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Carruthers Creek MZO Request

Dear Minister Clark, We are writing to express our concern about a request from Pickering Council for a Minister’s zoning order (MZO) that would have a significant negative impact on the Carruthers Creek headwaters and 4,000 acres of prime (Class 1) farmland. We urge you not to grant the requested MZO for reasons outlined below. …

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Comments on ERO 019-1679 & ERO 019-1680

ERO 019-1679 Proposed Land Needs Assessment Methodology for A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  ERO 019-01680 Proposed Amendment 1 to A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.  Introduction The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) is an accredited farm organization representing thousands of sustainable family farmers …

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Response to Freedom of Information Request for FBR Numbers

Updated August 10, 2020 OMAFRA Notice of Decision. Sent July 14, 2020 foiaccess.omafra@ontario.ca To Whom It May Concern: As an accredited farm organization representing farmers across the province, the NFU-O is concerned about the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) request for Farm Business Registration (FBR) data. For the following reasons, we …

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NFU-O Statement on the Deaths of Two Migrant Farm Workers

In the past week, Mexican migrant farm workers Bonifacio Eugenio Romero and Rogelio Muñoz Santosa have died of COVID-19 in Southwestern Ontario.  They lost their lives to feed us and to provide for their families back home. The National Farmers Union – Ontario (NFU-O) is devastated by their tragic deaths. We extend our deepest condolences …

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Local Food Requires Local Abattoirs says NFU-O

The need for more regional meat processing capacity in Ontario has never been so evident. The closure of two of Canada’s largest beef processors due to an outbreak of COVID -19 infections amongst employees has made that clear. While the employees from those plants isolate themselves and try to recover, farmers who sell their cattle …

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