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Mind Matters: Protecting Your Melon a Vital Piece of the Puzzle

Mind Matters: Protecting Your Melon a Vital Piece of the Puzzle

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Brain

NEEPAWA, Man. — Participation in sports has a myriad of well-documented benefits. The confidence, improved health and teamwork and leadership skills learned in sports can be applied throughout life. But the news might not be good across the board; there is a growing body of research into the downside of the way we are playing certain sports. As the fall season gets underway and players head to the rinks and fields, what’s being done to ensure their long-term health?

Research into the link between brain injuries and sports has been growing, especially the role that sports can play in the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is a degenerative brain disease found in those with a history of repetitive brain injuries. Medically, CTE is the result of protein called tau forming clumps, which eventually spread and kill brain cells. CTE isn’t specifically tied to concussions, but seems to be strongly tied to brain-jarring hits.

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Seniors a Vital Part of Our Communities: Jackman-Atkinson

Seniors a Vital Part of Our Communities: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Senior Bus

NEEPAWA, Man. — Through their knowledge and their efforts, seniors give a tremendous amount to our towns, villages and rural municipalities. In this week’s paper, we are celebrating Seniors’ Week, which aims to recognize the contributions made by seniors to our communities. You don’t have to look far to see the vital role they play.

The population of seniors in Canada is growing and the 2016 Census showed that our country had reached a milestone; for the first time ever recorded, there were fewer children than seniors. The fastest growing segment of the population in Census 2016 was those over 100 years old. It wasn’t a surprise, just the end result of two long-term trends: longer life expectancies and declining birth rates. These trends aren’t expected to reverse and by 2031, Statistics Canada predicts that almost a quarter of Canada’s population will be over 65-years-old.

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A Beef with Meat: Jackman-Atkinson

A Beef with Meat: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Beef - Cattle

NEEPAWA, Man. — Every hero needs a villain and it seems that farmers are unknowingly being cast into that role.

At the end of July, New York-based company, WeWork, announced they would no longer support the consumption of meat. Not only would they not serve red meat, pork or poultry to their 6,000 workers at company events, but they will also no longer reimburse employees’ expense claims for meals which include meat.

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Delay in Carbon Tax Expected to Save Manitobans $60M

Delay in Carbon Tax Expected to Save Manitobans $60M

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Gas Pump
A gas pump is shown at a filling station in Montreal on April 12, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Somewhere, I suspect there are pigs flying. The Manitoba carbon tax was supposed to come into effect last weekend, but the NDP has delayed its implementation.

Yes, the NDP opposed a tax and in a letter to the editor, party leader Wab Kinew acknowledges the unexpectedness of the action, “I know some of you may be thinking, ‘The NDP giving us a tax break? What, is it going to snow today too?’”

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For Bridgwater Neighbourhoods, ‘Designed to Be Neighbourly’ is More Than a Catchy Ad Slogan

For Bridgwater Neighbourhoods, ‘Designed to Be Neighbourly’ is More Than a Catchy Ad Slogan

The following is a paid advertorial on behalf of the Neighbourhoods of Bridgwater.

Bridgwater Neighbourhoods

From the very beginning, the goal for Bridgwater has been to capture the sense of a community where everybody knows one another; an old-fashioned small town nestled within a larger city. As Bridgwater has evolved, that design is becoming a reality for family after family.

Every facet of Bridgwater is guided by thoughtful, careful planning that starts with design and architectural guidelines that ensure every house feels like a truly unique home. Colours, styles, and landscaping strike a balance between personal preference and larger neighbourhood aesthetics resulting in street after street of beautiful places for people to live, enjoy and grow.

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Hay, There’s a Problem: Jackman-Atkinson

Hay, There’s a Problem: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Hay

NEEPAWA, Man. — It’s been a dry summer, after a winter that didn’t see a lot of snowfall and another dry summer last year. For livestock and forage producers, this prolonged dry spell has meant that hay crops are down, way down.

Across the western part of the province, where the drought has been most pronounced, hay crops are down as much as 3/4 in some places. I know producers whose hay fields yielded close to 1/10th of what they usually produce.

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War on Work: Jackman-Atkinson

War on Work: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Construction Worker

NEEPAWA, Man. — What if we’ve been thinking about work all wrong? I recently watched a TED talk by Mike Rowe, best known as the host of the Discovery Channel’s TV show, “Dirty Jobs.” The talk is almost a decade old, but the issues remain relevant today.

Dirty Jobs had a simple concept, Rowe and his crew would spend each episode working a “dirty job,” something not so glamorous, yet essential. The goal was to showcase the hardworking people we need for modern society to thrive. In each episode, Rowe would act as the apprentice, getting his hands dirty under the direction of the person being profiled. The program gave him the unique experience of working with everyday Americans in all 50 states.

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Divide to Conquer: Canada Not Immune to Foreign Political Interference

Divide to Conquer: Canada Not Immune to Foreign Political Interference

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Editor, myWestman.ca

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In this Feb. 2, 2013, file photo, a smartphone display shows the Twitter logo in Berlin, Germany. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Soeren Stache)

NEEPAWA, Man. — As a Canadian sitting in rural Manitoba, it’s hard to believe that we have been unknowingly targeted by cleverly disguised propaganda from a foreign government. But that seems to be the case.

Late last month, data from Clemson University researchers Darren Linvill, an associate professor of communication, and Patrick Warren, an associate professor of economics, was made public. The data compiled by the South Carolina professors was nearly three million tweets from accounts identified as being operated by a well-funded Russian “troll factory,” called the Internet Research Agency (IRA), which has ties to the Russian government.

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