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Ellis Bird Farm

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  • When Charlie Ellis sold his farm to Union Carbide 40 years ago he took a leap of faith.  Some would say he jumped right out of the tallest tree.  Charlie wanted to retire and he was desperate to ensure the home he created for his beloved birds would live on after him.   Rather than sell to another farmer, Ellis took a gamble.  The slight old farmer from south east of Lacombe made a deal with the multi-national company.  He’d sell his land to them if they’d promise to take care of his birds and the sanctuary he and his sister Winnie had created.

    There was a lot of tension and doubt at first… but Union Carbide would prove to be trustworthy.  They kept the promise they made to Charlie.  And years later when MEGlobal bought Union Carbide’s Prentiss operation, Charlie’s birds were part of the deal.

    There’s no doubt Charlie Ellis would be thrilled to know just how well that promise he made so many decades ago… lives on.  MEGlobal Prentiss Site Leader David Miller couldn’t be more proud of the facility his company continues to support year after year.

     

     


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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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