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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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Deciphering Fact and Fiction in the Digital Space

Deciphering Fact and Fiction in the Digital Space

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Computer Mouse
(Computer mouse image via Shutterstock)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Fake news has been in the news a lot lately, especially in the context of the American presidential election. In recent months, fake news sites, with click-bait headlines, have seen wide-spread sharing on social media platforms. With many people never reading beyond the headline, the reports, which either have no solid grounding in fact or are taken wildly out of context, are believed to have played a strong role in shaping voters’ opinions of the candidates and ultimately, the choices they made in the voting booth.

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Food Musings: King + Bannatyne

Food Musings: King + Bannatyne

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

King + Bannatyne
King + Bannatyne, 100 King Street (KATHRYNE GRISIM)

King + BannatyneYears ago when I worked in Winnipeg’s Exchange District we could lunch at the King’s Head Pub, or grab dim sum or a noodle bowl and that was about it. Recently, the area has been re-populated with exceptional restaurants and now all you have to do is head in that direction and you are certain to come across one. You will not have any problem remembering where King + Bannatyne is located because it is exactly where the name indicates.

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Right in the Centre — News Must Be Reliable, Verifiable

Right in the Centre — News Must Be Reliable, Verifiable

By Ken Waddell, Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

Newspapers
(Newspapers image via Shutterstock)

If all goes according to plan, by the time you read this column, I will have made the following presentation to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage in Ottawa:

We have been involved full time in newspaper publishing since 1989, when we started up The Neepawa Banner from scratch, in competition with The Neepawa Press, which had been publishing since 1896. In 2010, the Neepawa Press was sold to a major corporation. I declined to sell to that same corporation and by 2015, they sold the Neepawa Press to us. We are pleased to be able to store 120 years of history in our archives.

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The Whiskey Jack Could Soon Be Canada’s National Bird

The Whiskey Jack Could Soon Be Canada’s National Bird

By Roger Currie

Whiskey Jack
A whiskey jack sits on a post in Lake Louise, Alta., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. A two-year-long, Canada-wide search has resulted in the gray jay, also known as the whiskey jack, being chosen as Canada’s national bird by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Bravo and hats off to the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. They have spent the past two years finding out which feathered creature is favoured by Canadians to be our national bird.

Despite the fact that we are thought of as a nation of beer drinkers, the winner is — wait for it — the whiskey jack! It’s also known as the grey jay, and it won out over the loon, the snowy owl, the Canada Goose, and the black-capped chickadee.

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