It will take CN roughly two weeks to get movement back to normal levels after a strike that saw 3,200 of the company’s conductors, train workers and yard workers leave their posts. | Robin Booker photo

CN launches recovery plan following strike

The company says rail movement should be back to normal speed in about two weeks now that strike has ended

Canadian National Railway has started a recovery plan after the rail network was largely shut down following an eight-day worker strike. The plan means it will take CN roughly two weeks to get movement back to normal levels, Sean Finn, CN’s senior vice-president and chief legal officer, said Nov. 28. Finn said it involves CN […] Read more

Adelle Stewart, Do More Ag Foundation.

Do More Ag receives charity status

The move lets the group further its cause of helping farmers address their mental health needs

A prominent rural mental health organization has now become a registered charity, allowing it to further advance its cause in helping farmers address those needs.  The Do More Agriculture Foundation was recently granted charity status. The change lets it access additional funding sources to help Canadian producers, said executive director Adelle Stewart. “It was personally […] Read more

Alberta farm group slams labour law

The Alberta Federation of Agriculture is criticizing the province’s new farm labour rules, arguing they will make it more difficult for farmers to attract workers. The organization said while it understands some producers may welcome these changes, it said many people and farmers have told them they would never consider working on a farm that […] Read more


A RCMP officer examines a rural property in the St. Paul, Alta. area.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Alberta adding 500 RCMP to fight rural crime

The Alberta government plans on adding 500 more RCMP positions in the province, though it will be requiring small communities to shoulder the majority of the new costs. The province announced Dec. 4 that it’s implementing a new police funding model that will see communities and the federal government inject an additional $286 million over […] Read more

Dairy Innovation West, which is a first of its kind in Canada, will remove water from raw milk and create concentrated components that processors can use for a variety of products. | File photo

Alta. gets dairy concentration facility

Western Canada’s provincial milk boards plan on building a new $50 million dairy concentration facility in Alberta, aiming to help ease the number of trucks that are required to ship milk through the Prairies. Dairy Innovation West, which is a first of its kind in Canada, will remove water from raw milk and create concentrated […] Read more


If passed, farms with five or fewer employees will be exempt from needing workers insurance. These farms make up 78 percent, or 32,000, of all farms in the province. The remaining 22 percent, or 9,000, are considered large. | File photo

Farm labour exemptions proposed

Alberta introduces legislation that would exempt the majority of farm operations from labour and safety regulations

The Alberta government plans to roll back some labour and safety regulations for the vast majority of farms in an attempt to ease concerns from industry over the contentious issue. The Farm Freedom Safety Act, tabled Nov. 20 in the legislature, introduces a plan that the United Conservative Party government hopes will create a flexible […] Read more

Rail cars line the sidings adjacent to the Viterra grain terminal near Sexsmith, Alta. The cars could be sitting there awhile because of a strike by Canadian National Railway workers.  |  Randy Vanderveen photo

Farmers, provinces urge action in CN strike

Provincial governments and farmers urged Ottawa earlier this week to immediately address the Canadian National Railway strike, saying the labour dispute could have far-reaching implications for the agriculture industry and the Canadian economy. All of CN’s Canadian bulk freight traffic has essentially come to a halt since 3,200 of the company’s conductors, train workers and […] Read more

Bill 27, if passed, would more than double fines and potentially give jail time to people who trespass onto private property. The government introduced it in the legislature Nov. 19. | File photo

Alberta toughens its trespass laws

The Alberta government has introduced new legislation that will slap heavier penalties on trespassers and make it more difficult for criminals to sue landowners. Bill 27, if passed, would more than double fines and potentially give jail time to people who trespass onto private property. The government introduced it in the legislature Nov. 19. Under […] Read more


CN announced today the 3,200 conductors and yard crews working on its mainline yards in Canada will return to work today at 2 p.m. local times across the country after reaching a tentative agreement with the company. | File photo

CN, union reach deal to end strike

Teamsters Canada and Canadian National Railway have reached a tentative deal to end a lengthy strike that had disrupted supply chains across the country. CN announced today the 3,200 conductors and yard crews working on its mainline yards in Canada will return to work today at 2 p.m. local times across the country after reaching […] Read more

In news releases published earlier this month, Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway said they have been highly successful in delivering producers’ grain to market. | File photo

Railways break grain movement records

Canada’s two national railways are reporting strong grain movement this year, claiming October was a record-breaking month. In news releases published earlier this month, Canadian Pacific Railway and Canadian National Railway said they have been highly successful in delivering producers’ grain to market. CN said it moved 2.8 million tonnes of grain and processed grain […] Read more