Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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Sean Finn, CN's executive vice-president for corporate services, agrees with Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe that the railway has let some of its customers in Western Canada down.

Finn says C-N hopes to catch up and meet its grain car targets within the next 30 days.

Moe says it's mind-boggling that grain shipments have been delayed again by rail backlogs this year.

Finn says he and other C-N officials are to appear today before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture to answer questions about the backlog. (The Canadian Press)



The vice-president of Saskatchewan's main farm group will be in Ottawa today to give M-Ps a first-hand account of how the grain transportation backlog is affecting producers.

Ian Boxall says his message is that the poor performance of the railways is hurting the industry, the community and family businesses.

He says in some parts of the province producers are sitting with three-month-old grain contracts that haven't been delivered.

Boxall says in other cases grain cars have been loaded but not picked up for weeks.

He says his message to lawmakers will be "pass Bill C-49 now" for the sake of farmers, shippers and all Canadians. (The Canadian Press)



Two people face animal cruelty charges following an investigation into the welfare of horses on a southern Ontario farm.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says investigators who searched the farm near Hanover in January found seven horses living in squalor.

The society says the horses' coats were matted with manure and the animals were confined to wet, manure-filled stalls inside the barn.

Six of the horses were also found to be underweight.

A 57-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman face multiple charges, including causing distress to an animal, failure to provide adequate food and water and failure to provide sanitary conditions. …

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