National Newswatch

Fruit and vegetable growers need strong agriculture policies

Dec 7 2022 — Alex Binkley — Access to seasonal workers should be speeded upl Ottawa—Labour shortages and financial support programs are crucial issues for many Canadian farms trying to meet growing global food demands, says Charles Stevens, Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association (OFVGA). The most useful support for them would be streamlining government inspections of farms and […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: PM Harper becomes first Canadian PM to address South Korea’s Assembly

Dec 7 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Canada’s 22nd Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Stephen J. Harper, was in South Korean on this date in 2009. He made history on his visit in becoming the first-ever Canadian PM to address South Korea’s national assembly. In his address, Harper recalled Canada’s proud service in the cause of freedom during the Korean War. “Canada […]

Growing Energy Costs Driving Hyperscalers to Reimagine Sustainability

Dec 7 2022 — Brent Allen — The War in Ukraine and the subsequent impact on Europe’s energy security has led industries and consumers alike to radically adapt their behaviour. Nearly one in five energy intensive industries in Germany have scaled down production with some of their flagship industries, including automotive manufacturing, going as far as deliberating the merits of relocating elsewhere. […]

International group created to tackle antimicrobial resistance health challenge

Dec 6 2022 — Alex Binkley — AMR is a threat to human health and the global food system. Ottawa- An Antimicrobial Resistance Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Platform has been established by four international organizations to ensure the growing threats and impacts of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) are addressed globally. The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Environment Program (UNEP) are joining forces with […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau meets President Richard Nixon at the White House

Dec 6 2022 — Arthur Milnes — Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau, was in Washington on this date in 1971 for talks with President Richard Nixon at the White House. Besides bilateral issues and irritants, Trudeau and Nixon also discussed the President’s unprecedented upcoming trip to China. “The President then gave an account of the Peking trip, emphasizing the […]

More food with fewer emissions a clear challenge for Canada

Dec 5 2022 — Alex Binkley — Farmers will need lots of support to reduce GHG emissions. Ottawa—Producing more food with fewer greenhouse gas emissions is the clear challenge facing Canada’s agrifood system, says a thought-provoking report on achieving that goal. Produced by RBC Economics and Thought Leadership, the Boston Consulting Group and the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph, […]

It’s time: Canada needs to invest in the Northwest Territories

Dec 5 2022 — Premier Caroline Cochrane — In 2019, the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs released a report titled A Path to Growth: Investing in the North. The committee developed the report to help Canada better understand what hinders socio-economic development across the Canadian Arctic, they also provided recommendations on how to better support infrastructure development in the North. The report states, […]

Today in Canada’s Political History: Newfoundland loses Dominion status, becomes British colony again

Dec 2 2022 — Arthur Milnes — After 26 years of being a proud Dominion – like Canada – within the British Empire, Newfoundland’s government dissolved itself on this date in 1933. After almost 80 years of responsible government, the future Canadian province became a Crown colony once again.  Newfoundland was once again governed directly from London. Newfoundland’s economy had been crushed […]

Canadian beef feeds many in the world while protecting the Canadian environment

Nov 30 2022 — Alex Binkley — Government could help the sector perform even better. Ottawa—As a world leader in sustainable production, Canadian beef producers are well positioned to help fill the global protein demand and meet the federal government’s 2030 target for reducing carbon emissions, says Ryder Lee, CEO of the Canadian Cattle Association (CCA). Canada has already achieved one of […]