CFFO Commentary

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…

Canada Welcomes First Female Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

March 8 marked International Women’s Day, and people working in all aspects of agriculture joined in to celebrate the many women working in the industry. Stats Canada’s 2016 Census of Agriculture reports that “Women account for an increasing share of farm operators, rising from 27.4% in 2011 to 28.7% in 2016.” Although modest, this increase…

Canadian Agricultural Safety Week

This Sunday, March 10th, marks the start of Canadian Agricultural Safety Week (CASW), promoting on-farm safety awareness across Canada. This year, the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA) is celebrating Safe & Strong Farms, a campaign to “empower farmers, farm families and farming communities to build, grow, and lead the agricultural industry in safety and sustainability.”…

Fighting for Farmland

This week the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) responded to four proposals by the Province to alter the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. The proposals are aimed at increasing the supply and affordability of housing in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH), creating more jobs and attracting business. The Province is proposing…

Reducing Red Tape in Ontario Agriculture

As of late, the provincial government has been actively working to eliminate unnecessary red tape. The call came shortly after the Ford government won the provincial election, and their reduction efforts thus far have been given an A- rating by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in their Red Tape Report Card. Through their Open…

Cleaning up the Landscape

The recent Canadian Supreme court ruling which requires bankrupt oil companies to be held responsible for cleaning up inactive oil wells, is a welcome decision. When companies file for bankruptcy protection, paying off creditors was usually the only order of business. Now monies need to be committed to cleaning up their mess left out in…

Keeping our Eyes on the Prize: CFFO Provincial Pre-Budget Recommendations for Investing in Long-Term Sustainability

The Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario has weighed in on the next provincial budget this week with three major recommendations to Finance Minister Vic Fideli: (1) to provide provincial leadership for tax reform, (2) to invest in modern planning tools that will equip the government for making decisions that can generate both prosperity and sustainable…

Can the New Food Guide Dish up Good Agri-food Policy?

The release of Canada’s Food Guide on January 22 was, predictably, followed by hot debate. The Food Guide has a long history of being contentious, and although government asserts that the newest version is based on science, which some debate, critics seem more concerned about its wider societal implications. The 2007 version was criticized as…

CFFO Policy Tour

Agriculture continues to become more sophisticated, with new technology on the horizon and science helping farmers to understand how soil, plants and nutrients all work together more and more. Then there is the understanding of long-term consequences of our actions today and how it affects next year and years later. It seems the more we…