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Editorial: Building bridges

Earlier this month the A&W restaurant chain may have taken a significant step towards rebuilding its battered image with the nation’s cattle farmers. The company has been the source of much controversy in recent years after it introduced a marketing strategy branding the beef in its burgers as free of hormones and other growth promoters. […] Read more


Editorial: Rotation, rotation and rotation

In the early 1980s, the wheat board developed an idea called the Market Assurance Plan (MAP). That was back when there were perennial transport bottlenecks and the whole crop could sometimes not move by the end of the crop year. Even if it could move in total, it could be feast or famine for supply […] Read more



Editorial: Green tape

Hipsters and hippies across the country are set to celebrate cannabis legalization this coming Canada Day. The Trudeau government is on track for legalizing this recreational drug by that date, one of the highest-profile promises made during the last election campaign. That’s likely a good thing. While any recreational drug, alcohol included, is a problem […] Read more


Editorial: On a (rail)road to nowhere

The Port of Churchill and the rail link to the south has been much in the public eye of late, most recently with word a Toronto financial group is partnering with local First Nations groups to buy the line. The tantalizing promise of Churchill has always been just over the horizon, it would seem. On […] Read more



Editorial: Wheels within wheels

Canada’s current debate over carbon pricing, and Manitoba’s response to the federal requirements, highlight the complexities of making public policy. The federal government wants Canadian businesses, households and individuals to emit less carbon. That’s going to mean burning fewer fuels, using what we do use more efficiently and many other changes large and small throughout […] Read more


Editorial: On remembering

Canada has a long history of respect and remembrance for citizens who served and fell in war. In fact it was a poem by Canadian physician John McCrae that first made the poppy an enduring symbol of remembrance, with the moving opening line: “In Flanders Fields the poppies grow, between the crosses row on row.” […] Read more



Editorial: Guidance needed

You’d be hard pressed to think of a document that could be more innocuous and apolitical than Canada’s Food Guide. The modest booklet has the distinction of being the federal government’s second-most-requested document and is available in a dozen languages. This staple of home economics classes and cooking schools should simply be a straightforward recitation […] Read more


Editorial: On hold

With the deadline for a federal carbon tax drawing ever closer — and promised provincial legislation looming — an interesting document hit the legislative table recently in Ottawa. Julie Gelfand, the federal environmental commissioner, has tabled a series of five reports on various topics, ranging from funding for clean technologies to the federal government’s readiness […] Read more



Editorial: Food solitudes

World Food Day on Oct. 16 shed light on some confusing twists around global food security. The annual UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) event dating back to 1945 now falls five days after another big day — World Obesity Day, established by the World Obesity Foundation in 2015 to highlight the growing epidemic expected […] Read more


Editorial: Provincial benefit

There isn’t even a firm proposal on the table and already folks are lining up to argue over where any future soybean-crushing plant should be built in the province. Among the first out of the gate was a group in western Manitoba, that last year commissioned a feasibility study on the concept of building the […] Read more