Trump adviser says he’s ‘proud’ of Trudeau’s handling of Huawei case

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WASHINGTON — One of U.S. President Donald Trump‘s top advisers says he’s “proud” of Canada — and particularly Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — for “hanging tough” on Huawei.

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Economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters in Washington on Sunday that he’s grateful to Trudeau and Canada for helping the United States in its case against the Chinese tech company’s chief financial officer.

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RCMP arrested Meng Wanzhou at Vancouver’s airport in December at request of the U.S., which is seeking her extradition on fraud charges, and Trudeau has repeatedly said that the government will not interfere in the process.

Nine days after Meng’s arrest, China detained two Canadians on allegations that they were endangering the country’s national security. It also increased another Canadian’s sentence on drug trafficking charges from 15 years to the death penalty.

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China has not linked the moves to Meng’s detention, but the fallout has nonetheless been a diplomatic chill between Canada and China in recent months.

Kudlow acknowledged as much on Sunday, saying he appreciates the Canadian government sticking to its guns by not allowing Meng — or the detained Canadians — to become bargaining chips in wider trade discussions.

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“Is it part of the overall trade landscape, if you will? Yes. But it’s principally a legal matter and not a trade matter,” Kudlow said.

“That’s why I’m so I’m so proud of Prime Minister Trudeau for staying with the rule of law and assisting the United States. I’m very proud of him.”

On Friday, Trump himself raised the possibility that the U.S. could drop criminal charges against Huawei, as the president wrapped up two days of negotiations at the White House aimed at resolving America’s own ongoing trade dispute with China.

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Asked about Huawei before an Oval Office meeting with by Chinese President Xi Jinping’s special envoy, Vice Premier Liu He, Trump said a decision on Huawei is pending, but “right now, it’s not something we’re discussing.”

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Injured snow biker rescued by helicopter near Lumby, B.C.

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A helicopter extraction team jumped into action and rescued a Kamloops man after he was injured in a snow biking accident north of Lumby, B.C., on Saturday afternoon.

Vernon Search and Rescue (VSAR) said in a media release issued on Sunday that 50 people from Western Canada and the U.S. were attending a snow bike event on Park Mountain in the North Okanagan.

Spokesperson Trevor Honigman said the biker was injured after he unexpectedly hit a small gully and was thrown from his snow bike.

His friends were nearby and alerted others with their radios.

“He impacted very hard and knew he hurt his back but wasn’t sure the extent of his injuries,” said Honigman.

“His riding group did the right thing by keeping him immobile and calling for help without moving him.”

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VSAR mobilized its helicopter winch team.

Honigman said the remote location and challenging terrain meant that extraction by ground could have been harmful to the injured biker.

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“His pain indicated a serious injury, and the trip down the mountain on a stretcher behind a snowmobile would have been a challenge,” he said in the release.

The helicopter lowered two rescue technicians and a stretcher to the scene and was able to land a short distance away.

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Ground search and rescue teams arrived to help secure the man to a stretcher with spinal immobilization.

He was loaded aboard the helicopter and transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital for medical care.

Honigman said the injured snow biker has since been released from hospital and is expected to fully recover.

Vernon Search and Rescue said the incident highlights the importance of being prepared for the unexpected in the backcountry.

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“Fun excursions into the B.C. wilderness can quickly turn into critical situations. Information and trip-planning tools are available on 上海龙凤419AdventureSmart上海夜生活, which everyone enjoying the outdoors should be made aware of,” the release said.

The rescuers added that the use of technology helped locate the injured man in this case.

“Radios, GPS, InReach and SPOT communication devices all help rescue teams respond quickly and efficiently to the location,” Honigman said.

VSAR said it has noticed gradual improvement as bikers and sledders are equipping themselves with better gear, clothing and communication devices.

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How much does it cost to own a dog? 7 Canadians break down their budgets

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Owning a dog can get expensive, and unless you set out a monthly and annual budget, it’s hard to pinpoint how much a new dog will cost you.

One 2018 report by RateSupermarket上海夜生活 found that the average cost of a puppy in the first year was about $2,600. But this all depends on the dog — the age, the breed, the size — as well as the habits of the owner.

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Those who travel a lot, for example, can expect to pay more to leave their dog in a kennel or bring their dog on the trip. There can also be unexpected costs, like medical bills or overspending on dog accessories like boots, hats and coats. But owners agree: the price is worth it, and raising a dog just means understanding the costs that come with it.

