District Newsletter – March 15, 2017

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Hello to all NFU members in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia:

District Convention – Plans are now almost complete for our District Convention which will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Milton Community Hall, 7 New Glasgow Road.

The location is at the intersection of highways 7 and 224 in North Milton. (Storm date is March 30). The registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the meeting getting underway at 10:00 a.m. Registration fee is $20 per person and will include a meal at noon. Financial assistance is available to any members who require child care that day in order to attend the meeting. Please call Edith Ling at 902-368-1262 about this if needed. Reports on the past year’s activities will be given by the directors and elections will be held for the positions of District Director, Women’s District Director and Youth District Director. The Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Alan McIsaac will speak to the meeting immediately after the noon meal. Following that, we will view the video, “Islanders and the Land”. This video, produced by Don Kossick, will feature P. E. I. farmers and will depict their concern for the preservation of farmland in this Province. A representative from the Workers’ Compensation Board will bring members up to date on the mandatory inclusion of farm workers under that program. Our keynote speaker, of course, is our National President, Jan Slomp. He will be speaking on the “State of Canadian Agriculture and What That Means for Rural Canada”. That is a very appropriate topic when we consider what is going on in this Province with regard to the grabbing of land, the possible closure of schools and the move to centralization in general. Resolutions will be considered during the day. If you have a resolution which you wish to have dealt with, please contact any one of the Resolutions Committee members. The following is the list of Committees for our Convention this year:

Resolutions Committee: J.P. Hendricken, Gordon Carter, Ranald MacFarlane

Registration Committee – Mary Carter, Vernon MacLeod

Nominating Committee – Reg Phelan, Darren Toombs, Muncey Gallant and Elwin Wyand

Elections & Credentials Committee – The Convention chairpersons Continue reading

Rights, Faith and Policy; a Public Forum on Migrant Workers’ Rights

Cooper Institute is holding an important event for the support of Migrant Workers in PEI and the Maritimes. Rights, Faith, and Policy: A Public Forum on Migrant Worker Issues will take place on Monday, March 27th, at 4pm at the PEI Farm Centre in Charlottetown: 420 University Avenue.

This event will bring together migrant workers, community organizations, faith groups, and provincial representatives to build capacity for action, policy, and solidarity on migrant worker rights.

The forum will begin with a panel discussion. Following the large group discussion, participants choose to participate in one of 3 concurrent streams. These streams address the 3 themes of the event:

  • Provincial Policies: the role of Provincial policies for migrant worker rights
  • Communities of Faith: Social Justice outreach with Migrant Workers – Hosted by KAIROS Canada
  • Community Solidarity: the role of organizations and individuals.

The day will conclude with a presentation of the strategies and next steps determined by each group.

Pre-registration is required; this event is free to attend, and lunch and snacks will be provided. Transportation support is available for migrant workers who wish to attend. Funds for child and elder care are also available upon request.

To register visit our EventBrite page, or contact Cooper Institute by emailing josie@cooperinstitute.ca or calling (902) 894-4573.


Nettie Wiebe on Global “Storming” and our Food System

Nettie Wiebe is on PEI to talk about food sovereignty and climate change at Cooper Institute’s annual social justice symposium, Saturday March 11, 1-4 at Milton Hall. (Everyone welcome!)

“It is up to farmers to change, but we only change our ways when you say to us: ‘Look, we want food that we know where it comes from and we know that the animals have been well treated and know that the land is taken care of. We want that kind of food,'” said Wiebe.

Read more here.