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Brady Deaton, a University of Guelph agricultural economist and McCain Family Chair in Food Security, was the University of Manitoba’s 2017 Kraft Lecturer.
His lecture underscored the importance of communities, such as First Nations, progressing when they have authority to manage themselves instead of being constrained by rules such as the Indian Act. This was the 9th annual Kraft Lecture created in memoriam of renowned University of Manitoba agricultural economist DarylKraft.

Local control key to better resource management

Brady Deaton, the University of Manitoba’s 9th annual Kraft Lecturer, says the Indian Act prevents First Nations from taking action to improve their citizens’ well-being

Justin Trudeau has promised to end boil-water advisories on First Nations, but some could fix the problem themselves by working with neighbours if First Nations controlled their land, says University of Guelph agricultural economist and McCain Family Chair in Food Security, Brady Deaton. “With respect to land, I am arguing the Indian Act basically removes

Students take part in one of the festival highlights, critter dipping, Sept. 20 during the 2017 Southwest Manitoba Water Festival near Elgin.

Students tap into water knowledge

Students tackled water health and conservation at the latest Southwest Manitoba Water Festival September 20 near Elgin, Man.

Summer is over, but about 180 fifth- and sixth-grade students from southwestern Manitoba still hit the lake Sept. 20. Six schools attended the 13th annual Southwest Manitoba Water Festival, hosted by the Turtle Mountain Conservation District and Assiniboine Hills Conservation District at Whitewater Park east of Elgin. The event draws from all schools in the


Federation of Canadian Municipalities ‘road map’ identifies needs

Infrastructure, housing, safety, and environment highlighted

Canadian municipal leaders want the next federal government to commit resources that directly benefit communities, and are tracking the commitments party candidates make on that front. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) rolled out its wish list last spring, titled A Roadmap for Strong Cities and Communities, which identified the key needs and issues facing

Manitoba farmers credited for using fertilizer efficiently

Manitoba farmers credited for using fertilizer efficiently New research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development has confirmed what Keystone Agricultural Producers president Doug Chorney already knew about how farmers manage fertilizer in this province. After comparing how much synthetic fertilizer Manitoba farmers use in every municipality across agro-Manitoba against the nutrients removed by crops,

The Bonn Declaration

The following is the full text of a declaration released following a conference of 500 leading water scientists who attended the “Water in the Anthropocene” conference earlier this month in Bonn, Germany. In the short span of one or two generations, the majority of the nine billion people on Earth will be living under the


Redwater — severity can vary by area

In talking with other veterinarians it is amazing to me how variable the prevalence of a specific disease can be between geographic areas. We always think of the huge difference between warm climates and colder, more temperate climates. Sometimes these differences can be as close as a one-hour drive in the same province. This becomes

Pressing Rural Priorities

If Portage la Prairie fixed all the sidewalks, roads and water mains it needs to, the city would be $11 million over budget. Now, they’re faced with another bill coming due – the anticipated $25 million it will take over the next five years to meet new provincial regulations for nutrient removal from waste water.

Grain Growers Offers Budget Wish List

Modest changes in government policy could reap major benefits for farmers, the Grain Growers of Canada says in a pre-budget consultation paper for the Commons Finance Committee. Making agriculture research a key priority and rewarding producers for good environmental farm practices are among the suggestions GGC has for the committee, which holds hearings this fall


Campaign Urges Province To “Put Communities First”

Municipalities plan a grassroots campaign this summer to make sure the needs of small towns and rural municipalities aren’t forgotten as candidates for the fall election start making election promises. All 197 local governments are asked to pass resolutions that lay out their specific infrastructure needs, with price tag attached and make other community groups

Zebra Mussels Headed Toward Manitoba

They’re tiny, they’re destructive and they’re headed this way. Zebra mussels have been found in the upper U.S. watershed of the Red River and could arrive in Manitoba as early as this summer, Manitoba Water Stewardship warns. Their presence could produce an “ecological Armageddon” along the Red River and its connecting waterways, Candace Parks, a