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Contest to help name police puppies

The Police Dog Service Training Centre in Innisfail, Alta., wants young Canadians to use their imaginations in naming 13 German Shepherd puppies that will be born at the centre this year.

They will become future RCMP police dogs.

The deadline for entries is March 22.

The 13 children whose names are selected will receive a laminated eight by 10 inch photo of the pup they name, a plush dog named Justice and an RCMP cap.

Contest rules include.

  • Contestants can suggest only one name.
  • The name may be for a male or a female pup.
  • The name must start with the letter “J.”
  • The name must have no more than nine letters.
  • The name must be one or two syllables.
  • Contestants must live in Canada and be 14 years old or younger.

Entering can be done online at, or by writing a letter to Police Dog Service Training Centre, Box 6120, Innisfail, AB T4G 1S8, Attn: Name the Puppy Contest.

Prairieland Park awards $8,000 in scholarships

Five scholarships were recently awarded to 44 applicants, aged 14-21, during the annual Prairieland Park Youth Leadership Conference.

This year’s conference focused on resumes, cover letters and job interviews and advised participants on how to reach their chosen career goals.

The winners were:

  • Emily Letendre, Spruce Home Multiple 4-H Club, $3,000 scholarship
  • Laura Carruthers, Paradise Hill 4H Multiple Club, $2,000
  • Autumn Lawson, Melfort Trailblazerss, $1,500 scholarship
  • Kyle Kirzinger, Viscount 4H Beef Club, $1,500

China honours Canadian scientist

China has presented Vern Burrows of Agriculture Canada’s Ottawa Research and Development Centre with its International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award.

The award is given to foreign scientists, engineers, managers and organizations that have made significant contributions to China’s bilateral or multilateral scientific and technological co-operation.

Burrows developed oat varieties that grow well in China’s dry and saline soil conditions. This has created new economic opportunities for Chinese farmers and increased the country’s food security.

The emeritus scientist has developed and registered 28 new oat varieties during his 60-year career, including Donald and Cavena Nuda.

Burrows was inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame in 2014.

Canadian seed growers hire new policy director

Mike Scheffel is the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association’s new director of policy.

Scheffel is recognized as a global expert on seed production and regulation.

He has chaired the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Seed Schemes, among other capacities in the organization, and worked with the Association of Official Seed Certification Agencies.

He is retiring from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, where he held many positions, including seed program national manager.

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