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Dairy prices moooving on up

The federal Dairy Commission has approved wholesale price hikes it blamed on higher pandemic costs for farmers and will see consumers face an expected double-digit increase in retail prices for milk and dairy products this winter.

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Get ready to pay a lot more for that refreshing glass of milk, says Blacklock’s Reporter.

The federal Dairy Commission has approved wholesale price hikes it blamed on higher pandemic costs for farmers and will see consumers face an expected double-digit increase in retail prices for milk and dairy products this winter.

“The increase in producers’ revenues will partially offset increased production costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic which caused revenues to remain below the cost of production,” the commission wrote in a notice.

The six cents a litre hikes for wholesalers take effect February 1.

“This will increase by an average 8.4% the cost of milk used to make dairy products for the retail and restaurant sectors,” wrote the Commission.

Actual checkout prices would be higher for products from dine-in pizzas to supermarket yogurt.

The commission also approved a 5% increase in milk processing costs.

“In order to reflect these changes the support price for butter used by the commission in its storage programs will increase from $8.71 to $9.79 per kilogram on February 1, an increase of 12.4%,” wrote analysts.

Actual checkout price hikes cannot be predicted, said the commission.

“The impact of these adjustments on retail prices will depend on many factors such as manufacturing, transportation, distribution and packaging costs,” said the notice.

Canadians nationwide are paying a range of prices for dairy products, by Statistics Canada estimate. The price of a litre of milk runs from an average $1.73 in Manitoba to $2.47 in New Brunswick, $2.50 in Québec and Prince Edward Island, $2.54 in Saskatchewan, $2.56 in British Columbia, $2.58 in Alberta, $2.70 a litre in Nova Scotia, $3.13 in Newfoundland and Labrador and $3.33 in Ontario.

The check-out price for a pound of butter similarly ranges from $4.96 in Québec to $5.05 in Saskatchewan, $5.08 in British Columbia and Ontario, $5.09 in Manitoba, $5.22 in Alberta and New Brunswick, $5.25 in Nova Scotia, $5.29 in P.E.I. and $5.47 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The dairy hikes came after Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem warned overall inflation would run “close to 5%” this winter and linger through much of 2022.

“We know higher prices are challenging Canadians and making it harder for them to cover their bills,” Macklem told reporters October 27.

“I want to assure you inflation is not going to stay as high as it is today, even if it is going to take somewhat longer to come down.

“We recognize inflation is actually likely to move a little higher in the remaining months of this year. It’s currently running around 4.5%. We think it’s going to move up close to 5%. Then over the course of next year we think it will come back down.”

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  1. Seven-Zero-One

    November 4, 2021 at 1:36 am

    I really don’t understand the surprise in all of this.
    In US🇺🇲 it’s call “Free Market”
    In Subsidize Canada 🇨🇦 it’s call ” Monopoly”

  2. Fergus Hodgson

    November 3, 2021 at 8:35 am

    The fact that there is a dairy commission setting prices tells you all you need to know about this sector in Canada.

  3. Claudette Leece

    November 3, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Maybe need to stop quotas for dairy farmers, especially in Quebec

  4. Shepherdess

    November 2, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Well what a surprise! As a livestock producer myself I can no longer afford beef at the store. It’s too bad the producer doesn’t benefit from these increases to the consumer. While the price of the type of meat I produce goes up in the store, what I get for my animals drops drastically while my costs due to the pandemic increase. It’s the processor and the retail stores that are profiting. The pandemic is just an excuse to rob the average consumer.

  5. Left Coast

    November 2, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Everything will go up it all rides in a Truck . . . the Karbon Tax is a race to the Bottom!

    Meanwhile China builds 200 Coal Generating Plants . . .

    Always bought my dairy products at a Washington State dairy farm whose quality was far above anything Dairyland and the BC Dairy Cartel could produce & 40% cheaper. Till the PLanDemic closed the border. Drove by two lower mainland border crossings on Sunday Afternoon . . . completely empty except for one Motorhome from the USA.

    How long till dopy Canooks can no longer afford their massive mortgages?

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Madu out as justice minister

“I have spoken with Minister Madu about the March 10 incident reported in the media today. I conveyed to him my profound disappointment in his decision to contact the Edmonton Police Chief after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has removed Justice Minister Kaycee Madu from his job after he called Edmonton’s police chief about a distracted parking ticket he received.

Madu was fined $300 on March 10, 2021 after an Edmonton police officer caught him talking on his cellphone while driving through a playground zone.

Madu soon phoned Dale McFee, the city’s chief of police, and discussed the ticket with him. 

“Minister Madu did contact me via the telephone concerned about a ticket. But just to be very, very clear, he never asked to get out of the ticket,” McFee told CBC News in December, adding he didn’t know exactly what was on the ticket.

“Everybody has to wear their decisions.”

McFee did say during their discussion, Madu brought up the issue of racial profiling by police to stop drivers. Madu is black.

“The officer indicated that he had observed me driving while distracted, alleging that I was on my phone. I disagreed, stating that I was not on my phone, as it was in an inside pocket” said Madu.

