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soil- by Peggy Brekveld, Vice President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Farmers are dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of our land. It’s our business to maintain healthy soils that will ensure food production today and for future generations. Soil is one of our most valuable and irreplaceable resources. That’s why the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is...

rural communities- by Pat Jilesen, Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Doug Griffiths turned heads at the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s (OFA) recent annual general meeting with his presentation on “13 Ways to Kill Your Community.” Based on a best-selling book he co-authored, Griffiths addressed the...

parkinglotcrumble- by Anne Finlay-Stewart, Editor

This series  (Part 1 and Part 2) has been in response to questions raised by downtown business owners. Today's questions came from a residential taypayer and a library patron.

1. What does the City Manager propose to do with three-quarters of the DIA members' levy – the $180,000?...

DIAsign2- Anne Finlay-Stewart, Editor

There is a plan to close the Downtown Improvement Area (DIA) office, eliminate its staff and give three-quarters of the money its members pay  to the City of Owen Sound to pay for snow removal, parking enforcement and lot maintenance. The plan is being sold as essential to providing free parking in the city.  Here are some of the myths we've heard...

natureontarioThe Government of Ontario announced plans on November 15, 2018 to eliminate the office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) and transfer much of its responsibility to the jurisdiction of the Auditor General. This misguided decision effectively undercuts the power and independence of Ontario’s environmental watchdog.

The ECO provides...

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