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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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Food Musings: The Diner’s Grill

Food Musings: The Diner’s Grill

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

The Diner's Grill
The crispy chicken sandwich at The Diner’s Grill. (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

In North America, a diner is typically a small roadside restaurant with a long counter and booths. The Diner’s Grill (405 Turenne Street) has neither a long counter nor booths, but it does serve up authentic diner-style, from scratch, comfort food and it does so very, very well.

Located in the middle of the St. Boniface industrial area, it took Siri to help us successfully navigate to the spot. Since my daughter-in-law and I had a three-year-old and a one-year-old with us, our server (who I assumed was Josh, one of the owners) immediately gave us a children’s menu to order for the little ones.

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Technology and the Cost of Doing Business: Jackman-Atkinson

Technology and the Cost of Doing Business: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Woman Computer

NEEPAWA, Man. — Often times, what’s old is new and in many ways, today’s businesses are returning to the tactics used by their predecessors over a century ago. The technology may have changed, but businesses are once again realizing that they need to take an active role in engaging with their customers, instead of just waiting for them to show up.

Catalogues were a staple of 19th and early 20th century retailing — Eaton’s was just one of the many businesses that built a cross-Canadian empire through mail order. The model took them right into their customers’ homes, loudly proclaiming who they were and what they sold. Then, transportation got faster, easier and cheaper and businesses realized that they didn’t have to get into their customers’ homes, the customers would come to them. But things have changed once more.

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Arts Curriculum Funding Vital in Grooming Younger Generation for Society: Jackman-Atkinson

Arts Curriculum Funding Vital in Grooming Younger Generation for Society: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Classroom

NEEPAWA, Man. — Last week, Neepawa area residents had the chance to watch this year’s major production, put on by the students at Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute. It was a fantastic show and a great opportunity to see all of the talent in our school, talent which I’m sure exists in schools across the region. Watching the students on stage made me think about what a valuable experience this was for them as they prepare to graduate into adulthood.

For school divisions or governments looking to save money, fine arts programs, including drama, music, choir, visual arts and dance, are usually one of the first items on the chopping blocks. That’s an incredibly short-sighted path.

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Food Musings: Bouchée Boucher

Food Musings: Bouchée Boucher

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Bouchée Boucher
The Creole shrimp rice bowl at Bouchée Boucher. (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)
Bouchée Boucher
Bouchée Boucher, 101-300 Tache Avenue (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

WINNIPEG — If you travel to major cities in Canada you may have noticed the new urban practice of creating spaces for multiple purposes. Winnipeg restaurants are catching on too as you may have noticed at Fools & Horses on Broadway, Thom Bargen on Sherbrook and now Bouchée Boucher (101-300 Tache Avenue). In the case of the latter, a butcher shop and a full-service restaurant share the space on the corner of Marion Street and Tache Avenue in St. Boniface.

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Jackman-Atkinson: Fake News, Real Problems

Jackman-Atkinson: Fake News, Real Problems

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, during the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s National Days of Remembrance ceremony. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

NEEPAWA, Man. — The news media in general has taken a bit of beating over the last decade, but these days, the public is being reminded of the industry’s continued relevance, thanks to an unexpected source, the rise of fake news.

Fake news, and its relative, “alternate facts,” have been buzzwords driven into the public consciousness by Donald Trump’s American presidency. While Trump’s definition of fake news might be a little broader than most, we have all seen links to entirely fabricated stories with wild headlines. I’ve seen them everywhere.

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Jackman-Atkinson: From Small Beginnings

Jackman-Atkinson: From Small Beginnings

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

NeepawaNEEPAWA, Man. — For much of the last year, in the Neepawa Press, we have been publishing a series of stories called “Where are they now?”. The stories are by Rick Sparling, a local sports historian who has published two books about Neepawa’s hockey history: The History of Public School Hockey in Neepawa and Amateur Hockey in Neepawa — A Scrapbook. For those outside the Press’ circulation area, or who haven’t read the articles on myWestman.ca, Sparling catches up with the players whose teams were featured in his books to find out what they went on to do with their lives.

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Food Musings: East India Company

Food Musings: East India Company

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

East India Company
East India Company, 349 York Avenue (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

Thirty years ago, prior to my marriage, I lived downtown in the Holiday Towers. Often times on a warm evening while I sat out on my balcony, I would get a beautiful waft of mellow spices. East India Company (349 York Avenue) was responsible for the exotic aromas. Recently I stayed next door to my old apartment for a conference/retreat and followed my nose back to East India Company.

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Piece by Piece: Funding Manitoba’s Growing Health Care Needs

Piece by Piece: Funding Manitoba’s Growing Health Care Needs

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman

Hospital Bed
(Hospital bed image via Mary Rice / Shutterstock)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Changes are coming to local health care. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve interviewed representatives from two companies expanding their private home care services into the Neepawa area. Looking at trends, I suspect this is something we are going to see more and more.

The demand for private care is being driven by a number of factors, one of which is the more limited services provided by government funded home care. Provincial home care provides a range of services, including personal care assistance, such as help with bathing or transferring to a wheelchair; home support, such as help with meals and light housekeeping; health care, such as education or nursing care; in-home respite, to provide short-term relief for a family caregiver; supplies and equipment; adult day programs; volunteer services and community housing with support options.

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