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Women’s Involvement Declining

The suffrage movement is one of history’s finest examples of the kind of social change a united women’s voice can achieve. Yet women today seem mostly absorbed by their private lives, unable or uninterested in engaging in the social and political activism of a few decades ago. “We’ve not been as ardent as we need

Relief Plan’s Details Due Shortly: Masc

More details about who qualifies for the $450 million in federal and provincial aid should be known this week, Manitoba Agricultural Services Corp.’s manager of claim services said in an interview July 8. It’s clear farmers with land too wet to seed this spring will qualify for the $30/acre payment, whether they are enrolled in



We’re Cool, But Not Record Breaking

The weather page is prepared by Daniel Bezte. Dan has a BA Honours degree in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He has taught climate and weather classes at the U of W, and is a guest climate expert on CJOB’s morning show with Larry Updike. Daniel runs a computerized weather station

Let’s Go Ridin’ – for Jul. 23, 2009

Well folks, it’s been a good ride and as with all good rides, we’ve reached the trail’s end. It’s time for movin’ on so I thought I’d leave you with a few notions about the lessons that horses have taught me. I’ve had some good horses, and some not so good, and I have learned


It’s Still Worth The Trip

Aggravations occur as soon as you start making plans. Ihad plans for this summer. A trip to Europe to visit my family was one of them. I have brothers and sisters and scores of nieces, nephews and cousins in Switzerland and I haven’t seen most of them in years. Now that I’m retired I figured

Editor’s Note – for Jun. 18, 2009

Happy Father’s Day from Country Crossroads If you have any stories, ideas, photos or a comment on what you’d like to see on these pages, send it to Country Crossroads, 1666 Dublin Ave, Winnipeg, MB. R3H 0H1, phone 1-800-782-0794, fax 204-944-5562, e-mail [email protected]’d love to hear from you. Please remember we can no longer return

A Mother’s Poem

When you reach the right age I will teach you how to pop pea pods and pick cherry tomatoes, how to make pumpkin pie from scratch, milk a cow by hand. And you’ll teach me of butterfly wings, pebble shapes and designs, animal clouds in the sky. And I can’t wait. As you grow, I’ll


Don’t Ignore Farm Succession Planning

Farm succession is the elephant in the room that many farm operations don’t want to acknowledge. While some family farms have it figured out, for many others it’s a great source of anxiety. As with many family businesses, farmers would typically like to see their operation remain in the family. In fact, farm owners are

Write Down Your Farm’s History

I’m hoping this article will encourage people to record the history of their farms as so much is being lost. It is estimated Canada is losing 1,000 farmers a year which is causing a serious problem of rural depopulation. As our son demolished a home from 1918 which sat next to his new home, memories