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

Warm memories abound of Parliament’s Centre Block

I remember the first time I wandered the hallowed halls of Parliament’s Centre Block. It was the summer between Grade 5 and Grade 6. My family was in the middle of a major cross-country road trip. We’d stopped off for a few days in Ottawa, in time to visit with some of my mother’s extended […] Read more

Canadian food banks see steady increase in demand

As the holiday season descends on us, the annual pleas for donations to local charities ring loud amid the merriment of the season. It’s the season of giving. A time to lend an extra helping hand to those who need it most. A new report from the Ontario Association of Food Banks shows the need […] Read more

All political eyes shift to Argentina for G20 summit

If you’re a political or trade junkie, it’s safe to say your eyes will likely be focused on Argentina this week as world leaders gather in Buenos Aires Nov. 29-Dec. 1 for the G20 Summit. For one thing, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is expected to take another step forward. All three member nations of the […] Read more

Agriculture leaders, experts, government officials, farmers and academics gathered in Gatineau, Que., last week for a two-day conference to talk about public trust.
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Public trust hard to earn in era when distrust is common

Agriculture leaders, experts, government officials, farmers and academics gathered in Gatineau, Que., last week for a two-day conference to talk about public trust. It’s a hot topic, a reality quickly confirmed by the fact the room was full. But what does public trust actually mean? In broad terms, public trust is the idea that a person […] Read more

American business initiatives continue to plague Ottawa

Every fall, Canada’s finance minister is tasked with updating the House of Commons on the country’s fiscal and economic situation. It comes in the form of a speech, known as the fall economic update. It’s an important day on Parliament Hill say, for example, if you happen to be a business reporter, but most years […] Read more

A drive through Scotland shines light on rural-urban divide

Last week, while driving through parts of rural Scotland, a farm-related debate came on the BBC radio program my friend and I were listening to. Since I was suffering from agriculture news-related withdrawal (it was only day four of my vacation), I immediately cranked up the volume. The question up for debate: should tractors be […] Read more

Lack of knowledge about agriculture still rife in Ottawa

In agriculture, there’s a lot of talk about the urban-rural divide. Many conversations within the farm community are about how too many people in this country know next to nothing about how the food on their plates gets there. Public trust, sustainability and farm-to-fork have all become popular catchphrases as the agriculture industry tries to […] Read more