health-care cuts and changes affect average citizens' basic health-care needs, Joanne Seiff says.

    Posted: Oct 22, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Generation Energy opening session

    Opinion Green herrings: Winnipeg 'clean energy' conference focused on unrealistic solutions

    by Michael Welch

    Last week's Generation Energy conference provided little basis for optimism, says Michael Welch, with an unstated focus on the contradiction of reducing greenhouse gases while maintaining the current North American lifestyle and standard of living.

    Posted: Oct 21, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • student debt

    Opinion KPMG's value-for-money report fails Manitoba's universities

    by Joanne Seiff

    KPMG's financial report for Manitoba has serious implications for the province's post-secondary institutions, says Joanne Seiff, which would hurt the province's students and economy.

    Posted: Oct 15, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • ATM bank machine

    Opinion Save more, get richer: Which genius at my bank crafted this ridiculousness?

    by Jo Davies

    So if you're already financially comfortable, the bank can make you even better off by giving you a break on the fees that you likely barely notice in the first place? Nice.

    Posted: Oct 14, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Homeless man

    Opinion Canadians spending big money on homelessness without addressing its root causes

    by Jino Distasio

    People without a home, and lacking supports for mental illness and addiction, can draw significantly on social services for survival. They also tend to interact more frequently with police, fire and paramedic services. This all costs money.

    Posted: Oct 09, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Mba Premier vs Labour 20170105

    Opinion KPMG's value-for-money report is an exercise in confusion: CCPA

    by Lynne Fernandez

    To justify job cuts, Manitoba's finance minister has claimed the province's civil service is 20 per cent larger than the Canadian average. The problem with that reference is that the minister does not seem to understand the difference between the provincial civil service and the broader public sector, says Lynn Fernandez.

    Posted: Oct 08, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Jon Gerrard

    Opinion Can Manitoba's Liberal party become a real contender again?

    by Paul Thomas

    As the Liberals in Manitoba get closer to choosing a new leader on Oct. 21, there is talk of a possible revival of a party that has not been a serious contender for power in three decades, writes professor emeritus Paul Thomas.

    Posted: Oct 07, 2017 6:00 AM ETvideo
  • Hearing listening accents ear noise pollution

    Opinion Sound of silence increasingly rare as noise pollution rises

    by Jo Davies

    Quiet seems to be reserved for those who have the cash to visit spas or go away somewhere to sit on a beach and watch the sunset. But silence should not be a luxury, says Jo Davies.

    Posted: Sep 24, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • M-103 protest montreal

    Opinion 'Antifa' vs. the 'alt-right': Comparing anti-fascists to those they oppose is unfair

    by Steven Zhou

    Do violent confrontations between 'antifa' and the 'alt-right' show both sides are wrong? Take a look at what they're fighting for before painting all anti-fascists and extreme right activists with the same brush, Steven Zhou says.

    Posted: Sep 23, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • New NDP Leader Wab Kinew will be subject to more scrutiny than ever.

    Opinion Can Wab Kinew rise to the challenge of leadership?

    by Royce Koop

    Leadership contests are supposed to mark new beginnings for parties.

    Posted: Sep 17, 2017 11:38 AM ET
  • Opioids

    Opinion Your city on drugs: Winnipeg needs to rethink approach to dealing with abuse

    by Robert Lidstone

    Opioid use is reaching epidemic proportions in Winnipeg, says Morberg House resident Robert Lidstone, and current approaches to the problem aren't working. He says appropriate housing and a range of options for those recovering from addiction are needed.

    Posted: Sep 17, 2017 6:00 AM ETvideo
  • Liberals Pot 20170327

    Opinion Legalize it, but please don't let the air our kids breathe go to pot

    by Joanne Seiff

    When the smoke and odour wafted through our house, I stopped dead in my tracks. It was my kids' bedtime, but the hallway suddenly smelled like a reggae concert.

    Posted: Sep 16, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Senator Lynn Beyak

    Opinion Trade Indian status for Canadian citizenship? Canada can't afford it

    by Tim Fontaine

    Sen. Lynn Beyak has told Indigenous people in Canada to "Trade your status card for a Canadian citizenship, with a fair and negotiated payout to each Indigenous man, woman and child." But Canada could never afford the "bizarre" proposal, says Tim Fontaine.

