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Canada’s mink farms brace for COVID

Producers have had time to increase biosecurity efforts at the farm level

Canada’s 40 mink farms are operating under heightened biosecurity requirements after reports of COVID-19 jumping from humans to mink in Europe. Alan Herscovici, an industry spokesperson who operates the website Truthaboutfur.com, said early reports out of Denmark and other European countries gave Canadian producers some time to prepare. “These farms have always had a certain

Workers ‘crying for help’ at Brandon Maple Leaf plant

In an open letter, workers say the province and company are discriminating against immigrant workers by shuffling blame onto them

Workers at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods plant say the company and provincial government are passing the blame onto them for spreading COVID-19 in the facility. “We workers are crying for help,” they wrote in an open letter, circulated Monday by Migrante Manitoba, an advocacy group for migrants in the province. The province has repeatedly said


Dutch to cull mink at farms hit by COVID-19 outbreak

Order follows mink-to-human virus transmissions

Amsterdam | Reuters — The Dutch government on Wednesday ordered mink culled at nine farms where animals have been infected with the coronavirus, fearing they could form a reservoir of disease infecting humans after the country’s current outbreak has passed. “Clearing the infected farms is in the interest of both human health and animal health,”


Ford recalls 1.48 million pickups over transmissions

Washington | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. said on Wednesday it was recalling about 1.48 million F-150 pickup trucks in North America due to a potential transmission downshift issue that could increase the risk of a crash. Ford said select 2011-2013 model year trucks with six-speed automatic transmission could experience an unintended downshift into first


Municipalities unimpressed with Hydro hikes

Manitoba Hydro hopes to increase rates 7.9 per cent annually for the next five years, 
a total 46.3 per cent jump over current rates

Local governments aren’t happy with word Manitoba Hydro is hoping to increase rates by nearly eight per cent a year for the next half-decade. Delegates from the Municipality of Pipestone raised the issue at the recent Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) western membership meeting and found plenty of support for their position. After the western


Ford recalls F-250s that could roll while in park

New York | Reuters — Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 52,600 F-250 pickup trucks sold in the U.S. and Canada because the vehicles could roll after the driver moves the automatic transmission lever into park position, the company said on Saturday. The recall, the third announced by Ford this week, affects 2017 model year