Archive: rural communities

Agricultural Fairs: Fellowship, Fun and Farming

This is the time of year, we begin to anticipate the changing of the season. The days are getting a little shorter and the first signs of leaves changing colour will soon be spotted. This is also about the time of year that you will notice that Fall Fair season is once again here. Local…

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…

The Power of the Rural Vote

As we come into the final week of the Ontario election 2018, this has been a dramatic campaign to watch. After three broadcasted debates, the parties continue to fight to win over voters in ridings all across the province. Based on current polls, it seems unlikely that we will see the same urban/rural divide we…

Political Will Necessary for Agri-food Success

Provincial elections take place on June 7, and campaigns are (unofficially) in full swing. This May, the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario is bringing attention to three key issues for farming communities: agri-food sector success, farmland preservation, and water stewardship. This week’s focus has been on agri-food sector success. In 2017, the Barton Report recognized…

The Value of Community

CBC’s “The Current” this week shared the stories of those dealing with the B.C. wildfires, including firefighters on the front lines, those who lost their homes and neighbourhoods, and a local mayor, who are all grappling with the impact of these fires. Listening to their stories, I was struck by the powerful expressions of community…

Vital Rural Communities – CFFO Policy Tour

The CFFO is concerned about the vitality of our rural communities. As farms grow bigger, the impact on rural society is becoming more evident. How can land use policy help with keeping a strong rural tax base, good rural infrastructure and services, while also keeping strong family farm businesses, opportunities for new farmers, and successful…