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Canada taking first step toward lifting border restrictions

U.S. border restrictions still in place until at least June 21

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada on Wednesday took a cautious first step toward easing COVID-19 border restrictions, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July. Canada’s air and land borders have allowed for only essential travel since March of last year, and Canadians coming home


“Maybe we don’t want a system that requires $300 million of money going into charitable food banks in order to be resilient to the next shock.” – Evan Fraser.

Comment: Is food ok?

Widely diverging views on the pandemic’s impact on food supply are a pickle for the casual observer. What lessons can we learn?

It’s a jarring read on a morning scroll through Twitter: “Plant all the food you can… we’re headed this season and next several into some massively different circumstances for food availability.” Around Manitoba, early-planted crops are sprouting. In grocery stores, prices feel a little higher but the shelves are full. Is doom really coming, as

UN bodies set up panel on animal disease risks

The ‘One Health’ panel will advise on plans to curb zoonotic infections

The World Health Organization (WHO) and three other international bodies have formed a team of experts to help develop a global plan to prevent the spread of diseases from animals to humans, the WHO said May 20. The One Health High-Level Expert Panel was an initiative launched by France and Germany late last year, and

Editorial: Community spirit

The last time the military rolled in to help Manitobans deal with a crisis beyond their capacity to manage was in the spring of 1997 during the Flood of the Century. Troops, engineers and equipment were put to work building the Z-dike that ultimately protected Winnipeg from the potential of overland flooding creeping around the


Free COVID-19 course for foreign workers, employers

Aim is to acquaint farmworkers with best practices to protect themselves

Glacier FarmMedia – An online course to help producers and international farmworkers protect themselves from COVID-19 is being launched. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is offering the free guide in English, French and Spanish. Participants will learn methods of preventing the spread of COVID-19, which has caused deaths and illnesses on Canadian farms

Living in the shadow of COVID for so long, restaurants offer the perfect escape for when Canadians feel safer to go out again.

Comment: Incentivizing the cautious

Getting customers back into restaurants will be no small challenge in the wake of a pandemic

As we inch towards a more normalized economy, the focus will now be on how we can make people feel more comfortable about going out and about again. Our economy needs it, our foodservice industry desperately needs it, but it is not going to be easy. In a recent survey, conducted in mid-May by the

Flush farmers have a reputation for reinvesting in their operations, which has a positive impact on the economy. (Luca Piccini Basile/iStock/Getty Images)

StatsCan shows 2020 farm income up significantly

Farm cash receipts were up more than expenses

Canadian farm income, no matter how it’s measured, was up a lot in 2020, data released Wednesday by Statistics Canada show. Canadian net farm income of $18.1 billion is up $4.8 billion from 2019 — a 36.5 per cent increase. Another measure — realized net farm income (RNFI) — saw farmers take in $9.9 billion,


Foodgrains Bank disappointed yet hopeful after 2021 budget release

Foodgrains Bank disappointed yet hopeful after 2021 budget release

Canada is doing less than its fair share towards global aid and development, experts say

The Canadian government’s commitments to humanitarian assistance is a “promising start” but not what was hoped for or needed, says the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. “The federal government must make stable, adequate funding available for long-term development, to help lift the world’s poorest people out of poverty,” said Paul Hagerman, the Foodgrains Bank’s director of public policy in a news release

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Early-pandemic calls to localize supply chains unfounded

With a year's worth of data, three agriculture economists revisit early-pandemic predictions on the food supply chain

With a year's worth of data, three agriculture economists revisit early-pandemic predictions on the food supply chain

A year of data shows early-pandemic calls for radical changes to food systems and risk management programs were unfounded, say some economists. Particularly in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, food supply chains struggled to adapt to changing consumption patterns and processors shut down due to virus outbreaks. “Into that void of uncertainty came