    Posted: Sep 14, 2017 7:00 PM ET
  • Pallister in Ottawa

    Opinion A healthy deal for Manitoba?

    by Paul Thomas

    After a long fight over future joint funding of health care in this province, on Aug. 21, Manitoba became the last province to sign a deal with the federal government. But what should Manitobans make of the recent agreement?

    Posted: Sep 12, 2017 7:26 PM ETvideo
  • Two sheep.JPG

    Opinion Getting their goat: Manitoba Hydro could save money, energy with grazing animals

    by Joanne Seiff

    Buckingham Palace can give Hydro a great tip on saving money— use sheep to mow grass.

    Posted: Sep 04, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Rent Assist program changed.

    Opinion Struggle to find affordable housing an old story, but government action could write new chapter

    by Susan Huebert

    An old adage says that the more things change the more they stay the same. The rental housing market in Winnipeg is a prime example of this idea, but that might change if current initiatives from Make Poverty History and the Right to Housing Coalition calling for renewed government involvement can help.

    Posted: Sep 03, 2017 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Sep 03, 2017 10:04 AM ET
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    Opinion Is there actually an alt-left?

    by Louis-Philippe Rochon

    U.S. President Donald Trump recently asked about the role of the "alt-left" in the Charlottesville riots. Since then, the phrase has started to see use by pundits. But is there actually an ‘alt-left?'

    Posted: Sep 02, 2017 6:00 AM ETvideo
  • Bill Neal 102 driver

    Opinion Driving Miss Peggy: Maybe it's time to start keeping tabs on older drivers

    by Jo Davies

    Studies have shown that 70 per cent of drivers rate their driving skills as being above average. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that self-assessments might be a wee bit short on objectivity.

    Posted: Aug 19, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Ghana pavilion 2

    Opinion Acknowledging diversity — warts and all

    by Joanne Seiff

    How is it that we can hop from country to country to celebrate culture and diversity at Folklorama, and ignore the fact that in some countries, people are killed because of their sexual orientation?

    Posted: Aug 12, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Iraq Cda 20170220

    Opinion Canadians avoiding debate on role in war on terror: Steven Zhou

    by Steven Zhou

    The war against the Islamic State supposedly ended in triumph last month as the Iraqi president proclaimed the end of the "fake state." But the fact that Canada is still knee-deep in the global post-9/11 war against terror is one Canadians seem to have little time for, says Steven Zhou.

    Posted: Aug 05, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Monte Lake wildfire

    Opinion How many more homes must burn?

    by Alex Paterson

    I’ve been watching footage of the raging forest fires in B.C., only a few months after homes flooded across Quebec and Ontario, only a year after Fort McMurray went up in flames. I have disaster fatigue.

    Posted: Jul 29, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Parker protestor

    Opinion Parker Lands consultations would give Métis a say on ancestral land

    by Michael Welch

    Discussion is urgently needed on how we engage our treaty partners and affected Indigenous governments in strategic urban planning and high-level decision-making moving forward.

    Posted: Jul 26, 2017 2:36 PM ET
  • Joanne Seiff's son

    Opinion Manitoba women's health just got worse

    by Joanne Seiff

    If we believe Brian Pallister, Manitobans' main concern is about cutting costs and reducing debt. Apparently we're willing to increase infant mortality rates, lower breastfeeding rates and forego hard-fought health gains because keeping our citizens alive and healthy is not a top priority.

    Posted: Jul 23, 2017 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 27, 2017 12:36 PM ET
  • Bank of Canada

    Opinion It's time to rethink monetary policy

    by Louis-Philippe Rochon

    The Bank of Canada's decision to hike its interest rate for the first time in seven years was a bad idea, argues economist Louis-Philippe Rochon.

    Posted: Jul 22, 2017 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 22, 2017 8:50 AM ET
  • medical exam room

    Opinion Closure of Mature Women's Centre an unprecedented assault on women's health

    by Dr. Richard Boroditsky

    On July 10, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority announced a catastrophic blow to the provision of innovative health care for the women of Manitoba.

