Issues

Housing and Homelessness in Winnipeg

During a 16 month period from 2013-2014, a research project titled System Pathways into Youth Homelessness was conducted by Resource Assistance for Youth, The Social Planning Council of Winnipeg and The University of Winnipeg. The research project sought to identify and examine youth’s interactions with government systems and analyze how these system interactions impacted youth homelessness.   System Pathways Into Youth Homelessness In Winnipe… [Read More]

ALL ABOARD: Poverty Reduction Strategy

  Monitoring Update We continue to track the provincial Poverty Reduction Strategy and here is an update. We expect to see an Annual Report and an Action Plan coming from the government in the next month, which we will follow up soon after. SPCW Update-AllAboard August 2014 “It takes a village” Commentary by Michael Redhead Champagne http://www.cbc.ca/1.2740341 “The village exists every time community members come together to share their … [Read More]

City Watch

City Election 2014 During this election, our physical infrastructure deficit got substantial attention as it is a concern to manyWinnipeggers. However, the social infrastructure deficit is also important but got less attention. Now that anew mayor and council has been elected, it is important to stress the needs of both our physical and socialinfrastructure. Social Equity a central feature for the next City Hall From the Mayoral Campai… [Read More]

Income Inequality

  The Reality of Income Inequality Wealth Inequality in Canada The Broadbent Institute has recently released a report on inequality, The Wealth Gap: Perceptions and Misconceptions, has just been released. The survey shows just how much Canadians underestimate the wealth gap in this country – and how they want a much more balanced distribution. In fact, the results were so staggering that we produced an animated video narrated by Ed Broadbent … [Read More]

Poverty Profiles

Without an anti-poverty strategy, the progress that Canada has made will erode, diminishing the life chance and opportunities of the poor, and undercutting Canada's future prosperity.     Here are some statistical highlights from SPCW and other sources to support community organizations, students, and other people interested in knowing more about poverty, income, and social inclusion in Winnipeg. The profiles are a compilation of the most re… [Read More]

CP Rail yard Proposal

The Social Planning Council wants to help move the Canadian Pacific Rail Yard out of the centre of Winnipeg, and thus facilitate a multi-leveled process of developing new housing, green space, commercial space, recreational facilities and other urban infrastructure in this area. To restart this process (it has been tried before), the SPCW is offering to conduct a scoping exercise to assist stakeholders in the government, corporation and community… [Read More]

OURS group defends city green space

Parks are essential to making Winnipeg an attractive place to live, work, and visit. Greenspace and natural areas near where we live contribute to our wellbeing. With good planning and investment they will be there for generations to come. Planning must be done by the City of Winnipeg to prepare a multiyear master infrastructure plan to manage Winnipeg’s green space, forest, urban wilderness and connecting corridors. Read more… OURS-Winnipeg Mast… [Read More]

Taxes and the Rich-Poor Divide

A Tax Fairness Forum was held on June 5, 2012 at the Millenium Library. Taxes are not merely a way for governments to raise revenue. Taxes are a political mechanism for directing economic activity, addressing major issues facing communities, supporting our democratic and cultural institutions and determining how we shape our physical and social environment. In the last two decades, people with power and wealth have consciously tried to create a… [Read More]

SPCW Anniversary Celebration

Join us in our celebration of 95 years, contributing to the social and economic development of Winnipeg. You are invited to participate in a public review as we look back to see forward.     On April 14th 1919, 34 social service agencies sat down at the same table to share information and start coordination of their contributions to Winnipeg. They formed the Council of Social Agencies which transformed into the Social Planning Council of today… [Read More]

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