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Animal Abuse is Never Okay

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by ModernMilkmaid

I never wanted to write this post. Sadly, I must address the recent undercover video by Mercy for Animals on a British Columbia dairy farm.

As an animal lover, I am disgusted and horrified by abuse or mistreatment of any kind. As a dairy farmer, I am sickened that anyone would hurt cows and calves.

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Academics Review: Selling the Fear of Organic Marketing

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Rob Wallbridge

It’s been a little over four years since I joined Twitter and a year since I started blogging. What I originally considered a way to share information about my farm has evolved into something that feeds my passion for informed discussion and logical debate. The farmers, scientists and bloggers I’ve encountered have radically altered the way I view the world and certain issues, GMOs in particular. Yet every once in a while, I am reminded that to be human is to be subjective, and that bias can lead people to accept flaws in one argument that they would not tolerate in another.

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Review: The Map Thief

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Jonathan Crowe

E. Forbes Smiley III was a well-known and well-connected map dealer, an expert who helped build the Slaughter and Leventhal map collections. Then in 2005 he was caughton videotape — stealing maps from Yale University’s Beinecke Library. Libraries he had frequented scrambled to check their own holdings and found additional maps missing. Smiley, who cooperated with the authorities, would eventually be sentenced to 3½ years for stealing nearly 100 maps from the British, Boston Public, New York Public, Harvard and Yale libraries, among others. The libraries believed he stole many more.

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La reconstruction de l'église Saint-Paul ne fait pas que des heureux

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La reconstruction de l'église Saint-Paul à Aylmer ne fait pas que des heureux.

Dans une lettre envoyée aux médias, le président de la Société de l'histoire de l'Outaouais, Michel Prévost, affirme que bien qu'il s'agisse d'une bonne nouvelle pour la paroisse, ce n'est pas nécessairement le cas au niveau du patrimoine.

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Another Crash on the 148

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Jonathan Crowe

One of Shawville’s pharmacists and his wife were killed in a head-on collision on Route 148 earlier this week. (Yes, he was our pharmacist.) In its coverage, CBC News identifies the portion of Route 148 between Luskville and Quyon as one of five dangerous stretches of highway in the Ottawa area, with nine fatal crashes between 2001 and 2011.

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The PQ Charter’s Unintended Consequences

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Jonathan Crowe

The Parti Québécois saw its Charter of Values a vote-getter, a popular measure intended to help it win the next election. Well, obviously it didn’t. The conventional wisdom during the campaign was that the electorate was more in favour of the Charter than against it, but the Charter was well down on the list of priorities. Since the PQ’s rout at the polls earlier this month, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Charter did the PQ more harm than good.

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WQSB Contracts Audited

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by Jonathan Crowe

The Pontiac Journal reports the results of an audit the Western Quebec School Board commissioned into its own procurement and contracting policies, this done in the wake of allegations of impropriety involving a WQSB director and a construction company.  But buried in the lede, and apparently unrelated to the O’Shea allegations, are revelations that contracts were done rather sloppily:

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Walmart and Organic Food: Help or Hype?

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by Rob Wallbridge
The Fanning Mill

According to a news release published yesterday and widely parroted around the web, Walmart is poised to takes its “lowest price is the law” approach to some of its organic offerings, promising to make organic food “affordable” to all. According to their own research, 91% of its shoppers would buy organic food if the price were the same. By partnering with the Wild Oats organic food brand, they plan to introduce a line of organic products priced the same as non-organic equivalents.

On the surface, it sounds do-able. As I’ve pointed out before, the organic premium is largely a factor of economies of scale in transportation, processing, marketing, and distribution, as well as the laws of supply and demand that allow all players in the food chain to earn a little extra along the way (whether they’ve incurred all that extra cost or not). This also means that the premium paid to the grower is rarely directly reflected in the retail price.

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Why I'm not an "Agvocate"

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by ModernMilkmaid

Advocating for agriculture is a worthwhile goal, no doubt. But who knows what being an agvocate means? Other agvocates. Your typical non farmer thinks you just spelt advocate wrong. The label serves only to identify yourself to others in the industry, most often those who farm the same way you do.

Lately, I’ve become frustrated and disillusioned with where I see agvocacy heading, primarily on twitter. Calling consumers ignorant, stupid, uneducated, brain dead, or scientifically illiterate for not understanding the industry is common. For many farmers, it’s the only life they’ve known.

