Category Archives: Columns

Fast Food: Jackman-Atkinson

Fast Food: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Cows
Cows are seen at a dairy farm on in Danville, Que., on August 11, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

NEEPAWA, Man. — A lot has changed in Canadian agriculture since 1977, but one thing that hasn’t is the rules that govern the transportation of livestock. In the last 40 years, not only have there been changes in how farm animals are transported, there has been more research into factors impacting their well-being, as well as an increased concern about their welfare. Since 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been working on updating these rules and last December, the federal government released proposed changes to the Health of Animals Regulations. The proposed changes were open for comments until February 15.

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Costs, Unequally Borne: Jackman-Atkinson

Costs, Unequally Borne: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Sears
A Sears Canada outlet is seen Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Saint-Eustache, Quebec. The retailer has warned Tuesday there are doubts about its ability to continue operating, and says it may have to restructure or be sold. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Rural Canadian shoppers may see some changes in their retail landscape. On June 22, Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy. This isn’t necessarily the end though, the once storied retailer said it expects to remain in business, restructure and come out of bankruptcy protection later this year. In its filing, the company said it needed time to let the impact of changes made earlier this year take effect. They were given 30 days of protection from creditors.

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In Case of Emergency: Jackman-Atkinson

In Case of Emergency: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Hospital Emergency Room

NEEPAWA, Man. — Last week, 18 rural Manitoba communities found out that they would be losing their EMS stations. The changes are part of a province-wide reorganization of health care and the closure of these low volume stations was one of the recommendations in a 2013 report on the province’s emergency medical services.

In making the announcement, Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said that while 18 stations would be closing, five new stations would be built, in Miniota, Cowan, Alonsa, Manigotogan and Eriksdale, and the stations in Virden and Glenboro will be upgraded. These new or upgraded stations will all be staffed 24/7. This wasn’t the case with all of the stations slated for closure, many of which operated on a part-time or on-call basis.

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Food Musings: Beet Happening

Food Musings: Beet Happening

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Beet Happening
(KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

What struck me immediately about an anticipated visit to Beet Happening was that the food would be wholesome and healthy as depicted by its name and my hunch was accurate. The cheery spot at 818 Notre Dame serves gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan offerings.

There were a number of comfortable booths which lined one wall and we were asked to find our spot and then return to the counter to order. Owner Justin might even take care of you himself. As we had arrived, we were encouraged to order our dessert as well, because the counter gets very busy over the lunch hour. The philosophy of Beet Happening is that exciting, nutritious food should be accessible to all people, even busy ones.

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Picture-Perfect Spots to Visit in Manitoba This Summer

Picture-Perfect Spots to Visit in Manitoba This Summer

Churchill
Photo by Emmanuel Milou

Manitoba is proudly referred to as the heartbeat of Canada, due to its central location, welcoming people and unique blend of historical character and modern design.

For hobby shutterbugs and professional photographers alike, the province is filled with breathtaking, photo-worthy views. Here are just a few great spots that are ripe for exploring with your camera this summer.

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What Does It Mean to Be Canadian?

What Does It Mean to Be Canadian?

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Canada 150 Assiniboine Park
A Canada 150 sign sits in front of the Assiniboine Park’s Pavilion in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — What does it mean to be Canadian? As the country celebrates its 150th birthday, many people, myself included, are asking this question. I was born in this country, as were my parents, you would think I would know what it means to be Canadian, but I don’t.

It’s easy to think about what Canada is — a cold and peaceful country, full of pristine wilderness and polite, friendly people. This may not be the Canada most people experience, but the stereotype remains and it’s one, I think, most Canadians cling to. But what does it mean to be Canadian? Summer or winter, Canadians like to complain about the weather, but we can hardly say that’s what it means to be Canadian!

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Dentists Treat You, Not Your Dental Plan

Dentists Treat You, Not Your Dental Plan

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Manitoba Dentist

DentistYour dentist’s treatment recommendations are based on your dental health needs, not your dental plan.

According to the 2010 Canadian Health Measures Survey, 62% of Canadians have a pre-paid dental benefits plan, but many don’t realize that such group plans are not designed to meet individual dental health needs. Dental plans are a valuable component of extended health benefits and are designed to offset the cost of dental treatment. Understanding how dental plan benefits work can help patients make informed choices in partnership with their dentist or dental specialist.

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Beyond Pink and Blue Collar: Jackman-Atkinson

Beyond Pink and Blue Collar: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Construction Worker

NEEPAWA, Man. — This month, many young men and women will be graduating from high school and many more will be planning their future careers. These are uneasy times, the last few decades have seen a huge shift in the types of work people do, the jobs that are growing and the jobs that are dwindling.

Twenty years ago, mostly men, but some women too, found a well-worn path to the middle class through jobs in factories, plants and mines. Today, automation has meant that many of these jobs have ceased to exist and those that remain aren’t nearly so lucrative as they once were.

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Food Musings: Crème DeL’Essence

Food Musings: Crème DeL’Essence

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Crème DeL’Essence
Crème DeL’Essence (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

Keep an open mind when you pull up in front of Crème DeL’Essence (1833 Inkster Boulevard) and get ready to experience something absolutely unique. I, for one, was not expecting a restaurant of this calibre in the middle of an urban industrial park.

Black and white photographs adorn black walls, but the room is astonishingly bright due to their south-facing windows. Tables are simple and are surrounded by what I would call “church chairs” — the kind that can be stacked impossibly high.

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