National Newswatch

The Bend of History

May 17 2019 — Glen Pearson — It’s tough to blame him.  In its own way it seemed kind of inevitable. Francis Fukuyama was little known to the outside world in 1989, but his star was rising within the American State Department.  And his timing was perfect when he published The End of History and the Last Man six months prior to […]

ASF conference creates great expectations for follow up action

May 14 2019 — Alex Binkley — McCain warns outdated rules could create an economic Armageddon.   Ottawa—The united front shown by the Chief Veterinary Officers of Canada, the United States and Mexico at a two-conference on confronting African Swine Fever (ASF) was a good start, say agrifood leaders and veterinarians. However much needs to be done by the three governments and […]

Produce industry looking to alternatives to plastic packaging

May 13 2019 — Alex Binkley — Packaging matters for producers and consumers.   Ottawa—In a move the rest of the agrifood sector will be watching, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) has formed a working group to look into what alternatives to current plastic packaging are available. “This is a complex issue which is a focus for consumers, governments and industry,” […]

Notes on CATSA Restructuring to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

May 9 2019 — Daniel-Robert Gooch and Steve Hankinson — Section 1:  Daniel-Robert Gooch, President, Canadian Airports Council Madame chairperson, members of the committee.  Thank-you for the opportunity to appear before you today, as well as for your ongoing support in our efforts to improve the experience at airport screening. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is led by a hard-working team of professionals […]

Mental Health Week: Moving Beyond De-Stigmatization

May 9 2019 — Justin Bergamini — Every year in Canada, a number of days, weeks and even a month – October – are celebrated to foster greater awareness of mental health issues. Probably the best known, Bell Let’s Talk Day, like most others, focuses on creating a conversation to de-stigmatize mental illness. This Mental Health Week (May 6-12) we should take […]

Farm groups gain support of senators for changes to fisheries habitat rules

May 7 2019 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—Agrifood groups seeking changes to a fisheries bill to ensure it doesn’t disrupt farm operations across the country have the backing of the Senate fisheries committee. Committee Deputy Chairman Senator Marc Gold of Quebec said the Government Senate Leader Peter Harder and Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson have indicated they are prepared to amend sections of […]

Advance payment program boosted to $1 million and enrollment deadline extended by two months

May 1 2019 — Alex Binkley — Canada will keep working on diversifying agrifood markets and trying to get China to talk science.   Ottawa—The maximum available under the Advance Payments Program (APP) for all crop growers will be raised to $1 million from the current $400,000 and the enrollment deadline pushed back two months, Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced May 1. […]

Text of the opening remarks of Massimo Bergamini before the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

Apr 30 2019 — Massimo Bergamini — Text of the opening remarks of Massimo Bergamini President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Airlines Council of Canada (NACC) before the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities today, as it studies the Security Screening Services Commercialization Act which would transfer airport security screening functions to a new not for profit entity. These […]

Be Careful What You Wish For.

Apr 30 2019 — Glen Pearson — Is it true?  Is a Blue Conservative wave sweeping Canada as in so much of the rest of the world?  Andrew Cohen provided some clues in his Ottawa Citizen article when he wrote that, provincially, five provinces led by Liberals or NDP have been defeated by Conservatives in the last three years.  Jason Kenney’s win […]

European trade deal hasn’t been a breakthrough for Canadian agrifood

Apr 29 2019 — Alex Binkley — Chamber offers several suggestions for overcoming European protectionism.   Ottawa—The federal government has to make better use of dispute mechanisms in the free trade deal with the European Union to tackle protectionist measures that are hindering agrifood exports to Europe, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce The 18-month-old trade deal removed most tariffs but that […]