The Council of Canadians PEI Chapter will hold a Public forum on water, NAFTA and supply management on Tuesday, October 10, 7 p.m. at the Rodd Charlottetown, Kent Street, Charlottetown.
Maude Barlow, Honourary Chairprson of the Council of Canadians, author of Boiling Point, her latest book, will speak on government neglect, corporate abuse, and Canada’s water crisis including PEI’s.
Doug Campbell, District Director of PEI National Farmers Union will address water issues facing Prince Edward Island including the new PEI Water Act, drought, climate change, and the moratorium on high capacity deep water wells for agricultural irrigation. Doug will also discuss Supply Management as it relates to trade deals.
Scott Sinclair, trade expert and senior researcher with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives will give an overview of what’s at stake for Islanders and Canadians in the current NAFTA negotiations.
The Public Forum is free and everyone is welcome. There will be an opportunity for public participation.
Leo Broderick, Chair of the Council of Canadians is urging Islanders to attend. “We are at a critical time on PEI as we face increased pressure from Cavendish Farms and PEI Potato Board to have the moratorium on high capacity deep water wells lifted. Our water is still being contaminated from agricultural pollution. As well, supply management is threatened by trade deals including NAFTA. Islanders need to know the facts and take a stand. This public forum will help.”
Nouhad Mourad, chair of the Council of Canadians’ PEI Chapter will be the moderator and Eliza Knockwood will open the Public Forum.
The Region One annual convention was held on August 7 in Milton, Prince Edward Island. NFU members from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island enjoyed a full day of presentations and discussion – and a tasty meal provided by the team at the Milton Community Hall.
Ayla Fenton, National Youth Director, provided an overview of new farmers in Canada. There were reports from Regional Director, Reg Phelan, Youth Director, Philippe Gervais and Women’s Director, Shannon Jones.
Supply Management and the North American Free Trade Agreement (and its upcoming renegotiation) was the subject of a panel discussion, with Rosalind Waters of the PEI Trade Justice Network, Doug Thompson, Dairy Farmers of PEI, and Everett Baker representing labour/consumers. Chris and Mary Mermuys presented some detailed information about recent land acquisitions by off-Island investors. And Jean-Eudes Chiasson and Ayla Fenton gave a report on the recent meeting of La Via Campesina in the Basque Region of Spain.
Shannon Jones, Regional Women’s Director
Philippe Gervais, Regional Youth Director
Ayla Fenton, National Youth Director
Rosalind Waters of the PEI Trade Justice Network
The Region One annual convention will take place on Monday, August 7th at Milton Community Hall in Miltonvale Park. With guest speaker, Ayla Fenton. Ayla will also participate in a youth retreat on the weekend prior to the convention.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Milton Community Hall and the meeting is expected to conclude at approximately 4:00 p.m. The registration fee of $20 per person includes the noon meal. For information about the convention, including childcare, call Reg Phelan at 902-961-2428. Both PEI Agriculture Minister Hon. Alan McIsaac and Federal Agriculture Minister Hon. Lawrence MacAulay have been invited to address the gathering.
“Farm operators are slightly older and there are fewer farms in Canada than in 2011, but farms are on average larger and more area is devoted to crop production according to the results from the 2016 Census of Agriculture.
Over the next six weeks, articles digging deeper into different aspects of Canadian agriculture will be published with further analysis of census results.
The number of farm operators declined from 2011 while the average age continued to rise. However, the proportion of operators under 35 years of age edged up for the first time since 1991. Despite the increase in the average age, only 1 in 12 operations reported having a formal succession plan laying out how the operation will be transferred to the next generation of farmers.”
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