Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Chesley School Ag Program

By Fadi Didi

The agricultural program at the Chesley District Community School will continue, despite an ongoing accommodation review that may see the school reconfigured.

Gemma Mendez-Smith is the Executive Director of the Four County Labour Market Planning Board -- and she expressed concern for the high skills course.

Director of Education with the Bluewater School Board, Steve Blake, says Trustees are committed to the agriculture program "in one form or another."

However, he concedes it may NOT be at the Chesley school.


Meanwhile, Shoppers Drug Mart says it has submitted an application to Health Canada be a distributor of medical marijuana.
Shoppers spokeswoman Tammy Smitham says the drug store chain has no intention of producing cannabis. The application is an administrative requirement to be able to distribute the drug.
Under the current regime, patients are only permitted to buy medical marijuana directly from licensed producers, who send it by mail.
Smitham says Shoppers is hopeful Ottawa will consider updating the rules to allow pharmacies to play a role in distributing medical marijuana.


Health Minister Jane Philpott acknowledges that long-overdue changes to the Canada Fooid Guide are likely to have an impact on the food industry.
The Health Department says it plans to update dietary guidelines by the end of 2018 that will reflect the most up-to-date scientific evidence on diet and health.
Other initiatives include updated nutrition labels on pre-packaged foods and restricting marketing to children.
Senator Kelvin Ogilvie, chair of a Senate committee that examined obesity, says the review needs to address what he considers obvious problems, such as characterizing fruit juice as a healthy food choice. 


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