May 7th, 2011
By KATE RUSSELL Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin May 3 2011 Ontario’s rural lifestyle and the future of food drew over 150 farmers, planners and economic developers from across the province to a recent rural economies forum. The farmland preservation forum called Renewing Rural Economies was hos...
Jan 23rd, 2011
By KELLY MCSHANE ORILLIA PACKET & TIMES January 22 2011Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop plans to give a voice to local meat processors who say they are being pushed out of business by ever-changing government regulations. ...
Jan 10th, 2011
…Somebody turned our places to eat; our most valuable food lands, into parking lots… That is what our Epitaph will someday proudly read unless we wake up and pay attention to what is going on all around us. In the U.S.A. according to today’s Jan 10/11 Los Angeles Times (see story be...
Jan 9th, 2011
By Jessica Leeder Globe and Mail Jan 05, 2011 – As crime sagas go, a scheme rigged by a sophisticated cartel of global traders has all the right blockbuster elements: clandestine movements of illegal substances through a network of co-operatives in Asia, a German conglomerate, jet-setting executives,...
Dec 28th, 2010
By Vik Kirsch, Guelph Mercury December 27, 2010 GUELPH — How well are farmers doing in the protected greenbelt around the Greater Toronto Area, the largest urban centre in Ontario?University of Guelph researchers hope to shed light on that next year, based on work now underway that establishes a base...
Aug 16th, 2010
A commentary by Grant RobertsonIt is now abundantly clear that the Harper government was never committed to working for the best interests of farmers, small business owners, communities and much of rural and small town Canada, and worse, that this government disrespects us and see us as little more t...
Aug 3rd, 2010
By Nickolas Rowe AWARE Simcoe July 29 2010 Many of us are concerned about the loss of good farmland to solar and wind energy projects. The question is why are farmers selling their land to these projects? The answer is that farming is close to collapse as a source of income for the mainly family [&h...
Jun 27th, 2010
Ontario Farmland Preservation is a group formed in response to a number of solar farm proposals in Simcoe County by Recurrent Energy, a corporation headquarted in San Francisco.Ontario Farmland Preservation flyerOntario Farmland Preservation websiteRecurrent Energy website Recurrent Energy projects...
Jun 13th, 2010
Phinjo Gombu Toronto Star May 12 2010A controversial Markham plan to become the first GTA municipality to freeze expansion on prime farmland to make way for a permanent food belt has been narrowly defeated after one last debate at council that ended late Tuesday.The final 7-6 vote in support of a sta...
Dec 20th, 2009
Martin Mittelstaedt Globe and MailTrent Hills, Ont. Friday, Dec. 18, 2009 Wendy Deavitt remembers the day in 2001 when she spotted her dream home in the country. At the end of a tree-dotted gravel driveway stood the farmhouse and adjacent horse barn that turned her fantasy about rural living into a r...