Homebodies - Fleeting thoughts...

Rita Friesen

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Years ago I was assigned a book written by Ralph Milton, ‘This United Church of Ours’. The author relayed the formation of the United churches and a history of the process. He then underscored how the church is unique and a work in progress. I liked his writing style. This week, I picked up another of his books, a collection of musings, personal and from observing this world of ours. I still like his writing style. 

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My perspective - Food for thought

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

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Agriculture is extremely important to our region, but as many people know, the real money isn’t in primary production. In agriculture, changing a commodity into a more finished product adds greatly to its value.

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Right in the centre - Reality and consequences

By Ken Waddell

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There is a growing divide between reality and what people want to believe. What people want to believe and what people wish were true is one thing. Reality may be quite another thing. The mainstream media and many people in the academic world seem to have a very open view to what they perceive to be reality. Here are three widely unrelated examples

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GMC Canyon diesel: Canada’s most fuel efficient pickup truck?

GMC-Canyon

By Ben Castle

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369 pound feet of torque, 7,700 pounds maximum towing, 7.9 litres per 100 kilometres highway - those are the headline figures for GM’s new GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado diesel mid-size pickup trucks.  In other markets, Ford, Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and Isuzu will all sell you a mid-size diesel truck that will tow up to 3.5 tonnes but for now, here in Canada, GM are offering something rather unique in the marketplace, with the only comparable vehicle being the larger and more expensive full-size Ram 1500 Ecodiesel.  This strategy appears to be meeting with some success, with Canyon/Colorado sales up 30% last year, since the introduction of the diesel option and with combined sales of 12,562 units in 2016, it narrowly outstripped the mid-size favourite, Toyota Tacoma.  So does the new Canyon/Colorado diesel genuinely offer the holy grail of compact car fuel economy and full-size truck capability, all in a less expensive, more manoeuvrable package?

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Homebodies - Examining my backpack

By Rita Friesen

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Each of us carries an invisible backpack. It is filled with things that make us who we are, and too often, determines our place in the universe. One of the biggest items I carry is that I am born and raised in North America, Canada in particular. Travelling abroad, the little Canadian flag opens doors and softens interchanges. Oh, it’s not an actual flag I carry, but being Canadian is respected and respectful. Our standard of living, our education system and yes, our political system are one of the assets we carry.

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