The World Trade Organization (WTO) set up a dispute panel on Friday to rule on a U.S. complaint against restrictions in Canada's province of British Columbia on wine sales in grocery stores, a WTO official said
In advance of the Council of Federation meeting set to begin tomorrow, the Canadian Vintners Association (CVA) and its members are calling on the premiers to lift inter-provincial trade restrictions on alcohol. The group is also reiterating its support for Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister's call to his colleagues to end these restrictions.
Quebec operates about 400 stores through a government-controlled corporation and has a monopoly on all liquor and most wine sales in the province. Unionized employees are showing their displeasure with protracted contract negotiations and have voted to give their union executive the power to call up to six strike days.
Stephen Fuhr, Member of parliament for Kelowna Lake Country, spoke at the Canadian Vintners Association's annual general meeting, where he reaffirmed the Government of Canada's support for the wine and grape sector
Assuming TIME Winery passes its final inspections this week to obtain its occupancy permit, the business should be able to hold a soft-opening Saturday. TIME Winery's parent company ENCORE Vineyards also announced Wednesday the appointment of Graham Pierce as director of winemaking. He joins the company from Black Hills Estate Winery in Oliver
Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, announced a commitment of $8.4 million in funding to establish the Canadian Grape and Wine Science Cluster, a collaborative project which includes university researchers, grape growers and industry partners in Ontario, B.C., Quebec and Nova Scotia