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Feds line up projects for surplus food program

NGOs backed to gather, distribute 12 million kg of food

The federal government has lined up eight projects to source and distribute perishable produce, meat, eggs and seafood piling up across Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the federal pandemic response, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in early May that Ottawa would budget $50 million for a food surplus purchase program. The



Federal surplus food program now taking applications

Qualified NGOs sought to move, distribute perishables to 'populations in need'

A federal program to get food to those who need it, using stockpiles of perishables created by the COVID-19-related shutdown of the dining sector, is now taking applications. The $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program — which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telegraphed in a funding announcement May 5 — will take applications from “organizations addressing

Trout fingerlings for sale in Manitoba

Manitobans haven’t had a domestic supply for fingerlings for a few years

Landowners looking to stock their ponds and dugouts with rainbow trout will now be able to purchase them in Manitoba. Watersong Farms, near Warren, recently was licensed to import trout fingerlings to sell to the public, said owner Rudy Reimer. Watersong Farms is an intensive aquaculture operation raising and selling steelhead trout (which are essentially

Manitoba agriculture merged into new provincial ministry

Manitoba’s provincial agriculture ministry is being merged with its resource development arm under the oversight of the minister responsible for the latter. Premier Brian Pallister on Wednesday announced a reorganization of his government’s ministries along with a shuffle of his cabinet in the wake of his Progressive Conservative government’s re-election last month. The realignment sees


Research scientist Philip Lyons stands in front of a tank holding rainbow carp at Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre, in Leende, Netherlands.

New technology allows more sustainable aquaculture

Alternative protein sources such as insect meal could replace fish meal fed to fish

Many are familiar with farmed salmon, catfish or tilapia. But there are many more potential species, says a research scientist at an aquaculture facility here. “When you compare fish farming to terrestrial farming we have thousands of different fish species that we could potentially farm… and when you compare that to terrestrial farming we have

A root wad buffers the bank from erosion and simultaneously provides fish habitat.

Project stabilizes creek bank, enhances fish habitat

Roseilse Creek is home to a state-of-the-art project 
that looks like an all-round winner

A riverbank stabilization project on the Roseilse Creek is demonstrating how to restore, rebuild, rehabilitate and enhance fish habitat and the riparian area along the waterway. The project, which involves the Pembina Valley Conservation District (PVCD), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership program, AAE Tech Services and the Rural Municipality of

The town of Roblin has recently installed new cost-saving aeration systems at a series of local lakes as part of its ongoing investment in the region’s recreational fishery.

Recreational fishery at Roblin luring visitors year round

Tourism doesn’t stop in the Parklands when the temperature drops, and now aeration upgrades to a series of local lakes will enhance fishing in all seasons

It’s not just the wind biting in this wintry corner of the Parklands these days. So are the fish. Fly-fishers across Canada and the U.S. have long known some of the best fly-fishing is to be found here. The town is designated “Fly Fishing Capital of Manitoba” and has regularly hosted national championships since 2003.


Wade Turner of Brandon was this year’s first-place angler, winning $1,000 with his 83.2-cm northern pike.

PHOTOS: Fishing derby draws crowd

The Rivers Northern Pike Fish Derby saw a good crowd again this year


There were 189 registered contestants in the Rivers and Area Game and Fish Association 10th annual Northern Pike Fish Derby on Mar. 10 on Lake Wahtopanah. A total of 37 fish were caught during the five-hour derby. This year’s winner was Wade Turner of Brandon, hooking an 83.2-cm pike. Proceeds from the event are used

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries bets on local food

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries dedicates 25 per cent of food budget to local food purchasing

Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries doubled the amount of local food it bought to serve in restaurants at its two Winnipeg casinos’ restaurants this year, now dedicating 25 per cent of its annual $4-million food budget to local food purchasing. The food is served at its restaurants at Club Regent and McPhillips Station where approximately 9,000