The high price of cattle means fewer people can afford to purchase beef in store.

After record-breaking highs over the last year, the price of beef has now stabilized. With the discovery of BSE, or mad cow disease, in 2003, many cattle farmers struggled to turn a profit. Following over a decade of tough times for these farmers, the price of beef rose to a historical high in the last year.

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Alberta alone is set to lose $4.5 billion in oil royalties.

Crude oil is a global commodity, and a cornerstone of several national economies. In recent months the price has fallen drastically, below the $50 global threshhold for the first time since 2009. At home this translates to companies like Suncor cutting 1,000 jobs.

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Member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Susana Deranger, shares her stories about the leaking tailings ponds. Photo by Virginia Wright.

A toxic blend of water, clay and chemicals symbolizes the environmental footprint of oil sands production near the Athabasca River in Alberta. Tailings ponds cover 176 square kilometres and contain toxic, contaminated substances that are left once the oil is removed.

 

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iPhone taking photo of farmer's field.

Farming on your phone is not something that first comes to mind when you think of agriculture, yet farmers across the prairies are using smartphone apps more than ever in daily work on their farms.

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