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CFFO’s Balanced Approach to Advocacy

The CFFO’s goal in our farming advocacy is to take a long-term view of what is best for the whole of agriculture. We recognize that over time the party in power will change. Strong local relationships with MPPs, regardless of party, whether in government or opposition, are the foundation of our relationship to government as…

Showing Support for Canadian Farmers

Agriculture is one of the unique industries that both affects, and is affected by, everyone. Besides providing healthy food, farming has a direct effect on economic activity and the environment—both on farms and beyond the fields. When farmers adopt best environmental practices, we all benefit from not only the food and economic activity but also…

The OSPCA Act Amendment: It’s a Money Matter

On June 6th, Ontario passed the OSPCA Amendment Act (Interim Period), 2019, which will fill the gap in animal welfare enforcement left by the OSPCA when it quits the ground on June 28. Previously, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones had asked the OSPCA to continue its role while government develops new legislation, but the OSPCA declined.…

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…

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…

Bill 66 – Are Natural Resource Protections “Red Tape”?

The government has introduced Bill 66 in order to reduce “red tape.” While it is hard to argue with effectively removing unnecessary reporting and compliance measures, the kind of red tape that is to be removed with schedule 10 of the Bill, has sparked much controversy. Schedule 10 relates to the amendments to the Planning…

Embracing Change

If you want to see the world’s strongest man quake in his boots, say the word “change”; it is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of most.  We don’t like to change. We get settled into our norm and that’s the way we like it.  But, that’s not how the world works. We…

The People’s Perspective on a National Food Policy

Last week, the federal government released the What We Heard Report, outlining the results of its nation-wide consultation on a Food Policy for Canada. In 2017, Canadians offered an overwhelming amount of feedback through regional meetings, a national summit, written submissions, and an online survey (completed by 45,000 people). There is no confirmed release date…

Trade or Protectionism

It’s hard to believe that two neighbouring nations with the world’s longest unprotected border are in a trade war. When the US announced in March that it would impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, Canada had no choice but to retaliate. Who wins these standoffs? Somehow, it seems no one does other than perhaps…

Ontario’s Economic Outlook

Recently the provincial government released its 2017 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review which gives its perspective of the economy and the government’s plans. For the last number of years, the CFFO has been encouraging the government to fix its financial house first, before spending more money. Many have criticized the Government of Ontario for how…