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‘Disappointing’ show of interest among women in Manitoba municipal elections

AMM tasked itself with trying to encourage more women to run after 2009 report

Even if every female candidate running for office this month is elected in the upcoming October 22 municipal elections, women will remain a tiny minority of the leadership in local governments across Manitoba. About 17 per cent, or 267 of the 1,507 candidates hoping for a seat around town, village and RM council tables this

Small disasters wait under AAFC disaster relief program

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is good at delivering financial help to farmers caught in large-scale disasters but rather tardy in assisting in smaller incidents, says Auditor General Michel Ferguson. “Providing quick assistance to agricultural producers is a key goal of the Agri-Recovery program,” Ferguson says in his fall report to Parliament. Timeliness is important to


People want to genuinely love the place they live, a Calgary marketing strategist tells Manitoba municipal leaders.

How to kill your community

A marketing strategist warns local leaders 
of what comes from rejecting change and 
acting ‘dumb’ so less is expected of them


Revised, Dec. 13, 2013 — All small-town coffee shops should have a designated ‘be happy’ section, says Chris Fields. Coffee shop critics with all their “nattering and chittering” are part of what’s killing rural communities, says Fields, a senior marketing strategist with the Alberta-based Twist Marketing Firm. “Coffee shops are horrible places for that. They’re

AAFC’s Stephen Morgan Jones says private investment is necessary to fill the wheat variety research gap in Canada.  photo: allan dawson

AAFC official says private companies needed to fill wheat research gap

There’s a multimillion-dollar wheat research funding gap in Canada that the private sector needs to fill, says Stephen Morgan Jones, director general of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) Prairie/Boreal Ecozone. It will require stronger plant breeders’ rights rules and partnerships with publicly funded researchers, he told the Grain Industry Symposium Nov. 20 organized by the

Rural Secretariat closure worries rural advocacy groups

The federal Conservatives must rethink their decision to close down the Rural Secretariat or create something to replace it, says the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The last 13 remaining employees at the Rural Secretariat were recently given their notices, spelling the end of the 15-year-old agency, which had a staff of 92 just a year


CFGB supports move to revamp foreign aid

The Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) says now that it has seen the details, it is supporting a merger of the Canadian International Development Agency with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. “We are pleased that reducing poverty in developing countries is clearly specified as a responsibility of the minister for international development, and

The axe is falling again at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Union officials predict 400 job losses following Workforce Adjustment notices issued to almost 700 staff May 9. Beef research at the Brandon Research Centre is one of the casualties.  

Hundreds of jobs cut at Agriculture Canada

Farmers question the 
federal government’s 
commitment to publicly funded agricultural research

by Allan Dawson Almost 700 Agriculture and Agri-Food (AAFC) employees across Canada, including 55 in Manitoba, have been notified their jobs are on the line. Their unions say the notifications are part of a plan to eliminate an estimated 400 jobs as the federal government tries to cut spending. The Brandon Research Station’s beef research

Farmers leery of offending grain buyers

The following is an exchange between farm marketing consultant Brenda Tjaden-Lepp of FarmLink Marketing Solutions and Elwin Hermanson, chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission at the recent Canada Grains Council meeting in Winnipeg over how farmer and grain buyers determine fair value. Tjaden-Lepp:  “It boils down to this party wants to sell high and


FCC honours five women leaders in agriculture

The Rosemary Davis Award recipients 
receive an all-expense-paid trip to a Boston leadership conference

Winnipeg geneticist and professor, Silvie Cloutier is among five women to receive the 2013 Rosemary Davis award from Farm Credit Canada (FCC). The award recognizes outstanding Canadian women for their leadership and commitment to the Canadian agriculture and agri-food industry. Cloutier’s research has been used in plant-breeding programs to protect crops from disease, improve production

Harper keen to strike EU trade deal

ottawa / reuters / There are still obstacles to a Canada-European Union free trade deal, say the prime ministers of Canada and France, but both said an agreement could smooth the way for a similar EU deal with Washington. The initial end-2011 timeline to complete the Canada-EU deal has slipped, and a decision from Europe