Government of Canada/Public Works — December 3, 2012

Harper Government Appoints Coordinator to Lead Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Efforts in and Around Riding Mountain National Park

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 3, 2012) - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) Minister Ron Kostyshyn today announced the appointment of Dr. Allan Preston to help coordinate enhanced bovine tuberculosis (TB) eradication efforts in and around Manitoba's Riding Mountain National Park.

"Our Government is committed to protecting livestock health and to providing Canadian producers with opportunities to market their animals and products," said Minister Ritz. "The appointment of Dr. Preston to lead Riding Mountain TB eradication underscores our commitment to animal health and will facilitate market access, leading to greater exports and increased profits for producers."

Dr. Preston will guide a multi-stakeholder working group to enhance ongoing TB eradication efforts in the area. The working group will include senior officials from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Parks Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, Manitoba Conservation, provincial cattle industry associations, conservation groups and First Nations.

"Our goal as a province is to continue our work with stakeholders in managing TB in livestock herds," said MAFRI Minister Kostyshyn. "Dr. Preston is well known to Manitoba farmers for his extensive experience and he will be a valuable addition to our efforts to detect, eliminate and prevent the spread of this bovine disease."

"We are pleased that governments have taken this important, coordinated step towards the eradication of bovine TB in Manitoba because they recognize the impact the disease is having on both cattle herds and wildlife," said Ray Armbruster, Manitoba Beef Producers president. "We welcome Dr. Preston as Coordinator."

Although progress has been made in managing bovine TB in Riding Mountain in recent years, the disease continues to be endemic in wild deer and elk, posing significant challenges for livestock producers in the area. Many producers are required to have their herds tested for TB periodically, in order to protect animal health and maintain market access.

Dr. Preston is a Manitoba veterinarian, and was formerly the Assistant Deputy Minister of Agri-Industry Development and Innovation Division for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives. He has extensive experience with bovine TB, having represented the Province of Manitoba on previous working groups and task forces.

For more information on bovine TB, visit www.inspection.gc.ca

Contact Information

Media Relations
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
613-773-6600

Jeff English
Press Secretary
The Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
613-773-1059

Elizabeth Soto
Cabinet Communications
Province of Manitoba
204-945-1494

Print

Latest Industry Press Releases

Updated 17:49 EDT, April 24, 2014  

Construction/Building

DIRTT to Release 2014 Q1 Results on May 12, 2014 (2014-04-24)

Toromont Announces Results for the First Quarter of 2014 and Regular Quarterly Dividend (2014-04-24)

Stantec executives to hold first quarter 2014 conference call (2014-04-24)

President of Contractors Association Eyes Retirement on the Horizon (2014-04-23)

Retrocom REIT Announces Date of First Quarter 2014 Financial Results Conference Call (2014-04-23)

Tree Island Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results and Conference Call Notification (2014-04-22)

Toromont to Hold Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders on April 25, 2014 (2014-04-22)

The North Front Limited Partnership Seeks Limited Partner Approval to Sell the Richmond Retirement Residence and Dissolve (2014-04-22)

Dresner Partners Announces Partnership With Richmond Virginia-Based Investment Bank (2014-04-22)

Empire Industries Reports 2013 Profit of $4.4 Million (2014-04-22)

Scotiabank Launches Enhanced Tool for Earth Day, Helps Canadians Save Money by Saving Energy (2014-04-22)

Pour célébrer le Jour de la Terre, la Banque Scotia lance un outil amélioré qui aident les Canadiens à économiser énergie et argent (2014-04-22)

RenoWorks Announces 2013 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results (2014-04-22)

NorRock Realty Finance Corporation Announces Private Placement and Update to Proposed Reactivation Transaction (2014-04-21)

Greater Toronto Realtors(R) Report Mid-Month Resale Housing Statistics (2014-04-17)

CanWel Building Materials Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results Notification (2014-04-17)

Black Diamond Group Limited Announces April Dividend (2014-04-17)

MOST POPULAR STORIES
TODAY’S TOP CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

These projects have been selected from 479 projects with a total value of $1,224,678,004 that Reed Construction Data Building Reports reported on Wednesday.

MULTI-RESIDENTIAL APARTMENT BUILDING

$31,000,000 Richmond Hill ON Negotiated

AQUATIC CENTRE ADDN, OUTDOOR RINK

$30,000,000 Brampton ON Tenders

OFFICE BUILDING

$30,000,000 Mississauga ON Negotiated

Daily Top 10