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NFU District 1, Region 1 Annual Convention 2018

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 09:30 - 16:00
Our annual District Convention for Prince Edward Island will be held on 
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 
Milton Community Hall 
North Milton, PEI. 
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2017 -18

Request for Auditor General to Audit post 2012 spending on CWB

January 31, 2018
Michael Ferguson
Auditor General of Canada
240 Sparks Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G6 
Re: Request for audit of the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) and the Government of Canada Public Expenditures related to the CWB between December 2012 and today.
The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) was established by the Federal government in 1935, and from 1943 until 2012 it was the single desk-selling agency for wheat and barley on behalf of western Canadian farmers. In 1998 the governance of the Canadian Wheat Board was changed to provide democratic farmer control of the institution.

Union Farmer Newsletter - January 2018

  • OP Ed: Looking a Gift Card in the Mouth: What Loblaws’ price-fixing is signaling about the future for Canadian farmers
  • Op Ed: Renegades Rewarded at Public Expense in Site C Dam Decision
  • Op Ed: OmniTRAX not solely to blame for derailing Port of Churchill
  • More ways to be involved with the NFU!






Losing Our Grip - 2015 Update

Erosion of farmer autonomy and land ownership in Canada
In 2010 the National Farmers Union published a major report called “Losing Our Grip: How Corporate Farmland Buy-up, Rising Farm Debt, and Agribusiness Financing of Inputs Threaten Family Farms and Food Sovereignty”.  With our 2015 update, we are revisiting that report to see how the situation has changed.
Read the full Losing Our Grip - 2015 Update report
Download a PDF of the Executive Summary
Download French version: Executive Summary en français
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NFU Remembers Shiv Chopra

SASKATOON, SK:  The National Farmers Union (NFU) offers condolences to the family of Shiv Chopra, who passed away on January 7, 2018.  Many will remember him as the Health Canada whistleblower who was fired from his job for speaking out against the use of growth hormones to increase milk production in dairy cattle.
Peter Dowling was the NFU Region 3 (Ontario) Coordinator during that time. “In the 1990’s the NFU was deep into its campaign to stop the approval of recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) by Health Canada when we became aware of a small band of dissident Health Canada veterinary scientists who had grave concerns about the prospects of approving rBGH for use in Canada” recalls Dowling. “This was very exciting news for our rBGH activists.”

Op Ed: Looking A Gift Card In The Mouth

What Loblaw’s price-fixing is signaling about the future for Canadian farmers.
by Emery Huszka
According to the news, Canadians can look forward to a $25 Loblaw's gift card in response to George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s admissions to participating in an industry-wide bread price-fixing arrangement. While we all like something free, we are being bought off cheaply, and many of us haven’t even began to process the underlying environment that made such a small pay off possible.
For years, eaters have been paying too much for their bread. Many farmers have noted the systemic unfairness citing $6 for a bushel of wheat, which makes approximately 42 loves of bread that sell for $2 or $3 each.
Now, we are being offered a “gift” card as a settlement, and the responsible people are no longer with the company. Is that it?

Farmers and fishers stand together for Pacific fisheries reform

(December 21, 2017, Courtenay, BC) -- The National Farmers Union (NFU) stands in solidarity with British Columbia fishing communities and the Save our BC Fisheries Campaign. We call on the Canadian government to make urgently needed reforms to Pacific fisheries management and licensing policy. 
Currently, the Canadian government allows international investors and multinational companies to buy up fishing licenses and quota, driving out small-scale processors and community and family fishing businesses.

Op Ed: Renegades Rewarded at Public Expense in Site C Dam Decision

By Jan Slomp

When BC’s new government was sworn in last spring many hoped for a renewed respect for Treaty Rights and First Nation communities. The promise to have the BC Utility Commission report on the construction plans of Site C was encouraging. When the report was issued in October, there were even more reasons to cancel this ill-conceived project.

The reason the government of Premier John Horgan is using for continuing the construction of Site C is flawed. Cancelling construction of the Site C dam, they argue, would immediately add to the provincial debt, as the sunk costs would not allow for amortization, as there would be no assets to depreciate against.

Op Ed - Omnitrax not solely to blame for derailing Port of Churchill

By Ian Robson
For over 100 years, the Port of Churchill on Hudson Bay was the gateway to northern Manitoba and communities in Nunavut Territory. Served by 820 kilometres of railway line from La Pas, Manitoba, it shipped western grain to European markets until the Port was stranded, then closed and the hundreds of remote northern communities along the railway line were left isolated as the Port and railway’s private owner, Omnitrax, failed to repair the tracks after flooding in early 2017.
Despite the strategic importance of Churchill, North America’s only Arctic deep water port, the rail line from La Pas was never easy to operate. However, the severe problems of today are predictable results stemming from two catastrophic blunders made by the Canadian government.