Op-Eds

Daniel is a regular contributor to Transcona Views and the Herald.

 

 

The Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 - p. 18 - June 2019 (Transcona Views)


"Today, in a time of rising inequality, attacks on workers’ rights, and cuts to services and social programs like Medicare that make life better for everyday people, we should be inspired by the strikers. They refused to be divided and insisted on fairness for all working people." 

 

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It's time to get serious about affordable housing - p. 18 - May 2019 (Transcona Views)

 

"Until the federal government gets serious about building new social housing units, where the rent is set as a percentage of the tenant’s personal income, rather than the neighbourhood income, the housing crisis in Canada will continue."

 

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Park Manor expansion deserves a second look - p. 18 - April 2019 (Transcona Views)

"I think it would be perverse if government policy made communities with the greatest ability to raise private money the ones most likely to receive public funds as well."

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Pharmacare for all! - p. 18 - March 2019 (Transcona Views)

“It sounds like the Liberals are gearing up to create a program that will protect the interests of insurance companies and pharmaceutical giants at the expense of Canadians who need medication"

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Working together to protect Transcona - p. 20 - December 2018 (Transcona Views)

"Residents of Transcona bear the brunt of whatever environmental or health impacts result from industrial activity in the area ..."

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Federal government fails to protect Canadians from phone scams - p. 18 - November 2018 (Transcona Views)


"Putting a stop to these scams will take effective international cooperation between law enforcement agencies, and that requires good relationships between governments. This is an example of where the Prime Minister’s trips abroad could make a real difference in the daily lives of Canadians, if he can only learn to focus less on his own image and more on issues that matter." 

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Congratulations to Dr. David Marsh on his Retirement - p. 1 - September 2018 (Transcona Views)

"Canadians pride themselves quite rightly on the virtues of our publicly funded health care system, and so they should, even as debate takes place about how to improve it, and how to protect it. But every health care system is, in important ways, only as good as the health care workers and professionals who provide care on an ongoing basis..." 

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BIZ Launches Downtown Transcona Study - p.20 - July 2018  (Transcona Views)

"Transcona’s downtown is an important part of our community. It is a gathering place for community events, as well as an important source of convenience with a number of businesses offering goods and services we would otherwise have to drive to Kildonan Place or further to find..."

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Going “Whole Hog” to Save the Concordia ER - p.22 - June 2018 (Transcona Views)

"After a year of stress and anxiety on the part of residents and hospital staff, we are no closer to understanding the Pallister government’s plan to close the Concordia Emergency Room. In fact, we are no closer to knowing whether they really have any plan at all..."

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Northeast Winnipeg needs more child care - May 2018 (Winnipeg Herald)

"Many families, whether they are single or two-parent families, struggle to afford child care. Even for those who can afford child care, finding a space close to home or work can be a serious challenge.

Families in Elmwood–Transcona certainly feel that pinch. Unfortunately, little progress has been made in our corner of the city in recent years..."

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Standing up for national Pharmacare plan - March 2018 (Winnipeg Herald)

"Recently, the federal Liberals unveiled their 2018 budget.

While some items have generated a lot of discussion, it remains to be seen how much action will follow. Take the government’s Pharmacare budget announcement as an example.

The high cost of prescription drugs is a pressing issue for people in northeast Winnipeg. In February, I held a telephone town hall with the people of Elmwood-Transcona. Over 5,000 people were on the call and 35 per cent of those who participated in a straw poll said they or a family member had not filled, renewed or taken as prescribed, a prescription due to cost..."

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What’s happening with the healthcare changes? - p.20 - March 2018 (Transcona Views)

"People in Transcona and the wider area deserve to know exactly what is happening to the health services in our area.

I will continue to be a vocal critic of any so-called “changes” that are really just code for cuts to health services in northeast Winnipeg. Nevertheless, I reached out to Kelvin Goertzen, Manitoba’s Minister of Health, in a less partisan tone to try and get some clarity for people in our community about how the changes will proceed..."

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Time to start building at Park Manor - February 2018 (Winnipeg Herald)

"Experiencing a decline in health of oneself, a family member or a close friend is one of life’s most difficult challenges. Many times, moving into a personal care home becomes part of that journey.

During such transitions, families often feel vulnerable and stressed out. They want the resources and services they need to be available close to home, with as little administrative headache as possible..."

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Local health care at top of mind - April 2018 (Winnipeg Herald)

"It is impossible to talk about health care in northeast Winnipeg today without the conversation immediately turning to the cloud that is hanging over our Concordia ER.

The ER’s closure has been delayed indefinitely, possibly until spring 2019, after the provincial government’s Wait Times Task Force warned ER closures were happening too fast and without the proper supports..."

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It’s Time for Universal Pharmacare! - p.22 - December 2017 (Transcona Views)

"The NDP’s founding leader Tommy Douglas once dreamed of a universal, public, and comprehensive health care system for all Canadians. In its first phase, medicare would relieve families of the cost of hospitalization and physicians’ fees. In its second phase, prescription drugs would be publicly insured to guarantee universal access..."

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Payroll system causing pain for public servants - December 2017 (Winnipeg Herald)

"Can you imagine going into work day after day not knowing when you’ll be paid, or how much?

As unlikely as it sounds, this is the situation facing tens of thousands of Canada’s public servants, many of whom live right here in northeast Winnipeg.

This payroll disaster is a result of the government’s ill-fated Phoenix Pay System. It was conceived by the previous government then rushed into implementation by the current government, despite warnings that it was not ready..."

