Rural Quality of Life

Promoting quality of life and vitality of rural communities

Op Ed – Detrimental Manitoba Budget 2021 takes far more than it gives
The National Farmers Union in Manitoba views the 2021 provincial budget as detrimental to farmers and its own citizens. The massive tax breaks to farmland may seem like an initial win to established farmers, but the long term results will proliferate a pattern that will be costly to the next generation of all farmers and rural communities. Agriculture received a mere 2% budget increase, which can be seen in the attempt to consolidate the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation delivery model and use digital technology as a replacement for local service, which moves crucial MASC further from Manitoba farmers. Read more
Indigenous, Environmental, and Agricultural Organizations across Saskatchewan call on the Province to halt the liquidation of Crown land
Indigenous, environmental, and agricultural organizations throughout Saskatchewan have come together to call on the provincial government to halt the sale of treaty land to private owners. Since 2007, the Province has auctioned off over 2 million acres of Crown land – totalling an area larger than Prince Albert National Park – with sweeping implications for Read more
Small Scale Farm Insurance in Manitoba – March 2021 Update
The National Farmers Union continues to be a part of efforts to help farmers who work on smaller scale land bases to be able to access affordable crop insurance programs. The NFU in Manitoba (Region 5) has been advocating on this issue for many years and may be on the verge of helping with changes Read more
Op Ed: Farmers’ Mental Health has Economic Roots
Charlottetown, PEI The Island Minister of Agriculture, Bloyce Thompson said this past week that more Island Farmers are reaching out for mental health support through the PEI Farmers Assistance Program.  He noted that the number of calls in 2019 was 140, increasing to 293 in 2020. Minister Thompson said navigating a hot dry summer during Read more
Submission to the Land Matters Advisory Committee
Presented to the Committee in Summerside, PEI, January 12, 2021 District I, Region 1 of the National Farmers Union is appreciative of the opportunity to appear before the Land Matters Committee. We will begin our presentation by familiarizing committee members with our organization. Formed in 1969 on the national stage, the National Farmers Union is Read more
Need for universal childcare subsidies and a national pharmacare program
Rural women are experiencing disproportionate pandemic-related economic disadvantages due to more precarious employment in jobs with no health benefits. A Universal Pharmacare program and a Universal Childcare Subsidy will have an enormous positive impact, particularly among women, who have been the most hard-hit. Read more
Cuts to physician funding devastating for rural Alberta
Rural communities face difficulties in attracting physicians. Getting doctors to set down local roots has been a vital part of creating sustainable rural healthcare. Physicians cannot make this commitment if they do not make enough to pay their bills. Read more
Pharmacare Now
In the wake of the federal election, our coalition of national and provincial organizations is calling on the new government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare. Our large and diverse coalition represents health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors, patients and academics from across the country. Within a minority Parliament, co-operation is more important Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Winter 2019
In this issue: Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, President Katie Ward, Women’s President Toby Malloy, Youth President Stuart Oke; reports from First-Time Convention Attendees Introducing Jessie Macinnis, Youth Vice President; Riley Côté-Demerchant, Region 1 Board Member Resolutions passed at the NFU’s 49th Annual Convention, November 22nd to 24th, 2018 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Remembering Brendan Read more
UN Adopts Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas this afternoon, expressing the widespread support for the promotion and protection of human rights for an often neglected population. It was approved by a recorded vote of 119 in favour to 7 against, with 49 abstentions. Read more
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