Résultats pour le hashtag #agriculture

  • #agriculture Initiates,studies. Bullshit. When are we going to start doing things to protect and enhance the lives of Canadians ? What have we been paying Ministers and Scientists for, for all these years ? To sit around and come up with buzz words and lessons on how to dance around issues ? It’s my money you are spending avoiding doing…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Indeed, one can ask if the convenience of chemically disposing of milkweed is as important as elimination of all the bees do for us. Lobbyists want to “rid” us of supply management and compare US oranges with Canadian apples. The national question should be does elimination of supply management lower and stabilize prices for Canadian (not…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Enough questions. Concrete ACTION…PERIOD.

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        • Citizens of Canada deserve to know what, who, when, where, why and how: Harper took action, concrete action, all the while refusing to tell citizens the answers to their question, Are his results, the result you demand? LPC needs to win the election; explain to me what actions you recommend to achieve Step One? Why would anyone vote for you if you…[En afficher davantage]

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          • So you are comparing what the liberals might achieve against what Harper has done.? Let me expand on my over zealous comment. I expect concrete action I do not advocate the actions of a Dictator like Harper. I expect that governments know much much more than they tell us. Accountability is a nice dream but it is hampering progress. Do you think…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Be that as it may. Mr. Harper’s “clients” also expect action and they get it. They tell him to support Republicans and he does, with advertising, exchanges of information, concrete support for the principles of voter suppression, etc. How do I know? My colleagues research and publish that I may be advised. As for beliefs, I retired a decade…[En afficher davantage]

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  • The Ajax-Pickering Federal Liberal Association has passed a policy resolution to Protect the Pickering federal lands. Minister Jim Flaherty and Ajax-Pickering #CPC MP Chris Alexander announced that the Conservative government intends to build an airport on this prime class 1 farmland in north #Pickering.

    This now goes for debate with Central…[En afficher davantage]

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    • I don’t know who thumbed you down, so I thumbed you back up. I agree with the concept of leaving agricultural land for the plants, not the planes. However, you are in a battle, I think, with those that want to preserve the Toronto Island airport from expanding further and taking “quiet jets”. But I also hear Toronto Pearson is to be…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Thanks for the thumbs up! :)

        The only ”study” is one put out by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority using data from the 70’s regarding needs. The report says that Pearson will soon reach capacity, but that’s not true.

        The problem is fundamentally that Pearson is under capacity and Hamilton International is under utilized.

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      • You’re forgetting about Buttonville which is being closed because the land is so valuable that they want to develop the real-estate. Buttonville is right on hwy 404 which links it to downtown TO. That’s probably why building an airport on these lands is deemed so necessary – they still need Buttonville, but private land developers can’t make…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Oh, you’re kidding! Well the good news is that all of that information can be used by both the anit-Pickering and the anti-Island activists, and you guys should probably have a meeting on how to work this together rather than allow the powers-that-be to divide you. Okay, activist hat off.

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        • Hugh: True! ” … private land developers can’t make money unless they shut down Buttonville and build the airport on less valuable land.” Two questions: I know why Mr. Flaherty feels duty bound to assure private developers make money but are Ontarians as duty bound? Secondly, does anyone feel nostalgic for our bent, mutilated and stapled mixed…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture
    I noticed one post that mentioned GMO didn’t get even one response. Definitely think it is an issue. I would like to see labelling of food containing GM ingredients as well as studies, paid for by promoters of GM foods (overseen by the government), that ensure their long term safety, not just in the human body, but in the ecosystem.…[En afficher davantage]

