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Riverside Meats repeats as Lord of the (Sausage) Rings winner

Riverside Meats, a family-owned and operated meat processing firm in Corman Park near Warman, was crowned Lord of the (Sausage) Rings for the second year in a row at the third annual event in Osler on Thursday, November 9.

Eldon Wiebe of Riverside Meats with the Lord of the Rings championship trophy

In addition to winning the “Best Overall” championship, Riverside Meats also walked away with the awards for “Best Appearance” and Best Texture.”
The annual competition is designed to showcase the area’s Mennonite Farmers Sausage producers. A total of eight firms competed in the blind taste test, in which about 150 guests vote for their favourites.
Ideal Meats of Neuhorst won the award for “Best Flavour”, while Smokehaus Meats of Martensville won the “VIP award” for the second year in a row. The VIP Award is based on the votes of a panel of media representatives and mayors of area communities.
Firms competing in the competition also included: Carmen Corner Meats of Waldheim, J&J Sausage of Warman, Pine View Farms of Corman Park near Osler, Smokey Joe’s Meat Shop of Rheinland and Valley Meats of Gruenthal. Continue reading “Riverside Meats repeats as Lord of the (Sausage) Rings winner”

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Cannabis legalization coming too quickly, says Harwood

The federal government should dial back its deadline for legalizing recreational cannabis, according to Judy Harwood, Reeve of the RM of Corman Park and a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) advisory committee on the issue.

The federal government intends to enact legislation regulating cannabis by July, 2018

“There are still a lot of unanswered questions,” said Harwood in an interview. “The consensus among elected officials from municipalities across the country is that we’re simply not ready for this.”
The federal government introduced Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act, on April 13, 2017. The legislation is aimed at legalizing and regulating the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis. A companion piece of legislation, BIll C-46, would strengthen impaired driving laws in connection with cannabis use.
The federal government intends to enact both pieces of legislation by July, 2018.
But Harwood said that’s too soon.
“That deadline is coming very quickly,” she said. “It’s just a few months away, and there is a lot that has to be decided in that time. Continue reading “Cannabis legalization coming too quickly, says Harwood”

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