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Editor’s Take: COVID-19 a shared problem

There’s being good, and there’s being lucky. Sometimes it’s easy to confuse the two. That’s likely what was happening while Manitoba’s COVID case numbers failed to mount. With day-after-day reports of no cases, many seemed to conclude that while COVID was a problem, it wasn’t a Manitoba problem. That’s simply incorrect and it ignores how

(Former) Editor’s Take: Our most important customer

It will take a couple of weeks until the final figures are out, but now that the 2019-20 crop year is over, it’s interesting to note how well grains and oilseeds have been moving, and to where. As of Week 50 with two weeks left to go, producer deliveries were a whopping 60.7 million tonnes,

Editorial: Trade shenanigans divide and conquer

While many Canadians were enjoying backyard barbecues this summer after months of being isolated from family and friends, the country quietly embarked on a new era of trade with two of its largest trading partners. The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), referred to as the CUSMA in Canadian documents, came into force to replace the North American

Editor’s Take: Unwiring the world

A couple years ago I was out at the farm for a few days and my brother asked me to bid on something in an online auction sale for him. He had other commitments so he told me the lot number, what he was willing to pay, and wished me luck. I was going to

It has been estimated that 250 million people are at risk of facing acute hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editorial: A global barn raising

Whenever you hear people romanticizing the good old days of pioneering life on the Prairies, the nostalgia is almost always tied to the community spirit. By most measures, the early settlers lived a miserable existence. But they were all in it together and all working towards the same end, firstly to survive and then to


Editor’s Take: Living through history

Historic times are rarely comfortable times. Ask your ancestors who, in the first half of the last century alone lived through two world wars, one economic collapse, and a mega-drought. Or for that matter the millennials of today, who have so far survived one global financial crisis and a pandemic, with another economic crisis on

Editor’s Take: The last mile

Every year around the world, billions of dollars, euros, yen and yuan are spent on agriculture research. In Canada alone, public funding of “research in support of agriculture,” to quote the federal government, topped $557 million in the 2016-17 fiscal year. That figure may wax and wane with the budgetary vagaries of government, but it’s

Editor’s Take: A stain on the Canada brand

A series of hard-hitting articles on migrant farm workers in Canada has shone a light on some realities that will make many Canadians uncomfortable. The Globe and Mail series was undoubtedly a shock to many readers unaware migrant farm workers were even ‘a thing’ in Canada. It details conditions that will leave a pretty clear


COVID-19 is showing us that some of the least-appreciated workers in our society — the workers on the farm, in the food factories and in the grocery stores — are some of the most important.

Editorial: Students and the farm labour crisis

Amidst all the disruption, the suffering and the fear, the one good thing you could say about our ongoing experience with COVID-19 is that it has peeled back the layers of our society to expose the raw — and sometimes unpleasant — truths about what we truly value. When childcare workers can earn more income

Editor’s Take: Where’s the beef?

When did Manitoba become a laggard? There was a time when the Keystone province embraced bold visions, naysayers be damned. Duff Roblin’s response to the 1950 flood is an excellent example of this lost glory. Roblin, a Progressive Conservative, assumed the role of premier in the late spring of 1958, and before long he was