Agricultural issues to heat up soon on Parliament Hill

It’s the dog days of summer in Ottawa these days. Most of the city is on vacation, with bureaucrats and political junkies alike taking advantage of the slower pace to escape the city, and the heat, for time at the family cottage, lake or campsite. Don’t expect the calm to last forever. A quick glance at […] Read more

Mental health issues in agriculture receive higher profile

Farming has long been considered to be among the most dangerous occupations. Long hours are commonplace, financial risks are real and factors such as weather are out of a person’s control. Combine that with the isolation and loneliness that can sometimes accompany its rural setting and producers’ struggles can’t be ignored regardless of their talent […] Read more

Many questions linger as cannabis deadline looms

In less than three months, Canadians will legally be able to consume marijuana for non-medical purposes. In June, Parliament passed C-45, the Cannabis Act, making Canada only the second country in the world after Uruguay to legalize the drug. Several American states have “freed the weed,” so to speak; however, marijuana possession and consumption is […] Read more

Farmers watch nervously as global trade war deepens

An escalating global trade war shows no signs of slowing down. The United States filed five separate complaints in Geneva July 16 after several countries, including Canada, imposed retaliatory tariffs against a wide range of American goods. The tariffs were in response to an import tariff that Washington imposed on steel and aluminum products in […] Read more

Ottawa goes quiet, but national stage remains active

A lull has settled over the nation’s capital, where folks can now enjoy the summer because the mercury has dropped to more reasonable, less sweltering levels. The glad-handing and handshake tours are underway in other parts of the country. Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer have dropped in on the Calgary […] Read more

Canada-U.S. trade war could be a sign of worse to come

Increased protectionism within the global trading environment is causing major shifts in how countries do business — and world leaders are scrambling to keep pace. Despite the existence of highly integrated economies, protectionism is growing in popularity — spurred on by a White House that seems to be doing everything in its power to cut […] Read more

Prison farm issue shows citizens can influence government

Often in politics, and in news, it’s the immediate issues that dominate. Readers want to know what’s happening right now. Politicians want to talk about what’s happening right at this moment. Rarely do stories, or issues, remain top of mind within a community for nearly a decade — so much so that a government is […] Read more

Uncertainty the only certainty for law-makers this summer

It’s been a long haul. MPs are set to wrap up their last week of midnight sittings this week and head back to their ridings for the summer. The last official sitting day is June 22. Office pools around Ottawa currently favour MPs sitting until the bitter end, thanks to a seemingly never ending parliamentary […] Read more

Canada’s blunt objections to U.S. tariffs leave dairy questions

Canada and the United States are on the precipice of an international trade war and this country’s dairy industry is being pushed closer and closer to the edge. Trump and his staff launched a blistering, personal attack against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this weekend after he left the G7 meeting in Quebec’s pristine Charlevoix region. […] Read more

This is what happens when the giant begins to roar

In the 2001 Hollywood classic Pearl Harbour, Japanese Admiral Yamamoto utters what is one of the film’s most iconic quotes. “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant,” he says shortly after Japanese Imperial Forces bomb Peal Harbour in 1941. The sleeping giant is the United States, which were dragged into […] Read more