My perspective - Of combines and code

Kate Jackman - Atkinson
Neepawa Banner & Press

What do a tractor and Microsoft Word have in common? A lot, if equipment manufacturers get their way. For close to a decade, automobile manufacturers have been governed by Right to Repair legislation. In Canada, this voluntary agreement came into effect in 2009 and requires manufacturers to make key software and training available to independent garages, which allows someone other than the dealership to access a vehicle’s software in order to diagnose and repair problems.  Given the increasing level of computer control on modern vehicles, such access is required for almost all repairs. Automobile owners can also take it one step further, all vehicles must use the same data port, meaning owners can purchase inexpensive scanners to do their own diagnostics.

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Right in the centre - Canada Post lowers service one more time

Ken Waddell
Neepawa Banner & Press

Canada’s newspaper industry and rural Canada has had a strained relationship with Canada Post for several decades. Canada Post has been involved in a self-inflicted downward spiral for a long time. They slipped a notch lower this month. Canada Post is reducing its services yet again to rural Canada. They have reduced the number of truck deliveries in and out of rural post offices and have drastically changed their schedules. Many post offices will get fewer deliveries and pick ups and while the reduced schedule is one factor, the change in schedule is disruptive to say the least. This paper delivers a large number of copies through the post office.

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Thumbs up, Thumbs down - February 23, 2018

Submitted 
Neepawa Banner & Press

Thumbs up to the Town of Neepawa and all the volunteers for the wonderful activities provided on Family Day.  After skating, trying the obstacle course and playing on the snow hill, we enjoyed free hotdogs and hot chocolate. It was a great afternoon. Thank you!

Maggie Mabon
Neepawa, MB

Letters - CPP hike cost could be greater than government projections

Ted Mallett
CFIB Chief Economist

The federal government has likely underestimated the negative impact on jobs of the planned Canada Pension Plan (CPP) increases, according to a new analysis from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Starting in 2019, CPP premiums will rise for five straight years, followed by another two years where the maximum amount of income CPP premiums are levied upon will increase.

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Homebodies - “In a gentle way you can shake the world.” - Gandhi

Rita Friesen
Neepawa Banner & Press

Which one of us has never desired, at times deeply, to shake the world, at least shake our world? Elzeard Bouffier, a humble shepherd, turned a wilderness into a lush forest. In a lifetime spanning two World Wars, while madmen killed each other for world power, this individual quietly and anonymously brought his world back to life, planting one acorn at a time. He not only created natural beauty, but contributed to healing an entire town that had fallen into despair. One man, working gently, living day to day, seeding love wherever he went.

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