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Manitoba Up in Smoke: Jackman-Atkinson

Manitoba Up in Smoke: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman.ca

Manitoba Wildfire
Manitoba MLA Judy Klassen provided this image showing the evacuation of Wasagamack First Nation in northern Manitoba on Tuesday August 29, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Judy Klassen)

NEEPAWA, Man. — An unusually hot and dry season has farmers breathing a sigh of relief as they get their crops off the field and into the bins, some in record times. But as the last trucks leave the field and farmers stop to look around, many also have concerns. The conditions that have made harvest 2017 a breeze for many have also made for tinder-dry conditions.

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Food Musings: KYU Grill at The Forks

Food Musings: KYU Grill at The Forks

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

KYU Grill
KYU Grill (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

WINNIPEG — If you enjoy variety and lots of food options, you will love the revamped food hall at The Forks. It features menu items from around the world, including the delicacies from KYU Grill.

The reputation of KYU Grill proceeded itself. I had seen their food truck at events like the Food Truck Wars at ManyFest in years’ past. In fact, they took home the People’s Choice Award last Sunday.

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Keeping Manitoba Moving: Jackman-Atkinson

Keeping Manitoba Moving: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, The Neepawa Banner

Semi Truck

NEEPAWA, Man. — “We don’t deliver babies or bad news.” That’s how Manitoba Trucking Association general manager Terry Shaw described the breadth of his industry in an interview a few years ago. Living in rural Manitoba, this description is especially appropriate.

Each year, we, at the Banner, celebrate National Trucking Week, which this year runs from September 4 to 10. I’m happy that for this year’s edition, we have been able to produce a stand alone section celebrating and recognizing this vital industry. In many ways, the trucking industry is hiding in plain sight. We see lots of trucks on the roads, but they’re part of the background noise, few of us pause to think much about the cargo they are carrying. From the clothes we wear to the food we eat, to even the pavement on the roads we drive, life would be exceptionally hard without the trucking industry.

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Food Musings: Across the Board Game Café

Food Musings: Across the Board Game Café

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Across the Board Game Café at 211 Bannatyne Avenue
Across the Board Game Café, 211 Bannatyne Avenue (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

Across the Board Game Café at 211 Bannatyne Avenue is a unique style of restaurant in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. This is their second location and an absolutely beautiful room with soaring ceilings, chandeliers and two walls of windows. Cheerfully adorning a number of walls are bookshelves full of games, old and new from all over the world.

On the evening we visited, one of the concept’s owners, Olaf Pytllik, was our Game Master. He spoke about how the café came to be and that the over 1,000 games on display were once housed in his basement. He also told us about the current board game business and how the game that we were playing was an award winner the previous year.

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Selling Outrage in Partisan News: Jackman-Atkinson

Selling Outrage in Partisan News: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Newspaper - Laptop

NEEPAWA, Man. — We live in an interesting time for media, it’s certainly one of change. Much as the early printing presses allowed anyone with some space to start their own newspaper, the Internet means that today, anyone with a smartphone can become a media outlet.

The Internet has democratized news, but brought us back to a place that is unfamiliar to many media consumers. If you look at old newspapers, say, those from a century ago, you’ll find many competing outlets offering highly partisan news. But since then, the number of outlets has shrunk, advertising has become more expensive and large advertisers decided they didn’t want to spend large sums of money on partisan news likely to alienate half of their customer base. Coverage moved to the centre, focusing on balance, or at least that was the goal. Many people think this is still where all news lives, they haven’t recognized the paradigm shift, especially when it comes to the wild west of online news.

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Trying Times for Justice: Jackman-Atkinson

Trying Times for Justice: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Judge Gavel

NEEPAWA, Man. — How long should the legal process in Canada take? One year? Three years? Five years? There’s a crisis brewing in the Canadian courts and Manitoba might have a solution, though it’s not without its detractors.

In July 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that from the time a charge is laid, to the conclusion of a trial, Superior Court cases will have up to 30 months to be completed and provincial court cases will have 18 months, or 30 months if there is a preliminary inquiry. Their decision added that any delays beyond this timeframe violate the accused’s Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time. The time limits don’t apply if the delays are a result of the defence team.

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Food Musings: One Great City Brewing Co.

Food Musings: One Great City Brewing Co.

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

One Great City
One Great City, 1596 Ness Avenue (FACEBOOK)

The Winnipeg dining scene has recently changed with government permission granted for “brew pubs” in the city. A brew pub can brew beer on site as well as offer up lunch and dinner for a full chef-directed kitchen. Winnipeg now boasts three such establishments and recently we visited One Great City at 1596 Ness Avenue.

We live just across the Assiniboine River from the Polo Park area and we decided to walk on a beautiful summer evening. Upon arrival, we were both hungry and thirsty and looking forward to the visit. The first order of business was our thirst and we chose a beer “flight” so we could taste four of the six beers which were premise-brewed.

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There’s a Reason Newspapers Are Struggling: Waddell

There’s a Reason Newspapers Are Struggling: Waddell

By Ken Waddell, myWestman

Newspapers
(Newspaper image via Shutterstock)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Over the years, my experience has lead me to a well-established philosophy about how to run a newspaper. It is fairly simple. Define your coverage area, print news that is relevant to your coverage area, try to only print the facts in the news stories and opinions on the editorial or opinion pages. With that philosophy in mind, it drives me crazy to read our three daily papers in Manitoba. While they have good, well-intentioned staff who may know their coverage area fairly well, they always seem to wander off topic, and quite badly. It has been reported, both in public financial statements and in observational articles, that daily papers are losing strength. It should not come as a surprise.

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Manitoba Has the Second-Highest Number of VLTs in Canada

Manitoba Has the Second-Highest Number of VLTs in Canada

By Ken Waddell, myWestman

VLT - Slot Machine - Casino
A House of Cards slot machine at Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg. (FILE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — A reader and friend called last week and he was somewhat amazed at how much money gets poured into slot machines in rural towns. That raises the question as to how much do the slot machines return to the winners, to the facility owners and to the government? In 2016, the Town of Neepawa received $57,562.14 which was a $5,000 base fee and the rest on a per capita basis. But that figure pales in comparison to how much money goes out of the community.

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In Neepawa, What’s the Attraction?

In Neepawa, What’s the Attraction?

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Neepawa

NEEPAWA, Man. — What do we want to be known for? It’s an important question every community must ask itself. The Town of Neepawa used to be known for its flowers and each summer, thousands would come from across North America for the Lily Festival. With all those eyes on the town, everyone did their part to help the town live up to its title of “World Lily Capital.” There were publicly-funded lily beds and privately-maintained yards and bus and carriage tours took visitors around to admire the beauty. The concrete deadline of the festival pushed everyone to get the town ready for the attention.

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