Uzoma Asagwara

Uzoma Asagwara

Union Station constituency report

Uzoma Asagwara is the NDP MLA for Union Station.

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Manitoba can set standard for quality home care

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Manitoba can set standard for quality home care

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

There is a home-care crisis in Manitoba. Home-care workers care deeply about their work, about the care they provide and about building relationships with those they serve but staffing shortages, low wages and lack of resources to efficiently do their work has resulted in growing numbers of home-care workers struggling with burn out. Despite high vacancy rates, understaffed home-care workers are still expected to provide the same level of care, which is causing unbelievable stress. This stress has resulted in many workers leaving the field altogether.

Manitoba’s home-care system, established under an NDP government, was once the envy of other jurisdictions. However, it’s sad to say that home care in Manitoba is now a shadow of its former self under this Progressive Conservative government. As a result of the government’s lack of respect for workers and refusal to address poor working conditions, I hear on a regular basis from hom-ecare workers and patients alike about how they are affected by the decline of quality and availability of home care in the province.

The importance of home care cannot be overemphasized. Home-care workers help with everyday tasks such as getting dressed, bathing, preparing meals, administering medications, and much more. Home care is essential to as many Manitobans as possible being able to age in place.

I’ve been contacted by constituents who’ve had their home care abruptly cut off without notice, which is completely unacceptable. I’ve heard from a physician who needs daily home care in order to maintain his practice and provide care to Manitobans who face growing backlogs in accessing health care. For the past four weeks, despite self-advocating, he has gone without his essential home care.

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022

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Quality home care is essential to enabling as many Manitobans as possible to age-in-place.

Lions Place up for sale; seniors concerned

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Lions Place up for sale; seniors concerned

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022

Affordable and social housing is so important for seniors and residents of Union Station. We all see the costs of groceries and transportation going up and up. It’s simply getting unaffordable for so many to pay for necessities, including the cost of rent. That is why I was so concerned to hear that Lions Place, located at 610 Portage Ave., is being put up for sale.

For many decades, Lions Place has played a vital role in our community. It provides subsidized accommodation for seniors. Part of how Lions made this work was a federal-provincial financial agreement. Since this agreement expired in 2018, Lions Place has struggled. After calls from the opposition NDP and community groups in support of seniors, the Manitoba government put financial measures in place on an interim basis. This agreement was not as strong as the previous arrangement. Nonetheless, it did provide some relief. At the time, a Progressive Conservative government spokesperson said: “What we have… is a conscience and concern for low-income tenants.”

Sadly, that concern has not endured. The interim agreement has expired and Lions Place is searching for a new owner for the 287-unit apartment building. It is important that rents at Lions Place remain affordable, especially considering that the majority of its residents are seniors living on fixed incomes. Residents are rightly concerned that new ownership would mean an increase in rents. We are also concerned that, over the long term, units that come up may transition to higher rent and also no longer prioritize seniors.

Unfortunately, the PC government’s approach at Lions Place is being repeated all across Manitoba. Since this government came into office, it has sold 1,700 Manitoba Housing social-housing units, or nearly 10 per cent of the entire Manitoba Housing stock. Many of these units were sold to the private sector, where rents will no longer be subsidized. At the same time, demand for social and affordable housing is higher than ever. Manitoba Housing had a social housing waitlist of 5,904 as of February 2022.

Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2022

Affordable and social housing is so important for seniors and residents of Union Station. We all see the costs of groceries and transportation going up and up. It’s simply getting unaffordable for so many to pay for necessities, including the cost of rent. That is why I was so concerned to hear that Lions Place, located at 610 Portage Ave., is being put up for sale.

For many decades, Lions Place has played a vital role in our community. It provides subsidized accommodation for seniors. Part of how Lions made this work was a federal-provincial financial agreement. Since this agreement expired in 2018, Lions Place has struggled. After calls from the opposition NDP and community groups in support of seniors, the Manitoba government put financial measures in place on an interim basis. This agreement was not as strong as the previous arrangement. Nonetheless, it did provide some relief. At the time, a Progressive Conservative government spokesperson said: “What we have… is a conscience and concern for low-income tenants.”

Sadly, that concern has not endured. The interim agreement has expired and Lions Place is searching for a new owner for the 287-unit apartment building. It is important that rents at Lions Place remain affordable, especially considering that the majority of its residents are seniors living on fixed incomes. Residents are rightly concerned that new ownership would mean an increase in rents. We are also concerned that, over the long term, units that come up may transition to higher rent and also no longer prioritize seniors.

Unfortunately, the PC government’s approach at Lions Place is being repeated all across Manitoba. Since this government came into office, it has sold 1,700 Manitoba Housing social-housing units, or nearly 10 per cent of the entire Manitoba Housing stock. Many of these units were sold to the private sector, where rents will no longer be subsidized. At the same time, demand for social and affordable housing is higher than ever. Manitoba Housing had a social housing waitlist of 5,904 as of February 2022.

Art enhances our shared spaces

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Art enhances our shared spaces

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

I hope that everyone has been enjoying their summer so far. I think we can all agree that we deserve some nice sunny weather after the winter we endured this year. I’ve personally enjoyed speaking to Manitobans at the doorstep while out canvassing, attending community events and spending time outside with friends and family.

