Category Archives: News

New generation of debt-laden farmers must learn lessons from the past

Written on September 14, 2016 at 11:18 am, by

As a part of the Canada West Foundation’s series on debt in agriculture, we asked the farming community to provide its thoughts on the growing level of debt in the industry. This is a guest blog submitted in response to our call for comments and represents the views of the writer. You can read our survey results

A message from Martha Hall Findlay

Written on September 1, 2016 at 4:00 am, by

I am pleased and excited to be taking the helm of the Canada West Foundation. It will not be easy to follow in the footsteps of past CEOs, most recently Dylan Jones, but I will do my best. There is a great team in place, a diverse and dedicated board of directors leading the way,

Dispute between Canada and China puts the squeeze on western canola exports

Written on August 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm, by

A dispute coming to a head between China and Canada is threatening to put the western provinces’ $2.6 billion canola export industry through the wringer just as harvest starts to come in. After years of unsuccessful negotiations between China and Canada, western canola exporters face the possible loss of their second largest export market after

Canada’s ‘Plan B’ for trade with Asia fraught with challenges

Written on August 22, 2016 at 2:10 pm, by

With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement facing an uncertain future, there are signs the Government of Canada is starting to put together a Plan B for Canadian interests in Asia. The recent announcement by the federal government of a trade agreement feasibility study and the launch of an annual trade policy dialogue with ASEAN (the

Vancouver’s bike share plan out of reach for low-income riders

Written on August 18, 2016 at 10:13 am, by

As Mobi, Vancouver’s new bike sharing program, brings hundreds of new, shared bicycles into the city this summer, residents are finding a green, convenient and more affordable commuting option. High pricing and limited access for lower income people, however, could limit the program’s effectiveness. More than 600 cities around the world, including four eastern Canadian

Yellow Brick Road to the Podium: How Does Canada Fund Our Olympians?

Written on August 17, 2016 at 1:47 pm, by

Photo credit: marchello74/ Canadian athletes are doing the country proud competing and winning medals at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But in the lead up to the games, many face another kind of competition – for dollars to help fund training in their sport. According to the National Post, Canada’s federal government invests about