By Manny Paiva
Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario says Coroners Act doesn't discriminate against migrant farm workers.
The Coroners Act doesn't discriminate against migrant farm workers by not requiring mandatory inquests when they die in workplace accidents.
That is the ruling of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario.
The family of Ned Peart -- a father of six from Jamaica who was killed on an Ontario farm in 2002 -- launched the application.
They argued it was discriminatory for construction and mining deaths to trigger mandatory inquests -- but not for seasonal agricultural workers.
The tribunal ruling also says the lack of a mandatory inquest for migrant farm workers does not mean their lives are of lesser value or their safety is less worthy of protection.
Seeding continues across the West -- but crop reports from all three Prairie provinces say it's going slow.
Crop reports out last week for Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta say many areas are at least a week behind the average start.
It says some heat would help.
Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says if most producers are into the field in the next week or so, it will be in "in good time.''
Farmers are gearing up for seeding despite a rail bottleneck that has meant many still haven't been fully paid for last year's crop.
The federal government says about 27-hundred grain and oilseed producers in Western Canada have tapped a program that offers cash advances for a total of 200 million dollars.
So far, that's still below the 204 million of advanced dollars handed out last year to about 24 hundred farmers.
The program is designed to provide farmers with financial flexibility.
The U-S Department of Agriculture envisions more corn will be produced compared to last year's record breaking numbers -- despite fewer acres planted.
The department's report on World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates says higher yields are expected to offset the lesser acreage devoted to corn.
The season-average price per bushel for corn is forecast to be lower than last year.
U-S soybean production is also expected to be high -- increasing by 346 million bushels to reach a record 3.64 billion bushels.