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Friday, November 18, 2011



This Rocky Mountain big horned sheep appears to pose for visitors at the Logan Pass visitor’s centre, a popular stop along the Going-to-the Sun Road. It is thought that the ancestor of these sheep migrated across the Bering land bridge half a million years ago, with modern day species having evolved along two lines one of which is represented by this stocky, hoofed mammal. About one and one half times as large as a domestic sheep, the Rocky Mountain male sheep’s horns are as well a unique feature, weighing in at about 13-kilograms. They use their horns in head-butting battles to establish dominance over other rams, with the echoing crash often heard over a

kilometre away. (Source: Hinterland’s Who’s Who) Photo by Susan Quinlan

Group urges saving Canadian Wheat Board BY JAMIE WOODFORD

SOUTHERN ALBERTA Southern Alberta farmers descended upon the

parking lot at MP Jim Hillyer’s office Nov. 8 to rally against what they say is the federal government’s undemocratic action of dismantling the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB). “It never hurt us, why do they want to take that

away?” asked Wendell Wandler, a hard spring wheat and durum farmer based north of Picture Butte. He wants the wheat board to stay the way it is,

and for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to follow the law. “Sixty-two per cent of the farmers want to keep

the wheat board monopoly and 51 per cent of barley (farmers),” he said citing the farmer plebiscite held this summer. “Now 62 or 51 per cent, isn’t that a majority? Can’t (Harper) listen, or he can’t figure out what

51 per cent is?” Wandler said the CWB’s current system as a

single-desk works just fine for him. He worries farmers will get less money for their

wares should legislation pass that would strip the board of its monopoly. “I’m a small farmer; I’ll most probably lose a load

of money,” he said. “The grain companies are going to make money

and the farmers are going to have to sell it for as much as he can get, and hopefully, it’s going to be the best that he can get.” Wandler sold durum recently at $4.05 per bushel

even though the CWB has projected the price will likely rise to about $9.37 by the end of the crop year. Wandler never worried about getting cheated financially through the board. “I don’t have to worry about my money or my grain,” he said. “I sold my grain last year at a lower

price than what they sold it for. I’m going to get that back.” However, next year, should the law go through,

could be another story, he said. “(If) I sell my grain to Cargill for $7 or $8, I don’t

know what their prices are going to be next year. I don’t think anybody does because it’s going to be an open market, right? So they’re going to try to buy my grain as cheap as they can ... they’re going to make money off of my grain,” he said. “They’re going to say ‘Mr. Wandler, I feel sorry for you. Come Jan. 1, we’re going to give you $3 a bushel for what you sold us because we made that much money.’ That ain’t going to happen.” Bev Muendel-Atherstone, the NDP candidate for

Little Bow Constituency, was among the crowd of farmers and other supporters. She, too, noted Harper isn’t following the law. Continued on Page 3


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