Exposing the roots of rural crime

Rising mental health and addiction issues compound the problem, and top police officials from Alberta offer solutions

Addictions and mental health issues are on the rise in rural and urban Alberta, say top police officials, making crime increasingly challenging to tackle. The increase has strained services, they say, even though solutions to stem addictions and mental health problems are working. “Meth is driving most of our violence and most of our crime […] Read more

A farmer in the Municipal District of Peace recently found this jimsonweed plant, which he killed before the photo was taken.  |  Nasar Iqbal photo

Toxic jimsonweed found in Alta. canola field

The weed should be reported and eradicated immediately because it has implications for human and animal health

A highly toxic weed was recently found in Alberta’s Peace region, causing plant health specialists to encourage producers to report and eradicate it if spotted. One plant of jimsonweed, commonly known as devil’s trumpet, was located in a canola field in the Municipal District of Peace. It is toxic to humans and animals if consumed, […] Read more

Land for sale near The Pas, Man. includes all infrastructure and equipment. It’s thought to be the largest land package for sale in Canada.  |  Darren Sander photo

Largest piece of farmland for sale in Canada

The nearly contiguous parcel near The Pas, Man., features 23,800 acres for cultivation and is going for $53.3 million

It’s believed to be the largest land package for sale in Canada, and it’s on the Prairies. The land near The Pas, Man., features 23,800 acres for cultivation and is selling for an asking price of $53.3 million. All existing infrastructure and equipment are included in the sale price, said Darren Sander of Re/MAX Saskatoon, […] Read more


A University of Alberta advertisement in Edmonton touted the benefits of climate change, causing heavy backlash from the public.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

University’s climate change ad sparks controversy

A controversial University of Alberta billboard advertisement touting the benefits of climate change has caused concern among producer groups. The ad, which read “Beefier barley: climate change will boost Alberta’s barley yield with less water, feeding more cattle,” drew heavy criticism because many people thought it conveyed the message that climate change is good, even […] Read more

Recent revelations in the MacKinnon report, which recommended municipalities shoulder more capital costs, are sending mixed messages to elected officials, they said, causing them to explore ideas on how they can generate revenue without compromising services. | Twitter/@LethCounty photo

Alta. municipalities weigh options as funding cuts loom

Cities, towns and villages are looking at the possibility of raising service fees as a way to help balance their books


Cities, towns and villages in Alberta are taking a strong look at how they plan on generating revenue in the coming months, given the province might cut funding to their revenue streams. Recent revelations in the MacKinnon report, which recommended municipalities shoulder more capital costs, are sending mixed messages to elected officials, they said, causing […] Read more


At full operation, the terminal near Huxley, Alta., will load more than 130 rail cars in less than 14 hours, bringing what the company says will be efficiency and reliability to farmers. | Matt Ramage photo

GrainsConnect opens Huxley terminal

GrainsConnect Canada has officially opened an inland storage terminal in east-central Alberta, helping add capacity to its growing network. At full operation, the terminal near Huxley, Alta., will load more than 130 rail cars in less than 14 hours, bringing what the company says will be efficiency and reliability to farmers. “Our mission at GrainsConnect […] Read more

Recent revelations in the MacKinnon report, which recommended municipalities shoulder more capital costs, are sending mixed messages to elected officials, they said, causing them to explore ideas on how they can generate revenue without compromising services. | Twitter/@LethCounty photo

Small Alta. municipalities plan for funding cuts

Cities, towns and villages in Alberta are taking a strong look at how they plan on generating revenue in the coming months, given the province might cut funding to their revenue streams. Recent revelations in the MacKinnon report, which recommended municipalities shoulder more capital costs, are sending mixed messages to elected officials, they said, causing […] Read more

The Alberta government is proposing that communities with fewer than 5,000 people start sharing some of the costs for policing.  |  Getty image

Alberta proposal could see towns pay more for policing

Small municipalities in Alberta may have to pay more for policing services if a proposal by the United Conservative Party government is implemented, according to documents. A government slide show presentation, obtained by the NDP opposition, says the province is proposing that communities with fewer than 5,000 people start sharing some of the costs for […] Read more


A project at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has looked at safety among migrant workers in feedlots. It found 90 percent of workers expect they will be injured within the next 12 months.  |  Athena Ramos photo

Life can be hard for child migrants

Many U.S. farm owners ensure good conditions for their workers, but there are bad actors who don’t follow the rules

Young children have been found working on farms with their families in the United States, prompting advocates to push for changes to improve safety practices and labour standards. Working children, primarily of families who have moved from Latin America to the United States, were recently documented by the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP), an […] Read more

Katy Peck visits with the chickens on her farm near Charlie Lake, B.C.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Farm to expand with direct-to-consumer sales

On the Farm: Clay and Katy Peck use permaculture and regenerative practices on their small northern B.C. farm

CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — Clay and Katy Peck will soon increase production on their small farm in northern British Columbia, providing nearby consumers with local meat and produce. The young couple moved to their farm, Canadian Acres, in Charlie Lake about six years ago, starting with 160 acres, 80 of which are for hay. They […] Read more