Right in the centre - This isn’t what I wanted

By Ken Waddell

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They told me, “You have MG.” I would much rather they had said, “You have an MG,” you know, the British sports car, a red one, fully restored and ready to roll. I would have figured out how to fit my somewhat older, chubby body into it. I really would have.

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Right in the centre - Listening to the information - Part 2

By Ken Waddell

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Here is another batch of comments and information that I have received in response to a request I put out two weeks ago for readers to share their experiences with health care and especially with COVID-19

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Column like I see 'em - Facebook isn’t our friend, but in this one case, it’s certainly not our enemy

By Eoin Devereux

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can’t stand Facebook. While many users of the networking platform are able to use it to great efficiency to keep in touch with friends and family, I think it has outlived its usefulness. For me, Facebook is just the place to find out which relatives/former co-workers are unexpectedly racist or to quietly resent the fact that my friends are much better at vacationing than I am. Those complaints, however, are more of a “me” problem. It’s not Facebook’s fault that I’m not very social with social media.

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Right in the centre - Listening to the information

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

Last week, I put out a call for people to give me their thoughts on COVID-19 and especially about the care homes. Unlike our normal practise, I didn’t ask people to provide their names as some of the stories might come back and bite the writers. I just felt that it was important that all the people who died, especially those in care, did not die in vain. I think they would have wanted and their families would want some good to come out of this pandemic.

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Right in the centre - Maybe it’s time to step forward

By Ken Waddell

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 There will be many lingering after-effects of COVID-19. Certainly the most heart-wrenching is the deaths. Over 800 people in Manitoba have died in the year C-19 has been with us. That is just over two people per day, no less sad, but it is important to look at the context. About 30 people per day die annually in Manitoba. The death rate for Manitoba for 2020 is reported to have been 11,226, for 2019, 1,127 and for 2018, 11,121. Considering we lost 800 people to C-19, the overall death rate only went up by 99, so obviously C-19 did not raise the death rate by much. 

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