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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Canada will defend supply management at trade talks, area MPs state
    defend supply management at these negotiations and that the system will remain intact We promised to do that in the last number of elections and I expect our government will keep that promise While countries like New Zealand are expected to push for better access to Canadian markets for dairy products Harrop says the perishable nature of the commodity provides some assurance for domestic producers Once it comes out of the cow it s a race against time to get it to the processor then into the grocery store then into consumers hands Milk is a very perishable product Those practical realities mean over 90 per cent of global milk production is consumed in the country it s produced in According to the DFO most international trade in milk consists of dumping of subsidized surpluses something Canada does not engage in Harrop points out that Canada s supply management system which involves production quotas and border controls simply puts Canadian producers on a level playing field with heavily subsidized farmers in other countries About half of a US dairy farmer s income he says comes from direct government subsidies That s something you don t hear about he states Even New Zealand says Harrop has a large dairy co operative that is very successful and generates a lot of income for their farmers While supply management does result in higher prices for consumers Harrop says it also means farmers are getting their income from the marketplace rather than the tax base There are no subsidy dollars that come from the government zero he states Because economic support systems of some kind exist in virtually every country Harrop says Canadian dairy farmers would be hard pressed to compete without some protection Either you get dollars from the government to keep you going if you want food produced in Canada or you need a mechanism like border controls so you can get enough money out of the market to make a go of it he said Schellenberger echoed Harrop s position stating Most farmers that I know would rather get their money from the marketplace Supply managed commodities are probably the only part of agriculture that the government doesn t have to assist Schellenberger stated While conceding that everything s up for discussion in the TPP negotiations Schellenberger said that during previous trade talks his party has been consistent on the issue We were firm on supply management On a personal level Schellenberger said There s no one stronger in support of supply management than I am People know where I stand I haven t changed my stance in all the years I ve been in the federal realm I support supply management Schellenberger pointed out that agriculture minister Gerry Ritz confirmed the government s support for supply management during roundtable discussions with local farmers from the Kitchener Conestoga riding on July 4 The last bullet point that came out of a government statement on the discussions was that we would be

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Perth-Wellington candidates talk agriculture at rescheduled meeting
    chairs on the Titanic Our education system is a disgrace Twenty five per cent of our graduates are functionally illiterate which means they cannot read the directions on a can of soup The government couldn t run a Mac s Milk let alone an entire education system throughout the whole province DeVries said the Family Coalition Party would totally revamp the bus program Local companies need to have first dibs rather than some big city company coming out to our area If local companies can compete they should be the ones who get the job Desjardins said the problem with rural schools is that it appears there are not enough children going to them He said We have to get out of the mind set that we need 50 kids per teacher We need to go back to the way kids were taught when I was younger where there were 15 to 20 kids per teacher He does not believe a school needs to be at capacity to be functioning If the effect of the Green Energy Act is any indication rural Ontario is becoming an insignificant participant in the political process What will you do allow the rural community to thrive to protect the rural countryside Pettapiece said We want to give local municipalities the right to plan these projects This was taken away as a result of the Green Energy Act People in their own communities through their local councils should have the right to do that We will restore those rights He advocated a full moratorium in order to study the health effects Smink said his party thinks the Green Energy Act is way out of line It is just another symptom of big government of Daddy McGuinty telling us how to live our lives He said green energy is too expensive especially since there is tons of cheap energy available from Quebec and Manitoba The other issue he said is that Ontario has a surplus of energy because of the downturn in the economy DeVries said the Family Coalition Party supports private property rights We d like to see that enshrined in the constitution We need to have power given back to municipalities so that they can decide where wind turbines can go or decide not to DeVries supported additional studies Desjardins said the Green Party believes there is a surplus of energy as well We don t need all this additional energy We could achieve the same things through efficiency and conservation However he said energy should be produced closer to the point of use The urban areas should really be looking after their own energy Papenburg agreed with Desjardins But she added the key thing is these should be community based projects not big corporations She added there are many ways to become more efficient How would you provide relief to Ontario residents from the burgeoning deficit DeVries said Ontario s debt load is morally and ethically wrong She remained surprised Ontario residents would

