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Agriculture dans la municipalité de Pontiac - Agriculture and farming in the Municipality of Pontiac

Urban sprawl is destroying Ontario’s farmland

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The view from midway up the Luskville Falls Trail in the Gatineau Park looking south east over the center of the Municipality of Pontiac, Québec.  (Image ©Thomas Souliére 2013)


By: David Suzuki and Faisal Moola
© Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. 1996-2015

Despite its huge area, Canada has relatively little dependable farmland. Good soil and a friendly climate are hard to find. So it seems like good news that on a clear day you can see about half the best agricultural land in Canada from the top of Toronto’s CN Tower. If we’re to feed our growing urban populations, having food lands close to where people live will be critical to sustaining local food security.

Some regions of the country, like the Golden Horseshoe surrounding Toronto, have been blessed with an abundance of Class 1 soils. But an increasing proportion of the best soils in the Golden Horseshoe and in most urbanized regions of Canada now lie beneath sprawling housing developments, highways, strip malls and other infrastructure. As urban communities have grown over the years, agricultural lands and natural areas have far too often been drained, dug up and paved over.

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Bilan de l'assurance récolte 2014 : région de l'Outaouais

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GATINEAU, QC, le 17 févr. 2015 /CNW Telbec
La Financière agricole du Québec dresse un portrait de l'assurance récolte 2014 pour la région de l'Outaouais. Ainsi, La Financière agricole a versé, en date du 9 février 2015, aux 43 entreprises ayant subi des pertes indemnisables, des sommes totalisant 197 000 dollars dont près de 178 000 dollars pour les céréales, le maïs et les protéagineuses. Pour l'année d'assurance 2014, 368 entreprises agricoles de la région étaient assurées au programme pour des valeurs représentant 19 millions de dollars.

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End the Food Wars: Let’s Fight for Understanding Instead

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Rob Wallbridge

I can’t really tell if it was the “packed with pesticides” or the “bashing mom bashes good” phrase that finally made me realize what was wrong.

It wasn’t long after I became active on Twitter that I began to question some of my long-held assumptions about GMOs and “conventional” agriculture. I had always been a critic of GMO technology, based on a broad range on concerns and backed by what I considered solid evidence and sound arguments. But on-line I found a community of scientists, farmers, journalists and others who were passionate about good research, sound reasoning and logical thinking on agricultural issues. And their conclusions were often at odds with mine. Seeing their evidence, I was forced to re-evaluate and modify a number of my positions.

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Urgence 07: Un incendie suspect ravage l’Entrepôt du Ranch

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Urgence 07

Secteur Luskville – Les pompiers de la municipalité du Pontiac, secteur Luskville, sont intervenus pour combattre les flammes qui se sont attaquées à un hangar-entrepôt, l’Entrepôt du Ranch, dimanche soir au 1927, route 148. Le bâtiment de 20 000 pieds carrés servait à entreposer différents véhicules comme des motorisés, autos, camions, bateaux, etc.

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Québec veut que les municipalités soient chargées du dézonage agricole

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Le gouvernement propose de réduire la portée de la Commission de protection du territoire agricole du Québec (CPTAQ), pour confier la responsabilité du dézonage agricole aux municipalités. L'Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) craint que dans ce contexte, les terres agricoles soient mises en péril. De leur côté, les MRC entrevoient des retombées positives.

Avec les informations d'Émilie Parent-Bouchard

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Where have Canada’s young farmers gone?

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Ralph C. Martin, PhD, P.Ag
Guelph Mercury

The Statistics Canada 2011 Census of Agriculture shows that farm youth are still leaving their farms. About 20 years ago, almost 20 per cent of farmers were under 35 and by 2006, less than 10 per cent of farmers qualified for this distinction. In 2011, only 8.2 per cent of farmers were in this energetic age category of enhanced mental acuity and physical stamina.

Let’s be clear that we’re not only talking about fewer farmers as farms increase in size. The point to emphasize is that as the overall population of farmers declines, young farmers are disappearing even faster.

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Le CLD des Collines-de-l'Outaouais veut connaître votre opinion

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L’équipe du Centre Local de Développement des Collines-de-l'Outaouais et la municipalité de Pontiac vous invitent à vous rassembler et échanger sur les enjeux, les priorités et les projets qui vous touchent.

La consultation publique aura lieu le 27 novembre 2014 de 19h30 à 21h30 à la salle du Club Lions, 2, chemin Ferry, Pontiac (secteur Quyon).

Venez donner votre opinion sur l’avenir de l’économie de votre municipalité. Nos actions pour les cinq (5) prochaines années doivent refléter vos besoins et vos attentes.

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The CLD des Collines-de-l’Outaouais Wants to Know Your Opinion

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The Centre local de développement des Collines de l'Outaouais team and the Municipality of Pontiac invite you to gather and discuss the issues, the priorities and the projects that affect you.

The public consultation will take place November 27, 2014 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Quyon Lions Hall, 2 Ferry Road, Pontiac.

Come give your opinion on the future of your community’s economy. Our plan for the next five (5) years should reflect your needs and expectations.

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Soaring farmland prices a crisis in the making: Don Pittis

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Don Pittis
CBC News | Canada

If you knew there was a very safe Canadian investment that skyrocketed by 20 per cent last year, you'd probably say that was a good thing.

But when the thing that's going up in value is farmland, Christie Young says it's a crisis in the making.

The latest survey by Farm Credit Canada shows the price of farmland in Quebec rose by a staggering 19.4 per cent last year. Nationally, Canadian farmland from coast to coast has risen by an average of 12 per cent a year since 2008. That's more than five times the rate of inflation.

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