Below, seven owners break down how much they spend monthly and annually on their dogs. While there are several other costs involved along the way, this breakdown gives future dog owners a good idea of what to expect when it comes to expenses.

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Readers should also note that these numbers are rough estimates and help to paint an overall picture on some of the things you must include in your budget. This list does not include the price of the dog itself (this depends on where you purchase your breed).

To figure out total costs, we multiplied each monthly cost by 12 to give us an estimate on the cost per year. It is also important to note that for those owners who have pet insurance, a majority of medical costs are covered.

Lido

Credit: Michael C Lyn 

Jess O’Reilly and Brandon Ware of Toronto have owned Lido for 11 years. Last May, Lido was hospitalized for over a week when the couple was in Miami, resulting in bills of more than $8,000.

O’Reilly said that when it comes to owning a dog, insurance is key.

“They reimburse us for 90 per cent of most medical expenses. She is a member of our family, and we would be paying the costs out of pocket were it not for insurance,” she added.

As a small dog, Lido has extra expenses when it comes to teeth.

“Teeth cleaning is also costly and has also amounted to several thousand dollars over the past few years. This is not reimbursable by insurance; it’s an out-of-pocket expense,” O’Reilly said.

Monthly Expenses:

Food: $50
Vet visits: (chemo and medication) $800
Pet insurance: $120
Toys/Treats: $10

Annual Expenses:

Yearly vet visits: $200 ($50 reimbursed)
Poop bags: $10

Other costs (yearly):

Travelling (flight fee): $50 to $125 per direction
Hotel fees: $50
Pancreatitis hospitalization and treatment (2018): $8,000 ($7,200 reimbursed)
Treatment for cancer (MRI, CT scan, radiation therapy, neurological consulting, vet fees): $15,000 ($13,000 reimbursed)

Total cost monthly: $980 
Total cost annually: $23,310 O’Reilly’s insurance covers a majority of the medical costs
Total cost: $35,070
Total cost out of pocket : $14,820

Reese

Credit: Cassidy Hooper

Reese is a two-and-a-half-year-old rescue dog, and owner Cassidy Hooper of Halifax has been taking care of him for almost nine months. 

Before getting a dog, Hooper said she set out a budget but underestimated the total cost.

“Nothing caught me off guard with owning a pet, however the expenses are more than I imagined. Reese is a rescue, and I’ve put a lot of money into ‘special’ treats that motivate him, clickers and training tools,” she said.

“Finding the right harness/leash was a big one. I tried so many non-pull harnesses, gentle leaders and double leashes. Every dog is so different, as are their needs, and it’s costly trying to find the best solution for your dog.”

Monthly Expenses:

Food: $85
Pet insurance: $30
Toys/Treats: $15

Annual Expenses:

Yearly vet visits: $400
Training classes/courses: $1,800 (plus a $300 annual fee)
Bags: $40
Bowls: $40
Crates: $70
Leash: $30
Collar: $40
Dog bed: $50
Dog accessories (coats, shoes, etc.): $75

Total cost monthly: $130
Total cost annually: $2,845
Total cost: $4,405

Cora

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Ten-year-old Cora has been with Stefani Soliman and Alexander Weatherill of Hamilton, Ont., for three years. When it comes to expenses, Soliman said grooming is often overlooked — especially nails.

“You can do them yourself but most people don’t, and not trimming a dog’s nails often enough can be painful for the dog,” she said.

“People forget this needs to be done on a regular schedule and that it costs money. People are also sometimes unaware of how much a decent groomer is (one that aims to make the dog look good vs. just shaving the hair).”

Washing your dog can be another hidden expense, Soliman added. 

Monthly Expenses:

Food: $35
Grooming: $25
Toys/Treats: $3

Annual Expenses:

Yearly vet visits: $135
Haircut (four times a year): $110
Training classes/courses (six one-hour classes focused on anxiety): $215
Bags: $30
Bowls: $20
Crates: $100
Leash: $25
Collar: $15
Dog bed: $80 (two beds)
Dog accessories (coats, shoes, etc.): $90
Pet licence (with the City of Hamilton, Ont.): $35
Microchip ID: $35

Total cost monthly: $63
Total cost annually: $890
Total cost: $1,646 

Kiba

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Jordan Robillard of Edmonton has had Kiba in his care for almost four years. Before getting a dog, Robillard said he never set out a budget.

“I got him pretty spontaneously [and] I had to work out a budget as I went,” he said. “It definitely would have been a good idea, as the initial costs of puppy-hood took me by surprise.”

He added that overlooked expenses include travel and boarding fees, especially if you have a large breeds.

