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Kansas City Southern accepts new CN bid over CP’s

CN offers to cover KCS's breakup fee with CP

Reuters — U.S. railway operator Kansas City Southern said Thursday it had accepted Canadian National Railway’s $33.6 billion acquisition offer, upending a $29 billion deal with its competitor Canadian Pacific Railway. The development, first reported by Reuters, gives CP five business days to make a new offer for Kansas City Southern. Were CP to table

Outward inspection is one of the biggest bones of contention in a review of the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission.

Where’s the Canadian Grain Commission headed?

Industry groups outline changes they want in the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission

The future of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), whose statutory mandate since 1912 has been to regulate western Canadian grain quality in the interest of farmers, is getting closer to being determined. Why it matters: For 109 years the Canadian Grain Commission, under authority of the Canada Grain Act, has regulated Western Canada’s multibillion-dollar grain

More market transparency needed

Grain act reviews trigger farmer calls for more grain sales data collection

Western grain farmers need more timely information about grain sales and exports to improve market transparency and returns to farmers, the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) says in its submission on changes to the Canada Grain Act and Canadian Grain Commission (CGC). The Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan (APAS) and the National Farmers Union (NFU)

Mandatory Canadian Grain Commission outward inspection contentious

Mandatory Canadian Grain Commission outward inspection contentious

Some farm groups say it’s key to grain quality assurance, but the elevator association disagrees

Of all the issues concerning the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), its role in outward inspection is one of the most contentious. The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat), Agricultural Producers of Saskatchewan (APAS) and the National Farmers Union (NFU) say in their submissions on the grain act and CGC that retaining mandatory CGC outward inspection

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Editor’s Take: Coming and going

Farmers and the grain trade may have many common interests, but they are not perfectly aligned

What’s the right amount of oversight in Canada’s grain quality assurance system? That’s the fundamental question at the heart of an ongoing review of the Canadian Grain Commission and Canada Grain Act. As our Allan Dawson reports, many in the grain trade want to see the regulatory burden lighten. The Western Grain Elevator Association, which


KAP recommends keeping grain commission’s mandate

It also wants to maintain CGC's role in in outward inspection and ensuring the quality of Canadian grain exports

The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) should continue “to operate in the best interests of producers and Canadian grain industry an an independent third party to establish grain grades and standards.” That’s one of 17 recommendations Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP) makes in its submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), which is seeking views on changes

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Back-to-work rule for Montreal dockworkers clears Parliament

Bill granted royal assent Friday night

A week-long strike by dockworkers at the Port of Montreal is expected to conclude after federal back-to-work legislation passed Parliament Friday evening. Bill C-29, introduced Tuesday in the House of Commons, cleared third reading in the Commons Wednesday and received three readings in the Senate and royal assent Friday. The port’s longshore workers, represented by

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Cost index up for CN, down for CP in grain revenue formula

CP expects lower labour costs, CN higher

Expected labour costs were the major difference in a new ruling on the index that determines how much revenue each of Canada’s big two railways get to keep in the coming crop year from hauling Prairie grain. The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) on Thursday announced its decisions on the volume-related composite price index (VRCPI) for