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
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 email@example.com.
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!
NFU Region 1, District 2 Director
By Douglas Campbell
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is praising the Three Rivers Municipal Council for its care in dealing with issues relating to the Buddhist communities in the region. The Council voted to refuse a permit to Great Wisdom Buddhist Institute (Buddhist Nuns) for the building of a residence in Brudenell, eventually to be expanded to hold over 1000 nuns. It was clear that the center of concern for many participants in the Council meeting was greater than the building permit. There has been, however, a growing anxiety in the surrounding area and in other parts of PEI about what looks like unregulated land accumulation. The people at the Council meeting seemed to be intent on looking into what has the appearance of a hodge-podge of land acquisitions.
For people who may not be aware, the Lands Protection Act was put in place in 1982 by the then Progressive Conservative government of Angus MacLean. It was, and continues to be, a forward thinking piece of legislation with spirit and intent and laws to ensure that bonafide Islander residents retain the right to the ownership and use of their land. It was also to protect Island farmers from direct competition by processors. The act is entrenched in the Canadian Constitution. While Island land has always been a target of outside interests with deep pockets, the NFU believes the Act is more relevant than ever now as the world wide land grab escalates. Continue reading
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