If they awarded medals for best supporting role by a Canadian province in agri-food research, Ontario would win the gold, hands down. Despite tough economic times, Ontario continues investing in the sector that feeds us, provides recreation opportunities, keeps the environment healthy, and garners as much respect as medical professionals and emergency response personnel. The biggest commitment — about $75 million a year — is to the University of Guelph, from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. But other provincial ministries invest in agri-food research at Guelph, as well. I cover the latest investment in my Urban Cowboy column is today’s Guelph Mercury.

Speaking of gold medals, how about Sidney Crosby?