Following meetings today with representatives from the grain supply chain, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that the Government is taking further action on early recommendations presented by members of the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG) t…
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Monday, February 3, to make a further announcement in support of Canada’s grain logistics system.
Canada announces support to boost economic growth, stimulate agricultural production and advance democracy in Africa
Federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Gerry Ritz and Quebec Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food François Gendron are announcing the implementation of a program to support animal welfare at slaughter. Funded through the bilateral agreement for implementation of Growing Forward 2, this program will help businesses comply with the requirements relating to the restraining of animals during slaughter, in order to eliminate the suffering of these animals while taking into consideration the concerns of Canadians regarding animal welfare. The program will be allocated a budget of $450,000 spread over three years, from 2013 to 2016.
Hands-on training to help address farm labour challenges
Diane Finley, the Member of Parliament for Haldimand-Norfolk and Minister Responsible for Southwestern Ontario, announced today, on behalf of her colleague Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, that the Harper Government is investing up to $512,700 into res…
Governments launch an innovative inter-provincial approach to insurance delivery
As part of the Growing Forward 2 (GF2) framework agreement, federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) Ministers of Agriculture made a commitment to encourage the development and implementation of new risk management tools for agricultural producers, in…
The Honourable Diane Finley, Member of Parliament (Haldimand-Norfolk) and Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario will be in Simcoe, Ontario on Friday, January 24th to make an announcement in support of Ontario’s asparagus industry.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be joined by Alberta Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Verlyn Olson, Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture Lyle Stewart, and British Columbia MLA for Cariboo-Chilcotin Donna Barnett in Camrose, AB on Frid…
On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) and Member of Parliament (MP) Mark Warawa (Langley) announced today an investment of over $2.8 million for the development of innovative p…
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today announced an investment of $15 million to Canada Pork International (CPI) to help strengthen the Canadian pork sector and increase access to both existing and emerging international markets.
On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux and MP Chris Warkentin (Peace River) today announced an investment of over $923,000 to the Peace Region Forage Seed Association (PRFSA) which will improve seed product…
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be in Calgary, Alberta on Thursday, January 23, 2014 to provide remarks at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry¿-Prescott¿-Russell) and Member of Parliament Mark Warawa (Langley) will be in Langley, British Columbia, on Thursday, January 23, to make an announcement in support of Canada’s berry industry.
Today Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Member of Parliament Kelly Block (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced nearly $4.2 million in funding for 27 livestock and forage research p…
For the second year in a row, the Province’s international trade and investment network and the British Columbia Wine Institute are teaming up to promote B.C. VQA’s award-winning wines and vintners at one of the world’s most prestigious food and bevera…
Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux and MP Chris Warkentin (Peace River) will be in Beaverlodge, Alberta on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 to make a funding announcement in support of the forage seed industry.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, will be at the Manitoba Oat Growers Association (MOGA) Annual General Meeting in Brandon, Manitoba, on Wednesday, January 22, to make an announcement in support of Canada’s oat industry.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today an investment of more than $1.5 million to Pulse Canada to lead a multi-sector collaboration project of the pulse, oilseeds and grains industries to improve supply chain efficiency and reliability.
Gerry Ritz, federal Minister of Agriculture, and Jean-Marie Claveau, MNA for Dubuc, on behalf of the Honourable François Gendron, Deputy Premier of Quebec and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, are pleased to announce financial support of $22,683 to build soil conservation works in the municipality of Saint-Honoré. This support is being granted under component 1 of the Prime-Vert Program, funded under the Canada-Quebec agreement Growing Forward 2.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Tuesday, January 21, to make an announcement in support of Canada’s grain industry.
Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and Élaine Zakaïb, Quebec’s Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec and MNA for Richelieu, on behalf of François Gendron, Quebec’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, are pleased to announce that Élevages Buffalo Maciocia is being provided $300,000 in financial assistance to produce and process water buffalo milk in Quebec. Implementation of this project is being funded by the governments of Canada and Quebec under the Support Program for Sectoral Development Strategies.
On Monday, January 20, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be available to speak to media via teleconference about his participation in the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture and trade meetings he held…
Federal Minister Gerry Ritz and Deputy Premier and Quebec Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food François Gendron are pleased to announce financial assistance of over $24,500 to two companies located in Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, for soil conservation projects. The projects will be funded under Component I of the Prime-Vert 2013-2018 program and the Canada-Quebec agreement Growing Forward 2
Today Saskatchewan Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart and Member of Parliament Kelly Block (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), on behalf of Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, announced nearly $7 million in funding for 46 crop-related research projects.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz today expressed the Government’s support for the Canola Council of Canada’s new strategy to expand production and grow markets.
On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) and Member of Parliament Chungsen Leung (Willowdale) announced today an investment of up to $2.65 million to the Canadian Food Exporters A…
Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux announced an investment of up to $422,000 to the Ontario Cereal Industry Research Council (OCIRC) to research winter wheat gluten quality. This research will benefit the Ontario wheat industry by identifying trait…
Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux, on behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will be in Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 to provide remarks at the Dairy Farmers of Ontario 2014 Annual General Meeting.
On behalf of Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz, Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux (Glengarry–Prescott–Russell) and MP Chungsen Leung (Willowdale) will make an announcement in support of Canada’s food and beverage industry on Wednesday, January 8.
Parliamentary Secretary Pierre Lemieux will be at the Ontario AgriCentre in Guelph on Tuesday, January 7th to make an announcement in support of the grain industry.
What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that:
For a’ that, and a’ that,
Their tinsel show, an’ a’ that;
The honest man, tho’ e’er sae poor,
Is king o’ men for a’ that.
