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Federal minister for rural affairs among Tory pledges

The federal Conservatives’ pre-election pledges for Canada’s rural communities include a plan to appoint a federal minister for rural affairs. Tory leader Andrew Scheer included that promise Sept. 7 in announcing a list of “specific measures he will take as prime minister to help rural communities across the country,” in the lead-up to a federal […] Read more

RCMP Superintendent Peter Tewfik outlined the RCMP’s rural crime strategy at FarmTech.

Rural crime presentation draws a packed house at FarmTech

RCMP superintendent urges audience to let police do their job and to avoid confronting intruders

Reading Time: 4 minutes Rural crime is a topic that everyone wants to talk about. “This is not just an issue in Alberta, but across the country,” RCMP Supt. Peter Tewfik said at a crowded FarmTech session. Rural property crime actually went down by 10 per cent in the province in 2018, he said. This means 480 fewer home […] Read more


This photo, taken in the U.S., shows the type of view you get with virtually all drones; you could see someone in the yard but with no zoom capability, there's no peering into windows.

Don’t worry — drones aren’t built for spying

Despite what you may have heard, drones are too noisy, too tricky to manoeuvre, and too low resolution for spying

Reading Time: 3 minutes Markus Weber was out in the countryside taking aerial shots of some wind turbines when a gun-toting farmer drove up and accused him of spying with his drone. “It had occurred to me before the people might have privacy concerns, but that really drove home how little understanding there is of the capabilities of these […] Read more