By Fadi Didi
Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau meets with farmers Thursday in Saskatoon to discuss rail transportation of grain.
Many farmers are frustrated, accusing Ottawa of not listening to their concerns that there could be a rail bottleneck this year because of an anticipated bumper crop.
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture is urging Garneau to make sure railways don't abuse their role and to maintain limits on how much profit they can make from grain transportation.
The federation says it wants Garneau to consider the input of farmers as he reviews the report that calls for overhauling the Canada Transportation Act.
More than 200 union workers walked off their jobs over the weekend at two distilleries in Kentucky that make Jim Beam whiskey.
Beam distilleries said its contingency plans would keep operations running to maintain the flow of whiskey to distributors and consumers after workers voted Friday to reject the company's latest contract offer.
They workers say staffing shortages often extend work weeks to 60 to 80 hours to keep up with growing demand for Beam whiskey, and is relying increasingly on temporary workers.
The company said it hoped union workers would reconsider the contract offer, which included pay increases.
Alberta farmers who were hoping for some warm, dry weather to complete their harvests following a dump of snow earlier this month are dealing with more bad news.
Much of central and northern Alberta was blanketed with snow on Friday.
Deryk Sanford in Lavoy has one-third of his crop remaining on the field and says he has to be realistic about what nature has dealt.
He and other producers are planning to reach out to all three levels of government to make them aware of their plight.