My perspective - Small wishes for the season

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

As we close in on Christmas, businesses are anxiously looking at their books to see just how they’ve done this year. This is especially important for the small businesses that run up and down our Main Streets, many of whom rely on end of year purchases to keep them profitable.

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Right in the centre - Clouding the Christmas message

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

Last week’s column raised some serious questions as to how the Christian church might better serve Christ’s intentions and the wellbeing of His followers. All Christians should be thankful for the Christmas season, the message and the full meaning of Christmas. Christ was born as a baby in Bethlehem. He is the Son of God, but he came to earth to be our Saviour. The message is over 2,000 years old, usually revered, but sometimes rejected.

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My perspective - Bringing health care off the highway

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

This week, the provincial government announced a new plan to make health care more accessible to Manitobans. Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventative Services Plan was developed over 18 months and included the input of thousands of frontline health care providers and about 300 clinical leaders.  The goal is to decentralize health care from Winnipeg, putting it closer to the province’s residents.

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Right in the centre - Are we doing what we should be doing?

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

As we approach Christmas, it is often a time for reflection. Many thoughts go through my mind about the season and the core Christian message. Christmas and Easter are the two biggest events in any Christian church calendar. At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Saviour. At Easter, we pause with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that Jesus died on the cross so we could be saved. These two annual events have instructed and intrigued the world for a long time.

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My perspective - Authentic stories

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

Canada is becoming increasingly urban and it’s having an unexpected impact on the agricultural community. The 2016 Census of Agriculture found that in 2016, there were 271,935 farm operators across Canada. For comparison’s sake, there are three times as many people who live in the City of Winnipeg. It’s not hard to see why Canadians are so poorly informed about agriculture, they have lost their first hand connection. 

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