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News articles from the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) include updates on CHC activities and issues impacting the horticultural sector.

Public Consultations on possible ASEAN-Canadian Free Trade Agreement

Sep 12, 2018
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On September 1, 2018, the Government launched 45-day public consultations on a possible ASEAN-Canada FTA. The main objective of the consultation is to hear from a broad range of partners, stakeholders and individual Canadians to help define Canada’s interests in a possible FTA with ASEAN and inform future decisions on next steps, including whether to…

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Canada’s continued trade relationship with the United Kingdom post-Brexit

Sep 12, 2018
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On March 29, 2017, the United Kingdom (UK) invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union on March 30, 2019. This withdrawal from the European Union (EU) is also known as “Brexit”. Canada following closely Once Brexit occurs, the UK will no longer be considered…

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Canada-China Agricultural Trade Forum – Ottawa, September 12

Aug 8, 2018

Minister Han, of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), is coming to Ottawa with a trade delegation of agricultural companies interested in sourcing Canadian products for the Chinese market (see preliminary list of Chinese companies). Where: Downtown Ottawa (exact location TBD) When: Wednesday, September 12, 2018. Cost: Free The event is proposed…

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Appointment opportunity: Director, Farm Credit Canada

Aug 7, 2018
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On February 25, 2016, the Prime Minister announced a new process for Governor in Council appointments. This new process supports an open, transparent, and merit-based selection process focused on identifying high-quality candidates who demonstrate Canada’s diversity. This process will be used to select new Directors for the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Board of Directors. To ensure…

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Labour awareness section launched on website

Aug 1, 2018
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Screen capture of CHC’s new labour awareness campaign landing page.

CHC recently published a series of labour-focused web pages on its website, as part of a comprehensive public relations strategy focused on Canada’s international farm workers. What information is included The following content has been researched, cited and presented in plain language for all audiences: Facts and key messages: To dispel misconceptions around Canada’s temporary…

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FPT Agriculture Ministers committed to improving national BRM programs

Jul 24, 2018
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Federal, Provincial and Territorial (FPT) Agriculture Ministers recently met in Vancouver, B.C., on July 18-20 to discuss a number of agricultural issues, including the results of the Business Risk Management (BRM) review that took place over the past year. The ministers heard from an external panel of experts who made a number of recommendations and…

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CHC visits berry growers in Abbotsford, B.C.

Jul 24, 2018
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Rebecca Lee, CHC Executive Director, at Kahlon Farms during a recent trip to B.C. Photo: Lisa Craig.

Rebecca Lee, Executive Director of the Canadian Horticultural Council, took advantage of a recent trip to British Columbia to visit several berry growers in Abbotsford. Rebecca’s first stop was to visit Berryhill Foods, to chat with Tom, Steve, Tim, and Mike Phillips, and Mark Adams. Berryhill has been packing B.C. raspberries and blueberries for 25…

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Labour Campaign Update – Shooting Commences In Quebec With A Trip To Quinn Farm

Jul 19, 2018
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Recently, Hyperactive travelled to Quinn Farm in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, Quebec, to interview owners Phil and Stephanie Quinn, and a few of their international farm workers. These interviews were the first of our production to be conducted entirely in French. Quinn Farm is a small, second-generation operation that harvests many different crops, including strawberries, blueberries, apples, and…

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CHC takes industry and government on a farm tour near Quebec City

Jul 11, 2018
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CHC Board and guests at Ferme Avicole Orléans, during the organization’s 2018 Summer Tour near Quebec City.

The Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Board of Directors recently welcomed industry and government representatives on their summer tour of several berry and vegetable farms, as well as an apple orchard near Quebec City. Most notably, the group was joined by MP Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary for agriculture, and MP Luc Berthold, Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary…

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Ken Forth to receive honorary PhD from the University of Guelph

Jul 9, 2018
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Ken Forth

Ken Forth, a broccoli farmer from the Hamilton area and Chair of the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC)’s Trade and Marketing Committee, will soon be receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph. According to Franco J. Vaccarino, President and Vice-Chancellor of the university, “Mr. Forth is being recognized for his extraordinary contributions…

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