There are many activities and attractions in Union Station that are worth checking out this summer. The Human Rights Museum offers free admission for Indigenous peoples and is free for everyone on Friday nights from 5 to 9 p.m. The Winnipeg Art Gallery – Qaumajuq offers free admission on the second Sunday of every month and at all times for youth under 18 and Indigenous peoples. I recently took in the new exhibits at the WAG, which reminded me of the importance of art in our community and the potential it has to enhance our shared spaces. Art has the power to spur powerful discussions, to inspire and can motivate people to act. That’s why I’m so happy to share that for the third summer in a row my office has partnered with Artbeat Studio to host free ‘Art in the Park’ sessions in Central Park. These events are for art lovers of all ages and skill levels. I hope to see you at the next event, taking place on Saturday, Aug. 20 from noon to 1:30pm.

I also wanted to share some community-based resources that people can access if they need. The Winnipeg Adult Education Centre’s main campus is located at 310 Vaughan St. and helps adults complete their high school diplomas. The centre also offers English language development classes, extra-curricular activities and more. Sunshine House is a community drop-in and resource centre focused on harm reduction and social inclusion located at 646 Logan Avenue, just outside of the Union Station constituency. It recently launched a mobile overdose prevention site (MOPS) that will provide outreach services to people who use drugs in Union Station among other areas. They’re currently raising money to offer drug checking services so that people can ensure they’re not taking potentially lethal toxic drugs. If you would like to donate, please visit their website: https://fundrazr.com/022co7?ref=sh_c4J2P7_ab_8XcB7ljzvaS8XcB7ljzvaS

My constituency office is also located at Unit 1-331 Smith St. Please feel free to reach out to me by phone at 204-306-8581 or by email at uzoma.asagwara@mbleg.ca

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022

The Winnipeg Art Gallery – Qaumajuq offers free admission on the second Sunday of every month and at all times for youth under 18 and Indigenous peoples.

Congratulations to 2022 high school graduates

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Congratulations to 2022 high school graduates

Uzoma Asagwara 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

As the school year comes to an end, I want to congratulate all of this year’s high school graduates. It is no small feat to graduate high school, never mind during a global pandemic. For two consecutive years, graduates had to participate in virtual or significantly modified graduation ceremonies. The pandemic has undoubtedly been hard for many students, yet I was also inspired by how students and their families adapted and found innovative ways to stay connected to each other throughout these hard times.

Thankfully, this year’s graduation ceremonies will be in-person. This is exciting for the many graduates and their familie.s who will be cheering them on as they cross the stage to accept their diplomas.

I would like to extend a big thank you to all of the dedicated school staff, including teachers, educational assistants, custodial staff, counsellors, principals, administrative assistants and more for their monumental efforts. Teachers put in the extra hours to ensure that their lesson plans were adapted to online learning. Custodial staff spent extra time sanitizing classrooms to ensure they were safe for students. Thanks in part to your efforts, Union Station students were able to excel.

Unfortunately, school staff’s heroic efforts were not matched by those of government. The Progressive Conservative government cut education funding, which forced many school divisions to cut teachers and other staff positions. Despite these cuts, staff members did the best they could with the limited resources they had.

Wednesday, Jun. 22, 2022

As the school year comes to an end, I want to congratulate all of this year’s high school graduates. It is no small feat to graduate high school, never mind during a global pandemic. For two consecutive years, graduates had to participate in virtual or significantly modified graduation ceremonies. The pandemic has undoubtedly been hard for many students, yet I was also inspired by how students and their families adapted and found innovative ways to stay connected to each other throughout these hard times.

Thankfully, this year’s graduation ceremonies will be in-person. This is exciting for the many graduates and their familie.s who will be cheering them on as they cross the stage to accept their diplomas.

I would like to extend a big thank you to all of the dedicated school staff, including teachers, educational assistants, custodial staff, counsellors, principals, administrative assistants and more for their monumental efforts. Teachers put in the extra hours to ensure that their lesson plans were adapted to online learning. Custodial staff spent extra time sanitizing classrooms to ensure they were safe for students. Thanks in part to your efforts, Union Station students were able to excel.

Unfortunately, school staff’s heroic efforts were not matched by those of government. The Progressive Conservative government cut education funding, which forced many school divisions to cut teachers and other staff positions. Despite these cuts, staff members did the best they could with the limited resources they had.

Budgets are about choices

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Budgets are about choices

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

On April 12, the Progressive Conservative government released its budget for this year. Budgets are about choices, and Budget 2022 demonstrated that the priorities of the Stefanson government do not align with the priorities of Manitobans and the needs of people in Union Station.

This year’s budget for health care is far below the rate of inflation. The results are everywhere in our health system. Wait times at our hospitals have grown unacceptably long. At Health Sciences Centre, the wait for care was 10 hours last month. Three hundred patients have been transported many hundreds of kilometres away because there is not a bed for them.

The problems in the health-care system started before the COVID-19 pandemic because of the PC government’s cuts. In 2019, Manitoba had some of the longest wait times for hip, knee, and cataract surgeries in Canada. Now the situation is worse, including 168,000 Manitobans waiting for surgeries and other procedures.

I have heard from many folks in Union Station who are waiting. Unfortunately, this budget does not set a timeline to clear the backlog. Thousands of Manitobans are waiting in pain, and the PC government owes it to Manitobans to provide a clear timeline for when the backlog will be cleared.

