Notre Dame fire highlights importance of national treasures

An iconic Paris landmark is burning as I write this. Angry orange flames are torching the historic walls of Notre Dame cathedral, and thick plumes of smoke are choking out the building’s history, one puff after another. Collective gasps of horror can be heard around the world as spectators watch the furious images — an […] Read more

Farmers need to translate their world into city language

From a young age, children are taught that words matter. They are repeatedly told that they should “use their words” and that the best stories are ones told in a language their audience (their parents, teachers, siblings, classmates) can understand. These same communication rules apply to the agriculture industry. For years, the sector has been […] Read more

Feds try to keep politics out of China-canola controversy

Politics were in full swing April 1 as Members of Parliament returned to the House of Commons for two full sitting weeks. The Ottawa bubble remains obsessed with the SNC Lavalin story after former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould tabled additional documents with the clerk of the House justice committee on March 29. That submission included […] Read more


Farmers caught in the middle of trade dispute with China

Despite ongoing technical conversations, finding a resolution to China’s decision to end all Canadian canola seed imports has been deemed not possible, at least in the short-term. Canola Council of Canada president Jim Everson said the industry had no choice but to try and find alternative markets. Those statements confirmed the industry’s worst fears after […] Read more

Trade committee wants to hear ministers on canola dispute

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr are headed to the House of Commons international trade committee as Canada remains embroiled in an ongoing dispute with China over canola. The ministers’ pending testimony comes after opposition MPs requested March 17 that the trade committee be recalled to discuss Canada’s continuing trade dispute […] Read more


The Trudeau government rolled out its pre-election budget Tuesday, promising to boost access to broadband internet, fund a national food policy and compensate Canadian dairy, egg and poultry farmers for trade concessions made on supply management. | File photo

Budget includes money for SM, national food policy, rural high-speed internet

The Trudeau government rolled out its pre-election budget Tuesday, promising to boost access to broadband internet, fund a national food policy and compensate Canadian dairy, egg and poultry farmers for trade concessions made on supply management. The government has committed $3.9 billion in compensation in Budget 2019 for concessions made on supply management in the […] Read more

Federal gov’t faces increasing problem on ag-export file

The federal government has a trade problem down on the farm. Last week, the Chinese government announced it had embargoed canola exports from one of this country’s largest grain exporters: Richardson International Ltd. The Richardson embargo comes at a time of increased diplomatic tensions between Canada and China. Beijing says the move is required because […] Read more

Politicians strive to remind public they are ordinary people

For the last couple of years, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has hit the road in January to talk to Canadians. Town halls are scheduled at local arenas, gymnasiums or university campuses in communities across the country. Notices are put out. Anyone can come. It’s first come, first serve. People can ask anything they want. Based […] Read more


Frustration builds as Canada Food Guide debate continues

The Canada Food Guide has been a staple ingredient in Canadian health classes and nutrition-focused discussions for decades. For more than 75 years, the federal government has published a nutritional guide aimed at helping Canadians maintain a healthy diet. The current review of the Canada Food Guide is part of Health Canada’s healthy eating strategy. […] Read more

Many agriculture issues simmer for 2019 election year

With Parliament on its holiday break, MPs and senators have headed home to their ridings. They’re not expected to return to town until the end of January. It’s been a heck of a year on the political front. From the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement to the daily barrage of unexpected tweets […] Read more