Right in the centre - Stuff happens

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

Never in my memory has there been so many cancellations of events across Canada. COVID-19 has resulted in thousands of events and activities being cancelled. The tide is turning, as people are making up their own, new events and activities to fill the void. Grad parades have popped up all over the country and have been so popular that I can see them  becoming a permanent part of annual grad celebrations in the future. Spontaneous events are filling our summer, as we await a return to regularly scheduled events.

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Right in the centre - Words are hard

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

think it’s time to re-visit some definitions. They are open to debate and that is welcomed.

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Right in the Centre - Learning from the past

By Ken Wadddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

I have often said and written words to this effect. “The past is great place to visit but it’s a poor place to live.” Horrible things happened in the past and obviously horrible things are happening today. There are practical solutions that include discussions, reconciliation and actions. Tearing down statues and defacing historic buildings isn’t a solution.

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Right in the centre - Finding the foundation

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

Millions of words and tons of ink have been poured out decrying the state of visible minorities and poor people in Canada and the United States. That we still have minority and poverty issues in North America is both disappointing and discouraging, but it should not be surprising.

All the tragic events of the past days, years and decades show that while, in general, we have life pretty good, we have some disastrous gaps in our society.

We need to step back and push the reset button.

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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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