Mango is a celebrity swine, living high on the hog at the Penny Lane Farm Sanctuary, a place where BLTs and ham sandwiches are never mentioned. | Supplied photo

Celebrity pig defies odds, wins hearts

Found on the side of a road and rescued from the slaughter plant, Mango inspires hundreds of people with his unlikely story

When Mango the Pig is old and grey, he’ll have quite the story to share with the other animals at his farm sanctuary near Ottawa. Not long ago, Mango was just a typical young hog on a fast-track to the slaughterhouse. But today, thanks to an odd twist of fate and the help of a […] Read more

Author offers practical tips for travelling with dementia

When people first meet Wendy Mitchell, or read her book or her blog, or hear her being interviewed, they sometimes find it hard to believe that she has dementia. She travels around England speaking, attending meetings and visiting friends. Traveling alone, in a densely populated country with a robust public transportation system that is heavily […] Read more

Language choice important when dealing with dementia

Wendy Mitchell still remembers the dismay she felt when she was getting the results of her latest memory tests. “You’re a little worse than last time,” the doctor told her. She felt her heart sink inside her chest. Related stories: Woman shares dementia struggle Author offers practical tips for travelling with dementia She knows she […] Read more



Brendon, Porter and Rustie Sobchuk, along with Great Dane Pete, enjoy life on their farm near Lang, Sask. | Karen Briere photo

Farmers move beyond the air waves and the rink

On the Farm: Rusti Dean worked in radio and TV while Brendon Sobchuk played hockey; now they’re helping operate the family farm

LANG, Sask. — Early risers in southern Saskatchewan might have listened to Rustie Dean on one of several radio stations, or watched her as the weather morning host on Regina’s Global television station. Earlier this year, she announced she was stepping away from her most recent radio show, putting an end to a 3 a.m. […] Read more


Provincial justice minister Doug Schweitzer said a Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence Force (RAPID) will be created that will train about 400 sheriffs, fish and wildlife officers and commercial vehicle enforcement personnel to respond to 911 calls about rural crime. The idea is to reduce response times when no RCMP officers are near. | Screencap via Facebook/Doug Schweitzer

Alberta announces plans to tackle rural crime

The Alberta government plans to take a harder line against rural crime and today announced measures to begin that process. Provincial justice minister Doug Schweitzer said a Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence Force (RAPID) will be created that will train about 400 sheriffs, fish and wildlife officers and commercial vehicle enforcement personnel to respond to […] Read more

Declaring an agricultural disaster allows the county to access additional funds from the Alberta government. Earlier this year, Lac Ste. Anne County also declared an agricultural disaster. | File photo

County of Grande Prairie declares agricultural disaster

Councillors with the County of Grande Prairie have declared and agricultural disaster in the region, marking what is considered to be a fourth straight year of difficult conditions. Several factors, including wet conditions that delayed seeding last spring, excessive rainfall, and cool weather have slowed production and have led to poor crop quality, the county […] Read more

Forty-one different Mann's Organic products including broccoli coleslaw, kale-beet blends, cauliflower, corn, broccoli, green beans, and veggie trays are subject to recall, all bearing best before dates up to and including Nov. 16. | Screencap via veggiesmadeeasy.com

Numerous veggie products recalled due to listeria risk

Numerous fresh-cut vegetable products were added Nov. 3 to a recall list by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency due to possible contamination with listeria bacteria. Forty-one different Mann’s Organic products including broccoli coleslaw, kale-beet blends, cauliflower, corn, broccoli, green beans, and veggie trays are subject to recall, all bearing best before dates up to and […] Read more


Implementing safety practices are simple to do, it can only take a few minutes in the morning to ensure workers know how to use machinery. These high school students in Alberta were taking part in a farm safety course that covered the dangers of power take-offs. | File photo

Recent Quebec farm deaths prompt safety awareness

The three deaths in four days were separate incidents involving a tractor falling to its side and power take-offs

QUEBEC CITY — Three farm deaths occurred over a period of four days earlier this month in Quebec, prompting advocates to remind farmers of the importance of safety. The deaths, all separate incidents, include a man in his 50s, a 19-year-old man and a woman who worked for the province’s agriculture department. “It’s certainly bad […] Read more

Animal abuse: the tip of the iceberg

There is an understanding that domestic violence, animal 
abuse, child abuse and elder abuse are interrelated

It is a troubling story that Leanne Sillars, animal safekeeping co-ordinator with the Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, vividly recalls. A woman subject to domestic abuse sought a way to leave the farm along with her children, their pets, their horses and the cow herd. She had seen how cruelly the […] Read more