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    • There was a time, if we remember, when the idea that pesticides were benign was proclaimed by the companies that produced them, and by others. My grandfather, in the early years of their use, a fruit farmer, did not agree. His take was that just because the things didn’t kill you outright didn’t make them safe in the longer term. He was…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture There are a number of #food #policy initiatives under development including Canadian Federation of Agriculture (http://www.cfa-fca.ca/programs-projects/national-food-strategy), Conference Board of Canada (www.conferenceboard.ca/cfic/default.aspx), Food Secure Canada (www.foodsecurecanada.org), as well as numerous provincial &…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture #policy
    Another reflection on the last Wednesday’s telephone Townhall with Bob Rae. One of the callers placed the question: what was Bob’s position on the supply management? Bob hasn’t provided the answer. We heard that we need to have a debate and look at all aspects of the supply management. It’s interesting that the same week the…[En afficher davantage]

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    • It seems like many people here are against supply managment, and not to pass judgement on those commenting, but are any of these people farmers? I don’t mean to be rude or exclude or imply that they should be excluded, that is people from the city, but as it has been stated in other posts this is a complicated issue that has to be looked at in…[En afficher davantage]

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      • During our last convention in Ottawa, the term widely used by speakers was “Evidence Based Policy”.
        In this spirit, I would like to focus on the actual evidence we have on hand.
        We are assuming that we have tens of thousands small family farms benefiting from the existence of the system. Let’s look at the numbers. At the end of the Second World…[En afficher davantage]

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        • A similar historical process with fishermen eventually owing fish quotas came into being on the west coast. The fish quotas eventually were prohibitively expensive for young fishermen to buy into. The problem was too much gear chasing too few fish so a few lucky folks won the food production lottery. The sports fishery here on the west coast…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Well of course that is what you’d get from Andrew Coyne – the fact you presented don’t weigh against supply management – the same erosion of family farms has happened in the US. And the cost numbers you throw out can be seen in the direct subsidies the US gives its farmers. If you are using evidence based argument, you need to look at all the…[En afficher davantage]

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          • #supplymanagement
            Forty years since the SMS was legislated iin Canada is long time. It’s true that industry changed during this time and there is no comparison to the time when 135,000 family dairy farms required some kind of protection. Today’s 12,000 Canadian dairy farmers benefit from the monopoly offered by the SMS while those who want to…[En afficher davantage]

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            • Doesn’t that mean we should just fix or update it, rather than just discard it?

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              • #supplymanagement
                Yes, I think we should not assume that the only solution is to discard it. The problem is that we treat it as a sacred cow. Any talks about modifying or adjusting it are assumed to be an attack on the system.

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                • Jack,
                  I don’t want to labour this discussion – but do you not think we’d end up in a similar situation (oligopoly) if we eliminated the SMS – in fact i’d be surprised if we didn’t see even greater concentration and greater producer surplus going to the new agricultural trusts, probably none of which would be Canadian owned anymore.

                  I think we…[En afficher davantage]

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      • I live in a rural area; not a farmer but in the midst of many. Most policies should be revisited – including supply management to ensure that their not still in the horse and buggy age.

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  • #agriculture This is indeed a sensitive area that needs policy clarity on many fronts including research, planting, harvesting and the full range of future food products.

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  • #agriculture

    A landmark court battle was won by a Saskathewan farmer against genetically modified seeds on his farm. Recently there was a supreme court ruling in India on the matter too. We need to have policies regulating the use of GM seeds. The following article describes the hell one farmer in Canada went thru but won in the…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture #health #science Recently the media have been giving a lot of attention to the American cardiologist William Davis who is advocating the elimination of wheat from our diet in his recently released book “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health.” To put this in perspective wheat is the third…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture http://lifestock.ca/ A worthwhile event. Support the small farm.

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  • #agriculture
    It’s alarming. Viterra, the company controlling 45% of Canada’s grain handling market, is rumored to be a subject of takeover by the British giant Glencore ( http://tinyurl.com/79lta24 ). Previously Vitterra announced that elimination of the CWB monopoly would eventually add between $40-million and $50-million to Viterra’s annual…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture
    I was perusing the Globe and Mail, when I came across a story about the Canadian Taxpayers Federation and their Teddy Awards for Government Waste.

