Events week of Jan 24, 2011

January 23rd, 2011

Hello Folks. This is a big week for the Guelph Chapter. I hope that you will attend some of the events.

Maude Barlow — Wednesday Jan 26th 7pm.

Maude Barlow will be in Guelph at War Mem Hall to talk about CETA and its lust for municipal services and procurement contracts of municipalities, schools and universities, public utilities, health sector, etc.

Thursday Jan 27th. The Food Security Roundtable .

The venue for the Food Security Roundtable on Jan 27th (1-4pm) is the Delta Hotel in Guelph. The Gryphon Room has been set aside for us and parking is free. 50 Stone Rd West (at corner of Gordon St and Stone Rd), 519-780-3700. Limited space but you will be able to observe if you contact us ahead of time.

MP Frank Valeriote will host the above event and is bringing two other representatives from the Agriculture and Agri-Business Committee in Ottawa: MP Carolyn Bennett ( a medical doctor and health critic for the Opposition) and MP Wayne Easter (agriculture critic for the Opposition). They will be here to listen primarily.

This has been organized because of the collapse of Bill C-474 (re protecting organic farmers from GE contamination of their crops). There are concerns that must be addressed regarding the industrial model of agriculture in order to strengthen food security. The event is being held to hear concerns and suggestions for proposed policy changes.

This Food Security Roundtable represents voices from sustainable , ‘buy local’, and organic farming practices who propose another path to food security. Concerns related to the biotech industry and the industrial model of agriculture, the impact on farmers, seed-savers, organic crops, monocultures, pollinators, water and the global south will be discussed. Notes will be taken back to Ottawa.

The groups presenting include

  • The National Farmers Union,
  • C-Ban,
  • Guelph Wellington Local Food,
  • Farm Start,
  • Ecological Farmers of Ontario Association, FoodSecureCanada,
  • Development and Peace,
  • KAIROS,
  • Wellington Water Watchers,
  • Transition Guelph, and
  • professors Dr Evan Fraser, U of G ( author – “Empires of Feast and Famine” ), Dr. Tony Winson, U of G (new rural economy and public policy), and Dr. Jennifer Sumner, OISE & UofG ( sustainable org. agriculture and social economy).

Friday, Saturday and Sunday  Jan 28-30th  The Organic Conference at the University of Guelph, University Centre.

We are sharing a table with Transition Guelph. Come and see us!

Norah  Chaloner  (for Guelph Chapter- Council of Canadians.)

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