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Dentists Treat You, Not Your Dental Plan

Dentists Treat You, Not Your Dental Plan

Presented by the Manitoba Dental Association:

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DentistYour dentist’s treatment recommendations are based on your dental health needs, not your dental plan.

According to the 2010 Canadian Health Measures Survey, 62% of Canadians have a pre-paid dental benefits plan, but many don’t realize that such group plans are not designed to meet individual dental health needs. Dental plans are a valuable component of extended health benefits and are designed to offset the cost of dental treatment. Understanding how dental plan benefits work can help patients make informed choices in partnership with their dentist or dental specialist.

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Imposing Old School of Thought on New Media: Jackman-Atkinson

Imposing Old School of Thought on New Media: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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The logo of American entertainment company Netflix is pictured at the Paris games week in Paris, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Christophe Ena)

Radio stations and cable providers over a certain size have to pay into the Canadian Content Development Fund and Canadian Media Fund. These organizations provide money to help fund the production of Canadian television, film, music and digital media. Canadian broadcasters have complained that it’s hard to compete with international streaming services that don’t have these extra costs. It’s a legitimate complaint as many Canadians abandon cable and satellite TV.

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Food Musings: Kevin’s Bistro

Food Musings: Kevin’s Bistro

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

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Kevin’s Bistro, known for hearty servings of mac and cheese, has many other delicacies on its menu. (KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

Confession time — I recently got to suggest a place for my girlfriends and I to dine out. Since the occasion for our get-together was to celebrate my birthday, I got to pick. When I went online to see that Kevin’s Bistro only serves mac and cheese, I thought perhaps I had made a dining mistake. Was Kevin’s going to be too casual for our get-together? Was everyone going to be able to find something to eat? Would we all go into a carbohydrate coma?

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Farmers Miss Opportunity to Voice Feedback on Upcoming Provincial Changes

Farmers Miss Opportunity to Voice Feedback on Upcoming Provincial Changes

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Editor, myWestman.ca

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NEEPAWA, Man. — The 2016 Canadian Census of Agriculture recorded 20,140 farm operators and 14,791 census farms in Manitoba. Only 37 of them provided input into the upcoming changes the province’s Agricultural Crown Lands (ACL) program, which took place earlier this year.

Manitoba Agriculture released the report, compiling stakeholders’ feedback, earlier this month.

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Study Finds Many Canadians Living with Life Regrets

Study Finds Many Canadians Living with Life Regrets

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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Regrets — it’s almost impossible to make it through life without a couple. But what do people regret most as they look back on their lives? A recent study by a Cornell Psychology professor, Tom Gilovich, and former Cornell grad student, Shai Davidai, shine a light on some of the things we regret the most and what we can do about it. It turns out that what we most regret is not living up to our ideal selves.

The research paper, called “The Ideal Road Not Taken,” builds upon two areas of study. The first is that people tend to regret the things they haven’t done more than the things they have. The second is that our sense of self is made up of three elements: the actual (the attributes a person believes they possess), ideal (the attributes they would ideally like to possess) and the ought (the person they feel they should be based on duties, obligations and responsibilities).

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Attracting the Future: Neepawa the Latest Manitoba Municipality to Rebrand

Attracting the Future: Neepawa the Latest Manitoba Municipality to Rebrand

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Editor, myWestman.ca

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After close to six months of work, last week, the Neepawa Tourism committee launched the community’s new brand. I’m excited to see this greater focus on tourism and I’m not alone, judging from the strong turnout at the unveiling.

Neepawa is part of a larger trend, as many communities, like Clear Lake, have recently completed a branding process and others, like Minnedosa, are looking into it.

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Food Musings: Mon Ami Louis

Food Musings: Mon Ami Louis

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Mon Ami Louis
(KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

There are certain signs of summer when you live in Winnipeg-the fruit trees in full bloom, the quickly flowing Red River, bikes and pedestrians everywhere and in the case of this year, the end of the hockey season. In addition, now that Mon Ami Louis opens only for the fair weather months, the opening of its doors on the Provencher Bridge.

Three good friends were assembled that day-one of the first sunny and balmy days of the season. The air conditioning actually provided some relief as we entered. I was warm from making the trek from my parked car and across the bridge when one of the trios pointed out that there is some designated parking for Mon Ami Louis guests on the east side of the river. I will research that option next time.

Read the full review of Mon Ami Louis at FoodMusings.ca.

It’s About Time: Canadians Not Taking Advantage of Full Paid Vacation

It’s About Time: Canadians Not Taking Advantage of Full Paid Vacation

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

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NEEPAWA, Man. — Many times, I look to the south and feel glad to live in Canada. This time of year, we have another reason to be glad we live and work in Canada — vacation.

As a Canadian worker, the concept of paid vacation time is something we take for granted. Not so to the south, the United States has the distinction of being the only industrialized country without a legislated requirement for paid time off, for either vacations or public holidays. This, and a recent taste of summer weather, got me thinking about vacations.

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