Lands Protection in the Legislature – November 23-27

The Coalition for the Protection of PEI Land is asking Islanders to contact their MLAs to let them know that how land is treated and managed matters.

It is our understanding that land issues will be discussed this week in the legislature. No doubt many critically important issues will be debated. If you are concerned about the land and the issues related to it, we ask that you contact your MLA and request that they stand behind those who will be speaking out for the land.

“From our perspective if you are not concerned, you should be. Here is why: The spirit and intent of the Lands Protection Act is being abused and it seems like the present and many past governments have looked the other way in order to allow large corporations to abuse it.

There were and still are many valid reasons that we need a Lands Protection Act, including:

  • abuse of land using unsustainable farming methods which results in low soil organic matter, tainted wells, ongoing fish/river kills, anoxic waterways, dried up rivers and streams, diminishing/disappearing wildlife, erosion, etc…land being sold without being properly advertised;
  • when large corporations with deep pockets buy the land, it boosts the prices up so high that young farming families can’t afford to purchase
  • each time the act is abused, it sends a message to those corporations that they do indeed have power over government and in turn, they have power over our future.

Please take a few minutes today to contact your MLA with your reasons for supporting our precious land.

It is so important for MLA’s who are concerned for the land to stand up and support those who are asking the right questions next week. Please share this request with others you know who care about what happens to land in this Province. Many thanks.”

Members of the Legislative Assembly contact information (scroll to find your MLA):
https://www.assembly.pe.ca/members
https://www.assembly.pe.ca/home

National Convention Nov. 26-28

In this year of Covid-19 the NFU National Convention is going to look much different than in past years. This year it will be a virtual convention, streamed all across the country.   The theme of the main Convention this year is Vision 20/20.  There are a good number of free pre-convention workshops planned and the main Convention itself will take place from Thursday, November 26 to Saturday, November 28, 2020 inclusive.  You can view the agenda for all of this on the National website which is nfu.ca/2020convention.

Kinkora Place in Kinkora has been booked for the main Convention days so that NFU members across PEI can have easy access to watch and participate.  In this way, we can get together as a group to be part of Convention.  Convention days will start at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27th and at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.  The keynote address will be given at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 26.  by Seth Klein, entitled “The Good War – Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency”.  The meetings will be projected onto a screen at Kinkora Place so you will not need a laptop, iPad, etc.  

Registration for the free pre-Convention webinars and for the main Convention can be made by contacting the National NFU office at nfu@nfu.ca or by calling 1- 306-652-9465.  Registration fees this year are $75 for members which include the farm family, farm unit and associate; $35 for youth members and $100 for non-members.  Consideration will be given if cost is a barrier to anyone’s attendance. 

NFU Presents to the PEI Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Environmental Sustainability

Edith Ling and Doug Campbell appeared before the PEI Legislature’s Standing Committee on Natural Resources and Sustainability on November 5, 2020. They shared the NFU’s concerns about Prince Edward Island’s most valuable resources, stressing the importance of recognizing the interconnection between the health of farming, and of land and water. They urged to committee to and the public responsibility of ensuring that land and water are utilized and protected for the good of all farmers and all Islanders. You can see their presentation on facebook here (or visit the PEI Legislature’s website here and search for the November 5 meeting) of the committee (the presentation starts at 1 hr 16 min) is or their read their entire submission here. Continue reading

NFU Region 1 Convention

Dear NFU Region 1 Members:

We invite you to attend the 2020 Joint NFU-NB Annual General Meeting and Region 1 Annual Convention on Sunday October 18, 2020 online.

The virtual meeting will consist of NB AGM business that will take place from 1:30pm – 2:30pm: a year in review, 2019 financial statements, elections and resolutions. After a short break Region 1 members will be invited to join at 2:45pm for resolutions. Resolutions form the foundation of our policy and guide our work throughout the year. Send resolutions to info@nfunb.org.

Additional virtual content will be available to all members, including a presentation by Darrin Qualman about ‘Tackling the Farm Crisis and Climate Crisis’ report.  A virtual farm tour provided by The Gilbert Family Farm will also be available for viewing.

This family owned farm has been operating for 60 years. Melisa Ashburne and Malcolm Gilbert raise beef cattle, they currently have 30 pure bred black angus cows; grow strawberries and pumpkins; and have an apple and pear orchard, with U-Pick open from late August to late October. When Malcolm’s father Tom bought the farm it had been a dairy operation, but he began with beef cattle and planting apple trees that the farm still picks from today. Since a young age, Malcolm was interested in taking over the farm, he planted their first strawberries in 1993 and has been growing them ever since.

We encourage all members to attend this regional convention. Your participation and input are important in our discussions and will provide direction for our region. We also encourage you invite interested farmers and your neighbours to attend.

ZOOM INFO – The link and phone numbers will be emailed to members. It will also be available on the NFU-NB Facebook page and website nfunb.org. If you require technical assistance during the meeting please call, 1-613-893-5416.

We apologize for the brevity of this convention and look forward to meeting in person in the future. See you on October 18th!

In Union,

Pierre-Olivier Brassard

NFU Region 1, District 2 Director

Where Your Money Goes Matters

By Douglas Campbell, published in the Charlottetown guardian, May 7, 2020

The National Farmers Union (NFU) and most Islanders were relieved when the federal and provincial governments took quick action to address COVID-19. The measures put in place helped curb the spread of the virus and saved many lives here in PEI and in other provinces and territories. The government spokespersons showed caring in addressing sincere messages to the people who are grieving the deaths of family members and friends.We are impressed by the speed and apparent efficiency with which the decision-makers set up emergency funds. Continue reading