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Canada dilutes plan to limit temporary foreign workers

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada’s Liberal government on Thursday watered down measures to limit the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers firms can hire after complaints the restrictions would cause major labour shortages. Under rules introduced by the previous Conservative administration, the number of low-skilled foreign workers a firm could employ would have dropped to […] Read more



Earls president Mo Jessa (r) and Stan Carscallen of White Moose Ranch meet at Priddis, Alta. (Earls.ca)

Earls locks in Canadian beef supplies

Vancouver-based dining chain Earls has enlisted a handful of Canadian ranchers and processors to supply beef to about half its stores while matching its criteria for animal care and “ethical farming practices.” The move comes about six weeks after Earls retreated from a plan to source its beef from Creekstone Farms, choosing the Kansas company […] Read more

U.S. livestock: Hogs tumble most since March

Chicago | Reuters — U.S. lean hog futures plummeted by two per cent or more on Wednesday, notching their largest daily declines since March on technical selling and investment fund liquidation, traders and analysts said. Traders also were taking profits in hogs following their 1-1/2-year highs touched last week and ahead of a quarterly U.S. […] Read more


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Olymel plans major expansion for Quebec hog plant

The meat packing arm of Quebec’s La Coop federee has budgeted $25 million for a major expansion project at its hog slaughter and butchering plant at St-Esprit, Que. Olymel’s expansion plan, announced Tuesday, is expected to bring the plant’s floor space to over 215,000 square feet, up by about 35,000 square feet, and boost its […] Read more







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Audit rips New Brunswick’s oversight of ag fairs

New Brunswick’s provincial government plans to update the legislation governing agricultural fair associations, following an audit that criticizes several departments for lack of oversight on the fair organizations. Given ag fairs’ charitable gaming privileges and exemptions available for property and income taxes, Auditor General Kim MacPherson found “limited provincial processes to monitor compliance” with the […] Read more