“Later, I spoke to Chief Dale McFee. Due to the timing of the incident, I wanted to ensure that I was not being unlawfully surveilled following the controversy surrounding the Lethbridge Police Service. I also raised concerns around profiling of racial minorities that was in the media at the time.

“Chief McFee assured me that that was most definitely not the case, and I accepted him at his word.”

But that wasn’t good enough for Kenney who, after CBC broke the story, removed him from his post because it is “essential the independent administration of justice is maintained.

“I have spoken with Minister Madu about the March 10 incident reported in the media today. I conveyed to him my profound disappointment in his decision to contact the Edmonton Police Chief after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation,” Kenney tweeted.

“Minister Madu told me that he did not ask to have the ticket rescinded, nor was it his intention to interfere in the case, and that he promptly paid the ticket. I understand that Chief McFee has confirmed that at no time did the Minister seek to have the ticket rescinded.

“Nevertheless, it’s essential the independent administration of justice is maintained. That’s why I will appoint a respected independent investigator to review the relevant facts and to determine whether there was interference in the administration of justice in this case.”

Energy Minister Sonya Savage will take on the duties of Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

The scandal will be a blow for Kenney as Madu was one of his biggest supporters in an often fractured caucus.

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Home buyers and sellers can now use bitcoin

“This is yet another step towards a bitcoin standard society as we continue to propel bitcoinʼs usability. Our ability to process tens of millions of dollars with ease will allow customers looking to use bitcoin in real estate transactions to transact with confidence.”

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Canadians will soon be able to buy and sell their homes with bitcoin.

Edmonton-based Bitcoin Well announced Tuesday they have signed a deal with Greater Property Group (GPG) where customers use bitcoin and other digital currencies to buy and sell residential and commercial real estate.

The signed letter of intent will see both companies promote the other through their respective websites and real estate transactions involving bitcoin will be conducted through the joint venture.

Bitcoin Well will provide digital currency services and licensing, compliance strategy and required Know Your Customer processes. GPG will provide real estate services, licensing and strategy.

“I canʼt wait to begin working with GPG,” said Adam OʼBrien, founder and CEO of Bitcoin Well.

“This is yet another step towards a bitcoin standard society as we continue to propel bitcoinʼs usability. Our ability to process tens of millions of dollars with ease will allow customers looking to use bitcoin in real estate transactions to transact with confidence.

“Working with GPG is an exciting look at how the bitcoin infrastructure we’ve built can scale. We have the pieces in place to help set the stage to help global industries adopt bitcoin. It’s exciting to see real estate being one of the first.”

Officials with GPG say they welcome the agreement.

“As a brokerage that facilitates buying and selling houses with cryptocurrency, we couldnʼt be happier to be partnering with Bitcoin Well on this venture.” said Nathan Singh, managing partner of Greater Property Group.

“The applications for cryptocurrency in real estate are limitless, and we look forward to bringing that investment power and flexibility to more and more transactions and agents from coast to coast.”

The completion of the joint venture agreement is expected in the first quarter of 2022.

Bitcoin Well is the first publicly traded Bitcoin ATM company in the world and is traded on the TSX.V under the ticker BTCW.V

Publisher’s Note: Bitcoin Well is an advertising client of Western Standard New Media Corp.

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Calgary lawyer applauds Shell’s reversal of vax mandate

“The woke thing to do right now is bring in these mandates. It has nothing to do with science or safety,” said lawyer James Kitchen.

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In the wake of Shell Canada temporarily removing its mandatory vaccine policy at its Scotford site in Alberta, Calgary lawyer James Kitchen called it a “good and lawful” move.

Kitchen — a civil litigation lawyer focused on constitutional rights, human rights, and health freedom — represents a number of clients in the oil and gas sector, including CNRL staffer Naomi Smart who was the first employee dismissed without cause for refusing to adhere to the mandatory vaccine policy.

“There are two potential things happening here,” Kitchen told the Western Standard in reference to Shell’s decision to change its vaccine policy at the Scotford site.

“Either Shell is concerned with defending themselves legally — as the vaccines have little to no effect on transmission — or, there are decent human beings (who) run Shell who are looking at the science and they realize this is the sensible thing to do.”

Kitchen said Shell could be “showing some good business sense” and now, after “spending all this money and realizing nothing we do will stop it (the spread of COVID-19),” they are looking to get back to work.

“The woke thing to do right now is bring in these mandates. It has nothing to do with science or safety,” said Kitchen.

When asked if the move from Shell to reverse its vaccination policy might affect the outcome of current legal cases — including some of his own — Kitchen said he’s doubtful.

“Generally speaking, the court doesn’t care. The industry does what it wants so in a strictly legal sense, no. But in a broader sense, it does matter,” said Kitchen.  

“It’s like a band-wagon effect,” he said adding if other companies follow suit, “it could give pause and change course for policymakers.”

“I don’t expect others to follow, but I’m hopeful,” said Kitchen.

Kitchen applauded Shell for what he called, “the most reasonable, lawful positions I’ve seen in a long time.

“They have chosen not to be willfully ignorant of what is good, right and lawful and have chosen against coercion and tyranny,” said Kitchen.

“I hope it’s a harbinger of things to come.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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