Ontario Morning Podcast February 22nd 2024
Amidst dwindling labor shortages and high production costs, many small-time farmers are looking into other ways to keep up with the economic turn. Some have looked towards offshore help, while others have begun to adopt a more robotic approach. Adrian is a dairy and cash crop farmer who has transformed his aging animal barn into a Robotic Cow Barn. We spoke to him in Cochrane, Ontario. As the family doctor shortage crisis continues in the province, health units are finding new ways to get the care patients need. The Prince Edward Family Health Team will be opening a new community clinic for those without a family physician, by using a staggered operational model. This comes as a response to the family doctor shortage crisis that continues across the province. Barinder Gill, the Executive Director for the Health Team, spoke to us about the new initiative.The Progressive Conservative government introduced the Get it Done Act. Political watchers say, there’s not a lot of surprises in the so-called omnibus bill. Robert Benzie, the Queen's Park Bureau Chief for the Toronto Star, joined us to discuss the new bill. At the end of this week, Ukraine marks its second anniversary at war. Two years since Russia launched its full scale invasion, tens of thousands of civilians and soldiers have died. The war now appears to be a stalemate and the future looks uncertain. Andrew Rasiulis, a Fellow with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, spoke with us about the grim situation.