Wednesday, May. 4, 2022

On April 12, the Progressive Conservative government released its budget for this year. Budgets are about choices, and Budget 2022 demonstrated that the priorities of the Stefanson government do not align with the priorities of Manitobans and the needs of people in Union Station.

This year’s budget for health care is far below the rate of inflation. The results are everywhere in our health system. Wait times at our hospitals have grown unacceptably long. At Health Sciences Centre, the wait for care was 10 hours last month. Three hundred patients have been transported many hundreds of kilometres away because there is not a bed for them.

The problems in the health-care system started before the COVID-19 pandemic because of the PC government’s cuts. In 2019, Manitoba had some of the longest wait times for hip, knee, and cataract surgeries in Canada. Now the situation is worse, including 168,000 Manitobans waiting for surgeries and other procedures.

I have heard from many folks in Union Station who are waiting. Unfortunately, this budget does not set a timeline to clear the backlog. Thousands of Manitobans are waiting in pain, and the PC government owes it to Manitobans to provide a clear timeline for when the backlog will be cleared.

Holding the PC government to account

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Holding the PC government to account

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022

On March 1, MLAs returned to the legislature for session. Before heading back, I spoke with many Union Station constituents who expressed that they want a government that is committed to strengthening health care and an equitable post-pandemic recovery, all while keeping life affordable.

The Progressive Conservaitve government may have given up on trying to protect Manitobans but we must continue to look out for each other. Preserving testing capacity and ensuring protocols are in place are needed so Manitobans can continue to keep each other safe, especially children under the age of five, who are not eligible for vaccination. I, along with health professionals across our province, encourage everyone to get vaccinated – especially the booster shot which is the most effective way to protect ourselves against hospitalization from Omicron. I received my third dose and I’m grateful to have that level of protection against COVID-19.

The provincial mask mandate ended March 15 and I’ve heard from folks who plan to continue wearing masks. I support those who choose to continue doing so until they feel comfortable to not wear masks in settings where physical distancing is not possible and I encourage everyone to continue the practice of frequent hand-washing and being thoughtful about what we can do to enhance the wellbeing of our communities.

I know that many Manitobans are affected by events beyond our province and we’re all very concerned about what is currently happening in Ukraine. Last week, the NDP successfully passed a resolution to condemn Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine and support the federal government’s sanctions and efforts to help Ukraine maintain independence. In addition to passing this resolution, the NDP reiterated its commitment to supporting the resettlement of Ukrainians in Manitoba. We also called on the PC government to match all donations made by Manitobans to support Ukraine up to $5 million, and to increase support for local settlement organizations.

Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2022

On March 1, MLAs returned to the legislature for session. Before heading back, I spoke with many Union Station constituents who expressed that they want a government that is committed to strengthening health care and an equitable post-pandemic recovery, all while keeping life affordable.

The Progressive Conservaitve government may have given up on trying to protect Manitobans but we must continue to look out for each other. Preserving testing capacity and ensuring protocols are in place are needed so Manitobans can continue to keep each other safe, especially children under the age of five, who are not eligible for vaccination. I, along with health professionals across our province, encourage everyone to get vaccinated – especially the booster shot which is the most effective way to protect ourselves against hospitalization from Omicron. I received my third dose and I’m grateful to have that level of protection against COVID-19.

The provincial mask mandate ended March 15 and I’ve heard from folks who plan to continue wearing masks. I support those who choose to continue doing so until they feel comfortable to not wear masks in settings where physical distancing is not possible and I encourage everyone to continue the practice of frequent hand-washing and being thoughtful about what we can do to enhance the wellbeing of our communities.

I know that many Manitobans are affected by events beyond our province and we’re all very concerned about what is currently happening in Ukraine. Last week, the NDP successfully passed a resolution to condemn Russia’s violent invasion of Ukraine and support the federal government’s sanctions and efforts to help Ukraine maintain independence. In addition to passing this resolution, the NDP reiterated its commitment to supporting the resettlement of Ukrainians in Manitoba. We also called on the PC government to match all donations made by Manitobans to support Ukraine up to $5 million, and to increase support for local settlement organizations.

Childcare centres left behind by government

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Childcare centres left behind by government

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

I would like to wish the constituents of Union Station a happy and healthy new year and I hope that you all were able to safely connect with your loved ones.

For many, the start of the new year is an opportunity to have a renewed perspective and make efforts to begin the year on a positive and productive note.

While so many Manitobans did just that, less than two weeks into 2022, the premier set a very different tone for our province. She openly told us all that we are on our own — a reflection of a clear lack of any desire or willingness to be the leader Manitoba needs during a time where we’re seeing unprecedented COVID-19 cases overwhelming our health-care system and affecting so many other people and sectors, including early childhood education.

Childcare centres are desperately struggling under the exponential increase of cases and are sounding the alarm. We believe that the Progressive Conservative government has a responsibility to protect families. That’s why we’ve called on the  government to support the childcare sector by taking tangible steps such as providing high-quality masks, access to rapid tests, upgrading ventilation, and offering a pandemic pay bump for early childhood educators.

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022

I would like to wish the constituents of Union Station a happy and healthy new year and I hope that you all were able to safely connect with your loved ones.

