National Newswatch

Meat Council rebukes anti-meat tone of Canada Food Report

Dec 10 2018 — Alex Binkley — Meat consumption is at levels not seen since the 1980s, it says.   OTTAWA – The Canadian Meat Council (CMC) says meat consumption remains strong in Canada despite claims in the Canada Food Report 2019 that Canadians are moving to plant-based food alternatives. The beef demand index showed a decrease of just 2 per cent […]

Decency Makes a Comeback

Dec 5 2018 — Glen Pearson — They say he was from another era, another point in time when respect mattered, humility was a virtue and decency was effective.  They also follow these observations by noting that such times are gone forever, relegated to history, never to be resurrected. But maybe that’s not right. The tributes that poured in following the passing […]

Parliament’s Lessons Spread Out

Dec 4 2018 — Glen Pearson — It was an honour last evening to be asked to offer the benediction at the official swearing in of our new City Council and to place the official chain of office around the neck of incoming mayor Ed Holder.  Similar formalities are going on across Ontario.  Two things remained with me following the ceremony – […]

Doug Ford and gun control

Dec 1 2018 — John Milloy — You can’t accuse Doug Ford of being inactive. Despite spending long hours fighting with the feds, dealing with sexual misconduct scandals and holding show trials of the Kathleen Wynne Liberals, our busy premier still has enough energy to dismantle government programs and eliminate officers of the legislature. Ford’s activist streak stops, however, when it comes […]

Canada’s agrifood export goal should be greater than $85 billion

Nov 30 2018 — Alex Binkley — Agrifood industry needs to keep prodding governments on regulatory burden.   OTTAWA—While the agrifood strategy table bettered the federal government’s agrifood export goal by $10 billion, that might not be an ambitious enough target, says Saskatchewan farmer Lee Moats. The 2017 federal budget set a goal of $75 billion worth of agrifood exports by 2025. […]

Farmers must make a priority of looking after their mental health, says Ted Menzies

Nov 29 2018 — Alex Binkley — Former farm leader and cabinet minister says unique work environment adds to stress on farmers.   OTTAWA—Former farm leader and federal cabinet minister Ted Menzies had a blunt and personal message about farmers for the Commons agriculture committee, which is studying mental health issues in agriculture. “We’re very reluctant to speak about it or to […]

Funding for Canada Brand initiative shrunk in 2014 as the federal government was boosting trade deals

Nov 28 2018 — Alex Binkley — Program still exists within Agriculture Canada.   OTTAWA—The former government reduced funding for the Canada Brand initiative to help agrifood boost exports in 2014 just as Canada was launching talks for new free trade agreements, says Kathleen Donohue, Director General of the Market Access Secretariat at Agriculture Canada. The Canada Brand was created in 2006 […]

Finance minister serves up faster depreciation farm and other business groups wanted

Nov 23 2018 — Alex Binkley — Export diversification strategy also welcomed.   OTTAWA—Farm and other business groups welcomed new equipment depreciation rules and a diversified export strategy Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced in his fall economic update. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA), Grain Growers of Canada (GGC), the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance (CAFTA) and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) […]