Coronavirus: Animal activists protest working conditions at Cargill meat-packing plant

About 20 activists gathered outside the Cargill meat-packing plant in High River, Alta., on Saturday, protesting working conditions they call unsafe and exploitative because of the COVID-19 outbreak at the facility. READ MORE: Widow and children of Cargill worker who…

Canada’s meat industry expected to increase safety measures amid COVID-19

A group representing Canada’s meat-packers is expecting more changes in the coming months to make sure workers have protection from COVID-19. Chris White, president of the Canadian Meat Council, says $77.5 million earmarked by Ottawa for the food-processing industry will…

Canada’s food industry leaders say $252M aid falls short of need amid COVID-19

Canada’s injection of $252 million into farm and food processing sectors was met with mixed reaction from industry leaders Tuesday, as the struggle to maintain production and supply during COVID-19 continues. But it falls short of the $2.6 billion in…

Coronavirus may cause temporary meat shortages. But higher prices will last longer

Empty grocery store shelves have in some ways become synonymous with the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and the world. The outbreak has turned the food industry on its head. Lockdown measures and stay-at-home orders have Canadians buying up food items,…

‘Death is so real’: Immigrant group says meat workers afraid after COVID-19 plant closure

An organization that works with immigrants says the temporary closure of a large slaughterhouse in southern Alberta has left many among its largely Filipino workforce fearful for the future. Cargill shut down its plant just north of High River, Alta.,…

Worker from JBS meat packing plant near Brooks dies with COVID-19 test pending

Provincial health officials confirmed Wednesday that a worker from the JBS meat packing plant near Brooks, Alta., has died while awaiting results from a COVID-19 test.  “There are two additional deaths in Brooks in people with COVID (tests) pending, one…

Cargill plant shutdown does not mean COVID-19 risk is contained: High River mayor

High River Mayor Craig Snodgrass is urging vigilance from southern Albertans against the spread of COVID-19. He said that just because the meat plant is shut down, it does not mean the risk is going to go away. “This isn’t…

Officials to update COVID-19 situation in Alberta Wednesday afternoon

Posted April 22, 2020 1:37 pm Updated April 22, 2020 1:41 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Dr. Deena Hinshaw is scheduled to provide an update on the COVID-19 situation in…

Coronavirus: Employee at Cargill plant died within days of feeling ill, union says another is critical

The woman in her late 60s who worked at the Cargill meat plant and died from COVID-19 commuted daily to High River from her home in Calgary. When she left work on Thursday, nobody knew it would be her last shift.…