My perspective - Fuelling frustration

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

Like most tax saving opportunities, the details are specific, a bit convoluted and hard to find. But as the days roll closer to April 1, when the federal carbon tax will be implemented, information is finally starting to trickle out about just what exemptions farmers will have, and how they can go about accessing them.

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Right in the centre - Will anyone be surprised?

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

For some reason, the legislature in Winnipeg is buzzing with rumours that we might have an early election. That could be because Premier Pallister has hinted at it. It could be because the PCs promise to reduce the PST from 8 per cent to 7 is to come into effect a year earlier than predicted. It could be because the NDP and Liberal parties are talking about it a lot as well.

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My perspective - Shopping for rural opportunities

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

After dramatically transforming one industry after another, the online revolution has come for the retail sector. The number of Canadians shopping online has been rising, which has led to great handwringing about what this means for the retail sector. You can’t blame them, we’ve all seen the impact the internet had on buying things like air travel and movie rentals.

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Right in the centre - Misguided leadership

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

At the time of this writing, the SNC-Lavalin scandal is looking a lot like a sinkhole for the Trudeau Liberal federal government. As this column is being put together, two women cabinet ministers have resigned, namely, Jody Wilson-Reybould and Jane Phillpott. I mention they are women cabinet ministers, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made such a special mention of having a large number of women in his cabinet. At the get-go, that was a mistake. Appointing them was not the mistake, but to point out that they were women was. As soon as a politician gets into quota politics, it is assumed that the quota is the qualification and not the skill-set the appointee may have. Trudeau was willing to boast that he appointed women, so now that he is losing women cabinet ministers, he can wear equal amounts of shame upon their departure.

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My perspective - Health care, right around the corner

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

In communities across the province, Manitobans don’t have easy access to health care. Physician shortages have left many without a family doctor and ER closures have moved health care that’s accessible on short notice further down the highway. 

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