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Your co-op and credit unions are not grocery stores and banks. They are principles and movements that in many ways defend members from an exclusively profit driven world and grant us the ability to offer care and opportunity to one another. A return to implementing this mission would be a stride worth taking.

Take it in stride

Co-ops and credit unions have a long and distinguished history. This history has always had a character of separate and apart from the mainstream. A distinction of people joining together, pooling resources and sharing in an endeavour that stood outside the traditional big business and big bank models. Often this separateness occurred because both

PRED Executive Director Vern May

Other people’s money

How does the landscape of the Portage region change if all local businesses withdraw their sponsor support of sports teams, events and community causes for one full year? Does anyone have an estimate of just how much our local merchants are “taxed” by our demands to contribute financially to the projects that are near and dear to our own hearts? Wh

The Les Green Report

The Les Green Report

They were travelling light, it seemed to me. The two young men came out of the supermarket just as I drove up, each with a bag of a mixed variety of edibles. “Right here will do” one of them said, as they dropped down on the pavement. They must have been quite hungry as they started to rip open the packages with eager fingers. As I went into the st

Al Collins

Black swans

The picture of ponds and waterways idealized with flocks of swans is always the colour scheme of white on blue. Black swans are the rare but true occurrence. They are unpredictable in their arrival, their impact, and their consequence. Their departure is noted, if at all, simply by the lack of, rather than the studied history that now watches for t

Opportunity is knocking

In Pursuit of Brand Status

The insecurity of acne-ridden youth is oddly reflected in generations many years their senior and it’s creating an environment that is eerily akin to the hallways of junior high. It’s not that we are stuck on who’s sporting a shiny new pair of Nike Airs or the latest name brand apparel that signify that they are among the trendy “it” crowd. However

Inclusion is a word now uttered and pronounced as an obligatory profession of faith, an assurance of correctness, a plea that no offence be taken, and a mantra uttered no differently than the prayer wheels of Tibet, turning and turning as though the very volume elicited will reach the magic total that transforms the world into peace and harmony for all.

Exclusion, the new inclusion

Inclusion is a word now uttered and pronounced as an obligatory profession of faith, an assurance of correctness, a plea that no offence be taken, and a mantra uttered no differently than the prayer wheels of Tibet, turning and turning as though the very volume elicited will reach the magic total that transforms the world into peace and harmony for

Well, what else would you call your old collie dog? Submitted by Les Green

Come on! Let’s go for a walk

So come with me for a couple of walks, from days gone by, that I remember so well. What brought the first to mind was the “someday” plan for a north end recreation park development now being considered. Why, that is to be in the very same spot as the little Mill Park of my childhood.THE PARK BY THE MILLYes, on the site of the Centennial Arena compl

Mandatory minimums

Mandatory minimums

Mandatory minimums The tension between the State and the Judiciary may never be better demonstrated than over this issue. As designed, the State writes and codifies laws and regulations. The Judiciary are to implement the State’s positions but with the leeway of interpretation and more broad based considerations regarding the umbrella of constituti

 View from Parliament Hill – Omar Khadr

View from Parliament Hill – Omar Khadr

View from Parliament Hill – Omar Khadr Recently, the Liberal government decided to apologize and compensate Omar Khadr to the tune of $10.5 million. Many constituents have called and emailed my office in the last couple weeks to let me know of their shock and disgust of this decision by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. My Manitoba colleague James Bez

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