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Spill the Beans: Ferment it

When I moved to the farm after 13 years of living in the city, my grandmother suggested I start small. You know, small garden, only a few chickens, don’t bite off more than you can chew…I didn’t really listen. Maybe I should have. But now, almost three years into my prairie farm life, I think it might be too late to heed her wise advice… Spill the beans is a weekly column chronicling my attempts… Read More
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Exporting failure

One can only hope for the sake of the patients of China’s Rizhou Hospital that their Wellness Centre will not also include the institutionalized racism, dismal wait-times for critical surgeries and tests, and inexcusable lack of accountability that is endemic here in Manitoba. Read More
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What once was old is new again

On Monday, July 20, 2015 once the servers finished doing what they do, the Spectator Tribune will have shed its once current design for clean lines, white space, and intuitive usability. It’ll be a better experience for those reading and those writing. Read More
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Pet Patter: Dog massage, part two: Therein lies the rub

The act of pet massage ought to be relaxing for both your pet and for you, so make sure you are in the right frame of mind before you begin. Do not hesitate to pat your dog or praise him while administering massage. Be sure to speak softly. Your dog should view this process as a treat or reward; something to enjoy, not endure. Let us do everything we can to make them feel safe, stimulated and loved. Read More
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Daddy Issues: Fathers of confederation, fathers of reconciliation

Names are important as signifiers of who and what we are. They are also indicators of a historical trajectory of which we — whether acknowledged or not — are all set upon together. We’ve decided to name our firstborn of this new generation Russin, and the following is a brief history — cobbled together by insights from my father, nana, great aunts and an admittedly amateur interest in our country’s history — of that name. Read More