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Strike action postponed at CP

Conductors, engineers and signal maintainers at Canadian Pacific Railway won’t be walking off the job Saturday, but will instead vote soon on a contract offer their unions recommend they reject. Federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu on Friday agreed to a request from CP to have the Canadian Industrial Relations Board administer a ratification vote on […] Read more

U.S. grains: Wheat, corn, soy fall on weather outlook

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. wheat, corn and soybean futures fell on Friday, with forecasts for beneficial crop weather across key growing areas sparking a round of fund liquidation ahead of the weekend, trader said. Wheat led the declines with the front-month Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat contract sagging 2.8 per cent. […] Read more


U.S. livestock: Cattle rise on strong cash markets

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures rose on Friday, with nearby contracts supported by firm cash markets and strong wholesale beef values, traders said. Deferred offerings rose as traders covered short positions ahead of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s monthly Cattle on Feed report. The report, released after the close of the […] Read more

NAFTA ministers to reconvene Tuesday on signs of progress

Washington | Reuters — Canada and Mexico on Friday said good progress had been made in talks with the U.S. to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and that ministers would meet again on Tuesday as they push to wrap up a deal. Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso […] Read more



New era beginning for conservation work, says MCDA chairman

Meetings held to talk over future boundary changes, new programming

It’s a new day for conservation efforts in Manitoba, according to the chair of the Manitoba Conservation Districts Association. Ray Frey, who’s also an executive member of the Little Saskatchewan Conservation District, says there are a number of new and proposed initiatives that are going to create a new paradigm in the province. There’s the […] Read more



Planning for the worst

Three municipalities and one regional committee have all earned provincial recognition for emergency preparedness

The province is encouraging municipalities to plan for the worst. Four regions, the municipalities of Cartier, Hanover, Louise and the Southern Emergency Response Committee, were all recognized for their emergency programs during this year’s Manitoba Community Emergency Preparedness Awards. Awards were presented during the Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) seminar April 11-12 in Brandon. The […] Read more


Regulatory change urged to help expand rural broadband

A parliamentary committee is calling on the federal government to use legislative tools to help shore up broadband access for rural and remote areas of Canada. The House of Commons’ standing committee on industry, science and technology, chaired by Vancouver area Liberal MP Dan Ruimy, on Tuesday released its report and recommendations for meeting federal […] Read more


soybean harvest

U.S. grains: Export concerns pressure soy

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell to their lowest in nearly two weeks on Thursday on worries about declining demand from top importer China, traders said. Wheat futures firmed to their highest since April 10, their third straight day of gains, while corn eased for the fourth time in five […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Cattle futures drop

Chicago | Reuters — Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures dropped on Thursday on profit-taking and fund liquidation ahead of the U.S. Agriculture Department’s monthly Cattle on Feed report. Feeder cattle followed live cattle futures lower. Hog futures were mixed on bull spreading, with the front month contract rising in thin trading while deferreds weakened. […] Read more



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