Category Archives: Columns

Strength in Numbers: Jackman-Atkinson

Strength in Numbers: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Chuck Davidson
Chuck Davidson (HANDOUT)

NEEPAWA, Man — Last week, the Neepawa business community got a reminder of the good that can come from working together. Chuck Davidson, president of the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, was in town to visit local businesses and speak at the Neepawa Chamber’s annual general meeting. It marked a good opportunity to step back and look at the big picture.

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Shovels in the Forecast: Jackman-Atkinson

Shovels in the Forecast: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Snow Stuck
People push a stuck car after two days of snow in Winnipeg, Wednesday, December 7, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

NEEPAWA, Man. — If I were a store owner in Westman, I would be thinking about stocking up on rubber boots — it looks like demand might be strong this spring. On Monday, the provincial government released their most recent flood update and it’s looking wet. The report pointed to higher levels of soil moisture going into winter, higher levels of winter precipitation and unfavourable weather conditions in making their forecast.

While there is still a few months of uncertainty regarding weather and melt rates, Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced that there is a risk of moderate to major overland flooding across the province. It’s not looking good for southwest Manitoba, in particular, as the Red, Souris, Pembina, Lower Assiniboine and Roseau rivers, as well as the southwest region of the province in general, are reported to be at risk for major flooding.

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Food Musings: Mercadito Latino

Food Musings: Mercadito Latino

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Mercadito Latino

Mercadito Latino
Mercadito Latino, 570 C Sargent Avenue

When Mercadito Latino was on Henderson Highway I would drive by and wonder about its offerings inside. Unfortunately, I never had an excuse to go in. Three years ago the Mercadito relocated to 570 C Sargent Avenue and was able to add more dining space. I’m guessing that is when it became a full-blown restaurant.

The structure of the business is very much like the places that we love to visit in Mexico with the wife in the kitchen lovingly recreating her family recipes and her husband up front serving the tables and manning the cash register. We were introduced to Sonia Lemus when she finally had an opportunity to sit down at the end of her evening. She was as good-natured and pleasant as her husband Julian. Together they own and operate the market and restaurant.

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Rise of the Machines: Jackman-Atkinson

Rise of the Machines: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Metal - Machines

NEEPAWA, Man. — Donald Trump’s election as American president last fall was driven in part by his promise to bring back American jobs. In many parts of the U.S., where people saw first hand the devastation of factory closures and unemployment, this message was appealing. The problem is that fingers weren’t actually pointing at the right villain in the attack against the American middle class.

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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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