For many, the start of the new year is an opportunity to have a renewed perspective and make efforts to begin the year on a positive and productive note.

While so many Manitobans did just that, less than two weeks into 2022, the premier set a very different tone for our province. She openly told us all that we are on our own — a reflection of a clear lack of any desire or willingness to be the leader Manitoba needs during a time where we’re seeing unprecedented COVID-19 cases overwhelming our health-care system and affecting so many other people and sectors, including early childhood education.

Childcare centres are desperately struggling under the exponential increase of cases and are sounding the alarm. We believe that the Progressive Conservative government has a responsibility to protect families. That’s why we’ve called on the  government to support the childcare sector by taking tangible steps such as providing high-quality masks, access to rapid tests, upgrading ventilation, and offering a pandemic pay bump for early childhood educators.

Get your kids vaccinated against COVID-19

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Get your kids vaccinated against COVID-19

Uzoma Asagwara 2 minute read Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

On Nov. 19, Health Canada officially approved COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of five and 11. Now, over 100,000 children aged 5 to 11 across Manitoba will finally have a chance to roll up their sleeves and get the protection they need from COVID-19.

Thousands of children in this age category have already received their first shots this month. I want to especially thank all the front-line workers at the vaccine clinics, from immunizers to navigators and everyone else, for their tireless work and efforts to get Manitobans vaccinated and the thoughtful ways in which the provide vaccines to our children.

I, along with health care professionals across our province and the world, encourage parents and caregiver families to make appointments as soon as possible. Families in Union Station want the best for their kids and can trust that the COVID-19 shots have been rigorously tested, are safe and are saving lives.

Right now, children under the age of 12 make up a third of COVID cases in Manitoba, and COVID is continuing to disrupt our children’s education. Manitoba declared as many COVID-19 outbreaks in schools within the first seven weeks of this school year as it did in all of the previous school year.

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

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Donovan Bullard, 11, received his first inoculation from Dr. Joss Reimer, Manitoba’s medical lead of vaccine implementation, at the Convention Centre in Winnipeg on Nov. 25. Manitoba children aged five to 11 are now eligible for pediatric vaccines.

Get your kids vaccinated against COVID-19

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Get your kids vaccinated against COVID-19

Uzoma Asagwara 2 minute read Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

On Nov. 19, Health Canada officially approved COVID-19 vaccines for children between the ages of five and 11. Now,over 100,000 children aged 5 to 11 across Manitoba will finally have a chance to roll up their sleeves and get the protection they need from COVID-19.

Thousands of children in this age category have already received their first shots this month. I want to especially thank all the front-line workers at the vaccine clinics, from immunizers to navigators and everyone else, for their tireless work and efforts to get Manitobans vaccinated and the thoughtful ways in which the provide vaccines to our children.

I, along with health care professionals across our province and the world, encourage parents and caregiver families to make appointments as soon as possible. Families in Union Station want the best for their kids and can trust that the COVID-19 shots have been rigorously tested, are safe and are saving lives.

Right now, children under the age of 12 make up a third of COVID cases in Manitoba, and COVID is continuing to disrupt our children’s education. Manitoba declared as many COVID-19 outbreaks in schools within the first seven weeks of this school year as it did in all of the previous school year. That is why getting children vaccinated is so crucial. It will not just prevent kids from severe outcomes, but break up chains of transmission that we see in communities that lead to large outbreaks and school closures.

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

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Donovan Bullard, 11, received his first inoculation from Dr. Joss Reimer, Manitoba’s medical lead of vaccine implementation, at the Convention Centre in Winnipeg on Nov. 25. Manitoba children aged five to 11 are now eligible for pediatric vaccines.

Standing up for all students and educators

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Standing up for all students and educators

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

For the past five years, the Progressive Conservative government has continually put money ahead of Manitobans.

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA), which represents more than 1,000 staff, is currently striking as a result of PC government not allowing fair and free bargaining. This is affecting the recruitment and retention of skilled staff, and directly affecting students’ learning, including that of future health-care professionals.

When professors and students — those wanting to build great lives in Manitoba —leave, bypass, or cannot find employment in our province, we all suffer from the government’s interference and cuts.

Nursing students at the U of M are worried they may not be able to graduate due to the PC government meddling in contract negotiations. About 100 fourth-year nursing students are set to graduate in the spring but their community and clinical placements are now on hold, potentially keeping them from graduating.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

For the past five years, the Progressive Conservative government has continually put money ahead of Manitobans.

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA), which represents more than 1,000 staff, is currently striking as a result of PC government not allowing fair and free bargaining. This is affecting the recruitment and retention of skilled staff, and directly affecting students’ learning, including that of future health-care professionals.

When professors and students — those wanting to build great lives in Manitoba —leave, bypass, or cannot find employment in our province, we all suffer from the government’s interference and cuts.

Nursing students at the U of M are worried they may not be able to graduate due to the PC government meddling in contract negotiations. About 100 fourth-year nursing students are set to graduate in the spring but their community and clinical placements are now on hold, potentially keeping them from graduating.

Standing up for all students and educators

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Standing up for all students and educators

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

For the past five years, the Progressive Conservative government has continually put money ahead of Manitobans.

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA), which represents more than 1,000 staff, is currently striking as a result of PC government not allowing fair and free bargaining. This is affecting the recruitment and retention of skilled staff, and directly affecting students’ learning, including that of future health-care professionals.

