Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Prep-Agriculture-Report

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(BC-Animal-Welfare)

The British Columbia government is making changes to animal welfare legislation to establish a regulatory or licensing system that monitors dog and cat breeders.

Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick says introducing amendments to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is part of the government's efforts to develop a system that ensures puppies and kittens are treated with care and respect.

Craig Daniell, executive director of the provincial S-P-C-A, says the organization investigates up to 200 animal cruelty cases involving breeders annually, and many of the animals do not survive the mistreatment they suffer.

He says tighter regulations on dog and cat breeders will result in better treatment of the animals and fewer deaths. (The Canadian Press)

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(Manitoba-Flooding)

There is a significant risk of flooding in southern Manitoba this spring, although the rising water may only cover some farmland and spare major roads and communities.

The provincial government has issued its first flood outlook of the year.

Soil moisture remains very high following a wet fall, and river and lake levels are above normal in some areas.

On the plus side, two recent mild spells have melted a lot of snow upstream, leaving less to come in the spring. (The Canadian Press)

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(Canola-Outlook)

The latest winter outlook from G-3 Canada sees rising prices for durum but lower returns for canola.

G-3 Canada says demand for wheat and durum remains on the slow side while canola demand has held steady at a strong pace, both for domestic crush and export.

Since the last pool outlook, wheat futures rose, then fell back to slightly lower than a month ago.

Canola futures are also below month-ago levels after trading both lower and higher. (CKRM)

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(BC-MLA-Assault)

An assault charge against a member of the B-C legislature has been stayed.

A spokesman for the Criminal Justice Branch says Pat Pimm agreed to a peace bond that prohibits him from contacting the complainant. …

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