In a recent study, UBC researchers Dan Durall and Mansak (Ben) Tantikachornkiat developed a technique that combines a process to identify the full spectrum of DNA in yeast and bacteria samples with a technique that distinguishes between live and dead micro-organisms.
Trade representatives from British Columbia and the United States met July 7 to discuss concerns raised in an April 29 letter signed by the trade representatives of the United States as well as Argentina, Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand and the EU. Together, the countries supply 97.5% of the wine Canada imported last year. By limiting supermarket sales of wine to B.C. product, B.C. has-in the opinion of Canada's trading partners-betrayed the country's international trade commitments under World Trade Organization agreements.
"From April through to July, we have seen a strong increase in winery visitations, and year over year winery sales continue to grow with the number of visitors coming through cellar doors," says Maggie Anderson, BC Wine Institute marketing director.
The change provides access to CIBC's national branch network, global alliances, a robust and secure electronic banking platform, foreign currency hedging capabilities as well as other sophisticated financial tools.
An interprovincial trade agreement between Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec allows the purchase of wine between the three provinces. On Friday, the three premiers announced an agreement making it easier to purchase Canadian wines that were not made in their home provinces.
The official statement announcing a new "Canadian Free Trade Agreement" (CFTA) is only 191 words long and omits any of those pesky details where the devil is reputed to lurk. Already the whiff of sulphur can be detected in talk of "exception" to protect "local interests." Truly historic moments rarely come with caveats.
Organizers said the festival, scheduled for Feb. 11-17, plans to assemble 100 international wineries and pour 1,600 wines in downtown Vancouver as part of Canada's 150th anniversary. Next year's theme is 'The Wine World Celebrates Canada', so wineries from British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia will gather.
Canada turns 150 next year and the Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF) has invited the wine world to the party. And the wine world has responded: the 2017 festival will feature more than 100 international wineries and about 75 Canadian wineries at Canada's premier wine show. The Canadian lineup includes wineries from British Columbia, Ontario and, for the first time, Nova Scotia. The 39th annual VIWF takes place February 11 to 17 and features a projected 1,600 wines from 16 countries; the theme is The Wine World Celebrates Canada. The winery lineup will be announced in the fall.
British Columbia's new interprovincial trade agreement with Ontario and Quebec will cut red tape for B.C. wineries and increase market access for the world renowned wines produced throughout the province.
The value of the transaction would be approximately USD$750million, with the addition of 4 manufacturing plants with a total of 5 furnaces in the United States, a research and development center of Flat Glass and 4distribution and fabrication facilities in Canada.