Tag: Rick White

Commodity groups optimistic new rail legislation will improve grain transportation

Farm and crop industry groups are welcoming the legislation introduced by Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Tuesday. Bill C-49 would, among other things, give shippers the ability to charge reciprocal penalties to railways for poor performance, clarify of the definition of “adequate and suitable” service, and increase requirements for railway reporting and contingency planning —… Read more »

Ottawa Launches Consultations on Trade Deal With China

After launching exploratory discussions with China last fall, the Canadian government is taking another step toward negotiating a trade deal Canada’s second-largest trading partner. As part of the March 4th issue of the Canada Gazette, Global Affairs Canada announced it’s asking for feedback on how to proceed with a possible free trade agreement with China. “With… Read more »

TWORA — Early Wheat Seeding, Reluctant Cattle Herd Rebuilding and Alberta TechTouring — March 10

With a mild end to winter, how early is too early for seeding wheat? Wheat Pete’s making waves with his recommendation for southern Alberta. Meanwhile, Canadian cattle producers appear to be sitting out on rebuilding their herds when we look at what’s happening in the U.S., and speaking of the Americans and the current political… Read more »

Liberals Urged to Ratify TPP, Regardless of American Politics

There’s a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with President Obama running tight on time and the frontrunners in the race to replace him — Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Cruz — voicing their opposition to the proposed trade deal. Both the U.S. and Japan, due to the size of their economies, must be part… Read more »

Canola School: Understanding What the TPP Could Mean for Canola Growers

The canola industry has been among the most vocal advocates of Canada being part of a possible Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. So what’s in it for canola growers? According to industry estimates, canola exports could grow by $780 million if tariffs on Canadian canola oil and meal were eliminated across the TPP region. For this… Read more »

TWORA — Harvest, Hail and the End of the CWB — Aug 6

This week’s Canadian ag news update, including the latest on harvest, the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks and the last days of the CWB: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: Is Dropping the CWB Brand the Right Move? Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

Privy Council Clarifies Election Rules Allowing Canada to Continue in TPP Negotiations

The Privy Council Office has clarified the rules regarding the conduct of government officials, including ministers, during an election. The details are of particular interest for farm groups because they allow Trade Minister Ed Fast and Canadian negotiators to continue participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Trade ministers and lead negotiators from the 12 participating countries… Read more »

Cash Advance Program Changing With Passage of C-18

While much of the public conversation has been focused on UPOV ’91 and plant breeders rights, changes are also being made to the federal government’s Advance Payments Program now that Bill C-18 — the Agricultural Growth Act — has become law. The amendments to the Agricultural Marketing Programs Act are supposed to make cash advances… Read more »

Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act Receives Royal Assent

Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, received Royal Assent yesterday, May 29, 2014. The bill was introduced into the House of Commons on March 27 as a means to address level of service issues in Canada’s rail transportation system. The Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act includes amendments to the Canada Transportation… Read more »

New Fair Rail Freight Service Act Becomes Law

Bill C-52, the Fair Rail Freight Service Act, received Royal Assent on June 26, fulfilling the Government’s commitment to bring forward legislation aimed at improving rail service for industries that rely on it to transport their product, including agriculture. The canola industry, like many other crop types, relies on rail service to move large quantities… Read more »

Canola School: Landmark Rail Agreement Will Benefit Canola Growers

After years of work and consultation, the federal government yesterday announced the Fair Rail Freight Service Act bill which includes an arbitration process when negotiations breakdown between shippers and rail companies and hefty fines levied against railways should they violate agreements. The amendment to the Transportation Act is an important milestone in balancing the commercial… Read more »