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Canadian agricultural minister Gerry Ritz

Canada ups the ante in COOL dispute

Canada is seeking more than $3 billion in tariffs

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is warning Canada will play hardball with American politicians who block legislation to scrap the U.S. country-of-origin labelling (COOL) program on beef and pork imports. Canada formally asked the World Trade Organization June 4 to approve slightly more than $3 billion a year in retaliatory tariffs on American food and consumer

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U.S. appeals latest WTO ruling on COOL

Retaliatory tariffs are now delayed

Canada will have to wait up to three more months before it can impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods over Washington’s mandatory country-of-origin labelling (COOL) law on meat from imported livestock. The U.S. government filed a notice of appeal Nov. 28 against the latest ruling by a World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance panel, which last

Ombudsman reports 29 complaints against municipalities in 2011

The Manitoba Ombudsman office investigated 29 complaints from the public about actions and decisions of municipal politicians last year, according to its newly released 2011 report. Common themes in the complaints relate to perceived conflicts of interest, councils making decisions “in camera” (behind closed doors), and not giving reasons for decisions, the report said.  Councils

U.S. appeals WTO ruling on COOL

The Obama administration has dashed hopes for a rational settlement in the dispute with Canada and Mexico over a WTO ruling criticizing Washington’s mandatory country-of-origin labelling rules. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office announced March 23 that the U.S. would appeal the decision. It waited until almost the last minute to go the

Does Meat Bring Out The Beast In Us?

MCGILL UNIVERSITY RELEASE Frank Kachanoff was surprised. He thought the sight of meat on the table would make people more aggressive, not less. After all, don’t football coaches feed their players big hunks of red meat before a game in hopes of pumping them up? And what about our images of a grunting or growling

Is Your Child Being Bullied?

No parent wants to learn that their child is the victim of a bully, but many parents feel helpless when their child is a victim. Here are some things parents can do: Listen to your child’s reports of being bullied and take it seriously. Recognize the symptoms: lost or torn clothing, unexplained bruises, fearfulness or

Korean Beef Ban Goes Back To WTO

Technical talks aimed at avoiding a formal trade dispute between Canada and South Korea over the latter’s ban on Canadian beef haven’t done the trick. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Stockwell Day announced July 9 that Canada has officially asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to set up a formal dispute settlement

Ritz Says WTO Challenge Continues

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is scoffing at Liberal claims the Conservative government has abandoned its complaint to the World Trade Organization about the United States country-of-original labelling program. Wayne Easter, Liberal farm spokesman, and Scott Brison, the party’s trade critic, said in a statement July 15 that an American publication called Inside U. S. Trade