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Out to Pasture.

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National Farmers Union (NFU) Urges Western Provincial Governments to Purchase Canadian Wheat Board Assets

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National Farmers Union Bringing in the wheat. Larry Powell PinP photo. (Deleau, MB) - The NFU is urging the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC to become actively engaged in the federal government’s plan to dispose of the farmer-paid Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) assets. Story here.

The Murder of Women (Femicide): A Humanitarian Crisis in Central America, and a Growing Problem Worldwide

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La Via Campesina El Salvador has had the highest rate of femicide in the world, with 2, 250 between 2010 and 2013. Guatemala has the third and Honduras the seventh highest rate of femicides.   In Guatemala, only 2% of murdered women's cases were investigated in 2013 and likewise in Honduras less than 2% were investigated.  For cases that somehow make it to court in Guatemala, 90% of defendants are not convicted. It is much the same in El Salvador.  In 2014 alone, between January and October, over 300  bodies of young women between the ages of 12 and 18 years old have been found in unmarked common  graves.

Another 5,000 Farms Disappear Under Conservatives

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New Democratic Party OTTAWA – New numbers from Statistics  Canada reveal that the number of farms in  Canada continues to decline.     “In just one year, almost 5,000 farms of all sizes disappeared from the Canadian landscape. We need to act now to help farming families and protect our local food system,” said Agriculture critic Malcom Allen (Welland), “With food prices going up, the last thing we need is less security in our food supply.”   Earlier this year, New Democrats raised the alarm that less than a tenth of farms are operated by an owner under the age of 40.     “Conservatives are turning a blind eye as our rural economies suffer. We need to give our family farms the support they need before they disappear,” added deputy critic Ruth Ellen Brosseau (Berthier – Maskinongé).   – 30 – For more information, please contact: Véronique Breton, Press Secretary, (613) 408-1483 or  veroniqu...@parl.gc.ca   http://www.ndp.ca/news/ another-5000-farms-dissappear- unde