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Blue Bombers’ Stadium a Losing Game: Jackman-Atkinson

Blue Bombers’ Stadium a Losing Game: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Investors Group Field
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ new home Investors Group Field prior to the first day of Rookie Training Camp in Winnipeg on May 29, 2012. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Our roads are in shambles and Manitobans are concerned about cutbacks to health care, yet last month, the provincial government announced that it is writing off $82 million in loans to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The loans are related to the construction of the Bombers’ new stadium, Investors Group Field, and are part of a saga that has been filled with nothing but bad news for taxpayers.

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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

Store Open Sign

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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Food Musings: Clementine

Food Musings: Clementine

By Kathryne Grisim (@foodmuser)

Clementine
(KATHRYNE GRISIM PHOTO)

Down the stairs of a former Princess Street warehouse sits one of Winnipeg’s shining stars. Clementine is open for breakfast and lunch and for every one of the numerous times I have visited, it has been packed. On weekends you have to be particularly patient. It has always been well worth the wait. The morning I was at Clementine recently, two owners of other successful Winnipeg restaurants were noshing there as well.

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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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