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Tragedy on northern reserve and getting business on board: Politics 204 for March 30


Quote of the day

  • The public outhouse outside the Pikangikum First Nation, Ont., band office in 2007, about 100 kilometres north of Red Lake, Ont. (JOHN WOODS / THE CANADIAN PRESS ARCHIVES)

    The public outhouse outside the Pikangikum First Nation, Ont., band office in 2007, about 100 kilometres north of Red Lake, Ont.

    “They're all wildly overcrowded. They're in outrageous disrepair. They don't have indoor plumbing, they don't have adequate water. They wouldn't meet anybody's fire-code regulations." — Joseph Magnet, a constitutional law professor at the University of Ottawa who has worked on Pikangikum First Nation. Nine people have died in a fire in that remote northwestern Ontario community.

Making it work

  • Tory leader Brian Pallister

    Tory leader Brian Pallister

    Advisory committees: Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister pledged that, if elected on April 19, his government would dissolve the current Premier's Economic Advisory Committee and start fresh with a new one.
  • Children in care: Manitoba Liberals will halve children in care in four years by spending current money more wisely. They’ll also work on ensuring families are consulted.

Policy dimensions

  • Manitoba Housing is under fire for renting out its units to persons making over $100,000 a year.

    Manitoba Housing is under fire for renting out its units to persons making over $100,000 a year.

    Social housing: High-income tenants live in social housing in many large cities in Canada; some models actually encourage mixed-income living and use the revenues from the rates of richer renters to support the subsidized apartments. But what Manitoba Housing has to ensure is that it is not prevented from sheltering a needy family because a high-income earner is refusing to move out with the protection of tenants' acts.
  • Justice system: There have been concerns raised about the judicial system and how well it works in light of the Jian Ghomeshi acquittal. However, Winnipeg lawyer Robert Tapper says justice worked just fine.
  • New program: The feds are funding a new program at 12 Winnipeg schools with high concentrations of refugees to help the students and their families integrate in the community once they’re settled in permanent housing. It’s called Community Connections and involves social workers, psychologists and interpreters, and aims to help solve problems before they fester — and to prevent refugee families from being isolated once they’re in their permanent home.

Interesting personalities

  • Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. His funeral was Wednesday.  (Chris Young / The Canadian Press files)

    Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. His funeral was Wednesday.

    Rob Ford: Even in death, former mayor Rob Ford still manages to stir controversies and divisions every bit as bitter as when he was alive. Brian Kelcey reports from the front lines of the former mayor’s funeral. That’s in tomorrow’s Think Tank.
  • Viscount Gort's daughter: The woman believed to be the daughter of the late Viscount Gort, who supported her as a child in Berlin in World War Two, then as an orphaned teenager in London, and finally brought her to Winnipeg, has died. Katherine King-Bidochka, who lived near Gimli, was 76.

Election news you may have missed

  • DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>NDP Candidate Jamie Moses at his campaign office on St. Mary's Road Tuesday March 29, 2016.

    DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

    NDP Candidate Jamie Moses at his campaign office on St. Mary's Road Tuesday March 29, 2016.

    Diversity: This coming provincial election is going to be more diverse than the last one in 2011. At 1 p.m. Tuesday, nominations officially closed, setting the ballot and giving Manitobans an official look at the faces of the 2016 election.
  • Education: The Green Party of Manitoba would scrap the education property tax and shift that money to a progressive income tax system if elected April 19.

Today in history

  • Louis Riel, pictured here in a photo circa 1876, is considered the founder of Manitoba. (Winnipeg Free Press photo archives)

    Louis Riel, pictured here in a photo circa 1876, is considered the founder of Manitoba.

    Riel sworn in: In 1874, Louis Riel is sworn in as the MP for Provencher despite having a bounty out for his arrest in Ontario. He flees to Hull immediately after.

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