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Visitors Wanted: Manitoba Has So Much to Offer

Visitors Wanted: Manitoba Has So Much to Offer

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Brian Bowman - Journey to Churchill
Mayor Brian Bowman plays an unsuspecting Journey to Churchill tour guide in a television spot highlighting Winnipeg’s tourist destinations, including the Assiniboine Park Zoo The exhibit is one of the most popular for tourists to visit while in Manitoba. (YOUTUBE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Have you dreamed of looking into the Mona Lisa’s eyes, sitting on the beach in Barcelona, or standing in St. Mark’s Square in Venice? Across the globe, many people are now making their travel dreams a reality and it’s creating unexpected problems, especially in historically popular destinations.

As ever-growing numbers of people rush to those popular destinations, both residents and tourists alike are experiencing what has been termed “over-tourism.” The unrestricted crowds of people swarming to a mostly fixed number of destinations have created resentment among both locals, who see their communities taken over by tourists and the souvenir shops and multinational businesses that have popped up to serve them, and vacationers, who complain of large crowds and poor visitor experiences.

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Jackman-Atkinson: Where’s the Beef?

Jackman-Atkinson: Where’s the Beef?

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Cow

NEEPAWA, Man. — It’s been a little over a year since provincial Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler announced an ambitious goal to grow the province’s beef cattle herd from about 400,000 animals, to pre-BSE levels, about 750,000 animals, by 2026. For those in the industry, the vocal show of support was welcome news, but making that dream a reality is easier said than done.

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The Winners and Losers of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan

The Winners and Losers of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Solar Panels - Wind Farm

NEEPAWA, Man. — A provincial carbon tax is coming and for better and worse, it will have an impact on rural Manitobans. While we know how much we will pay and when, one big question remains — what will happen to the projected $260 million the province is expecting to collect annually? Right now, Manitobans can have their say, but it won’t last long.

One of the major benefits of the Made in Manitoba climate and green plan, announced about a month ago, is that it allows that money to spent according to Manitoba’s priorities, not those of Ottawa. In announcing the plan, Premier Brian Pallister said that it wouldn’t just be dumped into general revenue, it would be spent in ways that help Manitoba achieve the initiatives sent forward in the plan. To that end, a survey is currently available asking Manitobans how they would like to see the money used.

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Agreement Disagreement: Jackman-Atkinson

Agreement Disagreement: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press

Manitoba Legislative Building
Manitoba Legislative Building (FILE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Manitoba is one of the few remaining jurisdictions in which project labour agreements (PLA) are used, but that might be changing. On November 3, the provincial government opened consultations on their current procurements practices, with a goal of reducing or eliminating the use of PLAs on major government projects.

PLAs are used on large-scale projects and set the wage rates and benefits that will apply to all employees. They replace any existing collective bargaining agreements and usually require that all workers hired pay union dues during their work on the project, even if they aren’t a union member. Recently in Manitoba, PLAs were used on Bipole III and the Red River Floodway expansion.

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Canada’s Contribution to Aerospace: Jackman-Atkinson

Canada’s Contribution to Aerospace: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, The Neepawa Banner & Press

World War II Bomber
A World War II bomber sits on display near Edmonston, N.B. (PAT BRENNAN PHOTO)

NEEPAWA, Man. — The airplane is an iconic image of World War II. While planes were used in WWI, their transformation from a mostly reconnaissance tool to a full-fledged weapon was a defining characteristic of the Second World War. From dogfights over Europe to bombers over Japan, the airplane played a crucial role in bringing the battlefield to the skies.

What many people don’t know, however, is the important role Canada played in preparing aircrews, including pilots, air observers, navigators, wireless operators, air gunners and flight engineers for the front lines.

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Time to Rethink Manitoba’s Health-Care Funding: Waddell

Time to Rethink Manitoba’s Health-Care Funding: Waddell

By Ken Waddell, myWestman

Blood Pressure
(Blood pressure measuring image via Shutterstock)

NEEPAWA, Man. — The Manitoba government put out three fairly major announcements this past week. Finance Minister Cameron Friesen announced that the deficit for the 2016-17 year ending last March 31 will be less than anticipated. The province will still spend more than they took in, but the losses are apparently slowing down. The minister also announced some progress in reducing “red tape” which is a commonly used nickname for excessive government regulations. According to Friesen, there are 906,824 regulations. Quite frankly, I think he has missed a few. Government red tape is a most frustrating thing and it often stands in the way of progress, just ask any town council or developer about that topic.

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Keeping Manitoba Moving: Jackman-Atkinson

Keeping Manitoba Moving: Jackman-Atkinson

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, The Neepawa Banner

Semi Truck

NEEPAWA, Man. — “We don’t deliver babies or bad news.” That’s how Manitoba Trucking Association general manager Terry Shaw described the breadth of his industry in an interview a few years ago. Living in rural Manitoba, this description is especially appropriate.

Each year, we, at the Banner, celebrate National Trucking Week, which this year runs from September 4 to 10. I’m happy that for this year’s edition, we have been able to produce a stand alone section celebrating and recognizing this vital industry. In many ways, the trucking industry is hiding in plain sight. We see lots of trucks on the roads, but they’re part of the background noise, few of us pause to think much about the cargo they are carrying. From the clothes we wear to the food we eat, to even the pavement on the roads we drive, life would be exceptionally hard without the trucking industry.

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There’s a Reason Newspapers Are Struggling: Waddell

There’s a Reason Newspapers Are Struggling: Waddell

By Ken Waddell, myWestman

Newspapers
(Newspaper image via Shutterstock)

NEEPAWA, Man. — Over the years, my experience has lead me to a well-established philosophy about how to run a newspaper. It is fairly simple. Define your coverage area, print news that is relevant to your coverage area, try to only print the facts in the news stories and opinions on the editorial or opinion pages. With that philosophy in mind, it drives me crazy to read our three daily papers in Manitoba. While they have good, well-intentioned staff who may know their coverage area fairly well, they always seem to wander off topic, and quite badly. It has been reported, both in public financial statements and in observational articles, that daily papers are losing strength. It should not come as a surprise.

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Manitoba Has the Second-Highest Number of VLTs in Canada

Manitoba Has the Second-Highest Number of VLTs in Canada

By Ken Waddell, myWestman

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A House of Cards slot machine at Club Regent Casino in Winnipeg. (FILE)

NEEPAWA, Man. — A reader and friend called last week and he was somewhat amazed at how much money gets poured into slot machines in rural towns. That raises the question as to how much do the slot machines return to the winners, to the facility owners and to the government? In 2016, the Town of Neepawa received $57,562.14 which was a $5,000 base fee and the rest on a per capita basis. But that figure pales in comparison to how much money goes out of the community.

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