When professors and students — those wanting to build great lives in Manitoba —leave, bypass, or cannot find employment in our province, we all suffer from the government’s interference and cuts.

Nursing students at the U of M are worried they may not be able to graduate due to the PC government meddling in contract negotiations. About 100 fourth-year nursing students are set to graduate in the spring but their community and clinical placements are now on hold, potentially keeping them from graduating. This is on top of fact that the government cut 75 seats fromothe registered nursing program at Red River College prior to the pandemic.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

For the past five years, the Progressive Conservative government has continually put money ahead of Manitobans.

The University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA), which represents more than 1,000 staff, is currently striking as a result of PC government not allowing fair and free bargaining. This is affecting the recruitment and retention of skilled staff, and directly affecting students’ learning, including that of future health-care professionals.

When professors and students — those wanting to build great lives in Manitoba —leave, bypass, or cannot find employment in our province, we all suffer from the government’s interference and cuts.

Nursing students at the U of M are worried they may not be able to graduate due to the PC government meddling in contract negotiations. About 100 fourth-year nursing students are set to graduate in the spring but their community and clinical placements are now on hold, potentially keeping them from graduating. This is on top of fact that the government cut 75 seats fromothe registered nursing program at Red River College prior to the pandemic.

NDP demands PCs withdraw harmful bills

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NDP demands PCs withdraw harmful bills

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitobans have faced many adversities and made many sacrifices to protect their friends, families, and communities.

Families in Union Station want a government that is committed to strengthening health care and education, all while keeping life affordable. But the PC government wants to make the lives of Manitobans even harder. Putting money ahead of people by making life more expensive is absolutely unacceptable.

The Manitoba NDP and I have been hard at work fighting against the Progressive Conservative government’s harmful agenda. From listening to Manitobans, our NDP caucus understands that Manitobans need support, and we are fighting for you. In the last legislative session, we delayed five harmful bills that were put forward by the PC government, including Bill 64.

The government has let down families in Union Station for years but especially during this pandemic.

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitobans have faced many adversities and made many sacrifices to protect their friends, families, and communities.

Families in Union Station want a government that is committed to strengthening health care and education, all while keeping life affordable. But the PC government wants to make the lives of Manitobans even harder. Putting money ahead of people by making life more expensive is absolutely unacceptable.

The Manitoba NDP and I have been hard at work fighting against the Progressive Conservative government’s harmful agenda. From listening to Manitobans, our NDP caucus understands that Manitobans need support, and we are fighting for you. In the last legislative session, we delayed five harmful bills that were put forward by the PC government, including Bill 64.

The government has let down families in Union Station for years but especially during this pandemic.

NDP demands PCs withdraw harmful bills

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NDP demands PCs withdraw harmful bills

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitobans have faced many adversities and made many sacrifices to protect their friends, families, and communities.

Families in Union Station want a government that is committed to strengthening health care and education, all while keeping life affordable. But the PC government wants to make the lives of Manitobans even harder. Putting money ahead of people by making life more expensive is absolutely unacceptable.

The Manitoba NDP and I have been hard at work fighting against the Progressive Conservative government’s harmful agenda. From listening to Manitobans, our NDP caucus understands that Manitobans need support, and we are fighting for you. In the last legislative session, we delayed five harmful bills that were put forward by the PC government, including Bill 64.

The government has let down families in Union Station for years but especially during this pandemic. By delaying the bills, the NDP forced the PCs to back down from plans that would hurt the education of kids, raise Hydro rates, not support workers and make life harder for working families in Union Station and beyond.

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Manitobans have faced many adversities and made many sacrifices to protect their friends, families, and communities.

Families in Union Station want a government that is committed to strengthening health care and education, all while keeping life affordable. But the PC government wants to make the lives of Manitobans even harder. Putting money ahead of people by making life more expensive is absolutely unacceptable.

The Manitoba NDP and I have been hard at work fighting against the Progressive Conservative government’s harmful agenda. From listening to Manitobans, our NDP caucus understands that Manitobans need support, and we are fighting for you. In the last legislative session, we delayed five harmful bills that were put forward by the PC government, including Bill 64.

The government has let down families in Union Station for years but especially during this pandemic. By delaying the bills, the NDP forced the PCs to back down from plans that would hurt the education of kids, raise Hydro rates, not support workers and make life harder for working families in Union Station and beyond.

Standing up for better health care

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Standing up for better health care

Uzoma Asagwara 2 minute read Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

We all know that for over the past five years, the Progressive Conservative government has waged a full-fledged attack on nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

On Sept. 17, nurses across Manitoba participated in the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions nationwide action and demanded that the PC government commit to treating nurses with respect, and provide safe working environments and fairness.

I was proud to join the Manitoba Nurses Union and Manitoba Federation of Labour in solidarity with Manitoba nurses on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature in Union Station to say that our NDP team will continue to fight for better health care for all Manitobans and for all health-care professionals to be treated with utmost respect and integrity.

The PC government has closed emergency rooms, cut ICU capacity, fired hundreds of nurses, unconstitutionally froze nurses’ wages and has treated nurses and healthcare workers with nothing short of disrespect.

Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

We all know that for over the past five years, the Progressive Conservative government has waged a full-fledged attack on nurses and allied healthcare professionals.

