Immediate calls for action by the Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) include changes to the AgriStability program and expanding the interest-free portion of Advance Payments Program to all commodities. On Tuesday, May 14th GGC asked the federal government to develop a strategy to address an increasingly unpredictable trade environment affecting the incomes of grain farmers across Canada.
The Grain Growers of Canada are urging the federal government to step things up when it comes to recent trade disruptions.
GGC Chair Jeff Nielsen farms near Olds. He says this is a non-partisan issue and Canadian farmers need government support to ensure we are well positioned to weather this storm.
Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that China's blocking of Canadian canola is politically motivated.
Nielsen says the GGC want to have a level playing field throughout the world.
He notes their organization continues to advocate for producers, but wants more movement on the file.
As for canola production this growing season, Nielsen says he cut back a bit.
According to Nielsen, Canada's Minister of Agriculture Marie-Claude Bibeau met briefly with her Chinese counterpart in Japan. He adds, hopefully that is a step forward to send a delegation over to China.
Works from the 2019 Town of Olds website photo contest are now up as part of an all new 16 panel exhibit in the Cornerstone Art Commons. The town held a public art unveiling for them on Friday, February 14th. The contest winning photos from Veronica Reist, Yvonne Kennedy, Laura Neaves and Mary Jane Harper are part of the exhibit. Jim Brown and Gayle Kohut are the artists responsible for the paintings in the Cornerstone Art Commons - they are titled "The Fancy Dance" and "Metis Life" respectively.
After brushing aside the Stettler Lightning in the opening round of the Heritage Junior Hockey League playoffs, the Mountain View Colts will next clash with the Airdrie Thunder in the Northern Division semi-finals.
One of only two curlers to participate in all 40 editions of the Olds Farmers Bonspeil is the 2020 champion. Dennis Roemmele and Larry Flessatti have participated every year. Larry Flessatti has now won the A-Side title for the 3rd time after defeating Bert Pringle on Friday, February 14th. Meanwhile, the 37th annual Olds Farmerettes Bonspiel saw Kim Lewis beat Doris Neufeld in the A-Side final.
The Olds Grizzlys organization wishes to congratulate Bob Clark on his induction into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame this year. The Black & Gold sincerely thank him and his family for their committment to growing and bettering hockey in our area. The local AJHL club officially be honoured Bob on Friday, February 14th at prior to a home game versus the Camrose Kodiaks.
The Olds-Didsbury-Three Hills MLA looks forward to Alberta's Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Doug Schweitzer rolling out more details this spring about the province's plan to add more than 500 RCMP positions in rural communities. Nathan Cooper believes the force will be nimble, it will be able to react to the changing needs of rural Alberta and it will provide some additional safety right across the province. Cooper - who is also the Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly - made an appearance at the Olds council meeting on Monday, February 11th where he was asked questions abou
Three individuals - two from Red Deer and one from Calgary - have been arrested and charged after Innisfail RCMP received a call from a concerned citizen about a suspicious vehicle in Penhold during the early morning hours on Wednesday, February 12th.
The Hope 4 Mountain View County Kids Society invites the community to its annual fundraising event. Founder Lisa Nicholoson says it is coming up on November 28th at the Willow Lane Barn. Save 10 per cent by picking up your tickets before the early bird deadline on February 15th.
After an appearance at the town of Olds council meeting on Monday, February 10th Earl Dreeshen - the Red Deer-Mountain View MP - was asked about the new Efficient Grain Dryer Program. The program is funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.
It will help cover costs for eligible grain dryer improvements.
Lyle Peterman with the host committee says they are ecstatic with the early sales numbers and looking forward to announcing a sell out at the Olds SportsComplex. They are approaching 80 per cent capacity now. Weekend and weekday packages will go on sale March 13th. Visit TheGrandSlamOfCurling.com/tickets for more information. Meanwhile, a local curler and her team have been confirmed as one of the 12 top women's rinks who will be part of the big event in the town of Olds. Red Deer's Jocelyn Peterman now lives in Winnipeg and is the second on Team Jennifer Jones.
The Olds Grizzlys busted out of their nine game losing streak on Saturday, February 8th by beating the Fort McMurray Oil Barons 5-2 at home. It was also the first victory for new Head Coach & GM Scott Atkinson.