National Newswatch

Federal promise for regulatory reform is first step on a long road

Dec 18 2018 — Alex Binkley — Many will be watching for signs Ottawa actually tackling the regulatory burden.   Ottawa—The federal government is making promising statements about seriously tackling the burden of regulations the country’s businesses face as they attempt to improve their international competitiveness. In many cases, it comes down to I’ll believe it when I see it. Treasury Board […]

Will the World See Canada the Same in 2019?

Dec 18 2018 — Glen Pearson — It’s in the DNA of our democracy that we complain about it all the time, frequently hearkening back to supposedly better times, and castigating our politicians simply because they’re the easiest to target. As we close out 2018, it’s important to remember that certain phrases gained traction in the past twelve months that signal our […]

Ron Bonnett won’t run for re-election as CFA president

Dec 13 2018 — Alex Binkley — Ottawa—Ron Bonnett won’t be running for re-election as president when the Canadian Federation of Agricultue holds its annual meeting in February but he intends to remain involved in a mentoring role for future farm leaders. “I never wanted to stay in the job too long,” he said in an interview. His experience in the CFA, […]

The federal government needs to insulate agriculture from its carbon pricing scheme, Senate report says

Dec 12 2018 — Alex Binkley — Consumers as well as producers will suffer, Senate report says.   Ottawa—Agriculture and forestry have worked hard to reduce their carbon footprint and shouldn’t be forced to pay a second time with the introduction of the federal carbon pricing plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, says a report by the Senate agriculture committee. While the […]

Women Should Be Outraged Over ‘New’ Breast Cancer Screening Recommendations

Dec 12 2018 — Paula Gordon — Canadian women should be outraged. This week, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health released its latest guidelines for screening for breast cancer for women at average risk. They advise against mammography for women aged 40-49, against women doing breast self-examination, and against doctors doing breast exams. They recommend women age 50-74 have mammograms every […]

Vets will have online access to the latest information for treating sick animals

Dec 11 2018 — Alex Binkley — System should help producers meet new federal rules on antimicrobial use in animals.   Ottawa—Livestock owners should receive better outcomes working with their vets in treating sick animals under an information system developed by the the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). The system was launched to coincide with the Dec. 1 start of new federal […]

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 – […]