“Flying my dog from Edmonton to Toronto would cost about $500 just for the one flight. The special cage he needs due to being part Rottweiler (restricted breed) is $1,300 to buy and $200 to rent.”

Monthly Expenses:

Food: $40
Vet visits: $20 (emergency exams $100, x-rays $100)
Pet insurance: $40
Toys/Treats: $45

Annual Expenses:

Yearly vet visits (annual shots): $193 
Training classes/courses (obedience training): $175
Boarding at kennel: $630
Bags: $20
Bowls: $50
Crates: $120
Leash: $25
Collar: $30
Dog bed: $75
Dog accessories (coats, shoes, etc.): $125
Pet licence: $36
Microchip ID: $65

Total cost monthly: $145
Total cost annually: $1,544
Total cost: $3,284

Lexi and Lacey


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Kirsten Johnson of Calgary said that when her family got a second dog, she looked into how much they were planning to travel.

“A lot of people have family or friends who will take one dog while they go away, but it becomes more of a burden to take two. The cost of boarding dogs is expensive, and you also worry about them while away,” Johnson said.

Lexi has a food allergy and Lacey has very itchy skin that requires an injection every eight weeks, Johnson added.

“Non-shedding means that that they require grooming more often,” she said. “I try to extend their professional grooming to every three months by bathing at home and trimming their face, legs and nails in between visits.”

Another thing new owners should consider is having an emergency fund for their dogs.

“We have had situations where our past dog sliced a paw breaking through frozen snow and another instance where she was cut and needed stitches. These, of course, required after-hour visits to the vet that cost a premium,” she explained.

Johnson added that both dogs have other large, one-time expenses, including sprays, tooth extraction, teeth exams and treatment for ear infections, which adds more than $2,200 to her total budget for both dogs. 

Annual Expenses (Lexi):

Food: $720
Vet visits (rabies vaccine) : $132
Vet visit for ear infection (three per year): $502
Medications: $524
Grooming: $472
Toys/Treats: $50
Hypoallergenic shampoo:  $50
Bully sticks: $75 
Balls: $40
Toys (stuffed): $25
Ball tosser toy: $60
Cleaning costs (for mess): $15
Boarding at kennel: $882
Poop bags: $20
Bowl: $10
Leash: $35
Collar: $35
Dog bed (one-time cost): $120
Crates (one-time cost): $150
Dog accessories (coats, shoes, etc.): $30
Pet licence: $39
Fence for dog run (one-time cost): $120
Microchip ID: $76

Total cost annually: $4,182

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Annual Expenses (Lacey):

Food: $480
Vet visits (injections and vaccine): $881
One-time dermatology appointment: $250
Medications: $273
Grooming: $472
Toys/Treats: $50
Hypoallergenic shampoo:  $50
Bully sticks: $75 
Balls: $25
Toys (stuffed): $25
Boarding at kennel: $882
Poop bags: $20
Bowl: $10
Leash: $35
Collar: $35
Dog bed (one-time cost): $120
Crates (one-time cost): $150
Dog accessories (coats, shoes, etc.): $30
Pet licence: $39
Fence for dog run (one-time cost): $120
Microchip ID: $78

Total cost annually: $4,100
Total cost annually for both dogs: $8,282

Benji Gohan

Credit: Camille Teape

Camille Teape of Brampton, Ont., has had Benji Gohan for about a year. When it comes to saving money, she suggests going on sites like Facebook Marketplace or Kijiji to find good deals on items like crates, clothes and even dog beds.

“Some items you would need brand new, such as a collar, bed (only because I noticed my dog recognized the previous dog smell and didn’t want it) or leash,” she explained.

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Teape said one of her biggest challenges is not spending too much money on accessories.

“I have a smaller dog [and] the urge to buy cute outfits,” she said. “Between my sisters and I, I think we’ve bought Benji at least seven to outfits…and we’ve only had him for a year.”

Monthly Expenses:

Food: $30
Pet insurance: $40
Grooming (every six to eight weeks): $60
Toys/Treats: $20

Annual Expenses:

Yearly vet visits (exams, shots, etc.): $186
Bowls: $20
Crates: $20
Leash: $50
Collar: $30
Dog bed: $30
Dog accessories (coats, shoes, etc.): $100
Pet licence: $40

Total cost monthly: $150
Total cost annually: $476
Total cost: $2,276

Kozi

Credit: Janet Morrison

Janet Morrison has been taking care of Kozi for about two months. She said that to save on costs, she has been grooming and cutting her dog’s nails herself.