    The Federal Award Winner this year was a $284 Million plan to help ease tobacco farmers out of the tobacco business. While the program was wracked with problems and waste, I think it is a…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Producers of tobacco products would then be forced to import tobacco from other countries. It would also cause users of tobacco products to start growing their own, at home, in their back yard gardens. Tobacco grow-ops might also ‘crop’ up adding to the cost of enforcement. The last thing we need to do is give the federal government another way…[En afficher davantage]

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      • I agree with you Mr. Bridges….there are people who are going to smoke in Canada, regardless of the campaigns to stamp it out. I would rather see the few tobacco farmers who remain be able to make a living out of domestic consumption(and all the resultant spin off jobs) than see us have to import every last leaf of tobacco.

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  • #renewal #agriculture #aboriginal #copyright #environment #languesofficielles #health #internationaltrade #multicultural #royal #science #scitech #tourism #VET
    Here is a link to John Lennon’s song, Gimme Some Truth: http://youtu.be/aDDJeM5R4PM Knowing Harper enjoys the Beatles, Liberal MP extraordinaire Judy Sgro quoted this Lennon song…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture, We need to be helping our local farmers. To me,Agriculture is one of the most important resources that we have! We must create #policy that helps with funding and some form of tax break for all farmers. Also I think we should incourage young people to go into the field so we can keep Canada ”local” instead of buying outside the country.

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  • #agriculture:
    The Liberal Party must take a stand against GMO food & insist on labaling as a bare minimuyum, IMO.
    I have read that now that ‘Monsanto’ is appling to up the stakes with their ‘Round up’ ready strains of produce & have applied to allow ’24D’ in their arsenal in the USA.
    24D is a componet in Agent Orange.
    Do we want this in…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture I feel perhaps the federal government should provide support to Stars in Alberta and Saskatchewan. They save the lives of a lot of farmers. Also, discussions on the eradication of norway rats and controls on asian pine beetles would be wise.

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  • Given that a sustainable and secure food policy is a top rated Priority Resolution, that the family farm needs to be supported, and that the CFIA under the current Government is wiping out heritage breeds, thus undermining the depth of genetics in farm stock in Canada, I would ask that my fellow pro-rural Liberal members and MPs rally around…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture

    Roy, if you really think that the removal of the quota system is a good idea, you should think twice, without dairy quota canada would only have a few farms which are built like in the U.S,

    Just look at the E.U, farmers dump milk sometimes because its not even worth shipping.

    As well, removal of quota wouldn’t mean you would…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #economy #policy #agriculture #renewal

    I was disappointed (albeit not particularly surprised) to see today’s news release from the Leader’s Office featuring Frank Valeriote and Wayne Easter supporting supply management, thereby once again putting the interests of a small number of dairy and poultry farmers against the interests of 34 million…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Be careful what you wish for. Supply management is a tool to keep highs and lows out of the market place. You are talking about “oil price” swings by eliminating it.
      The highs and lows kicks out the little guy, which is happening out west with the Wheat Board. Give it 20 years and “big business” will own it all. Why do you think Mr. Harper is…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Hi, Rick.

        Actually, it’s not a matter of what I wish for; it’s a matter of equity for all Canadians. It’s not equitable for all Canadian consumers to pay vastly inflated prices to support (at most) 20,000 dairy farmers.

        We all know what this is really about. It’s about political pandering to the rural vote in Quebec and Ontario.

        The size of…[En afficher davantage]

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        • So we agree to disagree, you want the mother of three to pay $2.00 a litre today and $3.00 a litre tomorrow, then …
          while the milk industry slowly falls into 2 big corporations hands, where they control the quality.
          There is a resaon I grow my own food, I guess, I better add a cow and chickens to the list.
          Big business doesn’t do it better,…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Hi, Rick.

            I see you think that Canada suffers from being in an international market for oil. I dare say that’s not what most western Liberals think.

