The great reboot

The great rebootBDC monthly economic letter, May 2020 After a sudden stop, the economy is headed for a complicated and gradual recovery Economic upheaval in response to efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic came fast: Closures of schools and non-essential businesses, a halt to public events and major changes in the lives of many people. But while the cessation of activities was…

Indian Motorcycle reborn, again

Polaris now has control of the classic name and is manufacturing a seven-model lineup. There are dealers across Canada

Indian Motorcycle reborn, againNo other motorcycle name has had as storied and controversial a history as Indian. After a dizzying number of bankruptcies, owner changes and legal wrangling, Indian Motorcycle has been re-established. This time it’s under the umbrella of Polaris Inc., which purchased the company in 2011. Polaris manufactured the now-discontinued Victory line of motorcycles, and still…

How to assess your community’s smart energy initiatives

While communities see the potential, they require tools and resources to support their efforts in community energy planning

How to assess your community’s smart energy initiativesBy Tonja Leach and Ericka Wicks QUEST QUEST and Pollution Probe recently launched the Smart Energy Communities Benchmark, a first-of-its-kind tool that provides a powerful benchmark that Canadian municipalities and utilities can use to assess their Smart Energy Community progress. Municipalities have a growing interest in community energy planning because it offers opportunities to strengthen…

Bergen re-appointed Conservative house leader

Bergen re-appointed Conservative house leaderLeader of Canada’s Conservatives and the official opposition, Andrew Scheer, announced the appointment of a strong, diverse team to lead the Conservative caucus and re-appointed the Portage-Lisgar MP Candice Bergen as the opposition House leader. Bergen has been the opposition house leader since September 2016. “I am honoured to continue to serve as the Conservative…

Why Canada needs a plan to address dementia and Alzheimer’s

There is no magic bullet, but a national action plan can improve care and quality of life

Why Canada needs a plan to address dementia and Alzheimer’sBy Howard Feldman University of British Columbia and Carole Estabrooks University of Alberta Canada needs a national action plan to address dementia and Alzheimer’s. One of the biggest threats to quality of life and health in aging is the loss of cognitive abilities and autonomy associated with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Today, 750,000 Canadians live with dementia and…

Incumbent hosts open house

Incumbent hosts open housePortage incumbent and Progressive Conservative candidate in the Sept. 10 provincial election Ian Wishart held a grand opening of his Portage la Prairie constituency office on Aug. 19. A pre-election opportunity to speak with MLA Ian Wishart, campaign organizers greeted supporters at the new campaign office at 2-2210 Saskatchewan Ave. W. right beside Dollarama.

Portage firefighters wheel out great bike auction Saturday

Portage firefighters wheel out great bike auction Saturday

Portage firefighters wheel out great bike auction SaturdayHudson Boak, 5, wheels his choice towards the auction stage Saturday during the annual Portage la Prairie Firefighters Burn Fund bike auction. Behind him from left is the rest of the Boak family, Dad Sean and Mom Charlene and two-year-old Hanley. It was a cool and windy morning, but that did not deter the public…

“This Is Me” musical opening night a success

“This Is Me” musical opening night a success

“This Is Me” musical opening night a successIf advance ticket sales for the Prairie Drama Academy production of “This Is Me”, a musical based on the Barnum and Bailey Circus story, is an indication of how the next three shows will roll out, Portagers are hungry for a well-performed musical. The story takes an inside look at the freaks Barnum and Bailey…