- Robbie Burns
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of James Napier McCrorie on November 17, 2013. Jim (though always James to his mother) was born in Montreal Quebec in 1936 to Thomas and Margaret McCrorie, immigrants from Scotland. Jim is survived by his beloved wife and best friend Elaine (nee Cameron), and his children and their spouses whom he loved: Ian, Ann (Alistair Mackenzie), and Aaron (Carmen Abela). Jim was the very proud and loving grandfather of Nicole, Liam, Jenna, Kennedy. Reuben and Keira. An only child, he gained a clan-ful of siblings through the Camerons of Moore Park Manitoba – Don and Joyce Cameron, Niel and Marianne Cameron, Jean and Leo Kristjanson, Hector and Leonora Cameron. He is fondly remembered by all his nieces, nephews, dear friends and comrades of all ages and those who have described him as a second father.
Growing up in Montreal, Jim learned to speak joual and remained proud throughout his life of his ability to speak the working man’s French. He became a life long fan of the Habs and taught us all that Maurice “the Rocket” Richard was the greatest hockey player ever. Montreal remained dear to his heart throughout his life. Growing up he also learned to play the piano, and while he regretted that lessons and practice kept him from mischief with his pals, we all appreciated the magic his playing brought to many occasions.
All who knew Jim, will remember his love of the sea and trains. He came by it honestly – sailing across the Atlantic to visit his “ain falk” in Ayrshire at 16, working in the dining cars for CP Rail after high school and proudly serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. Throughout his life Jim would take the train while others would fly or drive and he had just booked his next big trip, Ottawa to Melville, when he passed away.
Jim studied sociology at McGill University and got his doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The opportunity to work with the Saskatchewan Farmers Union brought this city boy to the prairies which he came to love and provided the subject of his doctoral thesis – “In Union is Strength”. It was while working in Saskatoon that Jim’s friend and colleague Leo Kristjanson introduced him to Elaine Cameron. She eventually forgave Leo and married Jim in 1964 with a memorable reception at the Wright farm south of Saskatoon. Thanks to their love for each other (and Elaine’s patience) they enjoyed almost 50 years of happy marriage.
The chance to help build a new and teaching-centric program brought Jim to the newly established University of Regina in 1965. It was in Regina that Jim and Elaine raised their family – with two memorable yearlong sojourns in Scotland. As a father Jim instilled an appreciation of honest hard work, love of life and family and a social conscience in his children. And while life was busy he always found time to watch the kids play hockey, volleyball or football. The outcome did not matter, it was the effort that mattered. And as a grandfather Jim continued to teach these lessons and adored spending time with all of his grandchildren.
Jim combined a love of teaching and academia with the passion and conviction to change the world. For Jim, social activism and teaching were inseparable efforts to make the world a better, more socially and economically just place. There were victories and defeats, but the progressive struggle continued – in the classroom, through distance education and on the NDP convention floor. And where Jim wasn’t active, those he taught and mentored were.
As an academic, Jim took a particular interest in the social effects of North Sea oil development, the life and career of Scotland’s Roderick MacFarquar (“The Highland Cause“) and the experience of Canada’s Spanish Civil War vets. Jim was among those who played a leading role in establishing the Spanish Civil War memorial in Ottawa.
In the 1980′s, Jim took a break from teaching and became Director of the Canadian Plains Research Center. The job combined his deep love of the prairies with the opportunity to continue learning and teaching by reaching out to similar social and ecological regions as far flung as Nebraska and Kazakhstan. Jim finally retired in 1996, but remained active intellectually (“The Man in the Green Truck“), politically and socially.
Jim loved to talk with, not to, everyone. No matter where you came from, what you did, or how old you were he wanted to hear your story and learn from you. And while he was passionate in his convictions, he was respectful of those who viewed the world differently. Red-Clyde Marxists, Spanish Civil War vets, musicians, wary teenagers and former Progressive Conservative cabinet ministers were all welcome at the McCrorie dinner table.
Jim loved to tell stories, sometimes more than once. And he had a great sense of mischief and fun. Supper time, hogmanay, the Brigadier’s lunch, family reunions, visits and all those other occasions that Jim loved so much will sadly be a touch more sedate without his stories, gentle jokes and infectious laugh.
We loved Jim and he will be missed. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Dr. Paul Schwann Centre’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Chronic Disease Prevention, Management and Risk Reduction Program at the University of Regina (3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4S 0A2) or the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives (500-251 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X3).
Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at www.regina-memorial.ca. Arrangements entrusted to – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/montrealgazette/obituary.aspx?n=james-mccrorie&pid=168122304#sthash.YvwW1aLR.dpuf
It was a very sad moment to hear of Jim’s passing.
Jim was truly a mentor to all of us who had the privilege of being his friend through his life.
As young students he taught us what radical sociology and critical thinking were all about. Jim reflected the struggles of people from the crofters of Scotland, to the farmers of Canada as social movements for us to learn from, and to appreciate as people’s histories.
With a wry Jim McCrorie smile and humour, he would tell us what really happened in the governance of the land from Tommy Douglas to today.
He was unremitting in his socialism – but with a Scottish pragmatism – looking at outcome as well as theory.
Jim was an inside out person. He lived what he believed – never forgetting his class background – recognizing the education of many to understand the economic and social forces that shape us… as the road to a better world.
Thanks Jim for what you gave us. And as you said and wrote ..In Union Is Strength. Viva Jim!
Don Kossick in Mozambique, November 18th, 2013
A traditional Gaelic social gathering, which involves, music, dancing and story telling.
In honour of James N. McCrorie
Saturday, November 30th 2013
Edna May Forbes Lecture Theatre
2900 Wascana Drive