            Canada is a trading nation. Exports account for about 30% of our GDP. Freer trade benefits the Canadian economy. We don’t do ourselves any favours – either as a country or a Party – by clinging…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Mr Derrick, we have to get used to this. We will have big issues on the national stage that the party and the leader focuses on in the mainstream and then side issues like this that don’t have broad-based support but are important to people. We need to make sure we are strong on the big and the small issues. We message individually to small…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Hi, Tim.

        I’m amused by your presumption that you know more about politics, communications and public policy formulation than I do. However, if giving lectures on these topics makes you happy, knock yourself out.

        You are talking about tactics. I’m talking about strategy. If ever we had a chance to have a ‘re-think’ about how we approach public…[En afficher davantage]

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        • Roy, thanks for the response. I assume you were talking to me (Ray). I appreciate that you are passionate about policy and process both of those things are fundamental to the operations of a political party. We must have a clearly defined process for developing and implementing policy, feeding the results back into the membership.

          Vision and…[En afficher davantage]

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          • Thanks for your thoughtful and considered response, Ray. Sorry to have misnamed you in a previous post.

            Yes, I am interested in policy formation, strategic communications and bottom-up renewal of the Party. I was using the supply management issue to highlight what I think is about to become a missed opportunity for the Party.

            As others have…[En afficher davantage]

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    • Before dumping supply management, which is neither good or bad you would have to make sure that other countrys droped their subsidies to their farmers. This applies to all agricurtural trade, the USA and the EU dump hundreds of billions of dollars into farming at various levels. You get them to stop doing that, then you may have an argument to…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Hi, Richard.

        Thanks for your comments on the supply management issue.

        I see that we aren’t totally in disagreement. We agree that the matter can be complex. In fact, this is one of the reasons I believe we should begin to address the issue now. Dairy farmers will, almost certainly, require some form of assistance during a transition period…[En afficher davantage]

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  • #agriculture #policy I’m posting this here because I’m not really sure where else to post it, but can somebody please explain to me the Liberal position on the CWB? I get the issue of the plebiscite and the requirements of the Act for a democratic process, but outside of these process issues, is our position not just a “populist” support of…[En afficher davantage]

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    • I can tell you the loss of a body who’s sole purpose was to control prices and stifle competition is just a plain ole baaad thing no matter what party you are in. Farmers don’t want the wheat board buddy without it they can set their own prices. Have you been listening to wheat board propaganda ?

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      • Weather the WBC is good or bad is not the issues. The issues is how Steven Harper is rolling over the rights of a legitimate organization.
        If the farmers don’t want the WBC, than hold a vote, as the rules state.
        Other wise, you don’t care about democracy and what’s the next step. No elections at all for anyone!
        Canada Post, Air Canada, WBC. All…[En afficher davantage]

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      • My wife and I were discussing this over dinner. We concluded a couple of things: 1) farmers during boom times would probably get better prices on their own but worse prices during bust times, and 2) with world wide food shortages predicted, price control on wheat is as much about protecting Canadians from the price spike when the Chinese start…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Sang,
        The statement that farmers don’t want the wheat board sounds a lot like something Stephen Harper would say. I live in Southern Alberta and I know that there is no consensus amongst farmers on this issue. I don’t think I have seen an issue divide the agriculture comunity this much since the crow rate.

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    • Hi Tania,
      The Liberal Party’s position is simply this: we respect and support Western Canadian grain farmers’ right to self-determination when it comes to the Canadian Wheat Board.
      The elimination of the single-desk will have significant financial impacts for Western Canadian grain farmers, as well as for the economies of countless small, rural…[En afficher davantage]

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      • Thanks Andre et al,

        From my further reading, I appreciate there are divided opinions on this, even among farmers, and there isn’t expert consensus on a ”best” answer. In that light, the party’s approach seems a reasonable one, but not consistently or clearly translated in the media (shocking I know ;-))

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  • #agriculture Here’s an article that is food for thought(no pun intended)http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Canada%2Bfailing%2Bnurture%2Bfarm%2Bpotential/5656104/story.html

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