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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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Good Work, Quietly Done: Jackman-Atkinson

Good Work, Quietly Done: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Planting

NEEPAWA, Man. — Concern for the environment is something that unites most Canadians. Whether or not it’s because our national persona is tied up in a combination of wheat fields gently blowing in the wind and pristine lakes and woods, protecting our landscape is a cause that’s very close to most Canadians’ hearts. While most Canadians agree on the importance of protecting the environment, many disagree about how best to accomplish this goal.

When it comes to resource dependence, we are far behind many European countries, who have long been moving towards renewable energy, both for economic and environmental reasons. Germany, for example, broke a record on April 30 of this year, when 85 percent of the country’s electricity came from renewable sources, including wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric.

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Fewer Fences, Better Neighbours: Jackman-Atkinson

Fewer Fences, Better Neighbours: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Transport Warehouse

NEEPAWA, Man. — Canada is a vast country. While distance may limit a person’s ability to see all of it, for most Canadians, provincial borders are nothing but a big sign, some nicer pavement and maybe a rest area; there are no border guards, checkpoints or fences. But the same doesn’t apply to businesses and their products.

The average Canadian gives little thought to interprovincial trade, we just assume it’s as easy for products to cross provincial borders as it is for people. After all, Section 121 of Canada’s founding document, the 1867 Constitution Act, talks about interprovincial trade, reading, “All articles of the growth, produce or manufacture of any one of the provinces shall, from and after the union, be admitted free into each of the other provinces.” For businesses, working across borders isn’t nearly as simple as it should be.

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Food Musings: Picasso Feast at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Food Musings: Picasso Feast at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Picasso WAG Feast
Feast @ WAG is June 8, July 6 and August 10. (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

You may have heard that the Winnipeg Art Gallery is hosting a special exhibit of the works of Pablo Picasso this summer. In celebration of this fabulous exhibit, the restaurant at the WAG, headed up by Chef Mark Andrews is hosting a special dinner and gallery tour entitled “Feast: Picasso & Mediterranean Cuisine.”

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Green Light for Taxi Changes?

Green Light for Taxi Changes?

Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Uber
The Uber logo is seen in front of protesting taxi drivers at the Montreal courthouse, on February 2, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

NEEPAWA, Man. — By the end of this year, the road may be paved for ride-sharing services, such as Uber, to operate legally within the province. On March 20, the provincial government introduced Bill 30, which will deregulate the industry and open the door for new players. In essence, the bill will dissolve the Manitoba Taxicab Board and move responsibility for regulation of vehicles for hire to municipal governments.

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Farming in Manitoba Not Like the Old Days: Jackman-Atkinson

Farming in Manitoba Not Like the Old Days: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Farming

NEEPAWA, Man. — During the winter, one could be forgiven for forgetting that we live in an agricultural area. Far from sight, the cows are in the corrals and the crops are in the bins. But with each passing day, we are reminded of the importance of agriculture to the region. Each warm day, we see more farm equipment on the roads and in the fields and cows and calves can be seen out in the pastures.

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