Right in the centre - The value of being prepared

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

The province is asking people in Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) to wear masks as much as possible in public places. It’s not too much to ask.

The battle against COVID-19 needs to be taken seriously, so masks are fine by me where they are required.

I also believe context and history are important.

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Right in the centre - Don’t let casual sloppiness come back to bite us

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

Some news out of Australia shows that regular flu deaths have dropped dramatically this year. Right now is Australian winter, if you can actually call what Australia has as a winter season. Nevertheless, it is flu season in that part of the world. The drop in regular flu deaths is being attributed to all the extra measures that have been taken to combat COVID-19.

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Right in the centre - Some advice I have picked up

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

It is likely a good thing that the Province of Manitoba has largely left it to local school divisions to set the ground rules for students going back to school this fall. If they had imposed top-down rules, it would have had the same disastrous results that happen whenever top down rules are forced on local situations.

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Right in the centre - Better information needed

By Ken Waddell

Neepawa Banner & Press

think we need to realize that the COVID-19 situation is real, but it shouldn’t be as scary as the media and government make it out to be. To listen to the media, one would assume that the world is coming to an end very soon. The world is not coming to an end, at least not due to C-19 or Donald Trump or Justin Trudeau.

Most people realize that COVID-19 is a flu that can be fatal, but usually only to people who are already sick. People can get it without symptoms and at the other extreme, relatively healthy people have been known to die. C-19 is a serious situation, for sure, but some perspective is needed, perspective more than fear.

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Column like I see 'em - 2020 is the year of being stupid on purpose

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

There is an old saying that suggests, “You can’t fix stupid.” Well, apparently you can’t make it put on a tiny cloth mask either.

Recently, several events took place across Canada in protest of mandatory mask wearing policies being implemented due to COVID-19. According to the organizers, the movement, known as Hugs over Masks is fighting for the restoration of their liberties and way of life. The group via its social media platforms says that it is dedicated to removing lockdown measures its members believe are “unnecessarily harming Canadians.”…Oh sweet baby Jeebus, where do I even begin with these clowns!?

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