Strengthening Community: CFFO Policy Tour 2021
February 26, 2021 | Paul Bootsma
The theme of the 2021 Policy Tour is “Strengthening Community: Addressing the Human Side in a Crisis.” We are looking at ways to strengthen relationships, be it between employers and workers, between farm businesses and local consumers, or between community members, keeping connections strong to support one another through challenging times.
US-Canada Trade under the Biden Presidency
February 19, 2021 | Clarence Nywening
While it looks like the new Biden administration is more stable – and far more open to multilateral trade – the president is still committed to a “Made in All of America” agenda.
MZOs: Good Land Use Planning Takes Time
February 12, 2021 | Suzanne Armstrong
Changes to Minister's Zoning Orders enable the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to issue planning permits where municipal land use planning already exists. But the CFFO believes the best land use planning decisions are based on public input and local knowledge.
Labour Law Compliance for Temporary Help Agencies
February 5, 2021 | Ed Scharringa
The CFFO responded to recent Ministry of Labour consultations on temporary help agencies. Many farm businesses rely on temporary help agencies to fill labour gaps, depending on seasonal needs.
Ontario Meat Processing: Small Abattoirs and Big Opportunities
January 29, 2021 | Paul Bootsma
Ontario needs a healthy balance of large and small food processors to meet the diverse needs of producers. Meat & Poultry Ontario has developed a Growth Strategy that addresses opportunities in the meat processing sector.
Growing Ontario’s Food-Processing Industry
January 22, 2021 | Clarence Nywening
Most of us rely on global markets for many of the foods we eat every day. But Ontario needs a healthy balance of both large and smaller food processors.
Bill 216 Food Literacy for Students Act: Can We Make It More than a Cooking Class?
January 15, 2021 | Marie Versteeg
CFFO lent its support to Bill 216, which proposes that food literacy curriculum be included in Grades 1-12.
Grocery Costs on the Rise
January 8, 2021 | Paul Bootsma
In 2021, a family of four will spend close to $695 more on the same food they purchased in 2020. Will any of this revenue reach the farmer?
New Year Greetings
January 1, 2021 | Ed Scharringa
Knowing we serve a sovereign and omnipotent God gives us comfort, even as we look ahead to 2021 and the issues that continue to cause concern.
December 25, 2020 | Clarence Nywening
The Christmas story gives us much comfort. The story of the trip to Bethlehem teaches us that God is in control no matter how out of control the world may seem.