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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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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$8.4M pledged to address methamphetamine crisis in Manitoba

Manitoba and the federal government are pledging a combined $8.4 million to tackle the province’s growing methamphetamine crisis.Manitoba Health Minister Cameron Friesen said meth addiction is creating different problems than other drugs because the high can last for hours and, in some cases, days. It also takes much longerto get clean.“Whoever I talk to says meth is different,” Friesen said on Friday. “It is not like other illicit drugs that professionals have encountered before.”Story continues belowNumbers from Winnipeg’s health authority show there has been a 1,200 per cent increase in…

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Emerson border expansion to improve crossings from United States

Manitobans’ trip across the border heading back from the United States should become a lot smoother thanks to renovations at the Emerson Border Crossing, which are now complete.The project cost $19 million and took about 18 months to finish. According to the Canada Border Security Agency (CBSA), it’s the first major update to the Emerson crossing since the late 1990s.New additions include the widening of the highway at the border by three lanes to accommodate more commercial traffic which takes the crossing from six to nine total lanes.Story continues belowA…

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Feds to spend $117 million to fix Churchill rail line

The federal government is putting up $117 million to restore rail service to the town of Churchill in northern Manitoba.The rail line is the only land link to the subarctic town of 900 people, and was washed out by heavy flooding in the spring of 2017.Since then, goods and people have had to be flown in and prices for groceries and fuel have skyrocketed.READ MORE: Deal for broken Churchill rail line reachedA consortium of northern communities reached a deal recently to take over the rail line and port from Denver-based…

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