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CN converts cars to handle more livestock

Our History: September 1974

The information under this photo from our Sept. 19, 1974 issue said that Canadian National’s Transcona shop was converting 30 freight cars to double-deck stock cars to handle increasing traffic for cattle, swine and sheep.

That year was a difficult one for harvest in Western Canada. An October issue story reported on a shortage of grain dryers — one Manitoba supplier had sold 50 in two weeks after not selling one unit since 1969. The Oct. 1 crop report from Manitoba Pool said snow had fallen over much of the northern half of the province and that hard frosts in the southwest had ended

any hopes that the crop would mature. It said harvesting was approximately 75 per cent for all crops but only 40 per cent for flax.

Another story that issue reported on the crop varieties planted that year — in Manitoba,

Neepawa had 46.3 per cent of the acreage, followed by Manitou at 15.1 per cent and Selkirk at 13 per cent.

Export grain labour disruptions were common in the 1970s but that month was unique with shutdowns at both the East and West coasts. Grain handlers had walked out at Vancouver, and in the east there were disputes with deck officers of the Canadian Merchant Service Guild and mechanics with the Canadian Marine Offices Union. Earlier in the month there had been a strike by pilots on the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Egg-marketing boards were under fire from the Consumers Association of Canada — an audit found that the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency has a deficit of $6 million and that 28 million eggs would have to be destroyed due to improper storage.

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