    Posted: Jul 20, 2017 5:02 PM ET
    Last Updated: Jul 27, 2017 12:40 PM ET
  • Plastic drinking straws

    Opinion Want to save the planet? Start by saying no to the plastic straw

    by Joanne Seiff

    When it comes to protecting the environment, sometimes making a big change starts with a small thing — like saying "no" to disposable plastic straws, says Joanne Seiff.

    Posted: Jul 08, 2017 6:00 AM ETreadcomments

    Opinion Ransomware attacks could disable Canadian infrastructure, too

    by Steven Zhou

    Canada escaped the recent wave of massive online extortion cyberattacks mostly by fluke and must be ready to protect itself against another wave of such assaults, which most likely have already been launched.

    Posted: Jul 05, 2017 7:00 PM ET
  • Women's March - Peace

    Opinion Peace activism is 'meek' in Winnipeg, but needed now more than ever

    by Michael Welch

    Looking at the latest Winnipeg Walk for Peace, it might be hard to imagine a time when tens of thousands of Manitobans marched for the cause of international peace. And that's a sign of how far the peace movement has regressed here in the last three decades, says Michael Welch.

    Posted: Jul 03, 2017 6:00 AM ET
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    Opinion Why I choose to celebrate Canada 150 while acknowledging our faults

    by Idris Elbakri

    Since we immigrated to 12 years ago, our family has made a point of participating in Canada Day celebrations. This year, I am struggling with conflict between expressing love to my adopted country and standing in solidarity with the original inhabitants.

    Posted: Jun 30, 2017 5:00 PM ET
  • ponyswim

    Opinion Sun safe: Manitobans need to slather on the sunscreen, skin-cancer survivor says

    by Jo Davies

    If you are lucky enough to call yourself a Manitoban, you know a few things about weather-related extremes. You also know that, hot or cold, Manitoba is one of the sunniest places in the country.

    Posted: Jun 25, 2017 6:00 AM ET

    Opinion Lyme disease research, funding falling behind in Canada

    by Joanne Seiff

    Until recently, Lyme disease wasn’t present in many parts of Canada. But with global warming, black-legged ticks and tick-borne illness have come here and in terms of public health policy, Joanne Seiff argues Canada is behind the times.

    Posted: Jun 18, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Britain Election

    Opinion Does democracy work? We won't know until we see a true democracy, Winnipeg student argues

    by Matthew J. Murphy

    The society in which we live generally assumes that democracy is the best form of government. However, over the past decade, anger has been at the forefront of democratic nations.

    Posted: Jun 17, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Brian Pallister bike ride jerry daniels

    Opinion Gestures, truth and action as reconciliation: A response to Premier Pallister's bike ride

    by Lisa Forbes

    As Brian Pallister begins what he calls a "journey of reconciliation," Lisa Forbes pens a letter to the Manitoba premier.

    Posted: Jun 16, 2017 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 16, 2017 7:40 AM ET
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    Opinion Making room for Fluffy and Fido: Pet-owning renters need more options

    by Jo Davies

    Finding an apartment to rent can be a challenge for pet owners. But Jo Davies says the tide may be turning for pet-owning renters, and landlords need to relax their rules.

    Posted: Jun 11, 2017 6:00 AM ETreadcomments
  • Eid al-Fitr Winnipeg prayer service

    Opinion Ramadan in Winnipeg: Long days of fasting, but more time for reflection

    by Idris Elbakri

    Like Christmas, Ramadan is a global event joined in by every part of the globe. It is also a vehicle for the expression of culture and values, and Canada is no exception.

    Posted: Jun 10, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Winnipeg Pride Parade 2016

    OPINION Pride at a crossroad: Making the circle bigger

    by Bradley West

    While incredible gains have been made, the Pride movement is at a crossroad, says Bradley West.

    Posted: Jun 04, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Brian Pallister Steven Fletcher

    Opinion Party loyalty shouldn't stifle constructive debate in Manitoba Legislature

    by Paul Thomas

    The best tactic for dealing with "rogue backbencher" Steven Fletcher's dissent? Premier Brian Pallister should simply allow it.

