My perspective - The end

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

Like that, in the blink of an eye, it’s over. Earlier this year, when I gave my notice, I planned to spend a lot more time reflecting on the almost 14 years I spent at the Banner, including the 13 years writing this column. It’s amazing how quickly the world changed.

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Right in the centre - Canada Post has strayed from its mandate

By Ken Waddell
Neepawa Banner & Press

Canada Post has a monopoly on First Class mail. In return for the monopoly, the First Class rates are supposed to be uniform across Canada and they are supposed to give priority to First Class mail at all levels, including processing at the local post offices. At Christmas time and now again in early April, staff are overworked handling parcels, mostly from Amazon. Now, with COVID-19 restricting people’s movement, online shopping is flooding the system. At Neepawa, we can go for two or even three days without the FC mail being sorted and it isn’t the local staff’s fault. The flood of Amazon parcels and other online shopping shipments are drowning the Post Office.

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My perspective - Looking to the past

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

Imagine you want to go to the movies with your friends, but you can’t, because all the theatres are closed. Everything is closed. This could have been written about today, but it wasn’t.

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Right in the centre - Life goes on– hopefully!

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

When it comes right down to the facts of life (and death), all we have is hope. We are living in trying times. We have all gone through trying times before, be it personally, in our family history or in the history of our country.

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Right in the centre - Some observations on our current situation

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

have had the privilege of receiving information about the COVID-19 virus from an infectious diseases physician. His first and strongest message was that while he and his co-workers have been repeatedly thanked for being on the front lines, he emotionally insisted that it is the average Canadian, you and I and all our friends and neighbours, who are on the front lines in this great battle.

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