Category Archives: Columns

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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Food Musings: BMC Market & Tacqueria

Food Musings: BMC Market & Tacqueria

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

BMC Market
A delectable taco trio at BMC Market — Taqueria. (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

When you think about tacos, do you imagine a crunchy shell loaded with grated cheese, sour cream, shredded lettuce, etc? Your preference may be exactly that. But, if you travel to Mexico where tacos originate, you would never find a version like the one mentioned above. In Mexico (and I don’t mean at an all inclusive buffet but an authentic Mexican tienda), we order tacos for snacks and light meals when we are on vacation. The tortilla is always made with a corn flour which gives the wrapping a distinctive taste. Typically tortillas are eaten like flat bread to mop up what is on your plate but are also stuffed with a variety of fillings.

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Fast Food: Jackman-Atkinson

Fast Food: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Cows
Cows are seen at a dairy farm on in Danville, Que., on August 11, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

NEEPAWA, Man. — A lot has changed in Canadian agriculture since 1977, but one thing that hasn’t is the rules that govern the transportation of livestock. In the last 40 years, not only have there been changes in how farm animals are transported, there has been more research into factors impacting their well-being, as well as an increased concern about their welfare. Since 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been working on updating these rules and last December, the federal government released proposed changes to the Health of Animals Regulations. The proposed changes were open for comments until February 15.

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Costs, Unequally Borne: Jackman-Atkinson

Costs, Unequally Borne: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Sears
A Sears Canada outlet is seen Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in Saint-Eustache, Quebec. The retailer has warned Tuesday there are doubts about its ability to continue operating, and says it may have to restructure or be sold. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Rural Canadian shoppers may see some changes in their retail landscape. On June 22, Sears Canada filed for bankruptcy. This isn’t necessarily the end though, the once storied retailer said it expects to remain in business, restructure and come out of bankruptcy protection later this year. In its filing, the company said it needed time to let the impact of changes made earlier this year take effect. They were given 30 days of protection from creditors.

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In Case of Emergency: Jackman-Atkinson

In Case of Emergency: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Hospital Emergency Room

NEEPAWA, Man. — Last week, 18 rural Manitoba communities found out that they would be losing their EMS stations. The changes are part of a province-wide reorganization of health care and the closure of these low volume stations was one of the recommendations in a 2013 report on the province’s emergency medical services.

In making the announcement, Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said that while 18 stations would be closing, five new stations would be built, in Miniota, Cowan, Alonsa, Manigotogan and Eriksdale, and the stations in Virden and Glenboro will be upgraded. These new or upgraded stations will all be staffed 24/7. This wasn’t the case with all of the stations slated for closure, many of which operated on a part-time or on-call basis.

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