Tag: Oneil Carlier

Saskatchewan and Alberta announce funding leading up to CAP launch on April 1

The Alberta and Saskatchewan governments have announced funding for provincial programs under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). The five-year federal-provincial-territorial agriculture framework is set to begin this weekend (April 1), as Growing Forward 2 comes to an end. Alberta Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay was in Calgary on Monday, where he announced $406 million… Read more »

What’s next for Alberta’s farm and ranch sector: Minister Carlier

Since May 2015, when Alberta elected Rachel Notley and the NDP as its government, the province’s farmers and ranchers have had some adjusting to do. Legislative changes, such as Bill 6, have not been without controversy, but we perhaps haven’t seen the sweeping changes many feared. Still, farmers are dealing with depressed commodity markets and… Read more »

Bill 17 follows up on Bill 6, gives Alberta farm workers the right to unionize — Interview with Oneil Carlier

Last week, the Alberta government introduced Bill 17, the Fair and Family-Friendly Workplaces Act, which updates Alberta’s Labour Code and Employment Standards Code. Since the bill covers all workers in Alberta, it requires some further digging to parse out what applies to agriculture and farms. On Friday, Shaun Haney spoke with Oneil Carlier, Minister of… Read more »

Alberta Crop Commissions Discuss Unharvested Acres With Ag Minister & AFSC

Representatives from Alberta’s crop commissions held a conference call with Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier and senior officials with Alberta’s Agricultural Financial Services Corporation on Wednesday to discuss the need for intervention to help producers with the one million acres of 2016 crop still in the field. “Team Alberta” — the provincial canola, wheat, barley and… Read more »

Legislation Introduced in Alberta to Restore Non-Refundable Check-Off Option

The Alberta government has tabled legislation to once again give producer groups the option of making their check-offs non-refundable. Before 2009, the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act gave commissions the option of refundable or non-refundable service charges. Provincial beef, pork, lamb and potato commissions collected non-refundable check-offs until 2009, when the Ed Stelmach government changed the… Read more »

Alberta Boosts Loan Guarantee for Feeder Associations

The Alberta government is almost doubling its loan guarantee for cattle and sheep feeder associations in the province, following the record high cattle prices in 2014-15. Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier announced Wednesday that the guarantee limit in the Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program will be raised from $55 million to $100 million. “The cattle and… Read more »

TWORA — “No Thanks, Bayer,” No Natural Gas Ban & No Farmers Chairing Bill 6 Committees — May 26

Planting is in the home stretch, and ahead of normal in many areas as spraying season begins. Monsanto has said “no thanks” to Bayer and its $62 billion takeover bid, and Alberta’s government is facing another round of criticism over Bill 6 as it has unveiled the committees that will help shape the province’s new… Read more »

Alberta’s Ag Minister “Quite Proud” of the Balance of the Bill 6 Working Groups

Last week, Alberta’s government announced details on the Enhancement of Protection of Farm and Ranch Workers Act technical working groups who will bring forward recommendations on what standards will look like under the legislation. After waiting months for the announcement, many in the agriculture community are critical of the government’s plan, including who was or wasn’t invited to participate. The AgCoalition,… Read more »

Alberta Government Seeking Nominations for Farm and Ranch Safety Negotiations

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry has provided an answer to those wondering how it would even begin to select working group members for the next phase of consultations on the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act. As of today, the government will be accepting nominations for the positions. “Farming is more than a job, it’s a way… Read more »

FarmTech ’16 — Sorting Out the Details of Bill 6 — Ag Minister Oneil Carlier

The Alberta government is in the process of figuring out the details of its controversial farm labour legislation — Bill 6, which took effect on January 1st. “There are a lot of technical things that have yet to be worked out,” explains Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier in this video, filmed at FarmTech in Edmonton earlier… Read more »

Ag Minister Oneil Carlier — Will You Vote For or Against Bill 6?

The Alberta government’s omnibus Bill 6 would impact farms and ranches by making Workers Compensation Board coverage mandatory, providing Occupational Health & Safety regulation in agriculture, implementing new labor laws and giving farm workers the ability to unionize. While the bill would affect agriculture, some of the complications in the communication of Bill 6 details are due to the… Read more »

Alberta, Meet Your New Ag Minister: An Interview With Oneil Carlier

Big changes are underway inside the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, but the province’s new NDP agriculture minister says he doesn’t foresee any major shifts in Alberta’s agriculture policies. Oneil Carlier grew up on a family farm near Val Marie, Saskatchewan, a fourth-generation beef and grain operation now run by his brother. As a teen, he got a job… Read more »

Oneil Carlier Sworn in as Alberta’s Agriculture Minister

A former Agriculture Canada employee with more than 20 years of experience in the labour movement was sworn in as Alberta’s new minister of agriculture, forestry and rural development on Sunday. Oneil Carlier, who lives in Darwell and is the new MLA for Whitecourt-Ste. Anne, was chosen by Premier Rachel Notley to look after the ag portfolio. Originally from… Read more »