On Sept. 17, nurses across Manitoba participated in the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions nationwide action and demanded that the PC government commit to treating nurses with respect, and provide safe working environments and fairness.

I was proud to join the Manitoba Nurses Union and Manitoba Federation of Labour in solidarity with Manitoba nurses on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature in Union Station to say that our NDP team will continue to fight for better health care for all Manitobans and for all health-care professionals to be treated with utmost respect and integrity.

The PC government has closed emergency rooms, cut ICU capacity, fired hundreds of nurses, unconstitutionally froze nurses’ wages and has treated nurses and healthcare workers with nothing short of disrespect.

Supporting a safe return to school

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Supporting a safe return to school

Uzoma Asagwara - MLA for Union Station 3 minute read Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021

As summer comes to a close, I know that getting our kids back to school safely is top of mind for Union Station families. Parents especially are worried about what this fall, and the potential of a fourth wave of COVID-19, will mean for our schools.

My NDP colleagues and I have been talking to Manitobans about what our schools need this September.

While the government was silent, we put forward a five-point plan to protect our kids. We called on the province to upgrade school ventilation systems; set up in-school vaccine clinics to help families and staff to get vaccinated; create smaller class sizes by hiring more teachers, education assistants and other support staff; increase mental health supports; and implement paid sick leave so families can afford to stay home when their kids are sick.

The PC government’s priorities are out of touch with the needs of Manitobans. Instead of making classrooms safe for September, they’re focused on their own internal conflict, silencing opposing views, and wasting money to promote Bill 64.

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021

As summer comes to a close, I know that getting our kids back to school safely is top of mind for Union Station families. Parents especially are worried about what this fall, and the potential of a fourth wave of COVID-19, will mean for our schools.

My NDP colleagues and I have been talking to Manitobans about what our schools need this September.

While the government was silent, we put forward a five-point plan to protect our kids. We called on the province to upgrade school ventilation systems; set up in-school vaccine clinics to help families and staff to get vaccinated; create smaller class sizes by hiring more teachers, education assistants and other support staff; increase mental health supports; and implement paid sick leave so families can afford to stay home when their kids are sick.

The PC government’s priorities are out of touch with the needs of Manitobans. Instead of making classrooms safe for September, they’re focused on their own internal conflict, silencing opposing views, and wasting money to promote Bill 64.

Supporting a safe return to school

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Supporting a safe return to school

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Friday, Aug. 20, 2021

As summer comes to a close, I know that getting our kids back to school safely is top of mind for Union Station families. Parents especially are worried about what this fall, and the potential of a fourth wave of COVID-19, will mean for our schools.

My NDP colleagues and I have been talking to Manitobans about what our schools need this September.

While the government was silent, we put forward a five-point plan to protect our kids. We called on the province to upgrade school ventilation systems, set up in-school vaccine clinics to help families and staff to get vaccinated, create smaller class sizes by hiring more teachers, education assistants and other support staff, increase mental health supports, and implement paid sick leave so families can afford to stay home when their kids are sick.

Instead, the Progressive Conservatives have removed the mask mandate, one of our least restrictive tools to fight COVID-19.

Friday, Aug. 20, 2021

As summer comes to a close, I know that getting our kids back to school safely is top of mind for Union Station families. Parents especially are worried about what this fall, and the potential of a fourth wave of COVID-19, will mean for our schools.

My NDP colleagues and I have been talking to Manitobans about what our schools need this September.

While the government was silent, we put forward a five-point plan to protect our kids. We called on the province to upgrade school ventilation systems, set up in-school vaccine clinics to help families and staff to get vaccinated, create smaller class sizes by hiring more teachers, education assistants and other support staff, increase mental health supports, and implement paid sick leave so families can afford to stay home when their kids are sick.

Instead, the Progressive Conservatives have removed the mask mandate, one of our least restrictive tools to fight COVID-19.

Congratulating grads and a Bill 64 update

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Congratulating grads and a Bill 64 update

Uzoma Asagwara - MLA for Union Station 3 minute read Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

One of my favourite parts of being your MLA for Union Station is honouring community members for their achievements, as you are what makes Union Station so special.

This year, I was able to present awards to five graduates of the University of Winnipeg Collegiate and the Winnipeg Adult Education Centre, three of whom agreed to have their names published: Dakota Patterson, Abdikarim Abdi, and Raymond Iradukunda.

I’d like to wish a special congratulations to these five students — as well as all students in Union Station and across the province — for your resilience and perseverance while navigating such a difficult year. Now that pandemic restrictions have eased a bit, I hope you can find ways to celebrate your achievements safely with your family and friends.

The NDP caucus is committed to ensuring that our schools provide all students with the tools they need to succeed. That’s why we used our ability as the official Opposition to delay Bill 64, The Education Modernization Act, until the fall. Parents, students, and educators from across the province have been overwhelmingly speaking up against this bill, but the Progressive Conservatives refuse to listen.

Monday, Jul. 26, 2021

One of my favourite parts of being your MLA for Union Station is honouring community members for their achievements, as you are what makes Union Station so special.

This year, I was able to present awards to five graduates of the University of Winnipeg Collegiate and the Winnipeg Adult Education Centre, three of whom agreed to have their names published: Dakota Patterson, Abdikarim Abdi, and Raymond Iradukunda.

