Letters to the editor – March 14, 2019

Support public money for seed development The seed industry has had some measured success in convincing farmers that the varietal development system we have is broken and that the only way to fix it is to subsidize private investment.  This is nonsense. There is no doubt western farmers and Canada in general will benefit from […] Read more

Letters to the editor – March 7, 2019

Train braking system needs to be re-thought Recently there have been three train wrecks that resulted in spectacular smash-ups of rail cars. The first, near Saskatoon, thankfully did not result in loss of life, even though two locomotives and 30 cars derailed at a level crossing. In the Kicking Horse Pass, sadly three train crew […] Read more

Letters to the editor – February 28, 2019

Producers must manage seed future By now, most grain producers are aware of the major thrust by Seed Synergy and their captured ally, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, to try and bring about a seed tax that was so eloquently labelled as “value creation.” It was a cleverly lubricated PR campaign to have the grain producers […] Read more


Letters to the editor – February 21, 2019

Sask licensing approach is sensible Re: Manitoba farmers concerned about new trucking regulations (WP, Feb. 14). After reading the article on licence rules, I would like to make a few comments. I have no problem with making regulations that improve safety. I have a problem with comparing a young man who grew up on a […] Read more

Letters to the editor – February 14, 2019

Food guide debate needs some clarity My comments are not directed at the revised Canada Food Guide. In many respects, it is the old guide with a fresh coat of paint, where meat is back in the bad books, plus dairy, but good advice on more fruits and vegetables. My comments concern some of the […] Read more


Letters to the editor – January 31, 2019

Farming is about husbandry of life Re: “We do not farm for the love of strangers,” (op-ed by Cam Houle, WP, Jan. 10). In his open forum column, Cam Houle presents the idea that farmers are businesspeople trying to survive, just like any other industry. While I can agree that the political and social structure […] Read more

Letters to the editor – January 17, 2019

Farmers need more choice on royalties When Canada first established the Plant Breeders Rights Act (1990), farmers were reassured that we would always be allowed to save our seed free of charge. Now, seed breeders state that the money being paid for new seed varieties is inadequate to cover the cost of varietal development and […] Read more

Letters to the editor – January 10, 2019

Why are snowmobilers brazenly ignoring signs? Watch out. Snowmobilers with white canes are at large. This same ritual will usually take place every winter, if there is enough snow. Some snowmobilers, it seems, just have to get off the trails; trails that are groomed and made especially for them to travel on. They have to […] Read more


Letters to the editor – January 3, 2019

We must advance to renewable energy Can money buy your soul, or has it already? It can certainly buy most of the energy you generate in this lifetime. In this frustrating era of debt financing, has money not already purchased most of our life’s energies just to pay the mortgage, car loan or Christmas? On […] Read more

Letters to the editor – December 20, 2018

Why honour Ritz for CWB’s demise? Regarding the inducting of former federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame, I have long been of the opinion that people such as Ritz, who promote the idea of self-determination in the marketplace of commerce, are a direct threat to my self-interest. It is […] Read more