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WATCH: Central Alberta Ag Business Expert makes appeal on Parliament Hill for science


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When he founded Agri-Trend over 20 years ago, Rob Saik set out to educate farmers on the latest trends and influences in the Agriculture industry. Over the years Saik found it might be even more important to educate the general population.  Like everywhere else in society, over the last 20 years there have been a multitude of scientific advancements in all areas of agriculture.  From automated equipment to advances in genetics to high speed internet connection.  You might say farming has improved by leaps and bounds as more people around the world are being fed year after year.

Not surprisingly the general population has not been able to keep up with all this new information.  Many are either poorly informed about where their food comes from… or perhaps they’re misinformed altogether.

It’s all very concerning for Rob Saik.  Together with his son Nick, Rob established Know Ideas Media.  Their company creates communication around the science of agriculture. They’ve recently helped us create and launch Todayville Agriculture.  Whether it’s the latest advancement in equipment, or the latest discovery in food genetics, they want to know the truth and they want to make sure the average person has access to the correct information.

This has taken Nick and Rob near and far, interviewing specialists, speaking to groups, even hosting discussions and debates.  Over time the Saiks have become leading specialists in the science of food production.  That’s why the Federal Standing Policy Committee on Agriculture wanted to hear from Rob Saik this week in Ottawa.   He was more than eager for the opportunity to create a better understanding of what Genetically Modified foods.. actually means.  Saik took a moment to share his presentation with the public from his hotel room the morning of his appointment on Parliament Hill.

Here it is:

Here’s my testimony as a witness to the Federal Standing Policy Committee on Agriculture today regarding public perception of agriculture.

Posted by Robert Saik on Thursday, April 11, 2019

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Implementation of Divorce Act reforms delayed eight months by pandemic

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OTTAWA — Highly anticipated reforms to Canadian divorce law have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reforms were to have gone into effect on July 1 but Justice Minister David Lametti says that has been pushed back to March 1, 2021.

He says courts across the country are currently hearing only urgent family law matters during the pandemic as they attempt to abide by restrictions to stem the spread of the virus.

Lametti says that, combined with how much governments are focused on the health crisis, has made it impossible to take the steps needed to implement the reforms.

Postponing the changes was decided in consultation with provincial and territorial governments, who Lametti says need time to adjust their own laws and regulations to be compatible with the federal reforms.

The reforms, which will apply only to legally married couples, are aimed at putting more emphasis on the interests of the child in custody decisions and would for the first time require the courts to take into account any instances of family violence.

“We understand how important the changes to the Divorce Act are to Canadians affected by separation and divorce, especially to vulnerable family members,” Lametti said in a statement Friday.

“We are working hard with our partners to implement these changes.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in domestic abuse as schools and workplaces shut down and Canadians isolated themselves at home.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020.

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Canadian Press NewsAlert: Trudeau joins anti-racism protest

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OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived at an anti-racism protest in Ottawa.

It’s one of multiple events in Canada today, following days of demonstrations against racism and police brutality in numerous American cities.

Trudeau declined to say Friday morning whether he would attend, but arrived on Parliament Hill in mid-afternoon with security guards, wearing a black cloth mask.

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