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Site C decision rewards renegades

Hydroelectric dam in its early stages on the Peace River

When British Columbia’s new government was sworn in last spring, many people hoped for a renewed respect for treaty rights and First Nation communities. The promise to have the B.C. Utility Commission report on the construction plans of Site C was encouraging. When the report was issued in October, there were even more reasons to […] Read more


Remove the heat from tax debate

The federal government is proposing changes to the Income Tax Act aimed at collecting revenue from corporations that are using certain measures as loopholes to shelter profits from being taxed at the same rate as other Canadians’ income. There is a heated debate in the farm community about these tax proposals, largely because some organizations […] Read more


SARM delegates aim at wrong target

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities has called on the federal government to expand the legal justification for self-defence. In March, 93 percent of delegates at SARM’s annual convention voted in favour of a resolution indicating they believe rural residents do not have adequate rights to protect themselves or their property. It is frustrating when […] Read more



Rural Canada can’t afford trade giveaways

In the decades since the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement and later the North American Free Trade Agreement were signed, Canadian agriculture has undergone a significant shift. There was once a multitude of diverse local and regional economic drivers, but now we have a one-size-fits-all, export-driven, low-priced commodity production model. Farm capital needs have sky-rocketed […] Read more


Democracy, supply management threatened

The Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism gives foreign corporations the right to sue our government if they believe their future profits will be reduced as a result of democratically enacted measures. While ISDS puts a chill on public interest regulation, the TPP also has more insidious ways of overturning democratic decision-making and imposing […] Read more



Conference board report self serving

The Conference Board of Canada embraces the mantra that “all growth is good.” Its plan to change supply management for growth is a prescription for weakening, if not eliminating, the three pillars of supply management for dairy production in Canada — production controls, import tariffs and farmers’ cost of production pricing — to produce more […] Read more


Backlog in grain, backlog in democracy

Believe it or not, there is a relationship between the backlog in prairie grain and the Fair Elections Act. Here’s how. As prairie farmers wait anxiously for the backlog in grain transportation to be resolved and for prices that at least cover the cost of production, agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and friends continue to meet […] Read more


Growth Act: growth for whom?

The Omnibus Bill C-18, the Agricultural Growth Act, went to Parliament for first reading Dec. 9. Passing Bill C-18 would make Canada compliant with UPOV 91, a much more restrictive form of plant breeders’ rights than we currently have. The second part of the act will prepare Canada’s regulatory regime for fast track approval of […] Read more



Farmers used as bait in Fisheries Act

Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and fisheries minister Keith Ashfield seem to be using farmers as bait to get the public to swallow the changes to the Fisheries Act included in the omnibus Budget Implementation Act (Bill C-38). They have stretched credibility to the breaking point by suggesting that the federal government is abandoning protection of […] Read more


Competing for crumbs

Although there is a constant majority of single desk supporters in elections and plebiscites, there are a few grain farmers unhappy with the single desk selling authority of the Canadian Wheat Board. Decades of misinformation spread through the media have done its work. Besides special interest groups and ideologically driven organizations, the Alberta government has […] Read more