Antimicrobial Use (AMU) and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) are current issues affecting both human and animal health. Antimicrobials are still effective for treating, controlling and/or preventing disease. They have also been used to improve animal production or growth and help to protect animal welfare. However, every time they are used, there is the potential to select for resistant bugs, ultimately making the drugs less and less effective.
Read the Ontario Sheep Farmers positions on AMU and AMR
Lake Erie - proposed phosphorous reduction target
Algal and cyanobacterial blooms have been increasing in Lake Erie since the late 1990’s, with an estimated economic impact of $4-5.5 over the next 30 years. A 2014 Great Lakes Commission Lake Erie water pollution resolution committed the Lake Erie states and the province of Ontario to form a working group to develop new and refine existing practices, programs and policies to achieve pollutant reduction targets and/or identify additional remedies to improve water quality in Lake Erie. The Lake Erie Nutrient Targets (LENT) Working Group was formed as a result of that commitment.
Canada and the US are currently consulting on the recommended phosphorous (P) load reduction targets for Lake Erie. As part of the consultation, agricultural groups are being asked to comment on the proposed 40% reduction (from 2008 levels) in P use in the Lake Erie watershed, which includes the Thames River and Leamington Tributaries in Ontario.
Ontario Sheep Farmers Comments on P Reduction Targets
In February, 2015, the Government of Ontario released a discussion paper on climate change. The intent of the document is to share ideas about how to successfully fight climate change while fostering economic growth in the province.
The discussion paper:
- Identifies the climate change challenge, the risks and threats it poses to Ontario's environment, economy and way of life.
- Suggests actions that encourage individuals, businesses, government and communities to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Asks important questions to help inform a comprehensive climate change strategy and action plan, to be released in 2015.
Ontario Sheep Farmers Comments on Climate Change
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry proposed a regulatory amendment to wolf and coyote hunting and trapping seasons under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act in response to amendments to Ontario Regulation 230/08 (Species at Risk in Ontario List) under the Endangered Species Act, 2007 for Algonquin Wolf. To help support the protection and recovery of Algonquin Wolf, it was proposed that hunting and trapping of wolf and coyote be prohibited in three additional core areas where Algonquin Wolf is known to occur. As such the following regulatory changes are being proposed under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act:
- Amendments to Ontario Regulation 670/98 (Open Seasons) to close hunting and trapping seasons for wolf and coyote in three additional core areas where Algonquin Wolf is known to occur, which include:
- In the area of Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park which includes to geographic townships or: Anstruther, Burleigh, Cardiff, Cavendish, Chandos, Harvey, and Monmouth;
- In the area of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park, which includes the geographic townships of: Anson, Dalton, Digby, Longford, Lutterworth, Minden and Ryde;
- In the area of Killarney Provincial Park, which includes the geographic townships of: Allen, Attlee, Bevin, Burwash, Caen, Carlyle, Cox, Curtin, Dieppe, Eden, Foster, Goschen, Halifax, Hansen, Humboldt, Killarney, Kilpartrick, Laura, Roosevelt, Sale, Secord, Struthers, Tilton, Truman and Waldie
Ontario Sheep Farmers Communication re Wolf Hunt Trap Ban August 2016
Crop Insurance Act
In the September 25 2014, Mandate Letter, from Premier Wynne to Minister Leal, she challenges the Minister to amend the Crop Insurance Act to enable the province to offer insurance for a broader range of agricultural products such as bees and livestock.
In April 2015 the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs held public hearings in relation to amending the Crop Insurance Act.
Ontario Sheep Farmers comments during the public hearings.