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Country 105

Agriculture Report

Prison Farms Could Make a Resurgence

By Fadi Didi

The feds are setting up an advisory panel to look at reopening prison farms in Canada.

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The federal government is setting up an advisory panel to look at the possibility of reopening prison farms in Kingston, Ontario.

The seven-member panel will provide advice on the merits of reopening farms at Collins Bay and Joyceville Institutions.

The farms, along with others in New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, were closed by the former Conservative government.

The governing Liberals launched a feasibility study last June to review the closures.

The panel members include farmers, inmate advocates and a school trustee.

A judge has ruled an aging cattleman showing signs of dementia was not duped when he sold part of his land in the Rocky Mountain foothills to a young couple for a modest sum to keep the property as a working ranch.

John Burby sold the property near Bragg Creek, Alberta, to Luke and Laura Ball for 600-thousand dollars in a deal that was signed on a small slip of paper in 2010 when he was 86 years old.

John Burby's brother Brian filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the sale, saying the land was worth nearly four million dollars and his brother was in mental decline when he agreed to sell.

The judge ruled in Ball's favour, saying John Burby had a long history of being generous with neighbours and the community.


Governments from across the country will meet next month to debate a key question about Canada's eventual recreational-marijuana market _ how much should users pay for their pot?

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau says cannabis taxation will be on the agenda when he meets with his provincial and territorial counterparts.

Morneau says the Trudeau government has begun designing a taxation regime _ but he insists the top concerns for Ottawa remain getting weed out of the hands of young Canadians and the black market.

Last fall, the parliamentary budget officer projected 2018 sales tax revenue for Ottawa and the provinces combined to be as low as $356 million and as high as $959 million.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has warned a Pittsburgh restaurant to not serve horse meat again.

Cure Restaurant hosted a special dinner with Canadian chefs on May 8th that included horse tartare.
The U-S-D-A says Cure chef and co-owner Justin Severino received a warning letter for illegally bringing horsemeat into the country.

Severino says the meat came from a sustainable horse farm in Canada and isn't part of the regular menu.

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