Canada’s China problem more about politics than food: professor

Although Canadian officials are assuring people in this country that a suspension of pork export permits to China is a temporary administrative issue, one academic who specializes in food distribution says it’s all about politics.READ MORE: China’s foreign minister says he backs Huawei’s lawsuit against the U.S. governmentDalhousie University’s Dr. Sylvain Charlebois – also known as ‘The Food Professor’ – told 680 CJOB Friday that the pork situation is just another part of a larger diplomatic rift between the two countries that has been ongoing for months.View link »

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Ottawa increases loan limits for canola farmers to $1 million amid China trade dispute

OTTAWA – The federal government is rolling out changes to a payment program for canola farmers to help those affected by China’s decision to ban the Canadian product.Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau says the maximum loan limit through the program will be boosted to $1 million from $400,000, and the portion that will be interest free is rising to $500,000 from $100,000.Story continues belowREAD MORE: After canola, other Canadian exports see obstacles in trade with ChinaThe government’s announcement comes after China barred Canadian canola from two of the country’s biggest exporters…

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Canada expected to announce canola farmer support for people struggling under Chinese ban

The federal government is expected to announce support for canola farmers and producers on Wednesday, sources have told Global News.The support will help farmers and producers who are suffering under the Chinese ban on Canadian canola.READ MORE: After canola, other Canadian exports see obstacles in trade with ChinaMinister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr is also expected to announce new trade missions, which will look to other countries in an effort to diversify trade away from China, sources said.China has blocked Canadian canola from Richardson International and Viterra, two of Canada‘s…

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Survey shows decrease in canola production for 2019

In a recent survey done by Statistics Canada, 21.3 million acres of canola are expected to be planted in 2019 throughout the country, a number down 6.6 per cent from last year. In Saskatchewan, the number of acres planted is expected to decrease by 5.7 per cent.Story continues belowStatsCan blames some of the decline on the trade dispute with China. The country claims that recent shipments of Canadian canola have been contaminated, but, federal officials said there is no evidence.READ MORE: Conservatives call for quick solution to China’s ban on…

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3rd Canadian canola exporter received quality complaint from China: Bibeau

A third Canadian canola exporter has received a non-compliance notice from China over quality concerns, the federal agriculture minister said Tuesday, the latest development in an escalating feud with the Asian country.Marie-Claude Bibeau confirmed the Chinese government’s complaint to a third, unnamed company as she testified before a parliamentary committee studying a trade dispute that has seen China suspend the canola-seed sale permits of two other Canadian firms.Story continues below“We’ve been informed that there’s a third company that received a non-compliance notification,” Bibeau said, though she wouldn’t name it.“It doesn’t…

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Uncertainty for Canadian farmers as China escalates canola feud

Canadian farmers are facing an uncertain future after China escalated its feud over canola on Tuesday.“There is a lot of confusion amongst farmers about what is able to be exported,” said David Quist, executive director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers. China blocked canola shipments from a second Canada-based producer on Tuesday over alleged contamination issues.Story continues belowRelated

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Winnipeg man charged with kidnapping himself

A Winnipeg man is facing charges of extortion and public mischief in a bizarre case where he appears to have faked his own kidnapping.Police said Thursday that their Major Crimes Unit began investigating a kidnapping early last year after a ransom video was sent electronically to the suspect’s parents in China.Story continues belowThe person behind the video demanded a large amount of cash within a set time period.READ MORE: Scammer impersonating Winnipeg police in latest phone schemePolice managed to locate the alleged victim of the kidnapping at an Arden Avenue…

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Federal trade minister wants proof from China for cancelled canola shipments

Canada’s International Trade Diversification Minister addressed China’s move to block canola shipments from one of Canada’s largest grain processors on the final day of the annual Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) convention in Saskatoon.“The relationship with China is going through a difficult moment, as we all know. We see this as a science-based issue,” Jim Carr told the crowd of delegates Thursday morning.READ MORE: China yet to explain why it blocked canola imports from Winnipeg company: trade ministerStory continues belowA Chinese government spokesperson said canola imports from Richardson International…

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China yet to explain why it blocked canola imports from Winnipeg company: trade minister

OTTAWA – International Trade Minister Jim Carr says Beijing has yet to provide an explanation for China’s decision to block canola shipments from one of Canada’s largest grain producers.A Chinese government spokesman has argued Beijing’s move this month to suspend canola imports from Richardson International Ltd. came after hazardous organisms were detected in the company’s product.Carr says Canada wants to solve the matter – but it needs China to provide scientific evidence to back up the claims.Story continues belowREAD MORE: China says it blocked canola shipments from Winnipeg over fear…

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China tightening Canadian canola inspections after cancelling shipment

BEIJING – Imports of Canadian canola will now undergo more thorough inspections in China, the country’s customs agency said Thursday, amid what appears to be a retaliatory move amid a diplomatic row over the arrest of a Chinese executive.READ MORE: China says it blocked canola shipments from Winnipeg over fear of ‘harmful organisms’Relations between Canada and China have been tense since December, when Canada arrested Chinese tech executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of the U.S. China warned of “grave consequences” if Canada did not immediately release Meng…

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