Saskatchewan Community In Shock After Family Murdered
The mayor of Tisdale, Saskatchewan says residents are in shock over news a woman and her three kids were killed by a man who later took his own life in another town.
Al Jellicoe says his town of 3,200 people is a tight-knit community and the tragedy affects everyone.
The four family members were found dead in their trailer at a mobile home park.
RCMP say a man killed three children and their mother -- identified by residents as Latasha Gosling -- then drove to Prince Albert with a six-month old baby and took his own life.
The baby was unharmed.
Ag Group Has Mixed Reactions To Fed Budget
The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has mixed feelings about this week's federal budget.
President Ron Bonnett says they like items such as the budget's investments in agricultural trade promotion, reduced EI premiums for business owners and the increase in the lifetime capital gains allowance.
He considers the lifetime capital gains increase to one million dollars an important tool for farmers to manage the tax burden associated with the transfer of farm assets.
However, Bonnett says the group is disappointed that certain barriers to intergenerational transfers were not addressed and that there was no investment in research into crop varietal development and climate change adaptation.
Ag Canada Predicting Increased Crop Production This Year
Agriculture and AgriFood Canada is predicting total crop production in Canada will increase in the 2015-16 crop year, largely due to higher seeded area for corn and soybeans.
The department's April outlook for principal field crops forecasts a three per cent increase in spring wheat area seeded but a 33 per cent decrease in winter wheat.
It's calling for a drop in supply of nine per cent, based on lower 2015-16 production and lower carry-in stocks.
Department analysts expect average crop year producer wheat prices to be higher than 2014-15 because of lower global supply and the forecast weaker Canadian dollar.
The principal field crops outlook is forecasting a four per cent increase in soybean seeded area to a record 2.35 million hectares.
It appears people living in countries surrounding the Arctic circle are getting more concerned about security in the region.
In five of the eight countries that form the Arctic Council, including Canada, one-third of 10,000 people surveyed by Canada's Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Program feel the chance of an armed conflict in the region has increased.
A majority of respondents felt that way in the other three countries, including Russia.
Russia has been blamed for increasing tension in the Arctic Council through its actions in Ukraine and by holding northern military exercises.
Canada will hand off leadership of the Arctic Council to the US this weekend.