Another cost that owners don’t often include in their budget is damage.

“[This includes] replacing damaged things from chewing like shoes, mitts and rugs,” Morrison said.

Monthly Expenses:

Food: $150
Pet insurance: $20
Toys/Treats: $40
Training classes/courses (for now): $145

Annual Expenses:

Yearly vet visits (exams, shots, etc.): $140
Poop bags: $10
Bowls: $25
Crates: $140 
Leash: $70
Collar: $30
Dog bed: $50
Pet licence: $55
Microchip ID: $80

Total cost monthly: $355
Total cost annually: $600
Total cost: $4,860

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B.C. government announces more doctors coming to Tri-Cities, New West, Anmore and Belcarra

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In an announcement Sunday afternoon, the B.C. government says the Fraser Northwest region is getting 65 more health-care workers over the next three years.

That includes 12 doctors, 12 nurses, and 41 additional health care professionals ranging from registered nurses to clinical pharmacists.

The new staff will service a primary care network (PCN) spread across patients in Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Kwikwetlem First Nation, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Qayqayt First Nation.

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The government says it will provide primary care doctors to tens of thousands of patients, and keep more people from having to go to walk-in clinics.

“Team-based care that responds to the needs of each community, as identified by those working in them, is going to be the backbone of the new primary care system in B.C. and will be how patients’ everyday health-care needs are met today, tomorrow and beyond,” Minister of Health Adrian Dix said in a press release.

There are 43 primary care clinics participating in the PCN.

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The network partners new and existing health-care professionals with the health authority as part of a team-based approach to providing care.

“I am proud that 90 per cent of existing clinics are participating in the networks. This extraordinary level of community involvement will go a long way to strengthening care in the region.” Dix said.

The Ministry of Health will provide approximately $12 million in annual funding by the third year, as new positions are added and patients are attached.

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Trump extends deadline to increase tariffs on imports from China

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WASHINGTON —; President Donald Trump said Sunday he will extend a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports, citing “substantial progress” in weekend talks between the two countries.

Trump tweeted that there had been “productive talks,” adding that “I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1.”

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Trump said that if negotiations progress, he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida resort to finalize an agreement.

U.S. and Chinese negotiators met through the weekend as they seek to resolve a trade war that’s rattled financial markets.

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Trump had warned he would escalate the tariffs he has imposed on $200 billion in Chinese imports, from 10 to 25 per cent, if the two sides failed to reach a deal. The increase was scheduled to take effect at 12:01 a.m. EST on March 2.

The world’s two biggest economies have been locked in a conflict over U.S. allegations that China steals technology and forces foreign companies to hand over trade secrets in an aggressive push to challenge American technological dominance.

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The two counties have slapped import taxes on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods. The conflict has shaken financial markets and clouded the outlook for the global economy, putting pressure on Trump and Xi to reach a deal.

“Trump clearly wants a deal and so do the Chinese, which certainly raises the probability that the two sides will come to some sort of negotiated agreement, even if it is a partial one, in the coming weeks,” said Cornell University economist Eswar Prasad, former head of the International Monetary Fund’s China division.

But business groups and lawmakers in Congress want to see a comprehensive deal that forces the Chinese to change their behaviour and can be enforced.

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Black entrepreneurs launch inaugural ‘Our Story’ artisan market in Halifax

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Black entrepreneurs from across Halifax wrapped up Black History Month with a creative twist on Sunday, hosting the city’s first ‘Our Story’ vendors market.

The idea is to showcase the innovation and excellence of African-Nova Scotian artists, bakers and designers, and the unique lens through which they see the world.

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Organizers said it’s important to have a space to highlight the work of Black artists as they’re not often granted the same opportunities as others to have their work put front and centre.

“I think that there’s a certain level of resiliency that shines through everybody’s artwork,” said co-organizer Kate MacDonald.

“It’s made by us for us, and I think you can’t duplicate that or reinvent that in any other way.”

Trevor Silver, designer of tREv Clothing in Dartmouth, N.S., agreed.

His work aims to remind the wearer to keep his or her eye on the prize, while supporting and engaging one’s community.

“My brand is called tREv Clothing… so it stands for trust, respect, educate and value. You gotta trust yourself, respect yourself, educate yourself and value yourself and others to succeed,” he told Global News. “So the brand is all about strong values towards success.”

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Featured at the market were various sweets, paintings, designer clothes, books and beauty products all designed, produced and sold by Black entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia.

