Letters to the editor – March 9, 2017

Lower prices Both Kevin Hursh and Levi Wood (seem happy) to be making less money selling wheat than if we still had our farmer-directed Canadian Wheat Board. (WP Feb. 23.) Elevator excess basis, weaker protein premiums, disappeared assets, exporters undercutting, trouble keeping track of quality branded Canadian wheat, and poor delivery co-ordination all saddle western […] Read more

Letters to the editor – March 2, 2017

Trade trouble Now that President Donald Trump is putting a kibosh on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, commentators are stating the conventional wisdom that Canada and Canadian agriculture depends on trade. Let us see how an economist would look at the place farmers have in all of this. Economists notice companies involved in the food […] Read more

Letters to the editor – February 23, 2017

Drainage troubles In reply to the Bill 44 on farm drainage (in Saskatchewan), there has to be control on land drainage and ditching. There has to be permits to do this and there has to be someone with authority to issue permits and control ditching. If (the provincial) watershed (agency) had some power or authority […] Read more

Letters to the editor – February 9, 2017

Illegal drainage I read your front-page article entitled “Sask. Commodity groups denounce drainage bill” twice before I made a serious decision about the new bill. Quite frankly, it is about time the government of this province took the bull by the horns regarding drainage. Two incidents on our farm have been detrimental to our ability […] Read more

Letters to the editor – February 2, 2017

Overproduction in EU I received a Christmas card from a dairy farmer I worked for 60 years ago in England. In that card he related some of the drawbacks of trading with, or belonging to, the European Union. In nine months of 2016, the price of milk at the gate went from 34 p (54 […] Read more

Letters to the editor – January 19, 2017

Cannabis use With the recent recommendations concerning cannabis in this country, I sure hope our biased provincial government takes note and takes the recommendation for storefront dispensaries to operate safely in this province. Do not condone corporate greed over human need. It is a crime against humanity to continue on with these prohibitionist ways. It […] Read more

Letters to the editor – January 5, 2017

Electoral consensus Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef says she hasn’t heard a consensus about the way forward on electoral reform. That can only mean she is completely tone deaf or severely confused about the concept of democracy. The interviews and reports to the Electoral Systems and Electoral Reform Canada committee clearly contradict her statement, as […] Read more

Letters to the editor – December 22, 2016

Electoral promise Re: the Liberal survey on elections in Canada What a vague and stupid survey — please take it yourself and see first-hand what the Liberals think of the voters. It is now very clear by their language that the Liberals will back peddle on their promise for a fair voting system — a […] Read more

Letters to the editor – December 15, 2016

SaskTel worries How would allowing someone, other than the Province of Saskatchewan, control of up to 49 percent of SaskTel not fit the definition of privatization of a crown corporation? The more changes there are to the rules to allow for a public-private partnership, it raises suspicion, in my opinion, of the government’s intention, no […] Read more

Letters to the editor – December 8, 2016

Wrong target Who should pay the price for government mismanagement and waste? Todd MacKay of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation apparently thinks it should be public service workers and the families and communities they serve. Instead of taking aim at the frontline workers who deliver the services Saskatchewan people rely on, those looking for savings should […] Read more