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Voices of Winnipeg: The Biggest Human Rights Issues of 2019

In All Posts, Environment, Gender, Indigenous, Poverty, Refugees & Citizenship, Uncategorized by Mia Ryder-MarksLeave a Comment

We heartily believe that Winnipeg is the human rights capital of Canada. Entering into the new year, we wanted to see what Winnipeggers think are the biggest human rights issues of 2019. I headed downtown and chatted with several people – here’s what they had to say!   Indigenous Rights Many people responded to my question with a persistent Canadian human rights issue: Indigenous rights. Winnipeggers demonstrated their commitment to taking action on Indigenous rights earlier this year when hundreds …

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10 Winnipeg Businesses That Give Back to Help Others

In All Posts, Poverty, Uncategorized by Reid Kotschorek

While Winnipeg is known to be a generous city and socially conscious hub with countless non-profit organizations doing amazing work, the role of businesses in the development of human rights in our city is often overlooked. We’ve put together a list of ten local businesses looking beyond profit to promote a better future. 1. Parlour Coffee’s Partnership with Main Street Project For most of 2018, Parlour partnered with Main Street Project. After the central coffee shop was shook by a …

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Low-Income Bus Pass: An Economical Change to Public Transit

In All Posts, Politics, Poverty by Libby CatalanoLeave a Comment

Many Winnipeggers rely on public transit as their everyday mode of transportation. Some may choose to take the bus to help the environment, while others may not have access to a car. Many other commuters may opt for the bus to avoid dealing with the stresses of parking downtown. Although public transportation is a vital component of our city’s infrastructure, some Winnipeggers struggle to afford this service. The 2017 Fare Hike Winnipeg’s bus fare increased dramatically last January, with the …

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Number of Winnipeg Food Bank Users on the Rise

In All Posts, Poverty by Daphne Weimar2 Comments

Number of Winnipeg Food Bank Users on the Rise When you hear the words “World Food Day,” what comes to mind? Do you start daydreaming of the “Charlie” donut from Bronuts or the “Farmer Jon” burger from Brazen Hall Kitchen & Brewery? World Food Day, which commemorates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization, is a day to raise awareness about food insecurity and the fact that many people around the world – and in our city – are …

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Hungry Manitobans need Basic Income

In All Posts, Poverty by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Hungry Manitobans need Basic Income: Winnipeg Harvest urges new government to adopt BI By: Winnipeg Harvest As prices of food continue to rise daily, Winnipeg Harvest continues to see people using the food bank. Winnipeg Harvest has called on the new provincial government to adopt Basic Income so that all Manitobans have access to healthy and nutritious food. What people receive on welfare has proved grossly inadequate in meeting what they need for food, shelter and other basic necessities of life. This has …

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Could you live on $3.96 worth of food each day? Take the Winnipeg Harvest Poverty Pledge!

In All Posts, Poverty by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Classes. Exams. Projects. Extra-curricular activities. School life can be both daunting and exciting, but it all takes energy. A single person in Manitoba living on Employment and Income Assistance (EIA), better known as welfare, is given an allowance of $3.96 a day for food, which must also encompass personal care/hygiene products (toilet paper, soap, hair care, shaving, etc.). Take the Plunge. Take the Pledge. The Poverty Pledge draws awareness to issues related to hunger and poverty. The goal is to develop empathy and social action among students, who may in turn …

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Kigali’s Secret Shame

In All Posts, Poverty by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

By: Darcy Ataman As appeared in the Huffington Post, Nov. 19th, 2015 In 2009, I unexpectedly found myself in an illegal detention center in Gikondo, an industrial neighborhood in Rwanda. I was there attempting to secure the release of imprisoned street children whose only crime was poverty, which drove them to beg on streets and some even sold their bodies in exchange for daily survival. This unofficial prison and secret shame of Kigali was recently the focus of a report released …

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A Different Kind of Trick-or-Treating

In All Posts, Poverty by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

On Halloween, Derrek Bentley encourages high school students to trick-or-treat for clothing, non-perishable food items, or monetary donations instead of candy. This is one part of “A Homeless Night,” a project Bentley has organized for the past six years. The experiential project is designed to raise high school students’ awareness and understanding of homelessness in Winnipeg. Students learn about the complexities of homelessness, spend one night sleeping outside in a cardboard shelter, and volunteer at organizations that serve those who …

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Mentoring for Board Leadership

In All Posts, Poverty by Christie McLeodLeave a Comment

Spark match! Food Matters Manitoba’s Lissie Rappaport has been matched with Peg City Car Co-op Board President Liz Dykman in a twist on our usual mentoring match. Over the last few months, Lissie has taken on leadership of theWinnipeg Foodshare Co-op‘s Board of Directors. She wanted to make sure she does the best she can in the role, so she reached out to Spark for a Board Chair mentoring match. Our work is usually focused on enhancing the capacity of …