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Ontario pledges farm recruiter crackdown as COVID-19 outbreaks grow

Ford rips 'fly-by-nighters just trying to make a quick buck'

Toronto | Reuters –– Ontario will crack down on “fly-by-night” recruitment agencies sending workers on to farms, the premier said on Monday, after a testing blitz identified a major coronavirus outbreak on a farm in southwestern Ontario. “We’re reaching out to all the farmers, we’re getting a list of these recruitment agencies. We found out […] Read more

Health minister calls treatment of some farm workers a ‘national disgrace’

Ministers discussing changes to Canada's TFW program

Ottawa | Reuters — The treatment of migrant workers in Canada by some farmers is disgraceful and the federal government is seeking to fix the problem, the country’s health minister told a parliamentary committee on Friday, as farms battle COVID-19 outbreaks among their employees. Outbreaks of coronavirus infections have killed three people and infected hundreds […] Read more


Help wanted: CGC seeks new leadership

Two top slots are open at the federal agency

If you want to be a Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) commissioner, or chief commissioner, now’s your chance. The Canadian government is advertising both positions on the CGC’s website and Twitter. Applicants must apply online for the positions, which are cabinet appointments. The deadline is Tuesday (June 30). The jobs involve lots of travel in and […] Read more



Tam seeks details on Ontario’s COVID-19 farm worker guidelines

Windsor-Essex area reports six ag-related outbreaks as of Thursday

Ottawa/Toronto | Reuters — Canada’s top public health official said on Thursday she plans to seek more information from Ontario about the province’s plan to allow some COVID-19 positive people with no symptoms to return to their jobs — a risky policy, according to workers’ advocates and some doctors. Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, issued […] Read more

When the load gets too heavy, be kind to yourself

Asking yourself what went well today can bring great relief during times of great stress

Let us begin… Appreciating the gifts of abundance, honouring the process of stress and our own capabilities each day can create a strong societal ecology in our homes, businesses and communities. Strong enough to weather change. The Great Change of 2008 In the year 2008 the dynamic of the world changed. It was the first […] Read more


Huawei CFO’s extradition hearing to stretch into 2021

Judge approves extended schedule sought by lawyers

Reuters — Hearings on Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou’s extradition to the U.S. from Canada will extend into late April 2021, according to documents released by a British Columbia court on Tuesday. Meng was arrested in December 2018 by Canadian authorities at the Vancouver International Airport on a U.S. warrant from the charging her […] Read more

National speaking event cancelled this year

There was no debating this. Organizers of the Canadian Young Speakers for Agriculture have cancelled the 2020 competition “in the interest of the safety and well-being” of its participants and volunteers. The 35-year-old event has seen more than 1,000 young people aged 11 to 24 compete for national honours at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair […] Read more


Campaign to focus on food chain

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is launching a new campaign to inform consumers on how the food system works. “It’s Good, Canada” will share stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain and provide information about farming, transportation, processing, retail and production at the website itsgoodcanada.ca. The website has short videos from farmers […] Read more

Use safe access such as proper steps or ladders when pumping fuel into storage tanks.

Avoid disaster with simple farm fuel management steps

With producers buying fuel tanks in record numbers, now is the time to review safe practices

Everyone loves a bargain, and producers got a big one this spring when fuel prices dropped to lows not seen in ages. With average prices ranging around 65 cents per litre for diesel and 50 cents for gasoline with tax exemptions, producers quickly queued up at their local suppliers to shave some dollars off their […] Read more