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Will Bill 62 survive a constitutional challenge?

There are many unanswered questions about the incoming laws, legal scholar says

Manitoba’s Bill 62 may be susceptible to constitutional challenges, law professor, Jodi Lazare told Manitoba’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food. Lazare is an assistant professor of law at Dalhousie University with expertise in constitutional and animal law. She is doing research, funded by the social sciences and humanities council of Canada, on the constitutional

Second list of Crown lands opened for hay

Second list of Crown lands opened for hay

Producers have until June 21, after the province announced a second list of Crown lands opened for haying due to concerns of looming poor forage

Livestock producers have one more week to put their names in the hat for an extra list of Crown lands opened for haying this year. On May 18, the province announced that parcels of wildlife management areas and non-agricultural Crown land would once again be listed for casual hay permits, echoing similar provisions made in

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

Editor’s Take: Funding fairness

Few would argue the education tax system Manitoba’s had for the past few decades was a model for the future. It was a complex patchwork of competing interests and duplicated efforts. It saw one level of government set the tax rate, another collect it on its behalf, and the province turning around and refunding a

Manitoba’s new education tax system will be fairer, farm advocates say.

Education tax cut increases fairness, say KAP, AMM

The rollback has led to criticisms that it’s a tax cut for wealthy landowners at the expense of education funding, which could hurt rural communities

The Pallister government’s promised education property tax cuts are a step in the direction of fairness, but won’t be a huge windfall — at least not this year, said KAP president Bill Campbell. “Education funding needs to be equitable and equal for citizens of Manitoba and not necessarily based on some people’s assets. Not everybody’s

Letters: Manitoba government squeezing ranchers out

This letter is in response to Agriculture Minister Blaine Pedersen’s recent misleading comments about Manitoba Crown lands. Let us tell you about a farmer, a real person who represents many small ranchers. This man worked hard all his life. He fished in the winter, he went to the mines, he drove trucks — anything to

In the latest provincial budget released April 7, the Progressive Conservative government called for about $248 million in education tax rebates in 2021.

KAP welcomes education property tax rollback

Budget pledges a 25 per cent rebate cheque in 2021; existing farmland school tax rebate to be reduced

A promised start to the phasing out of the education property tax is “welcome news,” said KAP president Bill Campbell. “Farmers pay a disproportionate amount of education property taxes, and the disparity between what farmers are paying and what the average homeowner is paying remains an issue,” Campbell said in a statement April 9. “Until the tax is completely removed, farmers will continue to pay more

“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

Protests aren’t uncommon in agriculture, so some say it’s only a matter of time before farmers are on the receiving end of new ‘critical infrastructure’ protection legislation.

Anti-protest bill threatens farmers’ rights to protest, says NFU

While some see Bill 57 as helping farmers, the long history of farmer protest suggests eventually it will affect them too

When considering the province’s ‘anti-protest’ protection of critical infrastructure bill, consider that farmers also have a long history of protest, the NFU says. “It’s going to affect the entire public,” said Anastasia Fyk, a board member with Manitoba’s branch of the National Farmers Union. Bill 57, the Protection of Critical Infrastructure Act, proposes to allow

“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