    Posted: Jun 03, 2017 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Jun 03, 2017 11:59 AM ET
  • Snoring habit

    Opinion Sleepless in Winnipeg: How looking into the cause of snoring can improve your life

    by Jo Davies

    Snoring isn't just annoying. It can also be a sign of sleep apnea, which can cause a variety of health issues. Jo Davies hopes the results of her test for sleep apnea will help her get more shut-eye.

    Posted: May 21, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • A 1950s-era mother's frustrated expression after her baby had been crying for an hour.

    Opinion On Mother's Day, what about fair pay for moms?

    by Joanne Seiff

    New motherhood is fraught with challenges. For approximately 16% of Canadian families who struggle with fertility, just conceiving is sometimes an expensive battle that takes years, time off work, and risks to the mother’s health. Once motherhood happens, it’s all supposed to be roses 24/7.

    Posted: May 14, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • CSIS Data Privacy 20161103

    Opinion Oversight of national security in Canada still needs a lot of work, new reports show

    by Steven Zhou

    CSIS's use of Stingrays, and its practice of retaining large amounts of Canadian metadata, raise concerns over the oversight of national security in Canada. And two recent reports show that there's still a lot of work to be done on that front, says Steven Zhou.

    Posted: May 13, 2017 6:00 AM ET
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    Opinion Customer disservice: Canadian consumers need to stand up and be counted

    by Jo Davies

    Customer service has mostly gone the way of the dodo in Canada, says Jo Davies. To fix that, bad customer service needs to be pointed out and companies need to be held to account if their employees provide shoddy service, she says.

    Posted: May 07, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Refugees Emerson

    Opinion Canada at 150: Is common decency the new bar for national pride?

    by Steven Zhou

    There’s been a rise in this country’s level of intolerance as of late. It’s difficult to square this trend with the self-congratulating tone and image of Canada’s relationship with refugees in general.

    Posted: May 06, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Breastfeeding

    Opinion Reaction to Leah McLaren column shows education still needed around breastfeeding

    by Joanne Seiff

    Although nursing babies is promoted as a public health issue, we've failed to normalize breastfeeding as a natural human activity, says Joanne Seiff.

    Posted: Apr 30, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Doctor Test

    Opinion Unnecessary medical tests potentially harmful, strain Canadian health-care system

    by Wendy Levinson

    Each year, there are at least one million unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures done in Canadian health-care settings, according to the findings of a recently released report.

    Posted: Apr 22, 2017 6:00 AM ETvideo
  • Fake News

    Opinion Fake news points to hunger for greater Truth

    by Steven Zhou

    "Fake news" is part of the social and political backlash from those tired of what they see as an unfair and rigged status quo, Steven Zhou writes.

    Posted: Apr 15, 2017 2:00 PM ET
  • Manitoba legislature - Aug. 10, 2016

    Opinion No-news budget is bad news for Manitobans, labour market economist says

    by Lynne Fernandez

    It's been tricky to get a read on how hard a line this government will take on a variety of issues, but a look at their track record to date points to a small-government agenda, Lynne Fernandez writes.

    Posted: Apr 12, 2017 12:53 PM ET
  • Manitoba Legislature, Golden Boy

    Opinion Budget 2017 fails to deliver on innovation and efficiencies to tackle deficit

    by Loren Remillard

    For all the talk of Budget 2017 as a course correction in Manitoba’s fiscal trajectory, the first full budget by the new provincial government is largely status quo. Yet bolder action was more than warranted, it was imperative, says Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce president Loren Remillard.

    Posted: Apr 12, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Retail Sales

    Opinion Make green clothing choices to protect Lake Winnipeg from microplastics

    by Joanne Seiff

    Microplastics don't just end up harming ocean ecosystems — they also end up in bodies of fresh water like Lake Winnipeg. But the clothing choices you make can help prevent that, says Joanne Seiff.

    Posted: Apr 09, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Nicole Pettipas

    Opinion Courts failing to fight male violence against women

    by Kimlee Wong

    One of the ways to tackle the ongoing issue of male violence against women is for the courts to send a clear message that this is unacceptable, Kimlee Wong says. But she argues recent decisions show that courts are failing in this regard.