Organizers hope to make it a regular event at the YMCA on Gottingen Street.

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NHL 2019 trade deadline live tracker

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The two biggest players were dealt just minutes before the NHL trade deadline on Monday afternoon.

Mark Stone and Wayne Simmonds were both playing on expiring contracts and were involved in two of the day’s final trades.

Stone, who has 28 goals and 62 points for the Ottawa Senators, was sent to the Vegas Golden Knights. The 26-year-old, who is having his best season in the NHL, has scored at least 20 goals in five straight seasons.

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    In return, the Senators get top prospects in defenceman Erik Brannstrom and forward Oscar Lindberg and 2020 second-round draft pick.

    Other teams across the league got to work earlier on Monday.

    Simmonds —; a physical six-foot-two, 185-pounder —; is now a member of the Nashville Predators, leaving the Philadelphia Flyers. The 11-year NHL veteran has 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points and has picked up 90 penalty minutes in 62 games with the Flyers this season.

    Flyers forward Ryan Hartman and draft picks go the other way —; from Philadelphia to Nashville.

    The New Jersey Devils sent goalie Keith Kinkaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2022 fifth-round draft pick.

    The Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets already teamed up for two significant trades, with the Blue Jackets getting Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel over the weekend.

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    Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Jets were the first team in the west to upgrade on NHL trade deadline day.

    The Jets acquired forward Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers in exchange for a 2019 first-round draft pick and Brendan Lemieux.

    Hayes is a top-six forward who has 14 goals and 42 points in 51 games this season. He also has playoff experience that the Jets covet with 34 games with New York.

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    The Arizona Coyotes sent Jordan Weal to Montreal for Michael Chaput, another forward.

    Weal has played just 19 games this season and has a goal and an assist. Chaput has 10 goals and 16 points in 32 AHL games, and has five assists in 32 NHL games with Montreal.

    Derick Brassard was sent to his third team this season. He started in Pittsburgh, then got traded to Florida and was been shipped to Colorado on Monday, shortly before the deadline.

    Defenceman Adam McQuaid will be moving from the New York Rangers to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a fourth- and seventh-round draft pick.

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    The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Oscar Fantenberg from the L.A. Kings for a conditional 2020 fourth-round pick.

    Fantenberg has played 73 games with the Kings over the last two seasons, scoring four goals and adding eight assists.

    The Minnesota Wild sent Mikael Granlund to Nashville for Kevin Fiala.

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    It was confirmed after the deadline that the Boston Bruins got forward Marcus Johansson from New Jersey for a second-round pick in 2019 and a fourth-round pick in 2020.

    Matt Hendricks was acquired by Winnipeg from the Minnesota Wild for a seventh-round pick.

    Also, Vancouver sent defenceman Erik Gudbranson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Tanner Pearson.

    On Sunday, Gustav Nyquist was sent to the San Jose Sharks from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for second- and third-round draft picks. Nyquist is in his eighth NHL season, all with Detroit, and has 16 goals and 49 points this season.

    Also on Sunday, Buffalo sent a first-round pick and defenceman Brendan Guhle to Anaheim for another defenceman, Brandon Montour.

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Proposed Seed Variety Use Agreement: implementing royalties for farm-saved seed

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A new proposed Seed Variety Use Agreement (S.V.U.A.) would have producers of wheat, barley, oats, flax and pulse crops subject to a new royalty fee as early as 2020.

Two fee options have been proposed by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to support research and plant breeding programs in Canada when producers use farm-saved seeds.

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One option would see producers pay a royalty fee when they deliver grain from farm-saved seed known as an End-Point Royalty. The other, a Seed Royalty, would be a fee paid by producers when they plant farm-saved seeds.

Formal consultations have been held across Canada in Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Ottawa and P.E.I. to gather feedback from producers on the two proposed models.

Todd Hyra, with the Canadian Seed Growers and Canadian Seed Trade Associations, said it can take ten to 12 years to develop a new plant variety with costs rising over a $1 million, and there is a need for more investment.

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“It’s not about now, it’s not about five years from now,” he said. “This is 10, 15, 20 years from now ensuring that we have strong programs that are going to be able to deliver products to our farming community.”

Fourth generation producer Ian Boxall farms north of Tisdale, Sask., and attended two of the S.V.U.A. consultation sessions to listen and ask questions about the proposed models. He said he still has some concerns about both systems.

“Who’s going to be held accountable with the money we’re investing into research?” he asked. “Are we getting a product that the producer wants?”

Boxall said he would like to see farmers have a hand in deciding how the royalties collected could be spent.

