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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,

Province resumes quarry rehab program

Program put on hold in 2018 after financial, management irregularities discovered

RURAL DEVELOPMENT The program was put on hold in 2018 after financial and management irregularities were discovered

The province announced it will resume providing funds to rehabilitate spent quarries into usable land after a two-year pause while the program was investigated. Under the Quarry Rehabilitation on Private Land Program, $6.7 million will be available this year for landowners looking to restore quarry sites, Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen said in a news release Aug. 13. The province is once


Orvel Currie, lawyer representing the RM of Rosser, speaks on the final day of the appeal hearing in Winnipeg Aug. 18.

Municipal Board considering benchmark ruling

Lawyers weigh in on precedent
 to be set in quarry appeal


The lawyers on either side of the contentious Lilyfield quarry case don’t agree on much, but they agree on one thing: the Municipal Board should be judging for itself whether the quarry in the RM of Rosser should go ahead. During an appeal hearing Aug. 18, lawyers for both the municipality and the landowner suggested

Pandemic may strain rural community resources, panel warns

Enthusiasm for telecommuting could later benefit rural areas, if 'digital divide' can be bridged

The COVID-19 pandemic, and Canada’s response to it, have highlighted how rural communities need different strategies than their urban counterparts to provide social services on which the public relies. The Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph hosted a virtual panel in May to discuss COVID-19’s social impacts, in which researchers from a variety

Bernadette Jordan signals the return of a rural voice to the federal cabinet table.

Rural Canada has a new voice, say rural advocates

New minister of rural economic development expected to oversee ‘the creation of a rural development strategy to spur economic growth and create good, middle-class jobs in rural Canada’

Nova Scotia MP Bernadette Jordan’s appointment to a new portfolio as minister of rural economic development is good news for rural Canada, say rural development experts. Why it matters: Bernadette Jordan’s appointment is a dedicated federal portfolio for rural economic development. Her appointment and the creation of this new office brings back a rural voice


Rural development strategy sought in federal shuffle

Rural economic development has been given a promotion at the federal level in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s latest cabinet shuffle. In the shuffle, following the departure of Treasury Board president Scott Brison from cabinet, Trudeau on Monday called up Bernadette Jordan, MP for the southern Nova Scotia riding of South Shore-St.Margaret’s, to head a newly

U.S. House clears farm bill, with major food stamps changes

Washington | Reuters — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a massive Republican farm bill with changes to the government food stamps program that make it unlikely to become law in this form. The Senate is considering its own farm bill with no major changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) used

OFA pre-election policy targets broader economic development

Stable rural areas and thriving farms can help urbanites with some of their biggest challenges. That’s the message from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture going into next year’s provincial election. The OFA talked about how it is framing its election strategy at its annual meeting, which ran Monday and Tuesday in Toronto. “With the election


Growth in private sector businesses is indicative of a strong economy. But there are communities in rural Manitoba getting scant or no attention from economic development agencies.

Economic development delivery needs improvement: draft report

A draft strategy proposes ways to improve support business startups and other forms of rural development

Rural Manitoba needs a more co-ordinated approach to economic development delivery. That’s according to a draft strategy proposing some ideas for grappling with a system of too many groups working with neither a shared vision nor goals. What’s developed over time is now a “confusing landscape of programs and services” that many potential entrepreneurs see

Rural economic development delivery up for review

A more co-ordinated approach is sought, 
a new committee’s chair says

A new committee has formed to take a hard look at Manitoba’s rural economic development services and seek a way to better co-ordinate how they’re delivered. Manitoba’s Agriculture, Food and Rural Develop­ment Minister Ron Kost­yshyn announced the formation of the Rural Economic Development Steering Com­mittee last week. Over the next few months, he said, the