A kale salad mix is the subject of a food recall due to potential contamination with listeria. | CFIA photo

Salad mixes recalled

A kale salad mix is the subject of a food recall due to potential contamination with listeria. The Eat Smart brand of Salad Shake Ups- Sweet Kale, in the 156 gram package, was distributed nationally and is being recalled. Affected packages have best before dates of Dec. 3. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Dec. […] Read more

The Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers saw a 2.5 percent increase in gross wool sales in the last fiscal year, selling almost $10.4 million worth of product. | File photo

Wool sales up for co-op

The Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers saw a 2.5 percent increase in gross wool sales in the last fiscal year, selling almost $10.4 million worth of product. In a news release issued after its Oct. 18-20 annual meeting, it said there was net income of $425,599 from all business operations. “Difficult wool marketing conditions for broader […] Read more

Plant pathologist Ronald Howard has worked to support growth and development of crops for more than 40 years. He is one of three new inductees to the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame. | File photo

Alberta’s Ag Hall of Fame inducts new members

The Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame has three new inductees: agribusiness leader Garnet Altwasser, plant pathologist Ronald Howard and horticulture specialist Dietrich Kuhlmann. The three men were inducted Oct. 26 in a ceremony at Leduc. Altwasser is well known in the cattle industry, having served for 30 years as president and chief executive officer of […] Read more


Chicken product recall investigated

Twenty-five cases of salmonella illness in Canadians are under investigation as of Oct. 26 in connection with consumption of raw, uncooked chicken products, as confirmed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Two people have been hospitalized but no deaths have been reported in connection with the recent outbreak of the illness. Frozen raw breaded […] Read more

Alberta minimum wage rises to $15 per hour

as of Oct. 1, 2018:


Alberta’s minimum wage rose to $15 per hour Oct. 1, an increase of $1.40 per hour, making it the highest of any province or territory in Canada. Saskatchewan and Manitoba also raised their minimums Oct. 1 to $11.06 and $11.35 respectively. Raising the minimum wage until it reached $15 was part of Alberta Premier Rachel […] Read more


Queso ranchero fresco, a brand of cheese, is the subject of a recall in Alberta after some people reported illness that may be connected with eating it. | CFIA photo

Cheese recall issued in Alberta

Queso ranchero fresco, a brand of cheese, is the subject of a recall in Alberta after some people reported illness that may be connected with eating it. The product is distributed by La Granja Foods and is being recalled on suspicion of contamination with E. coli 0157:H7. La Granja is voluntarily recalling the cheese, which […] Read more

Chicken products recalled

Pinty’s brand Italian style chicken schnitzel is subject to a recall on suspicion of listeria contamination. The product, in the four kilogram package, carries an 8172 code on the package. This recall follows one announced Aug. 9 of Pinty’s oven roasted chicken breast strips in the one kg package with best-before dates of Aug. 9 […] Read more

Enumeration begins for next Alta. election

Alberta will have a provincial election in spring 2019, with the date yet to be announced, and voter enumeration is now underway. For the next two weeks Albertans can register to vote by giving information to Elections Canada, and after that door-to-door visits will begin on Sept. 8, the government announced. “Information is being collected […] Read more


A Westlock, Alta., aerial-spraying company faces four charges for alleged failure to comply with regulations. This photo of a spray plane at work was taken in 2007. | File photo

Alta. crop sprayer faces charges

A Westlock, Alta., aerial-spraying company faces four charges for alleged failure to comply with regulations. Western Air Spray Inc. and Bobby Fred Hnatko each face three charges resulting from incidents that occurred in 2016. In an Aug. 10 news release, the Alberta government itemized the charges: • Commencing an activity without being the holder of […] Read more

It's hot and dry in southern Alberta, and the provincial agriculture department has imposed a ban on open fires on private land, the back country and non-designated camping sites due to the high fire hazard risk. | File photo

Alberta imposes fire ban

It’s hot and dry in southern Alberta, and the provincial agriculture department has imposed a ban on open fires on private land, the back country and non-designated camping sites due to the high fire hazard risk. The ban, effective today affects the Calgary Forest Area, which extends south of Highway 32 along the mountains and […] Read more