13 May 2020 Experts agree that Mr. Pallister’s fiscal approach is wrong Put 10 economists in a room and you’ll get 11 opinions. This old joke among economists is funny because it has a ring of truth to it. Examples of consensus are sufficiently scarce that like the sighting of a rare bird, they are … Continue reading Scott Forbes – Op-Ed in the Winnipeg Free Press
Dear Premier Pallister, I am writing to express my disappointment with the government’s decision to cut funding to post-secondary education. The president at the University of Winnipeg, where I work, has informed the UW community that the operating grant will be reduced by $2.3 million this year, which is minus 3.7 per cent. This provincial … Continue reading Paul Betts – Letter to Premier Brian Pallister
Re: Province to cut workforce costs by 2.2 per cent (May 5) Revenue for Manitoba universities was $1.37 billion in 2017-2018, according to the latest data from the Canadian Association of University Business Officers. Sixty per cent ($800 million) of funding came from university operations: fees ($242 million), donations and investments ($109 million), federal research … Continue reading Jim Clark – Letter to the Winnipeg Free Press
Dear Hon. Brian Pallister, I’m writing as a citizen of Manitoba who is very concerned about the way the Progressive Conservative government is treating universities. The Province of Manitoba’s Path To Reconciliation Act defines reconciliation as an “ongoing process of establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in order to build trust, affirm … Continue reading Mary Jane McCallum – Letter to Premier Brian Pallister and MLAs
Why Universities Matter Manitoba’s public universities educate about 45,000 students each year. This number will grow during and after the pandemic because universities historically provide shelter during an economic storm, for both traditional students and the unemployed. Given youth unemployment will reach unprecedented levels, storm shelters need to be fortified not weakened. Many university graduates … Continue reading Jim Clark and Scott Forbes – Op-Ed in the Winnipeg Free Press
Operation Solidarity 2.0? The last time Canadians witnessed such a savage attack on the public sector was in British Columbia in 1983. Premier Bennett facing a weak opposition and not intending to run again announced legislation to enact drastic changes to the public sector. He used the currency, fiscal and banking crisis of 1983 as … Continue reading Scott Forbes – Twitter Thread
Dear Premier Pallister, I am writing you to express my deep concern over the prospects of substantial cuts to Manitoba’s post- secondary system. First, I am doing so in my capacity as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Winnipeg. Many in our faculty and administrative ranks are declaring … Continue reading Ray Silvius – Letter to Premier Brian Pallister
Dear Premier, Minister, and Members, Canadian universities are on the front lines as an essential service equipping Canadians to face the demanding realities of the new world of work. University education has a major role to play in mitigating the fallout effects of the COVID-19 crisis and in making Canadians as competitive as possible in … Continue reading Jennifer Reid – Letter to Premier Brian Pallister, MLAs, and MP Leah Gazan
The end of the COVID-19 crisis will come with the development of a vaccine. That vaccine will come out a university lab, or likely multiple labs as these projects are often collaborative. A University of Manitoba lab is working on vaccine development. The development of anti-viral therapy will come out of a university lab, or … Continue reading Scott Forbes – Twitter thread
The Pallister government has demanded that public sector and quasi—sector institutions, including universities, make submissions to government respecting how these institutions could make budget cuts of 10%%, 20%, and 30% respectively. The messages from government have at times been contradictory with regard to the duration of the cuts but one thing is certain – this … Continue reading UWFA Members Speaking Out
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