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2019 Federal Budget Analysis

Thu, 2019-02-28 00:15

Watch this space for response and analysis of the federal budget from CCPA staff and our Alternative Federal Budget partners.

More information will be added as it is available.

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Categories: News for progressives

Boots Riley in Winnipeg May 11

Fri, 2019-02-22 23:55

Founder of the political Hip-Hop group The Coup, Boots Riley is a musician, rapper, writer and activist who redefined himself with his feature film directorial and screenwriting debut — 2018’s celebrated Sorry to Bother You. was widely heralded as one of the most underrated and unique films of the year;

  • Salon magazine describes the movie as "throw[ing] the viewer for a loop, because it's a reflection of the insane times we live in." 
  • "This bold new film not only shatters comedy's cold streak, but also serves as a powerful reminder of the vitality of the genre as both social commentary and shared experience. — The Observer
  • Jacobin proclaimed Sorry to Bother you as “one of the best anti-capitalist films in recent memory,” 

Boots’ activism, which invariably espouses a pro-labour position, remains front-and-centre in all his work. Considered by some as an early frontrunner for Best Original Screenplay at the 2019 Academy Awards, Riley himself was nominated this year by the Director’s Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement (First-Time Feature Film), while Sorry to Bother You received two 2019 Critics Choice Award nominations for Best Actor (Comedy) and Best Film (Comedy).

The event will include a Q and A with Canadian black feminist writer Robyn Maynard. Activist, educator and author, Maynard’s most recent best-selling book is entitled, Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada from Slavery to the Present (Fernwood, 2017).

May 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, in which 30,000 Winnipeggers rose to demand: the right to collectively bargain; the establishment of a living wage; and the protection of workers’ rights, altogether, which Riley’s talk will in part celebrate. Indeed, Riley is one of the emmerging artists of our time whose work and activism meaningfully reflects today's needs for further advancement of collective labour struggles and resistance to worker exploitation. 

A portion of evening proceeds from May 11th’s event will be shared with Fight for $15 and Fairness Manitoba: a local group working to advance the rights of minimum wage and precarious workers.

Categories: News for progressives

CCPA-BC welcomes Emira Mears as new Associate Director

Tue, 2019-02-12 01:23

This week the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – BC Office is pleased to welcome Emira Mears to our staff team as our newly appointed Associate Director.

Emira is an accomplished communications professional, digital strategist and entrepreneur. Through her former company Raised Eyebrow, she has had the opportunity to work with many organizations in the progressive sector, including non-profits, unions and public institutions. She has also played a lead role in producing and facilitating the Social Venture Institute with Hollyhock, and is a published author and advocate for women in leadership. With a long history as a feminist community leader, Emira is looking forward to contributing her leadership to the work of the organization.

Emira’s areas of focus will include the CCPA-BC’s communication, publishing and outreach efforts. She will lead the organization’s stellar communications team, which includes Terra Poirier, Lindsey Bertrand and Jean Kavanagh. She will also help manage the organization alongside BC Director Shannon Daub and Director of Operations & Finance Mariwan Jaaf.

“We are delighted to have Emira take on the role of Associate Director,” says Shannon Daub. “She joins a staff team that cares deeply about the CCPA, and is fiercely committed to social justice. I know she’ll fit right in.”

“I’m happy to see such a strong and committed leadership team at the CCPA-BC,” says Mary Childs, board chair. “I’m confident the organization is in excellent hands.”

Categories: News for progressives

Study explores media coverage of pipeline controversies

Fri, 2018-12-14 07:41

Supporters of fossil fuel infrastructure projects position themselves as friends of working people, framing climate action as antithetical to the more immediately pressing need to protect oil and gas workers’ livelihoods. And as the latest report from the CCPA-BC and Corporate Mapping Project confirms, this framing has become dominant across the media landscape.

Focusing on pipeline projects that connect Alberta’s oil sands to export markets, the report examines how the press treats the relationship between jobs and the environment. More broadly, it asks which voices are treated as authoritative and used as sources, whose views are sidelined, which arguments for and against pipelines are highlighted, and what similarities and differences exist between mainstream and alternative media coverage of pipeline controversies.

Read the report: Jobs vs the Environment? Mainstream and alternative media coverage of pipeline controversies


Categories: News for progressives

Study highlights ‘uncomfortable truth’ about racism in the job market

Thu, 2018-12-13 02:32

"Racialized workers in Ontario are significantly more likely to be concentrated in low-wage jobs and face persistent unemployment and earnings gaps compared to white employees — pointing to the “uncomfortable truth” about racism in the job market, according to a new study."

Read the Toronto Star's coverage of our updated colour-coded labour market report, released December 2018. 

Categories: News for progressives

Uploading the subway will not help Toronto commuters

Thu, 2018-12-13 02:27

The Ontario government is planning to upload Toronto’s subway, claiming it will allow for the rapid expansion of better public transit across the GTHA, but that’s highly doubtful.

Why? Because Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek’s emphasis on public-private partnerships and a market-driven approach suggests privatization is the cornerstone of the province’s plan.

Will dismembering the Toronto Transit Commission, fragmenting transit planning, and handing transit assets to private consortiums improve public transit? Not if you look at the lessons learned from Metrolinx.

Read Ricardo Tranjan's full analysis of the challenges facing Toronto's transit system in the Toronto Star.

Categories: News for progressives

2018 State of the Inner City Report: Green Light Go...Improving Transportation Equity

Sat, 2018-12-08 03:14

Getting to doctors appointments, going to school, to work, attending social engagments, picking up groceries and even going to the beach should all affordable and accessible.  Check out Ellen Smirl's reserach on transportation equity in Winnipeg in this year's State of the Inner City Report!

Categories: News for progressives

Inclusionary housing in a slow-growth city like Winnipeg

Tue, 2018-12-04 03:12

In Winnipeg, there is a need for more affordable housing, as 21 percent of households (64,065 households) are living in unaffordable housing--according to CMHC's definition of spending more than 30 percent of income on shelter.  This report examines to case studies in two American cities and how their experience could help shape an Inclusionary Housing model in Winnipeg. 

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