Hello and welcome to Sprout. We will start things off with a programming note: the Sprout will be released next Tuesday, after the holiday weekend.
Here is today’s agricultural news.
Some Canadian dairy producers started pouring milk last week to rid the system of excess production as demand for restaurants plummeted amid the COVID-19 pandemic that forced restaurants across the country to close their stores. doors.
“We started seeing milk thrown away last week,” said David Wiens, vice-president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, a national organization for dairy farmers. However, it is a bit early to know exactly how many milk producers have spilled at this point.
British Columbia dairy farms began to dispose of raw milk on April 3, according to a British Columbia news release. Dairy Association website.
It’s “very, very disheartening for farmers,” said Wiens. “It goes against every grain of their body.”
The Canadian Press has this story.
Around the city
MPs and senators are on a break because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are expected to return on April 20.
The House of Commons health and finance committees meet digitally on Thursday to discuss the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health committee meets by videoconference, while the finance committee meets by teleconference.
Health Canada has also published modeling of its use to inform how it makes decisions about the epidemic. Charlie Pinkerton covered his exit.
Young people, women and workers in less secure jobs were the first to face massive layoffs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Statistics Canada’s March Jobs Report.
Canadians lost at least 1 million jobs in March in the agency’s first labor force survey that highlighted the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Canadian job market .
Unemployment rose 2.2% to 7.8%, the highest level since October 2010, when the country emerged from the Great Recession. This increase is the largest increase in a month since comparable data became available in 1976. The number of Canadians considered unemployed increased by 413,000, also the largest monthly change since 1976.
IPolitics reporter Jolson Lim has this story.
New federal government guidelines for employers of temporary foreign workers arriving in Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic will not provide substantial protection for critical agricultural workers, says a migrant worker advocate. Syed Hussan, executive director of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, says the federal government must create mechanisms to enforce these new guidelines to ensure workers’ rights are respected.
“We need a proactive app,” said Hussan, who is also a member of the Migrant Rights Network, a coalition of self-organized refugee and migrant groups. “We are very far from instituting real protection for essential migrant workers.”
Employment and Social Development Canada released the guidelines late last month, which include instructions that workers must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Canada and employers must pay workers for the time they spend in Canada. ‘they go into self-isolation.
Bur Keith Currie, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, said that despite members’ frustration at not having access to workers during their period of self-isolation, farmers are ready to do whatever is necessary to maintain Canada’s foreign workforce – including following protocols put in place by the government.
“The government has made it clear that [migrant workers] have to be paid for those two weeks, so [farmers] will do what they need to do, “he said.
Rachel Emmanuel has this story.
Meanwhile, the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture has published protocols for farmers who employ temporary foreign workers during the coronavirus pandemic, including those workers who have common cold or flu symptoms at all. moment must isolate themselves for 10 days, reported CBC News.
The United States Department of Agriculture will investigate an increase in the margins of beef packers during the coronavirus epidemic which has sparked accusations of market manipulation by some livestock producers. US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the investigation yesterday in a message on Twitter after inquiries from congressmen from livestock regions, Bloomberg reported.
China has indicated that it plans to officially ban the consumption of dogs after the species has been omitted from a list of animals approved for human consumption. Consumption of dogs has become an increasingly controversial issue in China as the ownership of pets has increased. It has also been highlighted by coronavirus, which was first identified in patients linked to the Wuhan city market where non-traditional animals were sold for food, according to Bloomberg.
If you are looking for a way to participate in Easter celebrations this weekend, there are still many ways to engage in the comfort and security of your own home.
Friday, the famous Tabernacle Choir in Temple Square will broadcast his Handel’s “Messiah” concert, while many churches, including All Saints Pasadena and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, will broadcast Easter services live in English and Spanish. Then the All Saints’ Day online participants are invited to chat and eat (their) food together in an online Easter brunch.
If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate as a family, the Los Angles Times has suggestions for making your Easter dreams come true.
Enjoy Easter or the holidays you celebrate this weekend.