National Newswatch

Government regulations impede agrifood’s international competitiveness, federal review told

May 27 2019 — Alex Binkley — Outdated and cumbersome regulations serve neither consumers nor producers.   Ottawa—The agrifood sector gave federal officials plenty to chew on in comments about how government regulations impede the international competitiveness of Canadian farm and food products. The Agrifood and Aquaculture Regulatory Review launched last year, along with targeted examinations of four other high-growth sectors, generated […]

The Precarity of our Present Political Mindset

May 23 2019 — Glen Pearson — Sometimes we can all be pretty dumb.  Seriously, we make assumptions based upon our belief that our positions are well thought out and we wonder how those with opposing views can be so naïve.  I’ve encountered a lot of this lately, as a conservative mindset sweeps across much of the world.  Those holding to such […]

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May 14 2019 — Alex Binkley — McCain warns outdated rules could create an economic Armageddon.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 […]