Immediate proclamation of key sections of new trespass and food safety act will better protect people and livestock transport drivers
Woodstock, Ontario (August 31, 2020) – In order to keep people safe, the Ontario government is making it an offence to stop, obstruct, hinder or otherwise interfere with a motor vehicle transporting farm animals. Today, the province proclaimed Section 6(1) and three other related sections of Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020. These proclamations will ensure the safety and security of the public and the provincial food supply while protecting the right for people to participate in lawful protests on public property.
“Stopping motor vehicles in traffic when they are transporting farm animals is dangerous for everyone, including those who stop the trucks, pedestrians, livestock transporters and other drivers,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). “As actions like this are on the rise and public safety is a top priority for the Ontario government, it is critical to bring these specific parts of the act into force immediately to ensure safety for everyone.”
These select sections of the act will come into effect on September 2, 2020. They will help keep truck drivers and members of the public safe from the risks posed from obstruction of vehicles or interference with livestock in transport.
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Learn more about Bill 156 at www.aboutbill156.com
Ontario’s veal farmers show appreciation to essential workers at Ontario veal processing facilities
Guelph, Ontario (August 18, 2020) – Essential workers at participating Ontario veal processing facilities were surprised last week with gourmet cookies for each staff member as a gesture of appreciation from Ontario’s veal farmers for their hard work and dedication during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the commitment of the veal processing facilities and their loyal staff, the Ontario veal supply chain continued to run smoothly. The plants incorporated new policies and procedures to take the necessary steps to protect staff and keep high-quality Ontario veal available in our communities and on the plates of consumers.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful time for everyone, and despite that staff came to work every day to keep the veal processing facilities operating and for that VFO is truly appreciative,” said Pascal Bouilly, Veal Farmers of Ontario (VFO) Chair. “Without their dedication, the Ontario veal industry may have had a very different story to tell,” he added.
Over 450 individually packaged gourmet cookies from a local County of Brant bakery were delivered to the processing facilities in mid-August to recognize the essential workers responsible for keeping Ontario’s veal supply chain moving.
“During this pandemic it was clear that the work our veal processing facilities do is a vital part of keeping Ontario veal available for our consumers, and we are grateful for all they have done to keep the facilities operating during these challenging times,” commended Jennifer Haley, VFO Executive Director. “They are an essential part of our industry, especially during these unprecedented times, and the cookies are our small way of saying thank you for all you do.”
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