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MCGA contributes $100,000 to Prairie Innovation Centre

The money will support an industry-education ‘Collaboration Zone’

The Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA) has committed $100,000 to sponsor an industry collaboration area, the Collaboration Zone, within Assiniboine Community College’s Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture. “Working with industry is an integral piece of the vision for the centre,” said Tim Hore, dean of the School of Agriculture and Environment, in a media

Comment: Education centralization bad for rural Manitoba

Without a school, businesses begin to close and towns and villages disappear

As farmers and rural Manitobans, we should all be concerned about the centralization of power proposed as part of the Education Modernization Act. Bill 64 will centralize provincial control over education by eliminating 37 democratically elected school boards and replacing them with a single provincial education authority. This education authority will be appointed by the


“You just can’t anymore think of childcare as a frill or a luxury that you can just leave to not-for-profits and the voluntary sector.” – Susan Prentice, University of Manitoba.

Rural childcare may need public management to succeed

P.E.I.’s childcare model might have worked in Manitoba – but it got scrapped

The Manitoba government has taken several runs at improving child care in the province, but fragmented and stymied approaches have thus far left many families in the lurch. If rural families feel particularly pinched, they’re probably right. University of Manitoba researcher Susan Prentice said in rural and northern Manitoba, there is one childcare spot for

“If the changes stay focused on organizational and structural changes the impact on student achievement will NOT happen.” – Eileen Sutherland.

Education reform will harm rural communities, says Manitoba School Boards Association

Others more cautious about Bill 64,looking for robust consultation before reforms made into law

Abolishing school districts and boards will silence rural communities and may lead to the gutting of rural education, says Manitoba School Boards Association president Alan M. Campbell. “Their voices will be gone,” Campbell told the Co-operator. On March 15, the province released the text of Bill 64, the Education Modernization Act, one of several bills

Grade 7/8 students explore Canada’s role in global agriculture and trade during Agriculture in the Classroom’s Manitoba Ag Days Adventure 2018.

AITC out of the classroom, but still in the game

Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba looks into 2021, COVID-19 restrictions and all

The last 12 months have been a period for resource development for Agriculture in the Classroom Manitoba (AITC-M), and executive director Sue Clayton says there’s more coming down the pipe as the calendar ticks into another year under COVID-19 restrictions. “It’s really changed our thinking on how we do our programming and that’s only going


Presenting — and voting on — policy resolutions, as seen here in a 2017 file photo, is an important part of KAP and other advocacy groups. Reg Dyck is making sure his students know how the system works.

An education in engagement

Ag in the Classroom resolution ‘educational’ for ag diploma students

There are problems. And then there are problem solvers. Reg Dyck teaches a course encouraging the latter. “It’s easy for farmers to bitch and complain,” Dyck, who farms at Starbuck and teaches ‘Issues in Agriculture and Food’ as part of the University of Manitoba’s diploma in agriculture, said in an interview Feb. 10. “Each of

The last thing rural communities need is a further silencing of their own voices in the decisions that impact their very foundations, like local public schools.

Comment: The education fields are frozen

So why is the provincial government sowing the seeds of reform now?

For everything there is a season and growing up in a small rural community, I recognize this is certainly the time of year when we take time to pause following months of hard work. The animals still need tending but the crop is in the bin. Winter has arrived. This past year has brought many

Assiniboine Community College staff and supporters stand outside the college’s Valleyview Building, the future home of the Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture.

Agricultural programming on growth trend at Assiniboine Community College

The college hopes to open the doors on its Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture by 2024

The province will soon have a new post-secondary hub for sustainable ag, if Brandon’s Assiniboine Community College (ACC) gets its way. The college will be significantly expanding its agricultural offerings, ACC has said, a promise centred around the incoming Prairie Innovation Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, to take root on the college’s North Hill Campus. Why it matters: The Prairie Innovation


Attendees try their hand at wheat grinding during and earlier Amazing Agriculture 
Adventure.

Ag in the Classroom pivots under COVID-19

Canadian Agricultural Partnership funding has been announced to help the organization switch to a more virtual program delivery

Sue Clayton, executive director for Manitoba’s Agriculture in the Classroom, says new government funding will help the organization bolster online resources in the age of COVID-19. Why it matters: Agriculture in the Classroom typically offers hands-on ag experience to Manitoba students, but that will look different in the coming year. The federal and provincial governments

“The phased elimination of the education property tax, paid by individual Manitobans, will begin next year.” – Provincial throne speech.

Education tax phase-out to start sooner

The process will begin next year instead of 2022, the Manitoba government announced in the throne speech

Phasing out education taxes on Manitoba property, including farmland, will start next year — a year earlier than first promised — the Manitoba government announced in its throne speech Oct. 7. Why it matters: Rising assessment values for farmland, which education and property taxes are based on, relative to other rural property, has shifted the