“Saskatchewan has 46 per cent of Canada’s crop acres,” he said. “We should have 46 per cent of the say into the royalty system. If the majority of the money is coming out of Saskatchewan we need our voice heard and get all the players on the same page.”

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association said they would like to see more money going into cereal research, but currently, aren’t endorsing either S.V.U.A. model.

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Jim Wickett, Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, said both Australia and France have successful End Point Royalty programs.

“Both of these models have been used all over the world,” he said. “We aren’t re-inventing the wheel, we’re just late to the party, we are 15 years behind the times.”

Canola, soybeans and corn already have their own models to generate revenue for research and plant breeding programs in Canada, they would be unaffected by the proposed S.V.U.A.

Producers would still have farmers privilege to save seed from year-to-year, but the change with the agreement would implement a royalty fee to the breeder for the seed genetics.

Boxall said he’s heard mixed opinions amongst industry about the proposed S.V.U.A. models.

“Farmers aren’t against paying for a variety of research,” he said. “As long as we get a product that is better than what we currently have.”

An online consultation is expected to start soon for industry stakeholders to voice their concerns with the proposed models and contribute to developing a system that works for Canadian producers.

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City of Moose Jaw crews work to repair multiple water main breaks

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Roughly 50 homes in Moose Jaw were without their regular water supply last week due to water main breaks, adding to the agony of a deep freeze that continues to blanket much of Saskatchewan.

“It seems to be too early for the frost to be causing a whole bunch of issues. It’s been cold long enough so the only thing I can think of is the frost got driven down to a further level,”  said Jim Puffalt, Moose Jaw city manager.

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Puffalt said the city has had 11 water main breaks and leaks since Feb. 15.

In 2016, the City of Moose Jaw launched its Cast Iron Watermain Replacement Program, a 20-year effort aimed at replacing deteriorating infrastructure.

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Puffalt said the city believes the aging system has played a factor in the series of water main breaks.

“It’s making a big difference, but generally, once you start one those of programs, it takes five to seven years to get out of the troubled areas and get to [another] section of the city,” said Puffalt.

“We’re still dealing with areas that have had multiple breaks.”

Bruce Mcnabb is one of the several residents who were impacted.

While some lost water for a few hours, Mcnabb and his family went without for nearly five days.

“We were fortunate. We filled our bathtub before they shut the water off so we actually had water for flushing the toilet and things like that,” Mcnabb said.

“It’s good that we have water back now.”

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Mcnabb has lived in his house for 15 years and said he’s never experienced this problem.

“I’ve never had any issues like this; this is the first. We are kind of lucky. I know other homes have run into issues quite a few times,” Mcnabb said.

“I couldn’t image four or five more days without water.”

The city said crews are working as quickly as possible to repair water main breaks as they happen. With a majority of the repairs now complete, the city will move on to the remaining pipes next week.

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Bangladeshi culture honoured for International Mother Language Day in Halifax

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Haligonians celebrated International Mother Language Day on Sunday with ceremonies honouring the rich culture of Bangladesh.

The day highlights the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity but draws its roots in the Bengali Language Movement of the early 1950s.

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It’s celebrated annually on February 21, the day that student protesters were killed by police for supporting Bengali as an official language of what was, at the time, the Dominion of Pakistan. It was 1952, and Urdu was the only official language recognized by the government, which had forbidden public meetings and rallies to quell the tension rising among Bengali speakers.

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Taking place on Feb. 24, the ceremonies at the Halifax Central Library were a little late, but organizers said they’re indispensable to Nova Scotia’s Bangladeshi diaspora.

“The importance is to carry over the message that the Bangladeshi community in Halifax, own their proud history of sacrificing for the mother language, and now it is prime important for Canada to promote multiculturalism and multi-languageism,” co-ordinator Azharul Hoque.

It’s especially important for the children, he added, to be immersed in their language and culture, and learn the history of their country.

“That actually defined the nature of our nation, like what we would like to be,” explained Ahsan Habib, chair of the Bangladesh Community Association of Nova Scotia, and a Bengali author.

“From that starting movement, that started this independence movement from Pakistan at that time.”

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The International Mother Language Day event included speeches from provincial cabinet ministers Randy Delorey and Leo Glavine, who represent the Gaelic affairs and communities, cultures and heritage portfolios respectively.

The day was dedicated to the preservation and support of the Mi’kmaw language.

It was the second event of its kind in Halifax, and organizers hope to continue the trend, drawing a larger and more diverse crowd every year.

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