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Tax Laws and Social Media’s Foreign Advantage

Tax Laws and Social Media’s Foreign Advantage

Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Social Media
(Social media image via Shutterstock)

NEEPAWA, Man. — It’s not a surprise that governments are slow to adapt to changing times. Bound by bureaucracies and protocols, they tend to be playing catch up, deciding how best to react to the choices already made by citizens. While overall, I don’t mind that our governments aren’t prone to rash decision making, the glacial pace can create deep inequities— something that has been brought into sharp focus.

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A Tale of Two Canadas: How Cell Phone Coverage Varies

A Tale of Two Canadas: How Cell Phone Coverage Varies

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Cell Phone

NEEPAWA, Man. — Did you know that Canadian cell phone users have one of the fastest mobile networks in the world? Neither did I, because I’m usually struggling to find more than three bars of service.

Last month, Open Signal released their annual State of Mobile Networks report, which found that Canada had the 11th fastest network in the world — faster than the U.S. and the U.K., faster in fact than many European countries. Open Signal is an application that users download to help them find networks, towers and improve their connection. It also monitors their usage, and then aggregates that information for reports on characteristics like network speeds and WiFi usage. The speed reported is an average of all of the mobile data connections a user experiences, which also means it effectively measures how much of the users’ networks have been upgraded to the faster 4G technology. The end result is a more accurate picture of real-life network performance.

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What to Expect and How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

What to Expect and How to Prepare Your Child for Their First Dental Visit

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Manitoba Dentist

Dentist Baby

As a general rule, your child should visit the dentist within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth or prior to the baby’s first birthday.

How to prepare
It’s important for the first visit to be a positive experience for your child. Don’t build it up into a big deal, but don’t spring it on him or her either. Let the pace be relaxed and unhurried. Show your child that a visit to your dentist is normal, interesting and pleasant. You may want to read a book about going to your dentist with your child or “play dentist.”
You know your child and are, therefore, the best judge of how to get him or her ready for the first visit. An anxious parent can transfer anxiety to the child. If you yourself feel uneasy about going to the dentist, try hard not to let your child know. In general, be positive and matter-of-fact about it, as you would with any important new experience.

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Food Musings: Saddlery on Market

Food Musings: Saddlery on Market

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Saddlery on Market
Saddlery on Market, 112 Market Avenue

Saddlery on Market is located on the main floor of the Great West Saddlery Warehouse building, erected in 1898. A little bit of Winnipeg trivia: the saddlery company became the world’s largest manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of harnesses and saddles. The restobar has been inspired by Winnipeg’s past and serves homey, comfort food.

I was excited to meet up with an old friend. Her arrival was delayed as she could not find a parking spot in the area, either in a lot or on the street. This must be a real challenge for the restaurant.

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We Can Be Like Buffett: Jackman-Atkinson

We Can Be Like Buffett: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

NEEPAWA, Man. — “Greed is good,” proclaimed Gordon Gekko, the fictional corporate raider in Oliver Stone‘s 1987 movie Wall Street. Written as a story about the perils of greed, it was adopted by a generation (or two) of bankers and executives as a kind of mantra. Then 10 years ago, the Great Recession hit and the general public began to realize that for the vast majority of them, “Greed is good” was coming at their expense. It came in waves of factory closures, home foreclosures, business restructuring and aggressive cost-cutting. It came with stories of deals that were technically legal, but while they may have followed the letter of the law, they weren’t true to the intent.

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Small Business Inequity Needs a Solution: Jackman-Atkinson

Small Business Inequity Needs a Solution: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Small Business Retail

NEEPAWA, Man. — Look down any Main Street in rural Manitoba and you’re guaranteed to see one thing — lots of small businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of the Canadian economy, but nowhere is this more evident than in rural communities. In Manitoba, Statistics Canada reported that in 2015, 97.6 percent of the province’s businesses were small.

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Food Musings: Halong Bay

Food Musings: Halong Bay

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Halong Bay
Halong Bay is located 772 Notre Dame Avenue.

WINNIPEG — Halong Bay in Vietnam is said to be one of the most beautiful bays on Earth and a “New 7 Wonders of the World.” Perhaps the area was once home to the owners of the Halong Bay Restaurant here in Winnipeg-Tuyen and Hoa Nguyen. Having been a long time fan of Vietnamese cuisine, I must admit that I am pretty hard to impress but impress they did!

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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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