National Newswatch

Up to $2 million available for Northwestern Ontario farmers

Jul 29 2021 — Alex Binkley — Details to come out soon.   Ottawa—The Ontario government will make up to $2 million in financial aid available for farmers in Northwestern Ontario struggling with a prolonged drought that has gripped the area. Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson and Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford, the MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, said July 27 the goal of […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lays Cornerstone for the University of Saskatchewan

Jul 29 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It is a milestone anniversary today for all citizens of Saskatchewan, regardless of party. On this date in 1910 the great Sir Wilfrid Laurier himself, on a Western tour, laid the cornerstone for what is now one of Canada’s most respected and admired universities, the University of Saskatchewan. I’ll let Sir Wilfrid himself tell the […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Lays Cornerstone for the University of Saskatchewan

Jul 29 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It is a milestone anniversary today for all citizens of Saskatchewan, regardless of party. On this date in 1910 the great Sir Wilfrid Laurier himself, on a Western tour, laid the cornerstone for what is now one of Canada’s most respected and admired universities, the University of Saskatchewan. I’ll let Sir Wilfrid himself tell the […]

Farm Credit Canada says 2020-21 was a good year for the agrifood sector even with all the uncertainty

Jul 28 2021 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—After a strong performance in its 2020-2021 fiscal year, Farm Credit Canada stands ready to help producers struggling with this year’s vexing weather conditions, says Michael Hoffort, President and CEO. In the fiscal year that began March 1, 2020, FCC grew its portfolio by 7.6 per cent to $41.5 billion even though it adjusted payments […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: R.B Bennett defeats the Liberals to become Prime Minister

Jul 28 2021 — Arthur Milnes — It was on this date in 1930 that Tory R.B. Bennett bested William Lyon Mackenzie King’s Liberals and earned a majority mandate from Canadians. He served five years as Prime Minister as the Great Depression ravaged Canada. Historians later revealed that Bennett, a wealthy man, often sent money to ordinary Canadians, suffering during that Dust […]

Farm groups pushing Environment Canada on fertilizer issues

Jul 27 2021 — Alex Binkley — Proposed 30 per cent cut in nitrogen fertilizer uses would harm producers.   Ottawa—A Fertilizer Canada (FC) attempt to bring science into the debate over farm use of fertilizers has garnered support from agriculture groups. And it has encouraged the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association (WCWGA) to launch a public awareness campaign about the Environment […]

Drought relief measures are good first steps, farm groups say

Jul 26 2021 — Alex Binkley — A comprehensive AgriRecovery response is also needed.   Ottawa–The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) are encouraged by measures the federal and provincial governments are taking to support farmers through the extreme weather of this summer. The ministers have announced livestock tax deferral for prescribed drought areas, bilateral adjustments to […]

Railway safety consultation launched by Transport Canada

Jul 24 2021 — Alex Binkley — Auditor General has criticized the department’s record on rail safety Ottawa—Transport Canada has launched a public consultation on ways to improve the safety culture of the country’s railways, says Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. The consultations will focus on strengthening safety management systems and looking to better measure the effectiveness of its oversight program to identify […]

On This Day in Canada’s Political History: First-ever French-Language Leaders Debate in a National Campaign

Jul 24 2021 — Arthur Milnes — Canadian federal politics became much more inclusive on this date in 1984. For the first time during a general election campaign, party leaders participated in a full French-language nationally-televised debate. It featured then Prime Minister John Turner for the Liberal Party, Ed Broadbent of the NDP, and Brian Mulroney of the Progressive Conservatives. Two days […]