Right in the centre - Why we should love elections

By Ken Waddell

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We are now into a federal election campaign. It will be a long campaign and many people will wrinkle their nose at such a long campaign, we shouldn’t. We should be thankful. Compared to some countries where they don’t have fair elections or hold elections at all, we are a very well off country. Over the next number of weeks, people will get a chance to hear the leaders, hear the candidates and to decide how they want to vote. If you don’t vote, you have no reason to complain. It’s that simple. If you are going to complain about the government, then get out and vote. If you aren’t going to vote, then keep your mouth shut, you have no basis to speak.

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Homebodies - Are you listening?

By Rita Friesen

The Neepawa Banner

Moms and grandmas, do you remember being too busy to really listen as a child repeatedly asked a question or tried to tell you something when we were simply too busy, we thought, to pay attention? We said “yes” when we should not have, ignored warning signs when we should have paid attention. Probably happened to dads and grandpas as well, but there I can not speak from experience! (There were a great many “watch me”s that I missed as well)

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Faithfully yours - When organization replaces organism, part one

By Neil Steohschein

The Neepawa Banner

There are two ways to study ancient history. One way—the common way—the way that can put an insomniac to sleep in 10 minutes—is to memorize lists and lists of people and dates, places and dates, events and more dates. That’s how I studied history in college. It…was…boring!

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My perspective - A proactive approach

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

The Neepawa Banner

Like hockey and maple syrup, universal health care is an identifiable feature of Canada. The problem is that, unlike hockey and maple syrup, there are shortages within the health care system that leave many people paying for services they can’t access.  We aren’t just paying a little bit either. In 2015/2016, the province in planning to spend $6 billion on Health, roughly 38 per cent of the entire $15 billion budget. 

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View from the legislature - July 30

By Leanne Rowat

 Riding Mountain MLA

Another session of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly wrapped up on June 30, but not to the benefit of Manitobans. The session that started with the budget address on April 30 was the shortest spring session since the last election. The government chose to sit only 35 days compared to the longest session sitting 90 days in 2013.

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