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
Union Farmer Newsletter: January – February 2019
Farm Saved Seed Royalties: What you need to know – The corporate seed industry is lobbying the federal government to bring in new regulations under Canada’s Plant Breeders Rights Act to set up a system that would force farmers who plant newer varieties to pay a royalty every year even when planting farm saved seed. This Read more
Why the NFU is in court supporting federal jurisdiction over greenhouse gas pollution pricing
Click here to read the NFU's affidavit - The NFU’s intervention in support of federal jurisdiction over greenhouse gas pollution pricing is not an endorsement of the current federal government’s measures. Rather, the NFU recognizes that a national framework needs to be created through the principles of co-operative federalism, and this requires federal leadership and enforcement powers. Read more
NFU applies for Intervenor Status in Climate Change Constitutional Case
In April 2018 the government of Saskatchewan decided to challenge the federal government’s jurisdiction in regard to climate action measures, arguing its Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act reaches beyond federal powers. To date, the governments of Ontario and New Brunswick are intervening in support of Saskatchewan while the government of BC is supporting the federal Read more
Special Reviews of Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam Risk to Aquatic Invertebrates
NFU submission to the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is pleased to provide comments on the Proposed Special Review Decisions PSRD2018-01 and PSRD2018-02 regarding Risk to Aquatic Invertebrates from Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam respectively. Clothianidin and Thiamethoxam are neonicotinoid insecticides currently approved for use as seed treatment and/or foliar spray on many agricultural crops in Canada. The proposed Special Review Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2018
Restoring Resilience, Regenerating the Farm • Remembering Andreas Pfenning • Cultivating Communities: Three Experiences from the NFU • Fostering Conversations with New Canadians with an Interest in Farming • Voices from the Field - Terrylynn Brant: Mohawk Mother, Grandmother and Lifelong Farmer • The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing - Call for 2018 entries • UN Human Rights Initiative Supports Peasants, Family Farmers and Farm Workers • Letter of Solidarity to Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) Read more
“Polluter Pay” principle at stake as Supreme Court hears Redwater Appeal
Red Deer, AB— On February 15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the case, Orphan Well Association, et al. v. Grant Thornton Limited, et al., also known as the Redwater Appeal. Read more
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 ! Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more