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The timely approvals of vaccines to protect against COVID-19 is proof that agility can exist in bureaucratic processes. Maybe it’s time to apply a similar decision-making approach to other areas of importance.

Comment: The pandemic has shown governments can make decisions quickly

Too often, bureaucratic entropy takes over and that makes us less competitive in the global marketplace

One of the lessons of the pandemic and response to it by governments and regulatory agencies is that regulatory agility is possible. COVID-19 vaccines have been approved with record speed, and from what I can find, the government says that the same vigour of process has also been applied. The only point missing is long-term studies

Comment: Stepping up to help Prairie farmers

Comment: Stepping up to help Prairie farmers

Provinces need to do their part to fund improvements to AgriStability

Farmers face many risks these days – the impacts of a global pandemic on the supply chain, the trend towards protectionism in trade, and the increasing frequency of extreme weather events, to name a few. Solutions on how to deal with those risks vary considerably, depending on who you ask. As the prime minister’s special

Editor’s Take: Precedents and partisanship

[UPDATED: Oct. 1, 2020] Manitoba’s Municipal Board has, for the first time, overruled an RM council decision regarding a development application. If the fact that a politically appointed board can override the decisions of a duly elected local council isn’t raising eyebrows, it should. We only have to look south at what has taken place

A long-contentious quarry project in the RM of Rosser is going ahead following a precedent-setting decision by the Municipal Board under its newly expanded mandate as an appeal body.

Provincial tribunal rules contentious quarry can proceed

Province has done what needs to be done to provide affordable aggregate to taxpayers, says owner

[UPDATE: Oct. 8, 2020] After over a decade of dispute, a limestone quarry is under construction at Lilyfield in the RM of Rosser. Owner Colleen Munro expressed relief and satisfaction — “… can I say finally?” she told the Co-operator — while nearby residents were decidedly displeased. “Where is the justice here?” wrote Karen Kaplen,

A general view of damage at the site of Tuesday’s blast in Beirut’s port area on Aug. 5, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Azakir)

Kuwait to rebuild Beirut port grain silo after blast

Beirut | Reuters — Kuwait said it will rebuild Lebanon’s only large grain silo that was destroyed by the massive Beirut port explosion, raising fears of food shortages in a country already in financial meltdown. The destruction of the 120,000-tonne capacity structure at the port, the main entry point for food imports, meant buyers must


Agricultural Youth Council members introduced

Jobs for next generation also come online

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has named the 25 young people chosen to sit on the inaugural Canadian Agricultural Youth Council. Members of the council (see list below) are expected to offer suggestions on government priorities and identify problems and solutions for Bibeau. “That was quite a challenge actually, because we received over 800 candidates,” Bibeau

Update your emergency plan and consider a wide range of ‘what-if’ scenarios, says Rebecca Husted, an expert in emergency planning for livestock. (Supplied photo)

Ahead of any emergency, plan for the worst

Disaster planning is not a pleasant task but it's vital that producers have a plan, expert says

Identify your resources and review your plan, says an expert in emergency planning for livestock. The COVID-19 pandemic is a very different type of emergency, said Rebecca Husted, a teacher of technical large animal emergency rescue. “Most disasters like fires and floods have people moving around, but in COVID-19, people are not supposed to move

Modernization of Crown land access has unleashed the uncertainties of future access and casts doubt for producers regarding future investments.

Comment: On Crown Lands, we get what we ask for

Why is anyone surprised by the recent changes to Crown land allocation?

The Oct. 10 front page of the Manitoba Co-operator read “Feeling Betrayed: Crown land tenants voice opposition” and the article describes a series of events that began at the Manitoba Beef Producers annual general meeting held in Brandon February 2017. A resolution was presented to the convention demanding MBP lobby the provincial government to replace

Canadian dairy and poultry farmers aren’t eligible for many government financial supports.

Government support for Canadian farms well below global average

OECD remains critical of Canada’s supply management system

Canada remains the perennial Boy Scout of international agriculture policy. Canadian farmers receive less government support than producers in many other countries, according to the latest report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. However, the organization remains critical of supply management in the dairy and poultry sector. With the introduction of business risk

Rolling prairie landscape. Central Alberta, Canada.

Expropriation reform would give more rights to landowners

A recent report from the Manitoba Law Reform Commission recommends 10 changes to the Expropriation Act

Landowners would see expanded compensation rights in land expropriation cases if 10 recommendations from the Manitoba Law Reform Commission are adopted. The commission, which is an independent body which advises the minister of justice, released a report on the Expropriation Act of Manitoba on June 11. The act sets out the process to be followed