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Auditor urges maintenance plan for schools

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s provincial auditor says the Prairie Spirit School Division needs a better plan to maintain schools before it finds itself, in her words, “in a pickle.”Judy Ferguson said in her annual report Tuesday that the division identifies structural deficiencies in 40 per cent…

HBC ranks poorly in cotton-source report

TORONTO – A report released Tuesday ranking the world’s largest cotton consumers on the basis of their sourcing practices has put Canada’s oldest retailer, Hudson’s Bay Company, near the bottom of the list.The study done for the World Wildlife Fund, Pesticide Action Network UK and…

ICE Futures Canada prices mixed

WINNIPEG – ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’16 $0.90 higher $518.00; Nov. ’16 $1.40 higher $524.00; Jan. ’17 $0.80 higher $527.40; March ’17 $1.30 higher $528.90; May ’17 $1.00 higher $529.90; July ’17 $0.80 higher $531.00; Nov. ’17 $1.10 lower $516.20; Jan. ’18 $1.10…

Cargill gets $10M tax breaks to stay in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. – A deal to keep agribusiness giant Cargill operations in Wichita includes nearly $10 million in tax breaks over a 10-year period from state and local government entities, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.Cargill announced May 24 that it planned to…

ICE Futures Canada prices higher

WINNIPEG – ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’16 $3.00 higher $517.10; Nov. ’16 $2.20 higher $522.60; Jan. ’17 $3.20 higher $526.60; March ’17 $3.30 higher $527.60; May ’17 $3.60 higher $528.90; July ’17 $3.90 higher $530.20; Nov. ’17 $6.50 higher $517.30; Jan. ’18 $6.50…

Dozens of dairy cows die in Quebec blaze

MONTREAL – At least 80 dairy cows are dead after fire swept through a farm west of Quebec City on Sunday.Firefighters were called to the three-alarm blaze in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures just after 12:30 p.m.About 60 firefighters were still at the site as of late Sunday afternoon,…

ICE Futures Canada prices lower

WINNIPEG – ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’16 $6.50 lower $514.10; Nov. ’16 $5.90 lower $520.40; Jan. ’17 $5.90 lower $523.40; March ’17 $6.30 lower $524.30; May ’17 $6.50 lower $525.30; July ’17 $7.10 lower $526.30; Nov. ’17 $5.70 lower $510.80; Jan. ’18 $5.70…

Manitoba will review cosmetic herbicides ban

WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s new Progressive Conservative government will review the province’s cosmetic herbicides ban.Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox says in a statement that the government will be reviewing the legislation to ensure it is in the best interests of Manitobans.The ban was mandated by the…

ICE Futures Canada prices higher

WINNIPEG – ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: July ’16 $3.20 higher $520.60; Nov. ’16 $4.40 higher $526.30; Jan. ’17 $3.70 higher $529.30; March ’17 $4.00 higher $530.60; May ’17 $3.60 higher $531.80; July ’17 $4.10 higher $533.40; Nov. ’17 $2.70 higher $516.50; Jan. ’18 $2.70…

Halted in bird flu outbreak, federal egg inspections resume

DES MOINES, Iowa – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has resumed inspections of egg-handling facilities in 21 states more than a year after they were suspended due to the nation’s worst bird flu outbreak.State veterinarians were concerned about further possibly spread of the deadly…