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A Municipal Board hearing earlier this fall was the first of its kind under new powers to hear appeals of RM decisions.

Quarry decision a dangerous precedent, say opposition leaders

Government paving the way for party donors to get their way, says Liberal leader

A recent ruling which allowed a quarry to move forward despite repeated denial by the local municipality sets a precedent that “… donors can override democracy and the courts,” says provincial Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont. “It’s a very disturbing precedent,” Lamont told the Co-operator. “It just seems to me that if people want to get

Federal fund, Alberta government back irrigation upgrades

Infrastructure Bank lends cash for system improvements

Eight irrigation districts in Alberta are set to tap into the Canada Infrastructure Bank’s new $1.5 billion pool of funding earmarked for irrigation, to receive loans worth about $407.5 million. The Alberta and federal governments on Friday announced a total investment of $815 million — including repayable CIB funds, provincial support and irrigation district contributions


Municipal board members (L to R) Rick Borotsik, Tom Raine and George Orle hear evidence at an appeal hearing in August.

Quarry decision sets lasting precedents

Appeals to the Municipal Board will be treated as fresh hearings, meaning local governments will have to make their case

The recent tribunal which approved the contentious Lilyfield Quarry may have set a precedent that will put local governments at a disadvantage. The appeal of a decision to reject the project by the RM of Rosser was the first of its kind under the newly expanded mandate of the Manitoba Municipal Board. New provisions in

La Nina to bring colder, drier winter

MarketsFarm — There’s a La Nina poised to exert influence on the coming North American winter, according to Drew Lerner, senior agricultural meteorologist for World Weather Inc. in Kansas. A La Nina generates colder-than-normal temperatures, as opposed to the warm temperatures garnered from an El Nino. Both weather phenomenon can be found over the Pacific

Federal program to protect farms, workers from COVID-19 underway

'Highest-risk' farming operations to get priority, Bibeau says

Applications are now open for a federally-administered $35 million emergency on-farm support fund to help limit the impacts of COVID-19 on farms and on-farm workers. Aimed at farm workplaces and employee living quarters, the fund is being managed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), but cost-shared with participating producers at a 50-50 level. Money is



A long-contentious quarry project in the RM of Rosser is going ahead following a precedent-setting decision by the Municipal Board under its newly expanded mandate as an appeal body.

Provincial tribunal rules contentious quarry can proceed

Province has done what needs to be done to provide affordable aggregate to taxpayers, says owner

[UPDATE: Oct. 8, 2020] After over a decade of dispute, a limestone quarry is under construction at Lilyfield in the RM of Rosser. Owner Colleen Munro expressed relief and satisfaction — “… can I say finally?” she told the Co-operator — while nearby residents were decidedly displeased. “Where is the justice here?” wrote Karen Kaplen,

Throne speech commits to rural broadband improvement

Rural health care, water management also on deck

The federal minority Liberal government is promising job creation, better rural internet access and a commitment to combating climate change in its newly revealed legislative plans. In an ambitious throne speech delivered Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s party committed itself to implementing universal child care and extending or enhancing many of the economic measures put


AgDealer plugs into forex service provider

Listing site to offer currency exchange service on cross-border purchases

Farmers buying used iron internationally by way of AgDealer are getting access to what’s billed as a lower-cost option to handle the currency exchange. AgDealer, Canada’s largest used farm equipment shopper publication and online listing platform, announced a partnership Tuesday with OFX Group, an Australian-based online currency exchange provider. Farmers, distributors and buyers outside of

Quarry site owner Colleen Munro speaks during the hearings in late July.

Provincial tribunal rules quarry can proceed in precedent-setting case

Construction of the contentious Lilyfield Quarry will go forward under stringent conditions

A limestone quarry will be built at Lilyfield in the RM of Rosser the Municipal Board has ruled in what has been called a precedent-setting decision. Lilyfield Quarry Inc. and owner Colleen Munro are the first to appeal under changes to the Planning Act made in 2018. The changes allow aggregate quarry owners to appeal