Canada can end dairy trade dispute with U.S. by ending pricing irritant: Saputo

Canada can end dairy trade dispute with U.S. by ending pricing irritant: Saputo
MONTREAL — Canada can preserve its dairy supply management system and resolve its trade dispute with the United States over dairy subsidies by ending its domestic milk ingredient pricing system, the head of Canada’s largest dairy processor said Monday. Despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweets denouncing Canada’s supply management system, dairy farmers across the border aren’t petitioning to get rid of... Read More

South Korea joins Japan in halting Canadian wheat imports after GMO plants found

South Korea joins Japan in halting Canadian wheat imports after GMO plants found
CALGARY — South Korea has joined Japan in suspending trade in Canadian wheat following the discovery of genetically modified plants in southern Alberta. Global Affairs spokesman Jesse Wilson says it’s standard protocol in both countries to temporarily close markets in such cases. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said last week that it tested plants that survived spraying for weeds and found... Read More

Japan halts wheat imports after genetically modified wheat found in Alberta

Japan halts wheat imports after genetically modified wheat found in Alberta
CALGARY — The Canadian government is trying to reassure Japan and other trading partners that genetically modified wheat found in southern Alberta is limited to a few plants growing along a remote access road and has not been detected in the wider supply. Japan has temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat as it reviews the tests that Canadian officials have already done,... Read More

Protester yells ‘our salmon are dying,’ at B.C. premier during news conference

Protester yells ‘our salmon are dying,’ at B.C. premier during news conference
VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan’s news conference about protecting British Columbia’s wild salmon stocks was interrupted by a protester shouting “you sold us out,” and “our salmon are dying.” The woman loudly accused Horgan of allowing the province’s ocean-based aquaculture industry to continue operating while wild salmon stocks are struggling to survive. The woman, who identified herself as Tsastilqualus, says she is from... Read More

Canada faces new trade test from Italy as feds battle challenges on many fronts

Canada faces new trade test from Italy as feds battle challenges on many fronts
OTTAWA — Add Italy to growing list of trade headaches facing Canada. Italy’s Agriculture Minister Gian Marco Centinaio is reported as saying Italy won’t ratify the Canada-European Union free trade accord and that he’s heard doubts about it from many of his European colleagues. The development adds to Canada’s significant trade challenges — which already include deep uncertainty surrounding the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement and hefty steel... Read More

US retail sales climb in May by the most in 6 months

US retail sales climb in May by the most in 6 months
WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose by the most in six months in May, as consumers spent more at home and garden stores, gas stations and restaurants. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose 0.8 per cent last month, the largest increase since November. Excluding the volatile gas and auto categories, sales also rose 0.8 per cent. Consumers are very confident in the... Read More

AP Investigation: Local fish isn’t always local

AP Investigation: Local fish isn’t always local
MONTAUK, N.Y. — Caterers in Washington tweeted a photo of maroon sashimi appetizers served to 700 guests attending the governor’s inaugural ball last year. They were told the tuna was from Montauk. But it was an illusion. It was the dead of winter and no yellowfin had been landed in the New York town. An Associated Press investigation traced the... Read More

DavidsTea losses more than triple in first quarter ahead of proxy battle

DavidsTea losses more than triple in first quarter ahead of proxy battle
MONTREAL — Embattled beverage retailer DavidsTea says its net loss more than tripled as sales fell six per cent in the first quarter of its fiscal year. The Montreal-based company lost $1.2 million for the period ended May 5, compared with a loss of $362,000 a year earlier. That translated into a loss of five cents per diluted share, versus... Read More

Strain relations: Cannabis companies tread carefully at music festivals

Strain relations: Cannabis companies tread carefully at music festivals
TORONTO — Beyond the beer tents and poutine trucks at last weekend’s Field Trip music festival in Toronto, concertgoers got a taste of what many cannabis brands hope is a step towards the future of live music sponsorship. A fair distance from the event’s two stages, representatives for licensed producer Tweed Inc. were prepared to talk everything pot and pending legalization in Canada. They handed out free swag... Read More