    Posted: Apr 08, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • pallister trudeau

    Opinion Let's make a deal: Time for Pallister's health-care troublemaking to end

    by Paul Thomas

    It is past time for Premier Brian Pallister to end the escalating feud with the Trudeau government over financial transfers for health care.

    Posted: Apr 03, 2017 11:52 PM ET
  • Uber app

    Video commenting Uber arrival might not improve safety but it's an opportunity for change

    by Katy MacKinnon

    With the potential entrance of ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft, Winnipeg’s transportation options are set to change. It's time to make transportation options safe for marginalized groups, Katy MacKinnon writes.

    Posted: Apr 02, 2017 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 02, 2017 1:41 PM ET
  • First Ministers 20161209

    Opinion Premier has alternatives to high-handed approach that could bring court case

    by Alan Levy

    My grandmother used to tell me something Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister might need to hear: "You can get more with honey than with lemons."

    Posted: Apr 01, 2017 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Apr 01, 2017 11:28 AM ET
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    Opinion 7 parenting strategies to help you skate through the end of winter

    by Joanne Seiff

    Pop quiz: It's icier than the neighbourhood rink and you have 15 art projects, multiple bags and 2 strapped-in kids to get inside. How do you get them all inside at once?

    Posted: Mar 26, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Temporary Foreign Workers

    Opinion Pathway to Canadian citizenship needed for all temporary foreign workers: Pagtakhan

    by Reis Pagtakhan

    This week's federal budget provided more details on the government's Global Skills Strategy, designed to attract top global talent to Canada. But as the rules around temporary foreign workers evolve, Canada risks leaving behind some potential citizens.

    Posted: Mar 25, 2017 1:00 PM ET
  • vigil

    Opinion Fight Islamophobia by repealing draconian national security laws

    by Steven Zhou

    Canadians of all stripes must fight their country's fear-based fixation on "national security" if they want to undermine systemic Islamophobia.

    Posted: Mar 12, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Ottawa U.S. Embassy Trump protest travel ban Jan 30 2017

    Opinion U.S. travel ban creates opportunity for Canada to attract skilled new workers

    by Reis Pagtakhan

    The U.S. is mired in confusing messages regarding the direction of its immigration policy, and Canada should look at this as an opportunity to attract the best and the brightest to this country, says immigration lawyer Reis Pagtakhan.

    Posted: Mar 11, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Taxi

    Opinion A drunk clearly cannot consent

    by Katy MacKinnon

    Judge Gregory Lenehan’s comment that “clearly a drunk can consent” made during his decision in the February sexual assault trial of Bassam Al-Rawi is evidence that Canada’s consent laws are failing sexual assault survivors.

    Posted: Mar 06, 2017 6:00 PM ET
  • Trudeau Europe 20170217

    Opinion Trudeau's criticism of 'corporate elites' rings hollow

    by Louis-Philippe Rochon

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paints himself as the champion of the working class. But he pursues policies that will inevitably hurt the working class and further resentment against the 'political and corporate elites,' Louis-Philippe Rochon says.

    Posted: Mar 04, 2017 1:00 PM ET
  • Synagogues in Germany: A Virtual Reconstruction

    Opinion Virtual synagogue exhibit shows pre-Holocaust German Jews embraced strangers

    by Joanne Seiff

    University students' work on virtual reconstructions of destroyed pre-Holocaust religious spaces hammers home the need to "love the stranger."

    Posted: Mar 01, 2017 6:00 PM ET
  • The Emerson border

    Opinion 3 steps the government must take to regain control of immigration

    by Reis Pagtakhan

    It is time for the Canadian government to take back control of our immigration policy in a manner that protects Canadians, ensures our immigration policy is effective and also protects individuals fleeing persecution.

    Posted: Feb 25, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Trump

    Opinion Trump's bark hasn't been backed up by bite on NAFTA

    by Steven Zhou

    Donald Trump has made a lot of noise over trade deals in his first few weeks in office. But Steven Zhou says his derision of trade pacts like NAFTA should not translate into any illusion that his executive policies will automatically re-enfranchise American workers.

