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

  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 gift with the purpose of helping others – understanding that it’s all of our jobs to watch the children, ensure everyone is fed and that each person in attendance feels safe. “But most importantly, when the village convenes — whether it’s o… [Read More]

City Watch

City Election 2014 Campaigns are starting to heat up in the city election scheduled for October 22nd. Here is some background information and more will be coming. ***The attached link will bring you to a newly created website that compiles City Watch issues and priorities around the 2014 Election.*** For a list of forums and mayoral debates please see the list below.   When we judge who we want to represent us in City Council, we can ques… [Read More]

Income Inequality

  TED censorship – “Income Inequality too controversial” Income Inequality Debate – whose side are you on? The discussion, or rather the debate on the effects of Income Inequality is heating up. Soon, the SPCW will publish a report on the effects of income inequality. In the meantime, a very interesting exchange on the issue has been documented in the New York Times!    Click Here To View The Debate Study of Income Gap is Important for a… [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

OURS (Outdoor Urban Recreational Spaces) is a group of Winnipeg citizens, committed to stopping the sale and development of Winnipeg's City owned golf courses, and to the need to protect our natural urban environment. OURS grew out of a Public meeting that agreed that: "We demand meaningful, timely public consultation prior to the sale or redevelopment of City of Winnipeg golf courses." We include golfers and naturalists, skiers and hikers and … [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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