Category Archives: Columns

Wealth of Knowledge: Jackman-Atkinson

Wealth of Knowledge: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Internet - Laptop

NEEPAWA, Man. — Over the last few decades, the Internet has burst open the once locked doors of information. As the Internet has become an ever-increasing part of our daily lives, so too has its culture of open information.

According to Statistics Canada data, in 2000, it was estimated that 13 million Canadians, or about 53 percent of the population, used the Internet at home, at work or somewhere else in the previous 12 months. By 2012, when Stats Can conducted the Canadian Internet Survey, 83 percent of Canadians had Internet access in their homes, up from 79 percent in 2010. Even outside major metropolitan areas, home Internet access was reported by 75 percent of Canadians. As well as the much wider prevalence of Internet service, most of it is high-speed, 97 percent of Canadians with Internet have a high-speed connection.

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Food Musings: 2016 Restaurant Wrap Up

Food Musings: 2016 Restaurant Wrap Up

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Capital Grill
Capital Grill

WINNIPEG — The year started with munching on salads at The Nook, The Peaks Restaurant and the Capital Grill, then progressed through the delectable offerings of beef tartar at Sous Sol and Segovia. The peanut butter and jam chicken wings were a hit at the Silver Heights as well as the peanut butter and jam buster at Bronuts.

Midyear brought the Sunday brunch buffet at Gasthaus Gutenberger and out of town treks to Jonsey’s and Hillside Beach.

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Changing Tides of the Small Town Retail Landscape

Changing Tides of the Small Town Retail Landscape

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Small Town

NEEPAWA, Man. — The tide is turning and I hope it’s a sign of good things to come for rural businesses. After a decade of “more” and “bigger,” we are starting to see a real appreciation for “small.”

I read an interesting article on SmallBusiness.com, called “Top Small Town and Rural Small Business Trends For 2017.” The post makes me excited for our businesses and the communities they serve.

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Connecting Canadians an Essential Service

Connecting Canadians an Essential Service

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Computer Modem

NEEPAWA, Man. — Rural Canadians got some good news just before Christmas — better broadband coverage is coming. On December 21, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that broadband Internet is now considered a basic service. The move puts high-speed internet into the same category as landline telephones.

The change came following a year and half of public consultations and resulted in new targets for service under sub-section 46.5(1) of the Telecommunications Act. The new targets apply to both fixed and mobile broadband services. For fixed broadband services, the target is access to an unlimited data option as well as minimum speeds of 50 megabits per second for download and 10 megabits per second for upload. For mobile broadband services, the target is access to the latest mobile wireless technology, not only in homes and businesses, but also along major Canadian transportation corridors.

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Food Musings: Simon’s Cuisine

Food Musings: Simon’s Cuisine

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Simon's Cuisine
Simon’s Cuisine is a new addition to the Food Hall at The Forks.

WINNIPEG — Simon’s Cuisine is part of the snazzy new Food Hall at The Forks Market. Winnipeggers were out in droves on this particular balmy winter day and so finding a parking spot took a bit of patience. Simon’s delectable offerings made one forget about the extra effort. The new hall had a grand open feel, even though the seating is still food-court style.

Simon’s has been on my radar for a long time. I had intended to visit their original location on St. Mary’s Road and never got the opportunity.

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Food Musings: Fusian Experience

Food Musings: Fusian Experience

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Fusian Experience
Fusian Experience, 612B Academy Road (GOOGLE STREET VIEW)

WINNIPEG — My husband caters a few special events each year and when that happens I get kicked out of the kitchen. This created an unexpected opportunity to order in and Fusian Experience (612B Academy Road) immediately came to mind. The phone line went immediately to voice mail so I suspected they were busy on a Saturday evening. Since they are right in our neighbourhood, I nipped over there to place my order in person. Only three of the half dozen tables were occupied but the phone orders were really keeping the kitchen hopping. Owner Lisa Le-Taing (with her husband owner/Chef Chris Taing) took my number and told me that she would phone me when I could return to pick up our fixings. This gave me an opportunity to survey the tiny but sleek restaurant. The bar stools at the open kitchen would be a fun spot to perch in the future.

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Do You Recall? More Vehicles on the Road Needing TLC

Do You Recall? More Vehicles on the Road Needing TLC

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Car

NEEPAWA, Man. — If you own a used vehicle, there’s a good chance that some part of it isn’t operating as it should. There’s also a good chance that it’s been subject to at least one recall. From airbags, to steering components, to brakes, figures indicate that approximately one in six Canadian vehicles has an open recall. This means that a recall has been issued by Transport Canada, but the defect hasn’t been corrected.

Figures from Transport Canada, the agency that tracks motor vehicle safety recalls, show a rising number of recalls. Since 2010, recalls of passenger vehicles for safety-related issued have climbed from 133, to 232 per year, an almost 75 per cent increase. In 2015, there were 22 million licensed cars and light trucks in Canada and that same year, recalls existed for five million of those vehicles.

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Neepawa’s Community TV Station Opens Up Opportunity to Learn Media Biz

Neepawa’s Community TV Station Opens Up Opportunity to Learn Media Biz

By Ken Waddell, myWestman

Video Camera

NEEPAWA, Man. — NACTV has been in operation as a community access TV station serving Neepawa and area since 1977. The broadcast license is held by an eight-person, community-elected board. The station broadcasts mostly locally produced programs, seven days a week, 365 days a year, on Channel 12, MTS Channel 30, Bell ExpressVu 592 and on-line through the station’s website, nactv.tv.

In 2016, upon the retirement of the long-time manager at NACTV, the board of directors entered into an agreement with the management and technical staff of the Neepawa Banner to operate the Neepawa downtown studio, at 423 Mountain Avenue, the live broadcast studio at the Yellowhead Centre Arena and on-site videography work in the area.

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Keeping the Lights On: Jackman-Atkinson

Keeping the Lights On: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Power Lines - Hydro

NEEPAWA, Man. — Skyrocketing expenses have put Manitoba Hydro in the headlines again, but this time, it isn’t related to multi-billion dollar infrastructure projects. The crown corporation was in the news this week with the release of its 2015 payroll.

The highlight wasn’t so much that the company spent close to half a billion dollars paying staff last year, but how that money was divided among the corporation’s 6,410 employees. Including base pay, overtime and benefits, 2,251 employees earned more than $100,000 and 52 employees earned more than $200,000. While most base salaries appear in line with comparable private sector jobs, the big driver for large compensation packages was overtime. An analysis done by CBC News found 90 employees who saw their salaries more than double because of overtime payments. When they included other perks and northern allowance payments, 133 employees saw their pay increase by more than double their base salaries.

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Food Musings: Captain’s Table Fish and Chips

Food Musings: Captain’s Table Fish and Chips

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Captain’s Table Fish and Chips
Captain’s Table Fish and Chips, 1823 Portage Avenue (KATHRYNE GRISIM)

How do you feel when you walk into an empty restaurant? Are you excited that you get your pick of tables or skeptical about what is coming out of the kitchen? I was pleasantly surprised by the fare at the Captain’s Table Fish and Chips, 1823 Portage Avenue, in spite of the restaurant being completely empty on a Monday evening. The helpful server told me that they are very busy at lunch and later in the week so keep this in mind if you plan to visit.

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