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Three men in Alberta wearing face masks in 1918 during the Spanish influenza epidemic.

Vet Advice: Pandemic amnesia

Rarely is there perfect information about emerging disease

Face the North Wind is the compelling true story of cousins Fred Darbyshire and Ed Theriau, two young men from Sturgis, Sask., who ventured 1,000 kilometres north to Wollaston and Cree Lakes by canoe and dog team in search of fur. For 25 winters they survived on bear grease, caribou, fish and tea in the […] Read more

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


History: Historical tales

Reprinted from the September 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Senator F.W. Gershaw Captain Palliser In 1857 the lease of Indian territories granted to the Hudson Bay Company by the Imperial Government was drawing to a close. In order to get accurate, expert information the British Government organized an expedition to visit that great uncharted wilderness. Captain John Palliser was given command and Dr. […] 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


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History: Hidden With the Wagon Trail

Reprinted from the August 1952 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Hidden With the Wagon Trail By Irene E. McCaugherty, Lethbridge, Alta. ‘Maybe I shouldn’t write about the pioneers who have seen their beloved “Rancher’s Paradise” fenced and the sod turned with the plow. Words are inadequate in the “strength” and “color” to relate the memoirs to these few people who played a leading role in […] Read more

COVID-19 knocks Agribition off 2020 calendar

Organizers look to 2021, plan 'new digital experiences' in meantime

Another of the Prairies’ major agricultural exhibitions has removed itself from the 2020 schedule. The 50th edition of Canadian Western Agribition, which was scheduled for Nov. 30 to Dec. 5 this year at Regina’s Evraz Place exhibition park, has been postponed to Nov. 22-27, 2021. Organizers of the not-for-profit event said Wednesday they made the […] Read more