In Brief… – for Aug. 12, 2010

Bilingual cattle ID: The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) has launched the new French version of the Canadian Livestock Tracking System (CLTS). This bilingual resource is now available online at www.clia.livestockid.ca.

The CLTS website will auto detect a computer browser’s language preference. The functionality of the French language version of the CLTS remains the same as the English version. Instructions on how to change your browser language are available on the CLTS site.

– CCIA release

New transport minister:

Chuck Strahl was named federal minister of transport, infrastructure and communities during an Aug. 6 cabinet shuffle. Strahl was previously minister of Indian and Aboriginal affairs. The Grain Growers of Canada said it was a welcome change.

“The current Level of Service Review for railways is extremely sensitive for the agriculture industry,” said Doug Robertson, president of the Grain Growers of Canada. “With Minister Strahl’s experience as agriculture minister, we are hopeful the message of farmers will resonate strongly.” – Staff

Cuffed for cows: Nine protesters, including an 87-year-old woman and a 14-year-old girl, were arrested Aug. 8 for blocking federal efforts to auction off the dairy cows from a federal prison farm at Kingston, Ontario. Media reports say at least nine more were arrested for blocking the trucks again Aug. 9. The campaign to save Canada’s prison farms, spearheaded by the National Farmers Union, drew an estimated 500 out to help the cause at the Aug. 8 rally. Supporters say the farms provide useful rehabilitation and skills to low-risk offenders. – Staff

Expanded rural service: MTS Allstream has announced plans to invest $125 million over the next five years as part of an accelerated deployment of its fibre to the home network, named FiON, in Manitoba. By the end of 2015, MTS expects to deploy fibre to about 120,000 homes in close to 20 Manitoba communities such as Steinbach, Thompson, The Pas and in areas of Winnipeg. FiON will enable MTS to provide its industry-leading MTS Ultimate TV service and very high-speed Internet services in those communities.

– MTS release

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