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Big changes, bright future for Sam's Place - December 2017 (Winnipeg Herald)

"I was excited to get a sneak peak at the renovations underway at Sam’s Place, Elmwood’s favourite bookstore-café-music venue. The premises at 159 Henderson Hwy. are getting a major makeover.

The changes will enhance their successful program for developing the employment skills of local youth and make it an even better place to go for "Coffee, Culture, Conversation." A grand reopening is scheduled for some time in January 2018, and I can hardly wait!..."

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Action needed to protect our fresh water! - p.18 - November 2017 (Transcona Views)

"No matter where we live, Manitobans understand what a fantastic resource our many waterways are for recreation, drinking water, fisheries and our environment. In 2015, the Liberals promised to protect Canada’s watersheds, including the Lake Winnipeg Basin, and to “…. treat our freshwater as a precious resource that deserves protection and careful stewardship”..."

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Park Manor still looking for funding - September 2017 (Winnipeg Herald)

"In September, I was pleased to join residents, staff, volunteers and families to celebrate Park Manor Care’s 50th anniversary.

Throughout the years, Park Manor has cared for so many of our friends and family and has become an essential part of our community..."

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Conservative ER plan isn’t “Just Peachey” - p.18 - August 2017 (Transcona Views)

"As the 2018 closure of the Concordia ER approaches, the hope that northeast Winnipeg’s local Conservatives might choose to defend our community over their party, is beginning to dwindle. They are doubling down on the government’s sales pitch here at home, instead of taking our message to Broadway..."

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Taking a closer look at Peachy report - July 2017 (Winnipeg Herald)

"As the 2018 closure of the Concordia ER approaches, the government is doubling down on its sales pitch here at home, instead of taking locals’ message to Broadway.

In so doing, the government is quick to refer to Dr. David Peachey’s report, which was commissioned by the previous government to find new solutions to old problems in Manitoba’s health system. Nobody will deny there are things we need to do better when it comes to health care, but that does not mean every idea for reform is a good one..."

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Parliamentary Power Grab - p.18 - May 2017 (Transcona Views)

"This Spring, the Liberals made another attempt at grabbing power in Parliament. At press time, it is still unclear whether the attempt will be successful. The main issue is that the Liberals say they want to change the rules of Parliament itself, but will not promise to move ahead only on reforms that have multiparty support..."

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Cuts to health care in N.E. Winnipeg continue - April 2017 (Winnipeg Herald)

"The provincial budget presented last week continued the Progressive Conservative government’s cuts to health services in northeast Winnipeg.

After announcing they will close the Concordia Hospital emergency room, the PCs did not include the expansion of Park Manor Personal Care Home in the budget..."

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How We Pay for Infrastructure - p.17 - January 2017 (Transcona Views)

"Infrastructure spending was a central theme of the last federal election. The Liberals’ promise to borrow while interest rates are low and build more public infrastructure was a key part of their platform and major selling point of their campaign. As the Liberal government begins to reveal the details of their plan, however, it looks like Canadians are going to get a lot more than they bargained for..."

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Erosion problems in Elmwood-Transcona - December 2016 (Winnipeg Herald)

"Winnipeggers who live along the city’s many riverbanks are all too familiar with the problem of erosion.

Riverbank stabilization work is needed for residents to decrease their loss of property and increase their peace of mind. Some residents can afford to do that work themselves, but others, unfortunately, cannot..."

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WELL . . . IT HAPPENED. - p.24 - December 2016 (Transcona Views)

"I am writing on November 9th, 2016; the day after the US election that named Donald Trump as leader of the free world.

At the moment, it looks as though Hilary Clinton will have won the popular vote by over 200,000 votes, but Trump will have secured enough votes in the Electoral College for the win..."

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY - p.16 - October 2016 (Transcona Views)

"Having a place to call home is something many, but not all, of us are fortunate to be able to take for granted. Imagine trying to find a job, make a health insurance claim, or even just get a good night’s sleep without your own place to come home to at the end of the day..."

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Affordable Housing investment's imperative - September 2016 (Winnipeg Herald)

"Having a place to call home is something many — but not all — of us are fortunate to be able to take for granted. Imagine trying to find a job, make a health insurance claim, or even just get a good night’s sleep without your own place to come home to at the end of the day..."

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REPORT FROM PARLIAMENT - p.20 - August 2016 (Transcona Views)

"Last month marked the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect upon the potential of modern warfare to wreak massive amounts of death and destruction in a very short period of time. The British Army suffered almost 60,000 casualties in the first day of the battle alone. In the last one hundred years, advances in military technology have made it possible to do even more damage, even more quickly..."

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Tax Break for Middle Class Canadians - p.24 - May 2016 (Transcona Views)

"What does a tax break do for middle-class Canadians if they lose their job?

This question, I believe, is the question we have to ask if we genuinely want to restore Canada’s middle class. The new Liberal tax cut, which doesn’t benefit the median Canadian earner, doesn’t answer this question..."

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From your Member of Parliament – p.5 - December 2015 (Transcona Views)

"Thank you to the voters of Elmwood-Transcona. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your Member of Parliament.

The recent federal election was notable not only for its length – 78 days – but also the level of interest it generated here at home, and right across the country. Voter turnout in Canada went up from around 62% in 2011, to 68% in 2015. In Elmwood-Transcona, the increase was even larger, going from 57% in 2011, to 66% this year..."

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