The cost of food security

  By Erin DeBooy   The campaign promises are starting to roll out in Winnipeg, but one of the most important issues for northern communities in Manitoba has yet to be voiced loud and clear. “We need to address the issue of healthy food in northern communities,” said Stefan Epp-Koop, acting executive director of Food Matters Manitoba. “We welcome any promises or action to make … Continue reading The cost of food security

Major Plays for MLAs in Southern Manitoba

By Jason Dueck Southern Manitoba is a political battleground. For decades, the southern half of the province has remained a conservative stronghold with little movement by the other political parties. After a major upheaval in last year’s federal election, many candidates feel like this year could be their chance to make a major political move. Agriculture is a driving economic force for the area, and many … Continue reading Major Plays for MLAs in Southern Manitoba

Out of touch: Rural MLA candidates not adapting to youth communication needs

By Ligia Braidotti It’s election time, and it seems some candidates aren’t prepared to communicate with their young voters as quickly as possible. The Winnipeg Voice tried to contact 11 MLA candidates from three southern Manitoba ridings this morning. Some didn’t answer their phones and didn’t return the calls by press deadline. Others didn’t even have contact information accompanying their profiles on the Elections Manitoba website. … Continue reading Out of touch: Rural MLA candidates not adapting to youth communication needs

Hydro under pressure: Manitoba landowners lobby to ‘Stop Hydro Bullies’

By Scott Billeck One Manitoba farmer feels Manitoba Hydro is stealing land from landowners through bullying and intimidation as they push their agenda for BiPole III. But the Crown corporation, which oversees the province’s major energy utility, says each and every claim posed on a new website are untrue. StopHydroBullies.ca launched over the weekend with the aim of making property rights for farmers and landowners … Continue reading Hydro under pressure: Manitoba landowners lobby to ‘Stop Hydro Bullies’

New website taking Hydro to task

By Scott Billeck  Manitoba farmers and landowners are taking their fight against perceived bullying by Manitoba Hydro to the web. StopHydroBullies.ca launched Monday morning with the aim of making property rights an issue in Manitoba’s upcoming April 19 provincial election. The website, run by the Manitoba BiPole Landowner Committee, isn’t holding back any punches. It says Manitoba Hydro refuses to negotiate in good faith with farmers and landowners in … Continue reading New website taking Hydro to task

Election debate sparks contrasting social media strategies

By Scott Billeck One local social media strategist says resources, focus and followers can make a big impact on how a political party interacts through social media such as Twitter. Susie Erjavec Parker, who owns Sparker Strategy Group in Winnipeg, says the differences between how each political party Twitter complimented the leaders’ debate on Monday morning can come down to a dedicated person running social … Continue reading Election debate sparks contrasting social media strategies

Mantioba voters share candidate’s tweet remorse

By Ligia Braidotti After two Manitoba candidates came under fire for thier controversial Twitter history, some voters are feeling conflicted on whether or not past social media posts matter. The controversy between NDP candidate Wab Kinew and Liberal former candidate Jamie Hall’s tweets has raised questions about who Manitoba’s politicians are and how they are reaching out to the community. This isn’t the first time social media has played a … Continue reading Mantioba voters share candidate’s tweet remorse

39 going on 60? Manitoba Liberals’ social media approach out of touch

By Danielle Doiron, @dmdoiron Like its opponents, the Manitoba Liberal Party says it’s focused on gaining the youth vote. Initially, it looked like they had the best shot. At 39, Rana Bokhari is the youngest person to ever lead the party. Last month, the Grits held a student-centered “pep rally” at 411 Main, complete with DJs and drinking, but the party’s social media presence falls … Continue reading 39 going on 60? Manitoba Liberals’ social media approach out of touch

Party leaders throw jabs, land none

By Scott Billeck There were a lot of words but hardly any with substance in Monday morning’s leaders’ debate hosted by 680 CJOB/Global News. Premier Greg Selinger, Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister and Liberal leader Rana Bokhari traded barbs with each other during the 90-minute long debate. Some of the main points of contention were tax hikes, including the controversial PST hike by the NDP. … Continue reading Party leaders throw jabs, land none

Winnipeggers weigh in—does social media matter?

The ghosts of Tweets past have come back to haunt some of the candidates in Manitoba’s provincial election. Former Liberal candidate Jamie Hall and NDP candidate Wab Kinew have both come under fire for past tweets, resulting in Hall’s resignation and NDP leader Greg Selinger coming to Kinew’s defence. Ligia Braidotti and Jason Dueck hit the streets to ask Winnipeggers—do you care what candidates in the … Continue reading Winnipeggers weigh in—does social media matter?