I’d like to wish a special congratulations to these five students — as well as all students in Union Station and across the province — for your resilience and perseverance while navigating such a difficult year. Now that pandemic restrictions have eased a bit, I hope you can find ways to celebrate your achievements safely with your family and friends.

The NDP caucus is committed to ensuring that our schools provide all students with the tools they need to succeed. That’s why we used our ability as the official Opposition to delay Bill 64, The Education Modernization Act, until the fall. Parents, students, and educators from across the province have been overwhelmingly speaking up against this bill, but the Progressive Conservatives refuse to listen.

Congratulating grads and a Bill 64 update

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Congratulating grads and a Bill 64 update

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Friday, Jul. 23, 2021

One of my favourite parts of being your MLA for Union Station is honouring community members for their achievements, as you are what makes Union Station so special.

This year, I was able to present awards to five graduates of the University of Winnipeg Collegiate and the Winnipeg Adult Education Centre, three of whom agreed to have their names published: Dakota Patterson, Abdikarim Abdi, and Raymond Iradukunda.

I’d like to wish a special congratulations to these five students - as well as all students in Union Station and across the province - for your resilience and perseverance while navigating such a difficult year. Now that pandemic restrictions have eased a bit, I hope you can find ways to celebrate your achievements safely with your family and friends.

The NDP caucus is committed to ensuring that our schools provide all students with the tools they need to succeed. That’s why we used our ability as the official Opposition to delay Bill 64, The Education Modernization Act, until the fall. Parents, students, and educators from across the province have been overwhelmingly speaking up against this bill, but the Progressive Conservatives refuse to listen.

Friday, Jul. 23, 2021

One of my favourite parts of being your MLA for Union Station is honouring community members for their achievements, as you are what makes Union Station so special.

This year, I was able to present awards to five graduates of the University of Winnipeg Collegiate and the Winnipeg Adult Education Centre, three of whom agreed to have their names published: Dakota Patterson, Abdikarim Abdi, and Raymond Iradukunda.

I’d like to wish a special congratulations to these five students - as well as all students in Union Station and across the province - for your resilience and perseverance while navigating such a difficult year. Now that pandemic restrictions have eased a bit, I hope you can find ways to celebrate your achievements safely with your family and friends.

The NDP caucus is committed to ensuring that our schools provide all students with the tools they need to succeed. That’s why we used our ability as the official Opposition to delay Bill 64, The Education Modernization Act, until the fall. Parents, students, and educators from across the province have been overwhelmingly speaking up against this bill, but the Progressive Conservatives refuse to listen.

Union Station residents deserve vaccine accessibility

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Union Station residents deserve vaccine accessibility

Uzoma Asagwara - MLA for Union Station 3 minute read Monday, Jun. 28, 2021

Over the past few months, Union Station community members have eagerly awaited their chance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Now we are entering the phase of second dose eligibility, but some Union Station constituents have yet to receive their first doses.

The Pallister government has not made it accessible for all Manitobans to receive the vaccine, and this is particularly true for folks living with disabilities, seniors and migrant workers.

The government has continued to ignore calls to create more pop-up sites and mobile clinics.

Further to this, many community members require the support of a safe ride program to bring them to vaccination sites, but the government has also not listened to our calls on this matter, which has left many vulnerable community members unvaccinated. These ongoing barriers for folks living with disabilities, seniors and migrant workers are unacceptable — all Manitobans need and deserve equitable access to the vaccine.

Monday, Jun. 28, 2021

Over the past few months, Union Station community members have eagerly awaited their chance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Now we are entering the phase of second dose eligibility, but some Union Station constituents have yet to receive their first doses.

The Pallister government has not made it accessible for all Manitobans to receive the vaccine, and this is particularly true for folks living with disabilities, seniors and migrant workers.

The government has continued to ignore calls to create more pop-up sites and mobile clinics.

Further to this, many community members require the support of a safe ride program to bring them to vaccination sites, but the government has also not listened to our calls on this matter, which has left many vulnerable community members unvaccinated. These ongoing barriers for folks living with disabilities, seniors and migrant workers are unacceptable — all Manitobans need and deserve equitable access to the vaccine.

Union Station community members are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

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Union Station community members are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines

Uzoma Asagwara 3 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021

This past year has been a very challenging time for folks in Union Station. As we enter the third wave of the pandemic, I know many folks in the community have been eager to find out when they will be eligible for the vaccine.

Recently, Public Health announced that everyone who lives or works in Downtown East is eligible for the vaccine, which includes community members of Union Station. This is an exciting and long-awaited opportunity for many constituents, and I am happy to share this news with all of you.

The vaccine eligibility includes local constituents of Union Station as well as folks who work in the following sectors in the community: K-12 schools, child care, food processing facilities, grocery or convenience stores, gas stations, restaurants or anywhere that serves food, including food banks, as well as public health inspectors or workplace safety and health officers.

This approach is to ensure that folks who live or work in Union Station can be vaccinated so we can all continue to keep each other safe in the community.

Wednesday, Apr. 28, 2021

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A map of Downtown East, which includes the Union Station constituency, that shows all streets whose residents are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination.

