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CETA not helpful to beef exports... EU wins again on hormone issue - WILL VERBOVEN
It was a small news item, referring to a recent decision by the Canadian government to formally drop a long-standing trade dispute it had won against the European Union. Almost no commentary has come from the Canadian cattle and beef industry on the decision – probably for good reason – as it is another defeat for Canada in this ongoing trade dispute. The dispute is almost 30 years old and was started by the EU when it prohibited the importation of Canadian beef raised with supplemental hormones. The ban had no basis in science and was a blatant non-tariff trade barrier to keep North American beef out of the highly protected and subsidized EU beef market.   Full Story >
Gwynne Dyer - Adult supervision
Here’s the scenario. Late one evening Donald Trump is watching Fox News and a report comes on that North Korea is planning to launch a missile that can reach the United States. (Kim Jong-un’s regime has said it is going to do that one of these days – but only as a test flight landing in the ocean somewhere, not as an attack.)
Trump misunderstands, and thinks Pyongyang is going to launch a missile AT the United States. After all, there was a graphic with the report that shows the trajectory of the North Korean missile reaching the US, and Trump trusts Fox much more than his own intelligence services. So he orders all US strategic forces to go to DEFCON 1: Defence Readiness Condition One – nuclear war is imminent.   Full Story >
In Canada, there’s no consensus on secession - NATIONAL AFFAIRS by Chantal Hebert
If Quebecers were asked again to pronounce on their political future in a referendum, Canada and Quebec would hardly be immune to a stalemate of the kind that is pitting Catalonia against Spain.
The historical and political contexts may be different, but some of the fundamental conditions that have led to the deep political crisis that has overtaken Spain are also prevalent in this country.
But first, a brief recap: Spain’s central government contends that the country’s constitution does not allow for one of its regions to secede. In that, it is backed by court rulings. On that basis, Madrid declared the plan of its Catalonia region to hold a referendum on independence this fall illegal.   Full Story >
Sports by Bruce Penton
WARRIORS, CAVS LIVING UP TO NBA POWERHOUSE   Full Story >
You! be the Judge
Family
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2017 has been the most successful year at Brooks Food Bank 

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