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Editor’s Take: Send in the clowns

The finding of ‘double criminality’ by B.C. Supreme Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes in the Huawei case last week dashed any hopes of a quick and orderly wrap-up to Canada’s ongoing diplomatic war with China. Justice Holmes ruled that the crimes Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is charged with in the U.S. are also crimes in

A question often coming into sharp focus is the cost of becoming overly reliant on China as a trading partner.

Editor’s Take: China is our greatest ‘frenemy’

In recent years it has become increasingly apparent that China makes its own rules when it comes to trade. Its 2002 membership in the World Trade Organization is an excellent example. The rest of the world agreed to give China open access to markets, ostensibly in exchange for similar access to China’s. One can hardly

Opinion: Digital committee meetings face technical and time limitations

Politicians may have to drop some of the partisanship to get the job done

Our members of parliament should be applauded for their efforts to practise democracy during these trying times. MPs have taken to meeting online to conduct parliamentary committee meetings. So far, they have proven challenging but workable. Recent meetings of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food committee have highlighted the inconvenience. There are regular technical

Editorial: Meat packing concentration leads to problems

When Canadians flocked to their grocery stores to stock up for the pandemic lockdown, most weren’t filling their carts with plant-based proteins. It was the meat counters that cleared out along with the toilet paper shelves, baking ingredients, and with other basics considered necessities. While more Canadians have been experimenting with these plant-based proteins, most

Comment: Support for farmers will flow through existing programs

The feds are trying to bring provinces on board with mixed results

In how it decided to pay out $252 million in support for farmers and processors, Ottawa is demonstrating it would prefer to lean on existing federal-provincial programming. Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau has consistently pointed to existing tools in the tool box as ways to find pandemic relief for farmers, a message

Editorial: Agriculture slips through the safety net

Canadian agriculture is very proud of its prominence in the national economy, and rightly so. As StatsCan noted in a 2019 report, agriculture and food contributed $49 billion to the nation’s GDP in 2015, or 2.6 per cent of total GDP. That’s been a target of growth too, as various projection and government plans have

Editor’s Take: Stress cracks but no fractures

Now is when the systemic shortfalls are beginning to show. It’s only when a complex system is put under stress that underlying and underappreciated issues start to appear. Think of the 2008 global financial crisis as an example. Prior to it being revealed as the precarious house of cards that it was, housing in the

Comment: COVID-19 and the Canadian food supply chain

Canada’s food security isn’t threatened but supply chains will see substantial adjustment

Your bread and salad dressing will still be on the shelves, but that does not mean that everything is normal. Food supply chains are long, complex and certainly could be impacted by COVID-19. Fruits and vegetables Imported sources appear to be stable and the refrigerated trucking industry continues to supply adequate transport. It is likely

Editorial: Farmers should tread carefully when seeking more aid

There is one stabilizing force for agriculture amidst all the uncertainties as the effects of pandemic management ripple through the food chain like an electrical shock to everything it touches. The recently released Farm Credit Canada report on land values, based on 2019 transactions, shows the value of farmland in Canada continues to rise, albeit