Congratulating local Honour 150 recipients

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Congratulating local Honour 150 recipients

Uzoma Asagwara - MLA for Union Station 3 minute read Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

Honour 150 recognizes Manitobans who work on behalf of their local communities in a multitude of ways. Folks are nominated by their own communities, and truly exemplify how many amazing people there are in the province.

I would like to highlight a few folks from Union Station who were recognized as Honour 150 recipients. Their names are Alaya McIvor, Vivienne Ho, Sylvia Todaschuk, Dr. Ernest Cholakis, and Robert Williams.

Alaya McIvor works tirelessly to bring awareness of the exploitation, human trafficking, and violence committed against and experienced by Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.

Alaya has been an organizer for the MMIWG2S Women’s Memorial March and the MMIWG2S Mother’s Day Memorial walk for the past four years. Alaya’s leadership in the community is immense and her work will continue to create lasting changes in the province.

Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

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Vivienne Ho is the driving force behind two marches: Women’s March Winnipeg and Take Back the Night. Vivienne was recently named one of the Honour 150, a Manitoba 150 initiative that recognizes 150 people from across the province “who stand out for their role in making Manitoba such an amazing province.”

Celebrating Black history and the love of reading

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Celebrating Black history and the love of reading

Uzoma Asagwara - MLA for Union Station 2 minute read Friday, Mar. 5, 2021

Although we experienced some very cold days during the month of February, I was heart warmed to see the ways in which Union Station schools and early childhood centres found creative ways to enjoy I Love to Read Month and Black History Month.

Two fantastic opportunities happen in February to share the love of reading, education, and celebration. I Love To Read Month is all of February and celebrates all things reading. Black History Month is also celebrated all of February and honours the legacy of Black Canadians, which includes increasing education and awareness on how we can create more equitable societies.

The theme of this year’s I Love to Read Month was Joyful Reading in a New World - which was fitting, given the unique challenges created by the pandemic. Children, students and educators all adapted to ensure the month was filled with meaningful virtual and physically distanced activities. It was joyful to read stories virtually with Union Station daycare centers, to share new books, and to connect with the early childhood educators who continue to provide incredible care to children and families throughout this pandemic.

I also had the pleasure of meeting with high school students who organized Black History Month activities within their schools, and learned about their efforts to create awareness and enhanced learning surrounding Black Canadian History.

Friday, Mar. 5, 2021

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Union Station MLA Uzoma Asagwara reads to Union Station daycare children during I Love to Read Month and Black History Month.

Government falls short in vaccine rollout

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Government falls short in vaccine rollout

Uzoma Asagwara - MLA for Union Station 2 minute read Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

Constituents in Union Station were happy to finally see the vaccine prioritization plan released last week - six whole weeks after the first immunizations took place in the province.

Manitobans have been patiently waiting to hear when they, their parents, grandparents and loved ones will have access to COVID-19 vaccines and, upon the release of the plan, many were left with many unanswered questions.

How will those waiting for admission to personal care homes be immunized? What about primary caregivers of those residing in long-term care? What about folks living with disabilities? How will essential workers be prioritized?

These are all questions I’ve been asked by constituents of Union Station and questions I asked the Pallister government immediately following the release of the list. While we don’t yet have clear answers to those questions, we will continue to push the government to provide greater clarity and to meaningfully engage with vulnerable groups.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

Constituents in Union Station were happy to finally see the vaccine prioritization plan released last week - six whole weeks after the first immunizations took place in the province.

Manitobans have been patiently waiting to hear when they, their parents, grandparents and loved ones will have access to COVID-19 vaccines and, upon the release of the plan, many were left with many unanswered questions.

How will those waiting for admission to personal care homes be immunized? What about primary caregivers of those residing in long-term care? What about folks living with disabilities? How will essential workers be prioritized?

These are all questions I’ve been asked by constituents of Union Station and questions I asked the Pallister government immediately following the release of the list. While we don’t yet have clear answers to those questions, we will continue to push the government to provide greater clarity and to meaningfully engage with vulnerable groups.

Thanks to all who sacrificed during the holidays

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Thanks to all who sacrificed during the holidays

Uzoma Asagwara - MLA for Union Station 2 minute read Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

This past holiday season was not typical for any of us. For many Manitobans it was not filled with the traditions and experiences we look forward to and sadly, many were faced with painful personal losses due to COVID-19.

I also saw and heard of many creative ways in which people made the holidays a special time for themselves, their loved ones and communities. Though I didn’t have the opportunity this year to go in and connect with those in our care homes, I was still able to connect distantly.

I want to commend Union Station constituents for their commitment during the holidays to adhering to the public health orders and for doing your part to reduce the community spread of COVID-19. Whether that was by hosting gathering overs Zoom, doing curbside deliveries of holiday meals, only going out for essentials and refraining from travelling outside of Manitoba — thank you.

As we start 2021, we have a renewed sense of hope with the rollout of the COVID vaccinations. While this plan evolves and access to the vaccine expands over time, I encourage all citizens to continue to do our part to prioritize the health and safety of all. Ongoing efforts to ensure resources for those in need of increased supports, reducing the burden on our health-care system by following the public health orders and continuing to find creative ways to stay safely connected and mitigate the impacts of isolation.

Friday, Jan. 8, 2021

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Union Station MLA Uzoma Asagwara pictured outside Lions Place before Christmas, making a contactless delivery of a holiday poinsettia.