I vs Us

Sudhir SandhuThe People's Voice

We live in an increasingly polarized world. Left and right, rich and the rest, liberal and conservative, climate change activists and deniers; these are some of the ways we define the opposing groups. But there is a more fundamental divide that simply boils down to how we see ourselves and our place in the world.…

Are “We the People” Just Too Stupid for Democracy?

Sudhir SandhuThe People's Voice

I admit that is a harsh question. But I think it is a fair question. But before explaining why, let me start by saying that I believe the cliché about the electorate always being right to be true. Lat night, Manitobans re-elected the Progressive Conservatives led by Brian Pallister. While some are elated with that…

Manitoba Election: A Fool’s Forgotten Tale

Sudhir SandhuThe People's Voice

Let’s play a little name recognition game. Don’t use a search engine, that would be cheating. Look at the following names. June Westbury, William Bayley, George Little, Albert Smith, Norma McCormick, George Palmer, Duncan Lloyd, William Short, Donald Smith, Curtis Bird, Hugh Armstrong, Henry Clarke, George Coldwell, Dwight Johnson, William Sexsmith, Walter Clark, Ivan Schultz,…

America’s Next Civil War

Sudhir SandhuThe People's Voice

Thoughts and prayers. Those three words invariably follow the tragedy of gun violence in America. As soon as one hears an elected official utter these words, one can be certain there has been another shooting. Thoughts and prayers have become a synonym for indifference. They are meaningless words. They are words of inaction that simply…

From Market Lands to Treaty Lands; The Ghosts of the 1870’s

Sudhir SandhuThe People's Voice

In 1875, a year after Winnipeg’s birth and a mere eight years after Canada appeared amongst the nations of the world, a generous settler family made a gift of land to the City of Winnipeg. The donors were members of the Ross family which included William Ross, Winnipeg’s first Postmaster, his wife Jemima and sister…

What Adder Nonsense!

Sudhir SandhuThe People's Voice

Until recently, Michael de Adder was employed as a cartoonist with Brunswick News Inc. (BNI), a firm owned by the Irvings, one of Canada’s richest families. While de Adder’s art has yet to achieve the notoriety of an artist like Banksy, his work can pack a wallop. It seems de Adder’s efforts, particularly the latest,…

Why should I Get My Pet Dog and Cat Fixed

Dorothy DobbieThe People's Voice

WINNIPEG – By spaying or neutering your pet, you’ll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which results in millions of healthy dogs and cats being euthanized in Canada each year simply because there aren’t enough homes to go around. There are also medical and behavioral benefits to spaying (female pets) and neutering (male pets) your…

The Strike for Freedom: From 1919 to Here

Sudhir SandhuThe People's Voice

It is human nature to want to be free. We may all want freedom, but paradoxically, freedom has never been free. It was hard earned with blood, sweat and lives – millions of lives. It was not so long ago that work and employment were questions of freedom. Throughout history, men and women who worked…

Walking with the Bear Clan

Dorothy DobbieThe People's Voice

WINNIPEG – The phone rang one dreary Tuesday afternoon last month. It was one of those days when the whole world seemed to be in some a state of anger, disillusionment, and hopelessness. I looked at the number with an 819 prefix wondering if I should answer it—probably a telemarketer, I thought. But I did…

Cabinet Conjecture

The People's Voice

During election campaigns, the topic of who will be in the cabinet is usually ignored. Party leaders do not want to admit that some candidates will probably never be appointed. Most candidates promise to accept any assignment. Some Canadian prime ministers have disrespected the electoral process by appointing non caucus members. In the 1940 federal…