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Tory caucus shift

Staff / Newly elected Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister wasted no time shuffling his shadow cabinet.

Among the changes is a shift for Lakeside MLA Ralph Eichler into the critic’s role for Manitoba Agriculture Food and Rural Initiatives. Former ag critic Midland MLA Blaine Pedersen becomes the critic for Local Government. Larry Maguire, MLA for Arthur-Virden, will serve as Conservation and Water Stewardship critic.

Deadline looms for young speakers

Youth between the ages of 11 and 24 years of age have until Sept. 30 to enter the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture (CYSA) competition.

This year’s competition takes place Nov. 3 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto.

“We have an excellent group of speakers who have already registered for the competition, but the stronger and deeper the field, the better the competition will be,” says John J. MacDonald, president of CYSA.

Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture contestants prepare and deliver a five- to seven-minute speech, in English or French, on one of five agriculture-related topics. Cash prizes are awarded to the six finalists in both the Junior Competition (ages 11-15) and Senior Competition (ages 16-24). All Canadians of these ages are eligible to enter.

For information about the 28th annual CYSA competition, including available topics, competition rules, accommodations assistance and registration, visit /”



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