    Posted: Feb 15, 2017 7:00 PM ET
  • Manitoba Hydro workers

    Opinion Hydro job cuts, rate increases no way to boost Manitoba's economy

    by Lynne Fernandez

    The plan to cut 900 jobs at Manitoba Hydro is a tragedy for the workers and their families and a major blow to our economy, says Lynne Fernandez of the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives.

    Posted: Feb 07, 2017 7:09 PM ET
    Last Updated: Feb 07, 2017 7:19 PM ET
  • Question Period 20170201

    Opinion The great Canadian hoodwink

    by Louis-Philippe Rochon

    It is a sight history has witnessed all too often: progressive parties getting into power and becoming more conservative than official conservative parties. François Hollande, socialist by name only, is certainly a good example of this, but it is also happening in Canada now.

    Posted: Feb 05, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Winnipeg vigil

    Opinion Language matters: Growing Islamophobia paved the way to Quebec City mosque shooting

    by Shahina Siddiqui

    'The nightmare I have feared since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks has become a reality,' says Shahina Siddiqui.

    Posted: Jan 31, 2017 6:13 PM ET
  • Health Care - Baby and Mom

    Opinion Hot potato can be fun — but not when it's the baby who might get dropped

    by Jo Davies

    From the minute my eldest was born, I felt like his father and I had started the world’s longest game of Baby Hot Potato. As we struggled to find child care, we learned to play BHP with grandparents, babysitters, doctors, nannies and daycare workers.

    Posted: Jan 29, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • hi-852-stethoscope-8col

    Opinion Hysteria, medical mysteries and bias: sometimes university helps with life

    by Joanne Seiff

    When I came down with a host of symptoms that doctors didn't understand, it seemed they saw me as a middle-aged, hysterical, crazy hypochondriac. Suddenly, my liberal arts education was useful to me in a whole new way.

    Posted: Jan 21, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Make Canada Great Again Mcgill

    Opinion Canadian campuses see an alarming rise in right-wing populism

    by Steven Zhou

    Canada is not immune to the threats of extreme right-wing populism, and nowhere has this been more obvious than on Canadian university campuses, says Steven Zhou.

    Posted: Jan 15, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • hands

    Opinion Celebrate new year by putting end-of-life wishes at top of to-do list

    by John Muscedere

    The beginning of a new year, with the accompanying reflections on what the future holds, is the perfect time to tell family and friends your health-care preferences in case one day you are unable to speak for yourself, John Muscedere writes.

    Posted: Jan 14, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • Fast Food Protests

    Opinion New year brings new hope for economy

    by Louis-Philippe Rochon

    It is hard to believe it’s been a decade since the world economy essentially imploded under the weight of increased fragility and casino-type economic policies that destabilized markets.

    Posted: Jan 07, 2017 6:00 AM ET
  • University graduate

    Opinion University provides no golden ticket in life

    by Jo Davies

    When I was little, my father told me a university degree would allow me to “write my own ticket.” But if my boys go to university, they better be crystal clear on what they want to get out of the process.

    Posted: Jan 01, 2017 6:00 AM ET
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    Opinion Press freedom in Canada eroded by post-9/11 obsession with security

    by Steven Zhou

    The previous government ushered in what's been referred to as a "Dark Age" of Canadian journalism. But Steven Zhou says it remains to be seen whether the Trudeau government will protect press freedom, or sacrifice it in the name of security.

    Posted: Dec 26, 2016 6:00 AM ET
  • woman napping

    Opinion 'Dear Naps': Kindergarten kids don't know how good they have it

    by Jo Davies

    They say sleep is the new sex: everyone figures everybody else is getting more of it and probably better quality.

    Posted: Dec 24, 2016 6:00 AM ET
  • Christmas tree recycling

    Opinion 4 ways to get through a Blue Christmas: Handling depression during the holidays

    by Jo Davies

    It’s that time of year again, and I can’t stand it. I’m trying hard to be happy that Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat, but frankly, all I really want for Christmas is a strong sedative or a ticket to Jamaica.

    Posted: Dec 18, 2016 5:00 AM ET
  • Day care

    Opinion Manitoba government must commit to creating new child care spaces

    by Thelma Randall

    There are approximately 15,000 children waiting for daycare spaces in Manitoba. And with a hold on some new construction, this problem will only increase, says the Child Care Coalition of Manitoba, which is calling on the provincial government to commit to funding new child care spaces.

