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Establish the FarmBelt to protect prime farmland

It is time Ontario properly protects our quickly disappearing prime farmland. The creation of a GreenBelt-esque protection for farmland would ensure that urban sprawl does not unnecessarily get built on top of the land that feeds us, and provides us with many valuable agricultural jobs. This would promote density and smart urban planning throughout the GTHA. It would also protect prime farmland from development applications, ...more »

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Protection of the Pickering Lands

WHEREAS the designated lands for development constitute prime Class 1 farmland and are adjacent to an ecologically sensitive urban national park (i.e., the Rouge National Urban Park); WHEREAS the loss of over 13,000 acres of prime farmland, the GTA’s healthiest watersheds and freshwater streams, and important natural habitat is indefensible; WHEREAS a clear business case for an airport or economic zone on the Pickering ...more »

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Chicken Quotas

I have recently gone into business locally-sourcing pastured, organic and antibiotic and hormone-free meats in Ontario and have been appalled at the problems family farms have in raising pastured chickens. They are not allowed to have more than 300 birds at any one time without buying into a ridiculously expensive quota program, forcing them to become factory farmers. Raise the number of chickens small scale farmers ...more »

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Create a Farmland Preservation Program

The importance of preserving farmland for agricultural purposes cannot be understated. Agriculture is Ontario’s largest economic sector, contributing over $30 billion annually to the province’s GDP. Farmland also benefits all Ontarians environmentally, as open space helps to regulate the climate and produce our local food web. Yet, much of Ontario’s prime agricultural land is located near towns and cities and will thus ...more »

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Implement Norfolk County's "ALUS" System Province-Wide

Norfolk County, Ontario has successfully implemented the Alternative Land Use Services Pilot Project (ALUS). ALUS is described as “a voluntary, incentive based project testing the concept of providing payments to farmers for returning marginal, environmentally sensitive, or inefficient farmland into native vegetative cover and wetlands. “ Originally developed by Manitoba’s Keystone Agricultural Producers, this program ...more »

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Invest in Food & WAter

Canada's largest employer is the Agricultural sector but our lands are at risk by quarry pits and urban sprawl. We need an act today protect our Agricultural sectors and watersheds for the long term because farming and food production is Ontario's leading economic driver and in the age of climate change, food production and source water protection will be more and more valuable to Ontario in the days ahead. To insure ...more »

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Education

Selling local produce for school fundraising

The Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food should be encouraged to continue and expand the pilot project started this fall called Fresh From the Farm as school fundraising. Rather than selling unhealthy food items such as chocolate bars or magazine subscriptions, schools would be encouraged to sell local produce such as apples, carrots, potatoes, onions, pears, and parsnips. Under the pilot ...more »

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End marketing boards for milk and other products

Onntario conumsers pay nearly double the price of dairy products than th eUS, all to help a handful or farmers, now agribusiness as the family farmers do not benefit. Australi and New Zealand got rid of their marketing boards, and became major exporters, where as we are not! Quebec gains more than Ontario from having a milk marketing board. This will help new people get into farming, as they do not have to pay for ...more »

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Go Green!

It is time for Ontarians to make history: green history! How? 1. Protect our farmland: only 5% of Ontario's land is suitable for farming and only .5 of 1% of Canada's soil is Class 1 agricultural. Furthermore, over 56% of Canada's Class 1 land has been lost to development (population, industry, and aggregate mining). 2. Protect our water: In 1 week, an aggregate pit can use up to over 11 million litres of water to wash ...more »

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Fulfill Leona Dombrowski's Promise

Leona Dombrowski promised provincial funding for the Tobacco Transition Program. The Federal government provided their 60%, the province reneged on their 40%. The tobacco belt has suffered greatly due to the lack of transition into new ventures. The counties of Elgin, Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Oxford and Middlesex need to have those tobacco jobs replaced. I know this idea won't be popular on this site, but it is ...more »

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