The outcome of this industry crisis is not yet known, writes columnist Gordon Stock. “What I do know is that there continues to be a full court press to enable the travel of workers into Canada to secure a supply of fresh produce for the grocery shelves this coming season.”
In an age where it is easy for anyone and everyone to influence government through social media, having a single voice, even if representing thousands of fruit and vegetable farmers, is still only a single voice. Gordon Stock points out that government needs to demonstrate that it has heard from all sides.
Although the Ontario government had a shorter than normal fall season, Gordon Stock shares a multitude of files that required quick responses.
Ontario’s pesticide classification system will be aligned with the federal government writes columnist Gordon Stock. As part of red tape reduction, this move will streamline access to crop protection products.
Ontario’s legislature returns to business on October 28. OFVGA has met with the environment minister regardingwater-taking permits and environmental compliance assessments.
With the federal election underway for October 21, now’s the time to communicate about key horticultural issues to MP candidates.
With the federal election approaching on or before October 21, the horticultural industry is highlighting several issues. Provincially, one of the issues in focus is safe movement of machinery on roadways.
In a roundtable prior to the Quebec City meeting,OFVGA communicated the key priorities. They included financial protection, access to labour, crop protection, business risk management, trade and plastics.
Provincial issues such as the future of the Ontario Food Terminal continue to simmer over the summeragainst the backdrop of a fall federal election reports Gordon Stock.
The last official horticultural lobbying event before the federal election was held on May 7 in Ottawa. Besides a food policy for Canada, crop protection and financial protection for growers, other files are in play.