Right in the centre - I am skeptical

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

The federal Liberal government has been studying newspapers for several years. A couple of years ago, I was invited to fly to Ottawa to testify before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage. At that time, I made the case that we need reliable local newspapers to cover local news, sports and political issues. The whole fake news idea was gaining steam at that time and has since become a full-blown epidemic. There are now many “news” outlets that spread falsehoods with pride and others that do it by way of sloppy reporting.

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My perspective - Experience, mediocrity

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

Experience, we all know it’s important, but are we valuing the right kind? I listened to a podcast last week that got me thinking about this topic. It was a conversation with Rick Rubin, one of the most influential music producers in America and in 2006, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

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Right in the centre - The locally printed word

By Ken Waddell

Neepaw Banner & Press

Every week, and sometimes several times a week, we get an email from some company out of New York, Toronto or somewhere else far away, wanting to help us with doing our job at our newspaper. Typically, they offer written content for our paper. It isn’t free of course, it comes at a price. Having a cost attached to it isn’t the worst part. The worst part is the assumption that what someone writes 2,000 miles away would be of specific interest to local people. We are a local paper and our success, or at least the key to our survival, is that we provide stories you won’t find anywhere else.

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My perspective - What about the others?

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson

Neepawa Banner & Press

This fall, Manitoba Public Insurance launched a new awareness campaign. Called “Save the 100”, the campaign aims to put a face and a story to the approximately 100 Manitobans who die annually as a result of traffic accidents. The initiative is part of the 2017-20 “Road to Zero”, a partnership between MPI and the Province of Manitoba, which aims to make Manitoba’s roads the safest in Canada.

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Right in the centre - Gotta love the facts when you can find them

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

Facts should be the basis of most decisions, at least one would think so. It should especially be true with politics and public policy. Recently the provincial government decided to look for proposals for the air ambulance service. Seems like a reasonable idea to see if a private company or companies can get the job done. Apparently, there are 100s of flights per year.

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