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  • Privatizing liquor sales a headache for Tories

    WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Free Press editorial “Climate Right For Privatization Talk” (Sept. 23) draws some parallels between my work analyzing the privatization of the Alberta Liquor Control Board (ALCB) in the mid-1990s and the current climate in Manitoba and the new mandate of Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government and concluded it might be the right time to eliminate Manitoba’s state liquor board, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries (MLL).

  • All Dressed Up -- Wedding, grad expo always in fashion

    Excited brides, grooms and grads gathered at the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavilion on Sept. 17 and 18 to browse the latest fashion trends for all things wedding and graduation at the Brandon Wedding and Graduation Expo.

  • All Dressed Up -- Prairie Social Singles fills up the dance floor

    The Park Avenue Activity Centre was abuzz with folks “All Dressed Up” and ready to dance the night away on Sept. 10.

  • The Mission At Hand -- Training a Ukrainian platoon

    When I joined the military in 2010, I figured that my first deployment would be to Afghanistan. However, when I arrived at 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in CFB Shilo in December 2014, all that was left of that prospect was the stories of my unit’s final tour the year before. Yet, true to the axiom, “There is always going to be somewhere to deploy to,” a year and a half later, I was packing my bags for a deployment on Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s military training mission in Ukraine.

  • Citizen Active -- So many reasons to appreciate podcasts

    This Friday is International Podcast Day. Who knew? And what’s all the fuss about? I have become a super podcast enthusiast, so I am happy to expound upon said subject!

  • Neelin Views -- It's the most wonderful time of the year!

    It’s that time of year again. The leaves are changing colour, the days are getting cooler, and the Neelin journalism team is up and running, which of course can only mean one thing: the school year has begun. That’s right, that feeling of studying, finishing assignments and waking up at the crack of dawn is here once again. Although most of those things sound atrocious, some aspects about the new school year actually have people excited.

  • We could use a little hopeful induction these days

    It is human nature for us to think about the next moment, to plan for tomorrow and to look ahead to the future. We do this naturally as individuals, communities, nations and at a global level. This natural process induces hope — a hopeful induction.

  • Privatizing liquor sales proven to be a net loss

    Should alcohol sales be dominated by a Crown corporation? A new study indicates the answer is yes.

  • Morning Mess -- Welcome to fall, Westman

    Today at 9:21 a.m. local time, it finally arrived.

  • Rein in payday lending to start tackling poverty

    WINNIPEG — I met Ben and Sherry when I was facilitating a focus group discussion in Winnipeg with consumers who use payday loans. Their stories help illustrate a serious national problem.

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