    Posted: Dec 17, 2016 6:00 AM ET
  • Conservative Leadership Debate 20161109

    Opinion Canada's Trump copycats must be held accountable, says Steven Zhou

    by Steven Zhou

    If Canadian politicians like Conservaitve leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch hope to appropriate the rhetoric and strategy of right-wing populism they should understand the real life implications of such an approach, says columnist Steven Zhou.

    Posted: Dec 16, 2016 7:00 PM ET
  • Pakistan NATO

    Opinion Drone King Barack Obama will not be missed, Mersiha Gadzo writes

    by Mersiha Gadzo

    With Donald Trump’s election in the U.S., many have been expressing nostalgia and praise for President Barack Obama — but he won't be missed by people trying to live peaceful lives in countries where his "War on Terror" has been waged.

    Posted: Dec 15, 2016 7:00 PM ET
  • Homeless stock image

    Opinion Homelessness is killing people in our city: What have you done to help?

    by Michael Redhead Champagne, Ahmad Moussa

    We need action. We have come together today, as a human rights advocate and an inner city helper, to send a message to all citizens of our community as we near the end of 2016, which Winnipeg declared the Year of Reconciliation.

    Posted: Dec 14, 2016 4:21 PM ET
  • The Forks shopping

    Opinion Tired of crowded malls? Buy local this holiday season

    by Katy MacKinnon

    This holiday season, skipping the crowded big box malls to shop locally can lead to an abundance of both short-term and long-term benefits, including bolstering the local economy and finding meaningful, Winnipeg-centric gifts, says Katy MacKinnon.

    Posted: Dec 11, 2016 6:00 AM ET
  • Ventura Crescentwood Rendering

    Opinion It's like a stab in the eye: Why infill needs to be architecturally appropriate

    by Joanne Seiff

    There’s opposition to a Crescentwood infill condo project. Some say that’s because local residents feel their historic homes are sacrosanct. Yet in Crescentwood, where infill is neither new nor unusual, it’s not simple NIMBYism, Joanne Seiff argues.

    Posted: Dec 10, 2016 6:00 AM ET
  • Brian Pallister with Joy Escalera

    Opinion Fees a good start — but provincial nominee program needs more work

    by Reis Pagtakhan

    Premier Brian Pallister has announced some welcome changes to the province’s immigration strategy, including measures to match immigrants with jobs and to attract more entrepreneurs to Manitoba.

    Posted: Dec 04, 2016 2:00 PM ET
    Last Updated: Dec 04, 2016 8:19 PM ET
  • pharmacy

    Opinion Canada's health system has plenty in common with the U.S. — and that's not a good thing

    by Colleen M. Flood

    Most Canadians would likely agree that those who need potentially life-saving prescription medications should have ready access to them.

    Posted: Dec 04, 2016 6:00 AM ET
  • Fentanyl and carfentanil overdoses

    Opinion Fentanyl crisis must be met with better drug policy in Manitoba, researcher says

    by Ellen Smirl

    The increasing number of fentanyl-related deaths in Manitoba must be met with a response that uses research and evidence to produce life-saving results, Ellen Smirl writes.

    Posted: Dec 03, 2016 6:00 AM ET
    Last Updated: Aug 15, 2017 12:49 PM ET
  • Justin Trudeau climbs into a crane in Oakville, Ont.

    Opinion Private investors are the big winners in P3 deals, researcher says

    by Harrison Samphir

    Canadians might be looking at toll roads, hiked user fees and steeper costs for infrastructure if a little-publicized Liberal government plan goes ahead, Harrison Samphir writes.

    Posted: Nov 27, 2016 3:52 PM ET
    Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016 3:11 PM ET
  • Manitoba Hydro

    Opinion Canada-EU trade deal could mean hike in Manitoba Hydro rates

    by Michael Welch

    The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the end of October, effectively allows foreign, private investors the right to compete with government-owned companies, including Manitoba's supplier of electrical energy and natural gas.

    Posted: Nov 27, 2016 6:00 AM ETreadcomments


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