NEWS BRIEF: Ottawa lays out $15M for Northern agriculture



Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau put down $15 million on Northern agriculture projects at an announcement in Whitehorse on July 8.
Appearing with Yukon MP Larry Bagnell, Bibeau discussed the Northern Isolated Community Initiatives Fund.
Under the fund, Northern businesses and communities are slated to receive $9 million to develop the sector in the region. Another $3.5 million will go to territorial initiatives, while the last $2.5 million will cover the fund’s implementation.

— Nick Pearce

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Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. He came from Prince Edward County, Ont., and obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Working in Yellowknife, he covers education-based stories and general news but has also taken other beats in the past, including city hall and entertainment. He is a champion of the printed word and the importance of newspapers. As a board member of the United Way NWT and Rotary True North, he believes in the importance of civic engagement and community building. He spends his spare time with his boxer Sharona. Simon can be reached at (867) 766-8295 and