National Newswatch

What’s old in Ottawa is new again and this time with its own cabinet minister

Jan 15 2019 — Alex Binkley — Rural development minister linked to innovation not agriculture department.   Ottawa—Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan as Minister of Rural Economic Development but linked her to the Innovation Department. Her role will be to oversee the creation of a rural development strategy to spur economic growth, bring high-speed internet to […]

What would happen if Alberta tried to separate?

Jan 15 2019 — Donald Barry — Talk of separation is in the air in Alberta, triggered by the plight of the province’s beleaguered oil sands industry. The focus of the angst is the alleged indifference of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s federal government to the industry’s circumstances, especially the failure to proceed with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the British Columbia […]

Strong agriculture potential exists in First Nations communities

Jan 2 2019 — Alex Binkley — Lots of young people but also plenty of constraints hinder youth going into farming.   Ottawa—There is a lot of agriculture potential in First Nations communities across the country that needs encouragement and support to blossom, says Jamie Hall, General Manager of the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario. Despite deep roots in food production, native […]

A 2019 Wish – Real Democracy

Dec 31 2018 — Glen Pearson — If democracy is rife with anything, it’s opinions.  Social media has only added to that intensity.  Studies reveal that citizens not only hold more opinions but that they are increasingly reticent to change them.  That’s why we’ve been hearing so much in recent years about how it’s growing increasingly impossible to change the minds of […]

Anti-GM food groups warn against new U.S. label even though no sign Canada intends to copy it

Dec 24 2018 — Alex Binkley — Farm groups want food labels to remain focused on risks to health.   Ottawa—New U.S. rules for labelling genetically-modified foods has stirred up anti-GM groups in Canada to call for warning labels on domestic products although Parliament voted strongly against the idea two years ago. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) said the new U.S. […]

Embracing a Different Approach to Education

Dec 23 2018 — Ben Carr — A few weeks ago, Winnipeg’s Seven Oaks School Division and Higher Purpose (HP) Change co-sponsored an event that included over 200 members of the city’s business, not-for-profit, and education communities. There were speeches from Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman, Business Council of Manitoba Vice-President Kevin Chief, students, mentors, and school leaders, along with interactive dialogue between […]