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  • Citizen Active -- A history of struggling to grasp climate change reality

    So the Paris climate change summit starts today. As global citizens, we are asked to think about a really big issue. But as humans, we are at a disadvantage. We evolved to live in small groups, dealing just with immediate things close at hand. But consider matters affecting billions of people? Generations into the future? Science? Hello, 21st century!

  • Neelin Views -- This Global Machine

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  • Our water resources are a public trust

    WINNIPEG — Mono Lake sits in the shadow of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, 450 kilometres north of Los Angeles. It teems with brine shrimp and blackflies, sustaining millions of migratory birds. Although the lake is saline, the streams that enter it are not. Since the early 20th century, these streams have been diverted to provide potable water for southern Californians. Humans need water, and surely the needs of people trump birds and brine shrimp. Or perhaps not.

  • Guest columnist -- Is there better in your best?

    Earlier in November I attended a conference put on by the Coaching Association of Canada, an organization built to support the coaching industry by providing resources, athlete-focused support, and the National Coaching Certification Program.

  • Regional Viewpoint: Time to power up east-west Prairie electrical grid

    For historic reasons, electric power tends to be transmitted north-south within provinces, with any extra power being exported to the United States. However, shale natural gas, along with a general decline in the cost of fossil fuels worldwide, has made Canadian electricity less attractive to Americans. This can become a huge advantage for our country. If we can invest in creating an east-west electrical grid, we can generate and transmit the cheapest and cleanest power in the world.

  • Morning Mess -- Bullying in Brandon -- fine time

    Teachers and kids won’t be wearing pink for another four or five months to combat bullying. But right now in Wisconsin, one police department is taking the fight to the bullies, by hitting them where it hurts — in their parents’ chequebook.

  • Regional Viewpoint -- Political parties need to come clean on CPP

    WINNIPEG — Manitobans have heard a lot from political parties in recent weeks about their vision for the future of the province. All parties have set ambitious goals of one kind or another, but no party has staked a clear position on the most important federal-provincial issue affecting small business owners and working Manitobans: a devastating increase to Canada Pension Plan (CPP) payroll tax premiums.

  • All Dressed Up -- Revellers celebrate artillery regiment's longevity

    The 26th Field Artillery Regiment RCA Brandon Military Ball is Canada’s oldest continually occurring single unit military ball and celebrates more than a century of military presence in the city of Brandon by 26th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA and its predecessors.

  • All Dressed Up -- Moscow Ballet gives Westman early holiday gift

    Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” was a completely sold-out show for the whole family to enjoy on Nov. 13 at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece did not disappoint as those in attendance were able to enjoy the sweetest Christmas celebration of the season.


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