A variety of melons, clockwise from top left, include watermelon, honeydew, Santa Claus, cantaloupe and canary.  |  Sarah Galvin photo

It’s a good idea to make the most out of melon season

Melons begin to ripen in mid-August. Most people eat them simply sliced and as a snack or dessert. However, they deserve more credit. They are a good source of fibre and fill you up quickly. Melons have high nutritional value. They are a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamins of the B group, […] Read more

Krystal Braam, left, Freda Molenkamp-Oudman and Howard Oudman stand in front of colourful supers in the cold storage area at the farm’s honey house. Oudman is mentoring Braam in beekeeping.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Honey producers earn sweet reward

A couple from central Alberta got into the beekeeping business by accident and now they help others succeed

LACOMBE, Alta. — Nestled in the grass near a field of brilliant canola sits a bee yard containing multi-coloured hives, most in shades of green, yellow, pink, red, and coral. The cheerful colour scheme identifies the hives as belonging to Howard Oudman and Freda Molenkamp-Oudman. Stacked among them are a few hives owned by Krystal […] Read more

Medicine River Wildlife Centre executive director Carol Kelly hangs out with 16-year-old Otis, who lives at the centre and is used for wildlife education programs.  |  Barbara Duckworth photo

Alta. centre provides wildlife a place to heal

The centre takes in 2,000 patients a year but also works with the public on wildlife conflict — from skunks to bats

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, Alta. — Otis the great horned owl has become a star of stage, screen and television. A resident of the Medicine River Wildlife Centre near Rocky Mountain House, Alta., the owl came to the centre when he was five days old. Injured and orphaned, he became part of the centre’s wildlife education […] Read more


Jackson, left, Katelyn, Laura and Clinton Monchuk are part of a modern family-run farming operation that produces eggs along with grain, oilseeds and pulse crops.   |  Monchuk family photo

Farm has high hopes for the next generation

On the Farm: The Monchuks turn their farm into a modern operation and hope to pass it on to their children

Maintaining strong family ties has always been an important consideration at the Monchuk family farm near Lanigan, Sask. So it brings a smile to Clinton Monchuk’s face when his son Jackson, 10, talks about carrying on the family tradition. “It kind of warms my heart because I remember sitting on my dad’s lap when I […] Read more

More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and legal experts say Bayer, which acquired the herbicide when it bought Monsanto, and the plaintiffs face several obstacles on the path toward settlement.  |  REUTERS/Mike Blake photo

Bayer faces obstacles settling Roundup lawsuits

(Reuters) — Bayer is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of American lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raise questions that may prevent an easy settlement. More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer to date has […] Read more


Parents will make or break attempts at shared custody

Q: After years of just kind of drifting apart, my wife and I have decided to end the charade we have been living and file for a divorce. Please understand that apart from disappointment, probably shared between the two of us, we are not parting through a hail of innuendoes or other moments of hatred […] Read more

What's really needed in the southwestern part of the province is a week of warm, dry weather so that crops like corn, soybeans and canola can reach maturity and be harvested, said Lionel Kaskiw, Manitoba Agriculture's crop production adviser in Souris, Man. | File photo

Man. harvest needs warm, dry weather

After months of dry weather, it’s now too wet and cool in parts of Manitoba. For instance, more than 85 millimetres of rain fell on Minnedosa between Aug. 23 and Sept. 2, hindering harvest in southwestern Manitoba. What’s really needed in the southwestern part of the province is a week of warm, dry weather so […] Read more

Sticky notes bear comments from farmers, ranchers and others in the agricultural industry who participated in an Aug. 21 meeting organized by Alberta Agriculture to get input into new farm safety legislation.  |  Barb Glen photo

Input sought on farm safety law

A wall filled with sticky notes, each bearing comments from farmers, ranchers and agriculture businesspeople, decorated the meeting. They represent input into the Alberta government’s Farm Freedom and Safety Act, which it expects to develop, table and pass in the next legislative session. The new act will replace the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch […] Read more



Alberta Law Reform Institute has made preliminary recommendations to abolish the law and has opened a six-question online survey, available until Oct. 1, to gather further input. | Screencap via alri.ualberta.ca

Squatter’s rights take new hit

The basic elements of adverse possession are:


Alberta may see the end of adverse possession, also known as squatter’s rights, if the government accepts recent recommendations from the Alberta Law Reform Institute. The law of adverse possession allows a person to potentially claim ownership of another’s land if that person has occupied it for at least 10 years. As the institute describes […] Read more