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Silver linings and steep fears over Monsanto-Bayer merger

By Denis Calnan      

Takeover could improve reputation of bio-tech companies in the agri-food industry, but could also shift costs to farmers and leave powerful intellectual property in the hands of few big businesses, experts say.

“I think its actually better for the entire industry to move forward on this deal. It would allow the industry to change its image a little bit,” said Prof. Charlebois, referring to the poor reputation Monsanto has for its role in Genetically Modified Organisms in the agriculture sector. Photograph courtesy of Waywuwei, Wikimedia Commons

The creation of a monolithic biotech company with the merger of Monsanto and Bayer could allow the industry to reinvent its negative image, but some say it is another step towards leaving bio-tech and genetics intellectual property in too few private hands, and could lead to higher input costs for farmers, say Canadian industry reps. The massive takeover is also just one of more mega-mergers on the horizon.

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Toronto ‘getting shortchanged’ on vaccine distribution, say some Toronto Grit MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan wants the Doug Ford government to publicly release the allocation criteria used for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in different regions of Ontario.

Bill to raise debt ceiling to $1.8-trillion advances to Senate

The Liberal government is planning to push the federal debt close to the new ceiling by 2024.

Liberals tight-lipped on labour standoff near party’s Montreal heartland

The government must keep workers on the job, say business lobby groups. The longshoremen's union says the Liberals should publicly rule out the use of back-to-work legislation.

Feds dole out millions for harm-reduction projects amid opioid overdose uptick

News|By Mike Lapointe
Nearly 2,700 people in Canada died from an opioid-related overdose between April 2020 and September 2020, according to the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses.

‘There’s so much at stake with this’: Liberal MPs want landmark federal budget focused on economics, not politics

News|By Abbas Rana
The April 19 budget ‘will be the election budget any way that you cut it,’ says pollster Nik Nanos of Nanos Research

Feds likely to be drawn into talks on standardizing use of vaccine passports, despite reticence to wade in

News|By Beatrice Paez
Barring residents who haven’t been vaccinated from travelling to another province may be the unlikeliest of scenarios, but Prof. Krishnamurthy says he sees certificates being used to confer benefits to pass holders.

Don’t miss out on getting vaccine, urge MPs, Senators amid concerns over rare blood clots

News|By Palak Mangat
The political instinct is to ‘accept no risk’ when solving a problem, but that’s not how the ‘real world of medicine’ works, says former emergency-room doctor and Liberal MP Marcus Powlowski.

Trudeau says eight million more Pfizer shots to arrive starting May, as Moderna halves April deliveries

‘We need to hang in there and hunker down for a number of more weeks,’ the prime minister told Canadians.

Appeal court overturns suspension of Canada-U.S. asylum agreement

Last July, a landmark Federal Court ruling declared the 17-year-old refugee pact violated the Charter. Today, the appeal court disagreed, and so the treaty will remain in effect.
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