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New grain-terminal plans

INVESTMENT in the Prairie grand-handling infrastructure is continuing with Viterra Inc.'s announcement it intends to build a new high-throughput grain terminal with 30,000 tonnes of storage capacity at Ste. Agathe.

The facility will be built near the company's canola-crushing operation and be able to load 124 railcars with access to both CN and BNSF rail service.

Kyle Jeworski, Viterra's North American president and CEO said, "This significant investment we are making in southern Manitoba is another excellent example of our commitment to continuously evaluate and optimize our asset network for the benefit of our customers."

It's part of a capital-investment surge going on throughout the Canadian grain industry.

This spring, CWB (formerly the Canadian Wheat Board) committed about $35 million to build two new terminals -- one near Portage la Prairie, the other near Saskatoon; earlier this year Viterra announced construction of a new elevator in Kindersley, Sask., $100 million in enhancements of its Vancouver port terminal and another $20 million in upgrades to four other elevators in Saskatchewan; Cargill is increasing the capacity of its Morris. elevator by 200 per cent; and Richardson International said last summer it would spend $40 million upgrading its crop-input centres across Western Canada and $120 million expanding its Vancouver grain terminal.

 

Drone-to-door delivery

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

The ambitious program announced Thursday escalates Google's technological arms race with rival Amazon.com, which also is experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by its customers online.

Google Inc. has dubbed its effort "Project Wing." Although Google expects it to take several more years before its fleet of drones is fully operational, the company says test flights in Australia recently delivered a first-aid kit, candy bars, dog treats and water to two farmers.

Project Wing is the latest venture to emerge from Google's "X" lab, which also has been working on self-driving cars and several other innovations.

 

Report on StatsCan error

OTTAWA -- A report into an error in the July jobs report by Statistics Canada has made five recommendations to prevent future mistakes, including improved governance, testing protocols and diagnostics.

The report also called for improved documentation that can be reviewed when system changes are made and better communication between staff.

Statistics Canada was forced to correct its July employment report after a mistake the agency chalked up to human error resulted in the number of full-time job losses being overstated.

 

-- staff / news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 29, 2014 B14

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Updated on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:09 AM CDT: Corrects headline

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