Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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Ontario's agriculture minister says he's concerned about the provincial animal welfare agency's plans to pull back from investigating cruelty cases involving livestock and horses.

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it wants out of those investigations due to funding shortages, and it hopes the agriculture ministry will step in.

Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman says he's concerned about the animals and wants to work with the O-S-P-C-A to continue protecting them.

Hardeman says his ministry does not have police powers to enforce the law, so provincial police would have to step up. (The Canadian Press)



A forestry professor from the University of Northern B-C is among international researchers who have created a map showing the world's remaining land and ocean regions that haven't been affected by human activity.

Oscar Venter says only 23 per cent of the world's land hasn't been affected by industry such as fishing and mining, and it's up to governments to create policies that will stop that wilderness from disappearing.

He says an international conference in Egypt later this month on biodiversity is a chance for delegates to push for mandated targets to preserve wild spaces and save plants and animals on land and in the sea.

Venter says 70 per cent of the world's remaining land mass is in five countries -- Russia, Canada, Australia, the United States and Brazil.(The Canadian Press)



Clubroot has been found in 37 Saskatchewan canola fields.

There have been nearly 3,000 confirmed cases of the serious soil-borne disease in Alberta since it was first reported in 2003.

Doyle Wiebe, chairman of SaskCanola, says the findings affirm suspicions that clubroot is in Saskatchewan.

Clubroot causes the premature death of some plants, including canola. …

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