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Ready or Not: Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs Winding Down Over Next Decade

Ready or Not: Baby Boomer Entrepreneurs Winding Down Over Next Decade

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Editor, myWestman.ca

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NEEPAWA, Man. — Over the next decade, it’s estimated that about $1.5 trillion worth of business assets will change hands in Canada. The success or failure of this transfer will have a huge impact on Canada’s economy and I’m not convinced we’ve done all we can to prepare.

We knew the day would come when Canada’s ageing baby boomer entrepreneurs would look towards transitioning out of their businesses and towards retirement. According to data from 2014, about half of both small and medium-sized business owners were between 50 and 64 years of age. When you add the 12 percent of small business owners and 14 percent of medium business owners who are over 65 years of age, it’s easy to see why 72 percent of Canadian business owners plan to exit their companies in the next decade.

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New Funding, Old Problem for News Outlets: Jackman-Atkinson

New Funding, Old Problem for News Outlets: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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NEEPAWA, Man. — The newspaper industry is one in flux. While the various components that make up the industry are often lumped together, the reality isn’t nearly such a homogeneous group. There are dailies and weeklies, rural and urban markets, chains and independents. The problems of one aren’t necessarily the problems of all.

At the national level, there is great concern about the loss of publications, as chains like Postmedia, Glacier and Torstar close papers to either consolidate or leave a market. There’s legitimate concern about what this means for democracy, what it means when there are fewer watchdogs in the corridors of power. Part of the problem is that the daily newspaper business used to be very profitable. People talk of the “good old days,” when daily newspaper owners were flush with cash and owned sports teams. Like almost every other industry, ours was fundamentally changed by the digital revolution. Instead of adapting, to start with, the country’s biggest players thought that maybe if they owned more, they would be protected from this new reality. All that we ended up with was a media landscape heavily concentrated in the hands of a few over-leveraged companies, desperate to make their next loan payment.

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Saving the ‘Others’ on Manitoba’s Roads: Jackman-Atkinson

Saving the ‘Others’ on Manitoba’s Roads: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

NEEPAWA, Man. — This fall, Manitoba Public Insurance launched a new awareness campaign. Called “Save the 100,” the campaign aims to put a face and a story to the approximately 100 Manitobans who die annually as a result of traffic accidents. The initiative is part of the 2017-20 “Road to Zero,” a partnership between MPI and the Province of Manitoba, which aims to make Manitoba’s roads the safest in Canada.

This is set against the backdrop of collision statistics. According to MPI’s 2017 Traffic Collision Statistics Report, 65 of the 51,844 collisions reported in Manitoba resulted in a fatality and 73 people died as a result of traffic accidents. The five-year trend is seeing a rise in the number of accidents, but a decrease in the number of fatalities. While 86 percent of accidents that resulted in injury or death occurred in urban areas, rural crashes accounted for a disproportionate number of serious injuries — 69 percent of people killed and 43 percent of people seriously injured.

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This Time, It’s (Too) Personal: Jackman-Atkinson

This Time, It’s (Too) Personal: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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NEEPAWA, Man. — While at times I do so begrudgingly, I am overall happy to participate in Statistics Canada’s surveys. Governments can only make decisions as good as the information they have, and the only way they get that data is if we give it to them.

We can’t complain that governments don’t know what’s actually going on in our communities or industries if we don’t tell them. However, I think Stats Can’s latest proposed initiative is a step too far.

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Help Our Hospital: We All Need HSC, and HSC Needs You!

Help Our Hospital: We All Need HSC, and HSC Needs You!

The following is a paid advertorial on behalf of the HSC Millionaire Lottery.

When asked if he would return to Winnipeg and once again be the face and voice to promote the 2018 HSC Millionaire Lottery, Winnipeg Blue Bomber legend Milt Stegall didn’t hesitate.

“This place has meant so much for me, done so much for me, and I feel this is the least I can do by, by giving back,” said Stegall, who is serving as the Millionaire Lottery spokesperson for the third straight year.

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Home with a Heart: Meet the Family Behind Winnipeg’s HSC Lottery Home

Home with a Heart: Meet the Family Behind Winnipeg’s HSC Lottery Home

The following is a paid advertorial on behalf of the HSC Millionaire Lottery.

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Sharayah and Curtis Moffat are the builders behind the beautiful grand prize River Heights home in the 2018 HSC Millionaire Lottery.

Last year, the HSC Millionaire Lottery was tremendously proud to feature a prize home in Winnipeg’s North River Heights neighbourhood.

And this year, the lottery has returned to one of the province’s most exclusive neighbourhoods! HSC’s largest Grand Prize package stars a ‘European Farmhouse’ style home by Alair and builders Curtis and Sharayah Moffat — who the hospital foundation partnered with for last year’s River Heights gem, as well.

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Seeing Green: Black Market Cannabis Will Flourish Until Legal Prices Lowered

Seeing Green: Black Market Cannabis Will Flourish Until Legal Prices Lowered

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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Cannabis harvested at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., is photographed on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. A Manitoba community that only allowed bars in 2011 has voted no to letting pot stores open up shop. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Fencing and feed for livestock are exempt from provincial sales tax (RST). Also exempt are protective bike helmets, artificial limbs, and children’s safety equipment. Interestingly, so too is retail cannabis.

When the provincial government announced earlier this year what taxes would be applied to recreational cannabis sold in the province, RST wasn’t on that list. Sales of the drug are subject to levies applied by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries, which include markups of $0.75 per gram, plus an additional nine percent. Retailers also have to pay a “social responsibility fee,” amounting to six percent of their revenues. There is also a federal tax, which will be split between the provincial and federal governments.

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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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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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