CFFO Commentary

Adjusting our Care for Endangered Species

The government of Ontario has proposed changes to the Endangered Species Act, 2007, updating  it to reflect current public priorities. The changes are extensive and have drawn many responses from the public and various organizations, including the CFFO. In our response, CFFO focused on the government’s intent to “streamline approvals and provide clarity to support…

Animal Activism and Farmer Safety

The Crown’s recent decision to drop charges against an animal activist has fuelled frustration, fear, and action, in Ontario’s farming community. The activist, who video-recorded herself breaking into a barn near Lucan and stealing two pigs, belongs to a group that opposes animal agriculture. On May 1st, the crown attorney’s office in London dropped break-and-enter…

Adjusting the Balance

The concept of the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is a convenient short form for considering the infinite number of combinations of social, environmental and economic choices we might make in seeking to achieve our greatest wellbeing. We are forced to choose a TBL balance because we can’t have all we want. We face scarcity, so…

Mental Health Week: Awareness and Resilience in Agriculture

Next week, May 6-12, is CMHA Mental Health Week. Organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the week-long awareness campaign brings mental health and wellbeing into focus nation-wide, across communities, age groups, and industries. Mental health in the agriculture industry has been in the spotlight over the last few years. At the beginning of…

Gaining Consumer Confidence in the Agri-Food Industry

Ontario’s agri-food industry is moving forward with ways to strengthen and build its relationship with consumers. As consumers are more and more interested with what they eat and how it is produced, the industry needs to send a positive message. After all, the customer is always right. Last week Farm & Food Care Ontario hosted…

Easter Blessings

For those who know the Easter story, this weekend is a time of hope and encouragement. Christians around the world remember that Christ won the victory over evil. Those who place their trust in the message of Easter live their lives in response to this good news. Springtime often changes our winter weariness to new…

The Need for Informed Large Animal Welfare Enforcement

The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) withdrew its commitment to enforce animal welfare legislation on March 31. This leaves Ontario without a supervising body to oversee law enforcement in situations that involve animal welfare, including farm animals. Most farmers today do an excellent job of caring for their animals, providing…

The New Era of Carbon Pricing in Ontario

We all know the saying, “There’s nothing certain in life but death and taxes.” It’s hard to argue about death, but we all argue to no end about taxes. We argue less though, when we feel that a tax is imposed for a reason that we believe is good and if it is equitable. “Good…

Speak Up! But Listen Closely

This week, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario held its 2019 Annual Meeting in Waterloo. District Board members attended the meeting to represent their regions as voting delegates and to participate in our yearly Leadership Summit. Christine Wilkinson and Madeline Rodrigue of Farm & Food Care Ontario presented a Speak Up! workshop, which helps farmers…

Chronic Wasting Disease a Concern for Ontario

Last weekend CFFO staff attended the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters’ Conference on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) to learn from the scientists about the potential threat of CWD entering Ontario. CWD, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects members of the deer family, including white-tailed deer, moose, elk, caribou, and mule deer, among others. CWD…