By Fadi Didi
A four-day urban rodeo brings a bit of the Wild West and protests to Montreal's Old Port.
A four-day urban rodeo that is promising to bring a bit of the Wild West to Montreal's Old Port is also expected to draw daily protests from groups denouncing the event as animal cruelty.
The festival, which includes country music shows as well as traditional rodeo contests, aims to provide ``an authentic and educational country-inspired experience,'' according to the city.
But it has also fuelled opposition from animal-rights activists, who say bronc riding and bull riding are cruel and stressful to animals.
Two groups plan daily protests outside the site to criticize what they call the inherent cruelty of the events.
U-S Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has tweeted that farm folks can handle adversity, but the U-S-D-A is ``here to help'' after tropical storm Harvey.
Perdue's tweet yesterday included a link to a news release that reminds rural communities, farmers, ranchers families and small businesses in the path of Harvey that the U-S-D-A has disaster assistance programs.
The release says he U-S-D-A Farm Service Agency administers many safety-net programs to help producers recover from eligible losses.
Harvey sent devastating floods pouring into Houston on Sunday as rising water chased thousands of people to rooftops or higher ground.
The Canadian Plowing championships are being held this week near Walkerton.
The event kicks off with a reception today, followed by 4 days of plowing competitions on farms located on Bruce county road 19.
The 2 champion senior competitors in both reversible and conventional plowing will represent Canada at the 2018 world contest in Germany.
Bruce county plowmen's association has organized the event to help pay for Tom Evans of Tiverton who won the 2016 Canadian reversible plowing title in August.
He is to compete at the World Plowing championship in Kenya this December.
The former deputy trade czar under Barack Obama says agricultural interests and dissent from Congress would prevent President Donald Trump from following through on his threat to withdraw the U-S from NAFTA.
Robert Holleyman tweeted Sunday morning that Trump will not pull out of the trade deal
Trump is again suggesting that NAFTA be terminated, this time saying that both Canada and Mexico are being ``very difficult.''
An economics professor at Ryerson University's Ted Rogers School of Management, called it a normal trade negotiation, noting the Canadian government is just doing its job by fighting for the country's trade interests.