Bill 148 and Increased Minimum Wage

Bill 148, a significant labour bill called “The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017,” includes a number of proposed changes to Ontario’s labour laws. Arguably most controversial among them is a proposed sharp increase to minimum wage, pushing it from the current $11.40/hour to $15/hour by Jan. 1, 2019. The biggest jump would be from…

Celebrating Ontario’s Young Farmers

Last night marked the first of four Farming Under 40 Barbeques to be held this year by the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario. The CFFO hosts annual summer barbeques across the province to celebrate young farmers and their families. Agriculture provides an environment where young people can make an impact in their industry everyday. This…

Canada 150

Tomorrow, we celebrate the nation’s 150th birthday. Canada has grown into one of the best nations of the world. Social programs, health care, freedom of religion, and public safety all make Canada a great place to live and raise our families. In Canada, we have the opportunity to pursue our dreams for life and business.…

A Defense of Supply Management II

Last week I discussed the logic and benefits of the supply management system. This week I want to explore some of the criticisms that have been voiced in the media recently. For example, some commentators suggest that supply managed sectors are inefficient. Most business owners involved in capital-intensive sectors, like farming, are actually very focussed…

In Defense of Supply Management

It never ceases to amaze me how certain topics will hit the news and, over the following few weeks, it unexpectedly becomes open season on that subject. Countless experts come forward with a similar story or complaint. The most recent example is the criticism of the most successful marketing system farmers in Canada have. I…

Local Food: More than What’s on Your Plate

We’re at the tail-end of Local Food Week here in Ontario. Local Food Week promotes the importance of supporting your local economy by purchasing food products that were farmed close to home. When you buy, eat or cook with local food, you are supporting not just your neighbouring farmers but also your community. Local Food…

The Ontario Municipal Board is Replaced

Last month Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro announced the end of the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) and introduced its replacement, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal or LPAT. The main reasons for the change are to give more decision-making power to the municipalities and to speed up the appeal process. Both are valid reasons. The new…

Public support enables public trust

The recent political debate over supply management may seem unexpected to many. You might argue that it’s something of a niche issue, so it’s surprising that Maxime Bernier has made abolishing it a major plank in his Conservative leadership campaign platform. What do debates like this one over supply management mean for agriculture? The present…

Timing is Everything

Farmers look forward every year with hope to a new growing season. Each year brings its own challenges and rewards. Last year we had record-breaking wheat harvests in some areas, while other areas suffered badly from the hot dry weather and drought conditions. This year is already proving to be a wet spring. In a…

What the Animal Activists Won’t Tell You

Although the activists at the courthouse on May 4th celebrated the dismissal of charges of mischief against the protestor who gave water to pigs in transport, in fact, that was only a small positive outcome for the protestors from the trial. The bigger victory for the activists was that this case raised a lot of…