McGee added to Animal Review Board
March 19, 2018 - Theresa McGee of Toronto has been named to the Animal Care Review Board which oversees the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Her appointment came only two days after two others were appointed, bringing board membership to 31 people.
All three were also appointed to the Ontario Fire Safety Commission which has 30 members, most of them also sharing two-year appointments to the Farm Care Review Board.
Paul Brown of Woodville was appointed to the Livestock Medicines Advisory Committee.
St. Helenís plans irk neighbours
March 19, 2018 - A deal to buy a former sewage treatment site in Toronto for a meat packing business has upset the neighbours.
They say the site is still toxic and prone to flooding.
St. Helen’s Meat Packers Ltd. told a reporter it is “committed to addressing the environmental challenges and additional costs” to develop the property, adding that it will maintain and clean part of the parcel that has been used as a dumping ground.
St. Helen’s plans to build a 50,000-square-foot freezer and packaging facility that will bring an estimated 100 jobs to the area.
The site has apparently been for sale for a decade; the sale awaits approvals from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.
Some local residents want the site developed as a park; they say that paving over land that is considered a flood plain could cause additional problems if the nearby Black Creek breaches its banks as it did in 2013, damaging nearby homes.
West Grey couple charged with horse cruelty
March 19, 2018 - A man and a woman in their 50s are facing animal cruelty charges after the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty investigated a farm in West Grey township in January.
The investigators say they found seven horses under cruel conditions – manure-matted coats, water-logged stalls and six of them underweight.
The accused are scheduled to appear in provincial court in Walkerton in May.
Good Boucher beef on recall
March 19, 2018 - Good Boucher lean ground beef is on recall because the Canadian Food Inspection Agency found E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria.
The beef was distributed across Eastern Canada and into Quebec and Ontario. The CFIA is continuing its investigation and says the recall could be extended to more beef and become nation-wide.
It has no reports of any consumers falling ill.
The beef in question has best-before labels for March 19 and 21.
Alltech founder dead at 73
March 13, 2018 - Alltech founder and president Dr. Pearse Lyons has died. He was 73.
He was recovering from heart surgery when he developed an acute lung condition.
Pearse spoke to Ontario farm groups a number of times, prompting farmers to ponder the future of policies such as supply management and nutrition.
Alric Blake, Alltech’s chief executive officer and treasurer, said Lyons “inspired everyone he met with his energy, enthusiasm and passionate belief in possibilities.
“He instilled that positivity in his people, more than 5,000 Alltech team members around the world.
“I am confident I speak on behalf of all of them when I say that we are deeply honored to have known and worked for such a great man.
“We will resolve to honor his legacy by deepening our commitment to his customers and all the innovative ideas he believed in so strongly.”
Lyons grew the company from a startup marketing probiotic additives into a global-scale manufacturer and marketer of dozens of interesting feed additives.
Alltech Canada has been in business since 1988, employs about 200 people, is headquartered in Guelph and has offices in Calgary and Ste. Hyacinthe, Que.
It’s global head office is in Kentucky where it annually hosts a popular meeting of leading researchers and industry leaders.
Another two added to SPCA oversight body
March 13, 2018 - The provincial cabinet has appointed another two members to the Animal Care Review Board, which oversees the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
That brings the total to 31 people.
The newcomers are Matthew Letourneau of Ottawa and Theresa McGee of Toronto, both appointed for two-year terms.
They join two lawyers appointed a couple of weeks ago – Jesse Boyce of Mississauga and Lyndra Griffith of Ottawa.
Two added to Rural Economic Development panel
March 13, 2018 - Brian Rosborough of Brantford and Sylvie Fontaine of Hearst have been appointed to two-year terms on the Rural Economic Development Advisory Panel.
The panel is chaired by Lynn Girty who farms near Blenheim.
Brian Rosborough is the director of government relations for Wilfrid Laurier University.
Previously he was the director of policy and government relations for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.
Fontaine is director of economic development for Hearst.