economy

What is it really costing us?

From the Guelph Mercury, Friday April 24, by Lilian Schaer: We must face up to the true costs of the things we consume The annual marking of Earth Day seems a natural choice for many of us to assess our environmental footprint and how we might be able to do more with less. This is […]

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Backyard chicken flap

Tough economic times and increased environmental awareness mean we’re seeing things we haven’t seen in decades. Things like the return of the laundry line, the resurgence of the vegetable patch and even the re-appearance of backyard chicken coops. Municipalities are generally encouraging of anything that promotes environmental awareness and sustainability – but some are drawing […]

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TVO’s Agenda focuses on innovation economy

I happened to catch TVO’s The Agenda on Monday night as I was flipping through the channels and noticed that it was the final installment of their “on the road” series. This one focused on the innovation economy and was hosted in Waterloo. Normally I wouldn’t really pay much attention to that, but this time […]

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Canadian farmers evoke consumer confidence

Canadians generally feel good about our food and the farmers who produce it, says a new study recently completed by Ipsos Reid. And although they are concerned about the economy and climate change, they’re confident in the safety of our meat, milk and eggs.

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Farming – solution to economic woes?

The following column I wrote was printed in the Guelph Mercury yesterday. Agriculture proving its worth in today’s economy There’s a lot of worrying and hand-wringing going on in Ontario these days about the economic mess we now find ourselves in – and just as much hand-wringing and worrying about how we’re going to pull […]

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An engine for economic health

Agriculture is the engine that can bring Ontario’s economy back to a healthy life – and there’s more to farming than just food. So says the National Post in an article published last week – which I happen to be quoted in, but that’s not really the point of this post (had to just slip […]

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New life for an old crop

Here’s an interesting follow up to a story I first posted on this site in May, 2008. At the time, I wrote about John Baker and his efforts to find opportunities for industrial hemp following a presentation he made the the annual meeting of the Eastern Canada Farm Writers Association.

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Agriculture on The Agenda

Here are a couple of photos from the taping of The Agenda on Monday night in Kingston. The show dealt with Ontario’s agricultural economy and was preceeded by a day long workshop – called AgendaCamp – of discussions on that topic.

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Discussing agriculture’s future at AgendaCamp

Discussions on the future of the agricultural economy in Ontario are well underway as about 100 participants are gathered here in Kingston today for AgendaCamp.

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TVO AgendaCamp on my agenda

The economy is top of mind with most of us these days – including TVO’s The Agenda. The nightly Ontario TV show is heading to Kingston this weekend as part of its “On the Road” series focusing on local economies in the province. And I’m going to be part of the fun.

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New president at Ontario Federation of Agriculture

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) elected Trenton ON-area farmer Bette Jean Crews as its new president at their annual meeting in Toronto last week. Crews, previously a Vice President of the OFA, takes the helm of Ontario’s largest farm organization during a time of turmoil in agriculture. Farmers have been hit hard with higher […]

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Tough economic times are farmers’ times

The following editorial was printed in the Guelph Mercury, November 27 2008. We are faced with a daily deluge of bad news — falling stocks, job losses, even the dreaded “r” word. Without a doubt, our country is sliding into some tough economic times that will mean change, turbulence and upheaval. Not a pleasant prospect […]

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Equal access for all – to high speed Internet

Those of us in the city take access to high speed internet not only for granted…but almost as a right in some cases! I certainly couldn’t imagine my life without it, and I’m sure I’m not alone. But not everyone is as lucky. Many folks across Ontario wish they could join the modern world and […]

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Lower food costs ahead

According to some experts, there IS a silver lining in the economic cloud – lower food prices. An article I just saw in the Toronto Star says that food prices have fallen in some countries and are likely to do the same in Canada.

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Do we care if it’s Canadian meat?

Do we care if our meat is made in Canada? It soon won’t matter, says a report by a Guelph-based agricultural think tank, because there may not be any.

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