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Local business leaders and experts are calling for a provincial plan after Saskatchewan's decision to refuse to sign the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.

Each province and territory was given the opportunity to develop their own carbon pricing strategy and sign the Pan-Canadian Framework or face a federally imposed carbon tax in 2019. Saskatchewan will now have this carbon tax imposed.

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Federal Minister of Agriculture Lawrence MacAulay announces over half a million dollars in investment for pulse crop growers on Feb. 5, 2018 in Regina. Photo by Lynn Giesbrecht.

Saskatchewan farmers say the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food will need to do more than just invest cash to help local pulse crop growers struggling with tariffs recently imposed by India.

Lawrence MacAulay announced an investment of over $575,000 to help pulse growers do research and reach new markets.

“Growing new markets for pulses will take investment,” said MacAulay. “That is why I am proud to announce an investment of over half a million dollars to help Canada’s pulse industry explore new markets here at home and around the world.”

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This produce was grown without man-made fertilizers or pesticides. Under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency guidelines, any products with an organic logo must be at least 95 per cent organic. Photo by Jayda Noyes.

Eating organic food is usually a choice, but not for those who can’t afford it.

Sylvain Charlebois is a professor in food distribution and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He says on average, if consumers are buying from grocery stores, organic food costs about 17-20 per cent more than conventional food. Because of the increase in price, he says organic food is "economic discrimination.”

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Dewdney Avenue sign in Regina, Sask.

Five places in New Brunswick used to have something unsettling in common: their names all included the word “Negro.” On Feb. 28, which is also the last day of Black History month, the names of all five places were changed and the word “Negro” was removed, as part of a nation-wide trend to replace culturally offensive placenames. 

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