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Letters: Time for new priorities

In response to the Aug. 31 story in the Manitoba Co-operator, “Municipal Board considering benchmark ruling.” Very often we hear the outcry for economic development and resurrection of employment with no concerns whatsoever for water sources, environment and a quality of living. Only a degree of risk is sometimes mentioned. Without water, there is no

Letters: Quarry fight reveals undermining of democracy

In response to letters by Jon Crowson and Ruth Pryzner in the Aug. 6 Manitoba Co-operator: Democracy — It was paid for by the blood and casualties of veterans and those who paid the supreme sacrifice, who now lie in graves in distant lands, far from their loved ones, family and homeland. I am a

Letters: Seed growers should be wary of merger

In response to Allan Dawson’s seed sector merger story: Seed growers should pay attention to the Aug. 27 vote to merge the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA) with four other organizations, including the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA). The vote on the most important potential change in 100 years is during farmers’ busy harvest season.

The proposed quarry site, currently a sunflower field and abandoned farm site. A barn and a house on the site were demolished this spring.

Letters: The ugly side of Bill 19

Geralyn Wichers needs to be commended for her in-depth reporting on the Lilyfield Quarry controversy. After all that has transpired in the RM of Rosser, one has to wonder what part of “no” the quarry developer has trouble understanding. Now, under Bill 19, we face the prospect of the ruling Conservatives’ proxy, in the form

Letters: Quarry fight reveals Bill 19 undermines representation

The people in the RM of Rosser are experiencing first hand what those who opposed Bill 19 understood was the real purpose of the bill. To reduce people’s ability to protect themselves from certain developments contrary to their interests and for municipal councils to properly represent them. The message is clear. People and their quality


Letters: Gene editing offers widespread benefits

Regarding the column “Gene editing a risk communication fiasco in the making,” Manitoba Co-operator, July 22, 2020. Sylvain Charlebois is right: our industry did a poor job of communicating to the public about GMOs. As a result, misinformation about the safety and benefits of the technology continue to persist almost 25 years later despite the

Letters: Bigger not better

The recent closures of meat-packing plants in Alberta, Quebec and several American states due to the COVID-19 pandemic are shedding light on the tremendous expense of this style of massive meat-processing operation. The expense borne by the workers at the plants is the greatest of all, their health threatened so severely, even causing death to

Letters: Agriculture deemed essential

The COVID-19 virus is impacting all facets of our communities, the economy and our province. On March 30, the chief provincial public health officer issued the new health order with a schedule of critical services. Agriculture and all aspects related to food production and the food supply chain are listed as essential services. Our government


Letters: Border open for business

I enjoyed reading your article “Are farm machinery parts essential business?” in last week’s Co-operator however, I feel I could add valuable information for farmers. I work as a consultant in agriculture and also run a small manufacturing business out of my home shop. Many of the materials needed for my small business come from

Letters: Crown land sales already raising ire

In response to Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen’s letter in the Jan. 16 issue of the Co-operator: Minister Pedersen, I am new to this part of the world, but not to ranching. And I’m a fast learner. I understand that many producers were unhappy with the old points system used, in this province,