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9891 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Farm groups cancel election debates due to safety, liability concerns about protest
    political spectrum will be duking it out It promises to be exciting Other emails talked about waving placards and stated a group would supply them if people did not have their own Parker said asking candidates and members to walk through a group carrying placards was unfair to them The emails themselves cited among the protesters s grievance harmonized sales tax health premiums and industrial wind turbines It is no secret much of the ire is focused on Liberal candidates whose party has been behind all of those issues And Parker said of his group We have no training in crowd control WFA secretary Lisa Hern called the issue unfair particularly since it was a lot of work to simply organize the meetings We really do want to get people s opinions out there she said But she added it would also not be fair for young children going skating or to hockey practice at the community centre in Arthur to have to walk through a group of protesters That doesn t mean anything was going to happen she said Except I don t know how to handle it if something did occur She said there was talk that another group might hold a candidates meeting but she added it would be a general one and not one focused on farm issues Hern added We didn t have pressure from anyone to cancel it Everybody has been more than willing to work with us The farm groups press release added Our sincere thanks and apology goes out to the many candidates and their staff that have prepared for and taken time out of their busy schedules to participate in these debates It is unfortunate that the agricultural organizations have been placed in this position organizations comprised of tireless volunteers We will organize a meeting with the elected MPP in each riding to discuss the ag issues facing Wellington County farmers Questions will also be forwarded to the candidates and the responses will be posted on the Wellington Federation of Agriculture website at www wfofa on ca The Advertiser attempted to reach the National Farmers Union and the CFFO but phone messages were not returned In a later development the meeting in Arthur was still scheduled to take place with Wind Concerns Ontario acting as the host for that gathering James Virgin of Oppose Belwood Wind Farms Association initially stated in an email the meeting was being hosted by the Arthur Chamber of Commerce He later suggested the chamber would be participating by co moderating the event He later confirmed Wind Concerns Ontario was the co moderator The meeting on Wednesday was supposed to go forward as scheduled and be hosted by the chamber of commerce As well a rally was planned by citizens regarding industrial wind turbines in Arthur from 7pm to 8pm In a telephone interview with the Wellington Advertiser Arthur Chamber of Commerce president Wayne Baker said he initially perceived the all candidates meeting cancellation as an infringement

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9837 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Arthur girl sharpens modelling skills at Miss Teen Canada competition
    Fall Fair At the national competition 20 contestants are judged throughout the week on their poise and confidence The contestants were also choreographed on a dance number performed together at the finale at the Richmond Hill Theatre of Arts O Donnell also had to do a speech and she chose cancer charity Friends for Life as her topic The contestants also were treated to a tour of Canada s Wonderland and enjoyed a karaoke evening O Donnell said the week long preparations took up most of her time It s a lot of work she said of the experience She made some new friends among the contestants particularly Brittany Doleman of Dundas who took the top prize Aleasha said the experience has strengthened her confidence I m still shy but not as shy she said I have more confidence and it was a good experience She has no plans to enter any future pageants and will focus more on modeling The 3 000 cost to enter the national competition was offset by sponsors who supported her Her father Gary said she appreciated all the assistance and encouragement she got from family and sponsors Aleasha also wished to thank all those who supported her September 9 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories New spiritual hospital offering public event at community centre Wind Concerns Ontario hosts protest and debate in Arthur Perth Wellington candidates talk

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9797 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - The history of the Arthur Fall Fair goes back a very long way
    the common pasture A Mr McQuinn recalled seeing 30 to 40 cows pasturing there when he was a boy In 1896 the society started construction of the half mile oval race track which was officially opened on Queen Victoria s Diamond Jubilee on June 20 1897 It proved to be one of the best tracks in Western Ontario Later a grandstand was built that held at least 600 people along with a judges stand Horses could be stabled under the grandstand On Halloween night in 1978 the grandstand burned to the ground The judges stand was taken down in 1995 or 1996 because it had become unsafe The early 1980s saw the last horse races held at the fair In the early 1920s the Agricultural Society built an agricultural hall on the grounds Contractor John Ashwood of Kenilworth was hired to build the arena at a cost of 2 90 a square yard and the society was to provide the gravel and cement Some material was salvaged from an old arena on Fredrick Street The cost of the project including drilling a well was 15 000 The building served as the arena for over 50 years until it was condemned in 1976 The new arena complex costing 750 000 consisting of an ice pad lacrosse floor two halls and meeting rooms was built across the parking lot in 1977 The Arthur Curling club purchased the old ice pad and erected a building over it In 1926 the Agricultural Society received a cheque from Wellington County for the use of the grounds as an emergency road Eliza Street from the railroad tracks down to the Frederick Street corner was often impassable due to snow So teams and sleighs would cut through the agriculture grounds over Domville Street In 1958 the society turned the property over to the village for a recreation centre with the agreement the Agricultural Society would have the use of the grounds and facilities for a number of days each year Due to amalgamation that agreement is now with the Township of Wellington North In the 1980s a barn was erected for use during cattle shows and in the 1990s a 100 by 200 foot ring was put in for horse shows Now the Arthur Fall Fair is held in September on the weekend after Labour Day making full use of the centre as well as the grounds With the arena curling club ball diamonds and the swimming pool on the old Village Common grounds it is usually the most popular spot in the community September 2 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Arthurs 155th Fall Fair celebrates the theme Generation to Generation
    back seat driver competition Sunday events start with the 11am Western Horse Show and the 11 45am miniature horse demonstration At noon the kids pedal tractor pull starts up and by 12 30pm the midway should be in full swing Also at 12 30pm the fair hosts a six man team tractor tug competition At 1pm spectators and participants can take part in either the pet show and frog jumping competition or the talent show At 1 30pm and 3 15pm there are miniature horse demonstrations while others continue in the main hall At 2pm there will be another fire department extrication demonstration At 3 30pm Arthur s newest fair ambassador will be crowned The arena hall and curling club rink close to public at 4pm to permit removal of exhibits which are to be picked up by 4 30pm President s Message Debbie Atkinson writes in her president s message It is an honour to be president and welcome you to the 155th Arthur Fall Fair being held in Arthur Canada s Most Patriotic Village On behalf of the directors I invite everyone to come and experience our hospitality while you browse the fairgrounds arena youth palace and main hall Besides the expected come experience what new activities demonstrations and exhibits have been added she said From Thursday evening at the kick off beef barbecue to Sunday afternoon and the naming of the Fair Ambassador we have something for everyone and every age Our theme is From Generation to Generation and there will be activities supporting this theme So bring the whole family and make this a family weekend at the fair where memories will be made Atkinson offered a huge thank you to the many businesses loyal volunteers and exhibitors who make the fair a success each year Ambassador s Message In Kelsey Allen s message in this year s Arthur Fall Fair book she said An ambassador is sometimes described as a representative who travels from one destination to another to spread a message What this definition lacks is that the ambassador is actually an average Joe who is given the honour to be part of a society that makes a difference in our community The Arthur Agricultural Society has been an honour to represent and deserves a huge thank you for being a family friend partner and for changing my life she said Being a Fall Fair Ambassador has been more than what I originally expected I was given the opportunity to attend other fairs represent the Arthur Agricultural Society at the district seven meeting in Elora be a part of parades take part in other competitions and be involved in community events Along with taking part in these events I was able to create many friendships and long lasting memories Allen added My role as the Arthur Fair Ambassador is coming to an end but the memories I have been able to create will last forever Thank you again to all of those people who

