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Protéger les terres et défendre les droits des producteurs : un devoir pour l’Union des producteurs agricoles

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L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) et Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie ont récemment signé le protocole qui entérine la seconde révision de l’entente entre les deux organisations sur le passage des lignes de transport en milieux agricole et forestier.

Il faut rappeler que les producteurs agricoles et forestiers bénéficient depuis 1986 d’une entente négociée entre l’UPA et Hydro-Québec. Cette entente vise à optimiser la localisation des lignes de transport d’électricité et des postes sur les terres, à réduire les impacts lors de la construction de ces infrastructures et lors des travaux d’entretien, et à compenser équitablement les désagréments et pertes de récolte occasionnés par l’implantation d’un projet donné sur les propriétés.

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Feeding the World: Beyond the GMO/Organic Dichotomy

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Rob Wallbridge

We should all recognize by now that “feeding the world” is much more a logistical and political challenge than an agricultural one. As a farmer, however, I spend a lot of time thinking about producing food economically, efficiently, and ecologically. Conventional wisdom dictates that genetically-engineered crops are a vital part of the overall solution, while organic methods are nothing more than a way to fill a niche market for affluent consumers. Is that assumption accurate? What is it going to take to meet production challenges?

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Will a Neonic Ban Save the Bees?

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Rob Wallbridge

As an organic farmer, I get lots of invitations to sign petitions to ban things like insecticides herbicides or GMOs. When I was younger, I used to sign these petitions and even share them with others, often accompanied with white-hot exhortations that others should sign them too.

More often than not these days, I find myself cringing a little when these passionate pleas cross my screen. The hot topic recently has been neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics), which are blamed by some scientists and activists but not others as a key driver of spike bee deaths. Predictably the views of many anti-chemical environmental NGOs range from scepticism to outright fear: a recent literature review by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (a European-based non-profit) concludes that their environmental impact is “impossible to deny”; the International Union for Conservation of Nature (an NGO with a similar ideological tilt) says neonics are responsible for bee deaths and “must be banned.”

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Subaru XV Crosstrek: Three Months In

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Jonathan Crowe

In early May we took possession of our new car, a 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek. Touring trim, manual transmission. In tangerine orange. (Yes, the colour is Jennifer’s fault.)

We’ve had the new car for three months now, and have put 7,000 km on it. What’s it been like so far? And how does it compare to our previous car (a 2004 Subaru Forester)?

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Pontiac dit oui aux GPS, non aux parcs

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Marie-Claude Pineau

En mai, plusieurs résidents ont demandé au conseil municipal de Pontiac d'aménager les parcs prévus au budget 2014. Le maire a répondu que l'argent n'était plus disponible et que les projets ne pourraient être réalisés dans un avenir rapproché.

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AUDIT REPORT IN MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC

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I am very pleased that Mayor Larose has properly exercised his rights by forwarding the audit report to Municipal Affairs and to UPAC(Quebec's anti-corruption agency); however, I am very saddened to read that the audit report from previous years had indicated there were some aspects of the municipal organization that should be reviewed and no corrective action had been taken by the previous mayor.  It is also very disheartening to learn that this kind of improper representation by previous municipal officials in the Municipality of Pontiac has resulted in the need for investigation by an or

Australians ask: What are we really burning?

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Katharine Fletcher

Devastation to biodiversity/wildlife during prescribed fires

My friends and colleagues at the Portland Field Naturalists’ Club (Portland, Victoria, Australia) sent me this video made jointly by them and another (Hamilton) Field Naturalists’ Club. Together, they created this hard-hitting, difficult-to-watch video, published June 24, 2014.
 
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