By Manny Paiva
Company says allegations by UFCW about gender discrimination are 'ludicrous.'
The United Food and Commercial Workers union is calling on Ontario's Human Rights Tribunal to investigate gender discrimination in the hiring of seasonal agricultural workers.
According to the union, women comprise on average less than four per cent of the thousands of migrant agriculture workers who come to Canada each year.
Foreign Agricultural Resource Management Service handles migrant-labour logistics for Ontario and Atlantic Canada.
President Ken Forth calls the discrimination claim ludicrous.
He says women in Mexico are either not coming forward or they aren't being properly recruited by the government there.
Canada is not giving up on the country of origin labelling fight.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says Canada will seek authorization from the World Trade Organization to retaliate against the U-S -- if a compliance panel rules in Canada's favour.
A U-S federal appeals court last week upheld rules that require labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered.
The heads of Canada's two major railways say the federal government's Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act is on the wrong track.
The legislation -- effective Friday -- was passed last spring after a rail bottleneck left huge amounts of grain from a record crop sitting in bins.
Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says the regulations will help avoid a repeat of the grain bottleneck.
But C-N President Claude Mongeau says the railways did a reasonably good job last fall dealing with the record harvest, while Hunter Harrison at C-P says the legislation may undermine investment in the rail sector.