Late last week, representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced the Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to routinely test food for glyphosate residues. It would also prohibit spraying of glyphosate, on oats as a pre-harvest drying agent. | File photo

U.S. bill would ban pre-harvest glyphosate on oats

A member of the U.S. House of Representatives wants the federal government to ban the use of glyphosate on oats before harvest. Late last week, representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced the Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to routinely test food for glyphosate residues. It […] Read more


Seasonal spring road restrictions are set to go into effect across much of Western Canada, which should disrupt some grain movement as Prairie temperatures warm up and the snow melts. | File photo

Prairie spring road restrictions set to start

Winnipeg – Seasonal spring road restrictions are set to go into effect across much of Western Canada, which should disrupt some grain movement as Prairie temperatures warm up and the snow melts. The annual spring road restrictions set axle weight limits for vehicles moving on certain roads in an effort to reduce the damage heavier […] Read more


The UCP pledges to bolster funding for grazing and recreation management, as well as introduce user fees for OHV (off-highway vehicle) riders and random campers, which NDP Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips said she mostly agreed on. | File photo

UCP pledges more parks funding, user fees; NDP agrees

In an unexpected turn of events, Alberta’s two combative political parties seem to largely agree on plans to improve the province’s conservation efforts. The United Conservative Party’s new environment platform was met with some approval March 14 from NDP Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips. The UCP pledges to bolster funding for grazing and recreation […] Read more

So many shades of green are available in the kitchen.  |  Jodie Mirosovsky photo

Colour the dinner table green for St. Patrick’s Day

There are so many beautiful shades of green — especially when it comes to food. Sometimes we need a theme to freshen things up in the kitchen and in our menus. Have some fun as St. Patrick’s Day approaches by incorporating green into your food. Along with the more common produce such as lettuce, cucumber […] Read more


This hearty vegetable soup is delicious when served with garlic bread.  |  Joan Airey photo

Hearty vegetable soup perfect winter remedy

It’s hard to go wrong with a pot of homemade soup on a cold winter day, and vegetable is one of the author’s favourites

Waking up to -28 C in the morning seems to be par for the course this year. Chilly days always seem like a great time to serve a pot of homemade soup for lunch. Hearty vegetable soup is one of my favourites. I cut this recipe in half when making it for just my family […] Read more

It’s hard to tell that this beautiful cake is so easy to make.  |  Irene LoScerbo photo

Chocolate cake secrets revealed

When the birthday girl cut the cake and dished it out to her classmates, the boys chimed in with their accolades. “Yummy, this is good.” With sticky, chocolate-stained fingers, they applauded Kiera, hoping there would be seconds. Kiera, one of my Grade 5 students at a Christian private school, brought a chocolate cake to celebrate […] Read more

Les Ferris has amassed a collection of hundreds of curling pins from the Brier and world curling championships. He mounts a portion of the collection on the ceiling of his basement.  |  Robert Arnason photo

Man. family survived tough times

On the Farm: Crushing debt made expansion difficult for the Ferrises, but this year they mark 140 years on the farm

HOLLAND, Man. — The national men’s curling championship was held in Brandon last week. Most Canadians know the event as the Brier, but few likely know why it’s called that. Les Ferris is not like most Canadians. He knows exactly why, and has evidence to prove it. Sitting on a kitchen chair inside his farmhouse […] Read more


The farmhouse themed room tells the story of an Argentine who is new to the Prairies.  |  Maria Johnson photo

Rural escape house offers visitors history and mystery

The Alta. business is set in an old home and incorporates the area’s early agricultural, military and coal mining history in its theme rooms


NAMAO, Alta. — When is a clock not just a clock? Or a lamp not just a lamp? These are clues to cracking the code and resolving the riddle when working against a timeline to be set free in Locked. The escape house, set in an old home in this central Alberta hamlet, incorporates the […] Read more

Alberta rancher Clay Chattaway and University of Calgary historian Warren Elofson collaborated to write a ranching history called the Rocking P Gazette and the Second Frontier of Cattle in Western Canada. The book uses a series of hand-written and illustrated newspapers produced by Chattaway’s mother and aunt, Maxine and Dorothy Macleay of Nanton, Alta. | Barbara Duckworth photo

Ranch history book based on old newspaper

Dorothy and Maxine Macleay published the paper as teenagers in the 1920s, writing about life on the Rocking P Ranch

A tribute to the history of ranch life in Western Canada has been published. The Rocking P Gazette and the Second Frontier of Cattle in Western Canada is based on 17 volumes of a local newspaper published by Dorothy and Maxine Macleay from 1923-25. The teenaged publishers illustrated and wrote about life on the Rocking […] Read more