National Newswatch

Isn’t some kind of broadband better than nothing?

Oct 19 2018 — Mark Goldberg — Isn’t some kind of broadband better than nothing? The CRTC thinks so. And I agree. When the Commission released its plans for its $750M Broadband Development Fund earlier this fall, it decided that it would accept applications to provide broadband service at download speeds of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) and 5 Mbps up, despite […]

Trade, transportation and taxes key to boosting agrifood exports

Oct 12 2018 — Alex Binkley — Boosting agrifood exports lies with making sure Canada is ready to compete internationally and that means tending to the trade, transportation and taxation policies, says Phil de Kemp, Executive Director of the Barley Council of Canada. The 3Ts, as he called them, are important to making Canada globally competitive “not just for value-added industries, but […]

The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

Oct 11 2018 — Glen Pearson — We have so many causes in our world, so many voices, so many injustices and so many opportunities.  But in the end, it all might come to nothing, for the one great challenge overriding all others continues to remain an outlier. The world has known of the coming climate apocalypse for decades and warnings have […]

Senators and MPs push government on compensation for supply managed sectors

Oct 10 2018 — Alex Binkley — Plan should be in place before USMCA receives final approval.   OTTAWA—The federal government is under strong political pressure to deliver a compensation plan for dairy and poultry farmers in advance of signing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. Before starting its week-long Thanksgiving break, MPs from all parties backed a motion calling for a financial compensation […]

For Canadian Consumers and Small Businesses, Open Banking is the Way Forward

Oct 8 2018 — Steve Boms — The national budget passed by Parliament this February requires the Department of Finance to offer findings and recommendations for a move toward open banking. Lawmakers didn’t set a deadline, but Finance Canada is already engaging with industry stakeholders to solicit input. Canada’s movement toward open banking cannot come soon enough. The march toward open banking […]

Most agrifood groups relieved the NAFTA drama is over

Oct 5 2018 — Alex Binkley — Many still wading through the fine print of the USMCA to understand its full implication.   OTTAWA—While the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) still needs to be ratified by the three countries, most Canadian farm groups are relieved that it will preserve existing agriculture commitments among them. One exception was the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) which […]

Agrifood sector looking to keep government focused on boosting farmers and processors

Oct 3 2018 — Alex Binkley — Links with other high growth sectors are crucial. OTTAWA – Agrifood leaders want the federal government to remove roadblocks to beefing up the economic clout of their and other high-growth sectors to boost the economy. The challenge is to keep the government departments focused on clearing away obstructions to growth and competitiveness identified in the […]

Trade of a Different Kind

Oct 1 2018 — Glen Pearson — One could almost hear the collective sigh of relief when news emerged yesterday of a tentative NAFTA deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.  Technically, Donald Trump wants it renamed to the “United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement – or USMC.”   Credit must be given to the negotiators from all three nations who were at it for a […]