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Beautiful Video from local filmmaker adds perspective to Thanksgiving

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  • For thanksgiving, I wanted to acknowledge farmers and scientists for the hard work they do keeping us fed. We’ll all be gorging on mountains of food this weekend, and I don’t know if farmers or scientists will get the credit they deserve, so I made this video to say thanks.

    About Nick Saik:

    I was born and raised in Central Alberta, surrounded on all sides by Agriculture. Besides the proximity I’ve had to it, Agriculture has always been a major draw for me. While I’m quite confident that I’m not cut of the same cloth that farmers are cut from, there is something in that lifestyle, and in those values that I can’t escape. My Dad Robert Saik made his living as a consultant to farmers. He’d spend the majority of his time helping farmers do more with the resources available to them. I think my investigative relationship with Agriculture is thanks to my Dad’s relationship with Agriculture.

    I always wanted to know what was so important that it occupied that much of his time. As I grew and refined my passions and skills in story telling and film making, I was fortunate that my Dad worked hard to help me apply those skills back into capturing the realities of food production.

    I’ve lived and worked in Vancouver, and seen many talented story tellers who lack passion and purpose in their careers, because they aren’t telling the right stories. I realized that the bar of quality for film making has never been higher, or simultaneously lower than it currently is. Being satisfied as a film maker all comes down to how you apply your skills, and what stories you apply them to.

    I don’t know which stories I will get to tell in my life, but I can promise that I’ll never add sludge to the pile of stories we call entertainment. I will always find an uplifting story to tell. I can think of no other sector, no other story, that I’d rather be telling, than the story of Modern Agriculture.

    I consider it a privilege to be part of this current conversation about food. If I do my job well, the average person should have a far greater understanding about what it takes to feed the world. Could I ask for any better job? Not a chance.

     


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    Agriculture, trade ministers will testify in April on Chinese canola issue

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  • OTTAWA — A pair of federal cabinet ministers have been called on to testify before a parliamentary committee on China’s move to reject canola shipments from one of Canada’s largest grain producers.

    The House of Commons trade committee voted today to hear from Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and International Trade Minister Jim Carr on the Canada-China canola issue during the week of April 1.

    Beijing recently suspended canola imports from Richardson International Ltd. for what one Chinese official alleged was the detection of hazardous organisms in the company’s product.

    In an interview last week, Carr said Canada is pushing to solve the economically important matter — but he added that China had yet to provide evidence to back up the claims.

    China’s decision to block shipments of one of Canada’s key exports comes with the two countries locked in a diplomatic dispute related to the December arrest of Huawei senior executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver — where she’s now fighting extradition to the United States.

    China has since arrested Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor on allegations of engaging in activities that have endangered Chinese national security — moves viewed as an effort to pressure Canada into releasing Meng.

    The Canadian Press


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    Mandatory training for truck drivers set to begin in Saskatchewan

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  • REGINA — Mandatory training for commercial truck drivers in Saskatchewan is to begin Friday.

    The change was announced in December, eight months after a deadly crash between a semi and a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

    Sixteen people died and 13 were injured when an inexperienced truck driver from Calgary blew through a stop sign in rural Saskatchewan and into the path of the bus.

    New drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence will be required to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training, pass more rigorous driver’s tests and will be monitored for one year.

    The province says current Class 1 drivers will not be subject to the new standards, but anyone wanting to drive a semi as part of a farming operation will have to pass the new tests.

    Alberta brought in mandatory truck driver training this month, but farm workers can apply for a one-year extension.

    Ontario was previously the only province with mandatory truck driver training.

    Canada’s transportation ministers have agreed to develop an entry-level national training standard for semi-truck drivers. Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau has said it will be in place by next January.

    The Canadian Press


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