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Letter: Public Audit of Canadian Wheat Board’s Assets and their Disposition to G3

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January 20, 2016
The Honourable Ralph Goodale
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Dear Minister Goodale,
Re:  Public Audit of Canadian Wheat Board’s Assets and their Disposition to G3
The National Farmers Union was pleased to hear that you are looking into what happened to the Canadian Wheat Board and its assets under the previous government, as reported by the Manitoba Cooperator in November 2015.

Coloured Diesel for Food Production Not to Subsidize Road Maintenance says NFU-O

(January 14, 2016, Denfield) The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) would like to challenge the statement recently attributed to Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s new Environmental Commissioner (ECO), in which she called for an end to diesel fuel subsidies, including for farm fuel. Coloured diesel for agriculture is priced lower because it is taxed less – not because it is subsidized. The additional fuel tax the ECO would have farmers pay is used for building and maintaining provincial transportation infrastructure. Local roads are already covered by municipal taxes.

NFU-NB Calls on government to uphold independence of Office of the Chief Medical Officer

Fredericton (December 15, 2015) - The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is calling on the Liberal government for transparency and accountability with regards to the forced leave and termination of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eilish Cleary.

“The provincial government’s consideration of policy options, especially those that may impact human or environmental health, must be based upon sound, transparent science,” says NFU-NB president Ted Wiggans. “The termination of Dr. Cleary raises questions about the independence of the office of the Chief Medical Officer.  It is incumbent upon the government to directly address Dr. Cleary’s termination to insure that the citizens of New Brunswick continue to have confidence in the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer.”

UNF-NB demande au gouvernement de maintenir l'indépendance du Bureau du médecin-hygiéniste en chef

(Fredericton) - L'Union nationale des fermiers au Nouveau-Brunswick demande au gouvernement libéral de faire preuve de transparence et d'imputabilité en lien avec la démission forcée et le licenciement de la Dre. Eilish Cleary, Médecin-hygiéniste en chef.

« L'examen des options politiques par le gouvernement provincial, surtout celles qui pourraient avoir un impact sur la santé des humains et de l'environnement, doit se faire en fonction de données scientifiques solides et transparentes, » déclare Ted Wiggans, président de l'UNF-NB. « Le licenciement de la Dre. Cleary soulève des questions quant à l'indépendance du Bureau du médecin-hygiéniste en chef. Il incombe au gouvernement d'aborder directement le licenciement de la Dre. Cleary afin de s'assurer que les citoyens du Nouveau-Brunswick continuent à avoir confiance dans les recommandations du Médecin-hygiéniste en chef. »

Bill 6 a step forward for Alberta farms, says NFU

(December 4, 2015) The Alberta government recently introduced Bill 6, the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, which, if passed, will require farms with one or more paid employees to carry Workers Compensation insurance. The National Farmers Union supports Bill 6, which is currently being debated in the Alberta Legislature.
“By requiring farms that have one or more paid employees to carry Workers Compensation, the new law will ensure that both farmers and farm workers are protected,” said Doug Scott, NFU Region 7 (Alberta) Coordinator. “Farmers will not be vulnerable to lawsuits if a worker is injured on their farm.”
“The increased awareness of Workers Compensation as a result of this law will encourage more farmers to join the program themselves,” added Peter Eggers, NFU Region 8 (Peace River and BC) Coordinator.

Benefits of farmers’ workplace insurance are far-reaching

Op Ed by Toby Malloy
I have the good fortune of living and working in a rural community and I have also had the privilege of working with individuals and families whose livelihoods depend on farming and ranching. In addition to this, I am proud to be a member of a multigenerational farming family.
Over the years I have observed a trend in regard to farm related injuries and the economic and social ramifications for those who are not covered by workplace insurance. Needless to say, farming and ranching are labour intensive. The work includes a variety of repetitive tasks, risks and hazards. Most people who come to me for help after sustaining an injury do not have insurance.

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

An agreement to benefit multinational corporations

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an expansion of the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (TPSEP or P4) that was signed by Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore in 2005. Since then, the USA, Australia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Canada, and finally, Japan joined the talks. Canada already has trade deals with the USA and Mexico (NAFTA) as well as bilateral deals with Peru, and Chile.

Jan Slomp acclaimed as NFU President at 46th National Convention

(November 28, 2015) - Jan Slomp was returned as President of the National Farmers Union (NFU), elected by acclamation at its 46th annual National Convention held in London, Ontario, November 26 to 28, 2015.
Also acclaimed were:
             - Hilary Moore (Ontario) as NFU 1st Vice-President (Policy).
            - Coral Sproule (Ontario) as NFU Women’s President.
            - Toby Malloy (Alberta) as NFU Women’s Vice-President.

National Farmers Union 46th Annual Convention - Soil: Our Common Ground

(November 25, 2015) - Members of the National Farmers Union from all across Canada are meeting in London, Ontario, November 26 to 28 for the 46th Annual National Convention. This year, the theme is Soil: Our Common Ground. 

"As world leaders gather in Paris to discuss climate change, we as farmers are gathering to consider our role, and ways we can make a difference to global warming," said Jan Slomp, NFU President. "We see ourselves not as just producers of commodities - we are also stewards of biological processes that require us to do more than just maximize output. Carbon in the soil is money in the bank. We need to set up the next generation for success by adopting practices that work with biological systems to move carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into the soil."

Union Farmer Newsletter - November 2015

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  • Soil: Our Common Ground - 2015 Convention program highlights
  • TPP tips power balance in corporations’ favour
  • Soil health: farming to feed microbes - by Sarah Hargreaves
  • A statistical snapshot of Canada’s agriculture economy
  • Seed saving under the amended Plant Breeders Rights Act
  • NFU Membership Development Campaign Underway - by Aric McBay