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Organic farmer speaks out for GMO co-existence: Labeling might break impasse for the reasonable

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The emails usually start arriving in April. “Do you sell organic vegetable transplants for home gardens?” they usually ask because “I want to avoid planting GMO tomatoes and peppers in my garden.” That’s strange as there are no GMO tomatoes or peppers.

A few weeks ago, I received this helpful list of organic and non-GMO seed suppliers via Facebook, with the comment, “a ‘lot’ of seeds planted in gardens are ‘unknown’.”

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Frank O'Dea

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I watched Frank O'Dea on the news today:

In 1971 he was living in a flophouse, and buying wine with his buddies for 99 cents.  They would sit on their stoop and talk about how things would be different tomorrow.  They never were.

Today he is known as the co-founder of Second Cup.   He has a new book out "Do the Next Right Thing"

Sounds like an interesting read.

Here's a link to his webpage

http://www.frankodea.com/

 

Winter

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So, what kind of winter do you think we are going to have?  More snow and colder temperatures.  David Phillips of Environment Canada thinks it will be that way.  The Farmer's Almanac says a mild winter (???) and with less snow (??? again)

I'm going with more snow and colder temps.

 

Merry Christmas Pontiac!

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Thomas Soulière

In the Municipality of Pontiac, we are blessed to have such an amazing place to call our own.  Along with the beautiful scenery, we are also blessed by the scores of great people who call the Municipality of Pontiac their home.  The incredible history of this area, not well known to many, is an endowment that we today must protect and defend.  In the Pontiac, we serve as an example of linguistic and cultural harmony to not only the rest of Québec and Canada, but to the whole world.  Sounds lofty, but I will endeavor to demonstrate that very fact in 2014!

The traditions and heritage of this area are something I have come to understand flow from the people of this area and those who came before.  My own combined family history has my ancestors coming from all parts far and wide within the Outaouais Region, all the way to the tip of the Gaspé Peninsula around 400 hundred years ago.  An entire country was forged by the character of the people who built the Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais, . . .

Noël 2013 — Naissance d'une nouvelle tradition

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Bruno Alary

À l'approche du temps des fêtes, les usines géantes outre-frontières fonctionnent à pleine vitesse afin d'offrir aux Québécois des piles monstrueuses de produits bon marché fabriqués au détriment de la main-d'œuvre canadienne.

Cette année sera différente. Cette année, les Québécois doivent penser aux leurs, penser à tous les Québécois. Il n'y a plus d'excuse...

Language wars: Quebec unions share ‘horror stories’ of civil servants who used bilingualism to help citizens

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by Graeme Hamilton
Published 12/03/13 8:13 PM ET

MONTREAL — As hearings began Tuesday into Quebec’s proposed tightening of its language law, the main union representing provincial civil servants had some horror stories to share about life on the frontlines.

The details were so shocking that employees’ names and workplaces were withheld to protect them from possible repercussions, the Syndicat de la fonction publique et parapublique du Québec (SFPQ) wrote in a brief tabled at the National Assembly.

There was the perfectly bilingual clerk at Revenue Quebec who frequently meets people who are more at ease discussing their tax questions in English. The clerk prefers to go along rather than turn “a tax problem into a language debate” and possibly spark a complaint.

Ici, chez nous

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I l y a des gens qui, en décembre dernier, ont lancé l'idée de créer un «quartier francophone» à Vanier. Un peu comme le quartier chinois et le quartier italien qu'on retrouve au centre-ville d'Ottawa.

Ces gens étaient mal avisés, c'est le moins qu'on puisse dire. Et je ne me suis pas gêné l'an dernier pour leur dire rapidement ma façon de penser dans une chronique.

Have the amalgamation discussions gasped their last, dying breath?

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Since February of this year, every issue of the (Pontiac) Journal has published something on the topic of the MRC Pontiac’s study on the possibility of amalgamating some of its municipalities. Whether in the countless articles, letters to the editors, advertisements, and editorials, no other single topic in the Journal’s history has occupied as much newsprint space.

Pontiac: funeste fusion

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Dans le Pontiac, les francophones sont depuis plus d'un siècle menacés d'assimilation. Ils ne restent majoritaires que dans le secteur formé par les municipalités contiguës de Fort-Coulonge, Mansfield-et-Pontefract et Île-du-Grand-Calumet. Or, si la fusion envisagée des 18 municipalités de la MRC Pontiac se réalise, ce qui reste de francophonie dans l'ouest de l'Outaouais risque d'être mis en minorité pour de bon. C'est un scénario qu'il faut à tout prix écarter!

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