Region 8

Region 8 (British Columbia) stories and related info on the National Farmers Union website.

Producers need immediate action on BC’s meat processing crisis
The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed a meat processing crisis in BC. Abattoirs are critical for small-scale livestock producers, but provincial policy and regulatory structures currently prevent them from meeting the high demand for local, sustainable, and niche meat products. The critical shortfall in abattoir and cut/wrap capacity is making it impossible for farmers to provide
A vibrant small-scale meat industry for British Columbians
The Ministry of Agriculture has recently released an Intentions Paper on “Rural Slaughter Modernization.” We are very excited to see the MoA tackling the complex issues facing the meat processing sector in BC and welcome the opportunity to influence the thinking of the MoA as they work to address the critical policies, regulations, and financial
NFU leaders meet with BC Agriculture Minister
(Victoria) — Today, National Farmers Union (NFU) Youth President, Stuart Oke and NFU Region 8 (BC) Coordinator, Seann Dory, met with BC Agriculture Minister, Hon. Lana Popham to discuss the future of agriculture in the province. They shared the NFU’s recent report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis: A Transformative Strategy for Canadian
Katie Ward, Stuart Oke in Alberta and BC to speak about climate change
  NFU President Katie Ward will be in Alberta February 22 – 24. NFU Youth President Stuart Oke will be in BC February 24 – 28. Stuart’s tour is co-hosted by Young Agrarians. Among other topics, they will be talking about the recent NFU report, Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis:  A Transformative
National Farmers Union and Union Paysanne stand in solidarity with Unist’ot’en
Saskatoon, SK — The National Farmers Union (NFU) and Union Paysanne (UP) stand in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en camp against recent actions by Coastal GasLink Pipeline company that threatens Indigenous rights and sovereignty. The Unist’ot’en camp is a permanent, non-violent Indigenous re-occupation of Wet’suwet’en land which has been a means for members of the Wet’suwet’en
Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2018
Union Farmer Newsletter: January 2018

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Renegades Rewarded at Public Expense in Site C Dam Decision
Premier John Horgan's reasoning for continuing the construction of Site C is flawed. The new government’s decision to proceed sets a precedent for ignoring process.
NFU urges BC Government to deny approval of Site C Dam construction
Parksville, BC—The approval process for Site C Dam is in its final stages in the context of the ambiguous conclusions of the British Columbia Utility Commission’s (BCUC) Site C Final Report and support expressed by construction and hydro labour unions for continuing the project. "If approval is granted for construction of the Site C dam, it has the potential to be a disaster for BC," said National Farmers Union (NFU) Vice President (Policy), Jan Slomp of Courtenay, BC.
Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty
The Nanaimo and Capital Regional Districts and several First Nation funders are unhappy with the lack of progress made by the Island Corridor Foundation to re-instate rail service between Victoria and Courtenay with a branch line to Port Alberni.
NFU calls for Moratorium on Site C Dam
(Sept. 16, 2015) - The proposed Site C Dam on the Peace River in British Columbia would destroy lands that have provided food and cultural sustenance for First Nations for thousands of years. It would flood over 30,000 acres of fertile land in the Peace River valley, including over 7,000 acres of Class 1 and Class 2 land that is capable of producing an abundance of diverse fruits, vegetables and all kinds of other foods. Its long summer daylight hours combined with rich alluvial soils and the sheltered valley areas provide unique micro-climates and excellent growing conditions. The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is calling for a two-year moratorium on development of the Site C Dam. The Chiefs demand that the proposed project be referred to the BC Utilities Commission for a proper independent review, where testimony is done under oath and evidence can be cross-examined.