The press conference following Royal Assent of Bill C-18 in the House of Commons was like a cross between a New Years party and an awards ceremony for the farmers that support marketing choice.   There was cheering, shout-outs and thank you speeches. To say that many in the room were excited would be an understatement…. Read More

The recent ruling by Justice Douglas Campbell stating that Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz “breached his statutory duty” by proceeding with Bill C-18 before holding a vote among eligible farmers is raising some questions about law vs politics. Judge Campbell’s ruling puts the Canadian justice and political systems at odds and in some murky waters. The… Read More

The topic of supply management has been raised in the news recently. A number of different media outlets have been examining the issues surrounding it and whether or not we would be better off with or without it. So far, all answers to those questions tend to depend what area you work in and whether… Read More

Talk about supply management and whether or not it should fit in Canada’s future continues to find a place in our media. To be honest, whenever I see a link for a National Post article relating to the system for dairy, poultry and eggs, I have a hard time clicking since I can usually guess… Read More

Macleans Magazine website has been surveying the general public on the future of supply management. With Primeminister Harper suggesting that all things are on the table, the media has really picked up the debate on the future of supply management in Canada. Vote in the Macleans Poll With Harper suggesting taht everything is on the… Read More

Today’s Canadian corporations are held accountable by their shareholders and a solid corporate governance structure. No doubt one might think the CWB as a corporation is a responsible corporate citizen in Canada. It has a policy to which all its directors sign yearly to uphold standards of governance where fiduciary duties are to work in… Read More

With the recent ruling by the World Trade Organization declaring elements of the U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling program to be unfair, Canadian livestock producers feel that the first steps have been made in restoring exports lost when the program began. While Canadian producers applaud the move, there is an underlying skepticism that this decision… Read More

The major story on every beef industry radar was last weeks WTO ruling in favour of Canada with regard to the U.S. Country Of Origin Labelling legislation. The resulting effect on the market……meh. The fact is, the entire industry is awaiting the U.S. appeal and the looong drawn out process to begin again. It’s a… Read More

With Bette Jean Crews not seeking re-election for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture Presidency, there were three contenders for the the Presidency.  The candidates were Mark Wales, Don McCabe and Wayne Black.  Both McCabe and Wales were Vice Presidents with the OFA this past year. In an incredibly close second vote, Mark Wales edged out… Read More

Forget about the fact that the CWB’s SteamRoller campaign cost $1.4 million from the POOL account, forget about the fact it won’t stop the Ritz government and forget about the fact most farmers struggle to see the point.  The real problem with tha campaign was brought to my attention while I was in Toronto this… Read More

 

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