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Food Musings: East India Company

Food Musings: East India Company

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

East India Company
East India Company, 349 York Avenue (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

Thirty years ago, prior to my marriage, I lived downtown in the Holiday Towers. Often times on a warm evening while I sat out on my balcony, I would get a beautiful waft of mellow spices. East India Company (349 York Avenue) was responsible for the exotic aromas. Recently I stayed next door to my old apartment for a conference/retreat and followed my nose back to East India Company.

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Piece by Piece: Funding Manitoba’s Growing Health Care Needs

Piece by Piece: Funding Manitoba’s Growing Health Care Needs

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Hospital Bed
(Hospital bed image via Mary Rice / Shutterstock)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Changes are coming to local health care. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve interviewed representatives from two companies expanding their private home care services into the Neepawa area. Looking at trends, I suspect this is something we are going to see more and more.

The demand for private care is being driven by a number of factors, one of which is the more limited services provided by government funded home care. Provincial home care provides a range of services, including personal care assistance, such as help with bathing or transferring to a wheelchair; home support, such as help with meals and light housekeeping; health care, such as education or nursing care; in-home respite, to provide short-term relief for a family caregiver; supplies and equipment; adult day programs; volunteer services and community housing with support options.

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Reeling in Canada’s Hot Real Estate Market

Reeling in Canada’s Hot Real Estate Market

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

For Sale
A sold sign is pictured outside a home in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, June, 28, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Like an impending disaster, the housing market in two of Canada’s largest cities is hard to take your eyes off of. While we may be watching from a safe distance, one way or another, it’s going to have an impact across the country.

A decade ago, our decision to move back to Manitoba was prompted in part by the high housing prices in Vancouver. Over the last 10 years, prices have only climbed higher. In January 2016, the average price for detached houses in the Lower Mainland (which includes more than just the city of Vancouver), hit a high of $1.83 million, well beyond the reach of most average homeowners.

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Food Musings: Falafel Place

Food Musings: Falafel Place

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Falafel Place
The falafel breakfast at Falafel Place, 1101 Corydon Avenue. (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

For decades Ami Hassan has been a fixture at the River Heights restaurant he owns and operates.

He is typically visible in the open kitchen putting his special flair onto Middle Eastern dishes. I have known him to leave his station and come into the dining room to admonish patrons for lingering too long over coffee, declaring that he needed the space for hungry customers.

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Time, Money and Little Change to Canada’s Health Care

Time, Money and Little Change to Canada’s Health Care

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Jane Philpott
Health Minister Jane Philpott responds during question period in the House of Commons, in Ottawa in an October 25, 2016, file photo. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

NEEPAWA, Man. — The issue of access to health care has been in the news a lot lately, both locally and internationally. It’s not surprising — health is one of the areas of government that has the biggest impact on our lives and it’s also the area in which we spend the most.

In Gladstone, residents are concerned about access to medical services, with one vacant nurse practitioner position, another set to be vacant this month and the recent retirement of one of their two physicians. The health authority has already begun recruiting for the nurse practitioner positions and an international medical graduate is expected to begin working in the community late this summer. But for now, the community will face a crunch, for how long isn’t yet known. They aren’t alone — hospital closures, reduced service levels and having to go out of town to access medical services, both routine, and emergency, are common in many rural communities.

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Food for Thought: From Manitoba Farms to the Table

Food for Thought: From Manitoba Farms to the Table

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Kitchen - Stove - Dishwasher

NEEPAWA, Man. — Agriculture is extremely important to our region, but as many people know, the real money isn’t in primary production. In agriculture, changing a commodity into a more finished product adds greatly to its value.

There are many companies, including Neepawa-based Farmery Brewery who have taken this route. They not only make beer from their barley, they have also started packaging it into products, such as cake mixes.

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Food Musings: Olympia Diner

Food Musings: Olympia Diner

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Olympia Diner
Olympia Diner, 3253 Portage Avenue

WINNIPEG — We introduced our children to restaurant dining at an early age and now we enjoy doing the same with our grandchildren. Generally, family restaurants do the best job with accommodating kids. With research, I knew the Spiridakos family-owned Olympia Diner (3253 Portage Avenue) so I thought we had gone to the right place.

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A Problem of Perception? Shortages Remain in Field of Tradespeople

A Problem of Perception? Shortages Remain in Field of Tradespeople

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Construction Worker

NEEPAWA, Man. — One of the things I love most about my job is that every week, I get to look at what I’ve created. Every week is a new adventure with tangible results, I can flip through the pages and see the results of our work. If you’ve ever built something from scratch or made something broken work, you know the satisfaction that comes from the skilled trades. Not just that, but you also know how important they are.

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When It Comes to Class Size, How Big is ‘Small’?

When It Comes to Class Size, How Big is ‘Small’?

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Classroom

NEEPAWA, Man. — There will be some changes in the classrooms and hallways of Manitoba schools this fall. On March 14, the provincial government announced that the previous government’s Smaller Classes Initiative (SCI) will be replaced with the new Early Years Education Initiative for the 2017-2018 school year. The SCI required 90 percent of classes from Kindergarten to Grade 3 to have a maximum of 20 students. The new program won’t tie divisions to a specific class size, but will allow them to direct funding in ways they feel will best improve student outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

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Food Musings: Sushi Cushi

Food Musings: Sushi Cushi

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Sushi Cushi

Sushi CushiSometimes even food aficionados want to throw down their aprons and exit the kitchen. One Friday I hosted a dinner for 25 people in our home and the next evening cooked for and hosted another social event for 40. Come Sunday evening I really wanted to consume something that I had not prepared but was mindful that we have been successful in keeping our new year’s resolution of careful eating. Sushi was just the ticket.

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