Small Businesses the Lifeblood of Rural Communities: Jackman-Atkinson

Small Businesses the Lifeblood of Rural Communities: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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You can get everything you want on Amazon, except for a vibrant community. Rural towns may be diverse, but they all have one thing in common; if you look up and down their Main Streets, you’ll find small businesses.

According to Industry Canada, this country is home to over 1.14 million small business and each day, these entrepreneurs wake up and get to work, doing the heavy lifting of driving Canada’s economy. Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural communities, not only do they provide local goods and services, they also provide employment and support for local organizations and events. Big business might get all the limelight, but for one week, at least, it’s time for small business to shine.

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Section of Garbage Hill Closed for Waste Cover-Up

Section of Garbage Hill Closed for Waste Cover-Up

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Someone placed a homemade sign on Garbage Hill in September 2018, which garnered city-wide attention on social media and beyond. The sign was promptly removed by city workers the same day. A portion of the hill is being closed for repairs over the next week to cover up existing garbage underneath its surface. (IVY INFORTUNO / TWITTER)

WINNIPEG — A small area of Westview Park, better known as Garbage Hill, is being closed next week because of waste exposure.

The city says the steep hill on the south side of the park is frequently used by people for exercising and has worn down over time, exposing some previous garbage.

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Winnipeg Voters Set Records for Advance Turnout

Winnipeg Voters Set Records for Advance Turnout

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Advance voter turnout is setting records in Winnipeg’s municipal election, thanks in part to an easier voting process.

Numbers released Friday by the City of Winnipeg report an estimated 39,500 people have taken part in advance polls to elect mayor, council and school board trustees.

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Call for Better-Trained Social Workers in Report on Dead Manitoba Teen

Call for Better-Trained Social Workers in Report on Dead Manitoba Teen

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Manitoba Advocate For Children And Youth Daphne Penrose addresses a news conference in Winnipeg, Friday, Oct.19, 2018. Penrose says an Indigenous teenager who died after struggling with addiction did not get the help he needed. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert)

WINNIPEG – An Indigenous teen who struggled with addiction and died in 2016 did not get the help he needed from social workers, school officials and others, Manitoba’s advocate for children and youth said Friday.

The 17-year-old, who is not identified in Daphne Penrose’s 104-page report, was repeatedly let down in efforts to curb his drinking and drug use, and was left in unsafe homes by social workers who should have known better, she said.

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Manitoba Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Death of His Young Daughter

Manitoba Man Sentenced to Eight Years in Death of His Young Daughter

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press

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People enter the Law Courts in Winnipeg on Monday, February 5, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – A Manitoba man has been sentenced to eight years for the death of his 21-month-old daughter after failing to report abuse the judge called horrific and noticeable.

A jury found Daniel Williams, 37, guilty of manslaughter in February in the 2014 death of Kierra Elektra Starr Williams from the Peguis First Nation.

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Study of U.S. Hospital Figures Links Pot Use with Increased Risk of Stroke

Study of U.S. Hospital Figures Links Pot Use with Increased Risk of Stroke

By The Canadian Press

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A cloud of smoke hangs over the crowd as thousands of people smoke marijuana during the 4-20 annual marijuana celebration, in Vancouver on Friday, April 20, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

MONTREAL – New research is being presented at a conference in Montreal today linking recreational cannabis use with an increased risk of stroke.

The study, being outlined at the World Stroke Congress, looked at five years of hospital statistics from the United States.

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