Right in the centre - Normal better come soon

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

In a news release on Monday, the Province of Manitoba issued its 99th advisory to Manitobans.

It said, “Public health officials advise no new cases of COVID-19 have been identified as of 9:30 a.m. today (Monday June 1). The total number of lab-confirmed positive and probable positive cases in Manitoba are, as of Wednesday, June 3, are 298.

The data also shows no individuals in hospital or intensive care, nine active cases and 282 individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at seven. The total number of tests performed since early February is 445,923.”

The province, its health officials and staff have done a good job of keeping COVID-19 at bay. The early initial response was the correct one. But the time has come to evaluate and move on.

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Column like I see 'em - Selfishness disguised as freedom

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

There’s no reason to let a little global pandemic get in the way of your good time bro! That seemed to be the mindset of many people recently, as there appears to be an aggressive strain of stupid going around out there parallel to COVID-19.

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Right in the centre - Rural is different and maybe better

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

A recent study done by Totum Research for News Media Canada confirms that a universally applied strategy will not result in universal access to a message. In smaller markets across the prairies, media habits are different, particularly when it comes to readership of newspapers. Printed community newspapers are read by almost 80 per cent of those who live in prairie communities under 100,000 residents. It appears that the transition from print to online has not happened in rural areas like it has in urban markets.

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Right in the centre - More to COVID-19 than meets the eye

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

As Manitoba’s combination of good management, good fortune and good luck produces enviable COVID-19 results, there are some deeper lessons to be learned.

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Right in the centre - Rural people already knew this

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

“We” have been told a lot of things that rural people instinctively knew were wrong. Here’s a partial list of wrong things we have been told.

•Rural life is not a good thing, city life should be our goal.

•Farming is not a good career.

•Bigger is better. Bigger cities, larger apartment blocks, bigger care homes, larger buses and commuter trains, bigger airplanes and  cruise ships.

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