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - The Cremasco Family: Driving duo tackles the track and helps special athletes
    go out and race And if we won a race here and there that was great In different years Dennis and Tessa have earned awards as most sportsmanlike driver We try to drive the races pretty clean and help people out when we can But not everything has been an open road for the duo One of the low lights came when one of their cars landed on top of the other during a race Dennis said another car slid up the track and hit his and Tessa s cars It knocked us both off the track I ended up hitting a dirt embankment at about 50 miles per hour which launched my car up in the air At the same time Tessa was right behind me and she ended up underneath my car So when I came down I landed on top of her car Dennis added No one was hurt and the cars were not that badly wrecked We were out racing again the next week Tessa added It was probably my worst wreck psychologically Dennis agreed It was pretty nasty We ve seen other people write their cars off over the years that s never fun but it happens Tessa said she was about 13 when the racing bug got her It s one of those things where I really wanted to do it but I was really fortunate to have someone to teach me I can take pride in my driving because I learned from someone fantastic Being on the track Tessa said It s great now I had a time where I felt like where it seemed like other drives did not want to race a girl I got spun out all the time Her mom Jayne said most of that came from young guys who did not want to lose to a girl Tessa said I was all of 17 and they couldn t take it It s not like I was a phenomenal driver but I had a decent car and I could drive enough that I could be ahead of them I feel it s different now and that people respect me She explains for her racing is not about being a superstar or doing wonderful things There s something to be said for finding something you like and doing it If you re doing something you enjoy with people that you love it doesn t get much better than that But stock car racing isn t Tessa s only interest She has a degree in music plays the tuba and the piano is a member of the Guelph concert band works at the pool in Fergus recently went to teacher s college and in her spare time she coaches figure skating That s about it It keeps me busy she said In comparison Dennis said his background is pretty easy I m an auto mechanic for a transportation company in Fergus and every spare minute of my time after that is

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - New executive for Arthur Chamber of Commerce
    Director Patrick van den Eijnden Arthur Greenhouses Director Pat Belding Wellington County Learning Centre Director Corey Bilton Core Central Computers Honorary Positions OPP representative Kirk MacDonald Township of Wellington North Mark Goetz Appointed Positions Chamber Administrator Janice Richardson Retiring Directors Mary Schmidt Bonnie Rooney Janet Wilson August 5 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories New spiritual hospital offering public event at community centre Wind Concerns Ontario hosts protest and debate in Arthur Perth Wellington candidates talk agriculture at rescheduled meeting Arthur girl sharpens modelling skills at Miss Teen Canada competition The history of the Arthur Fall Fair goes back a very long way Arthurs 155th Fall Fair celebrates the theme Generation to Generation The Cremasco Family Driving duo tackles the track and helps special athletes Lots of enthusiasm as truck lovers hold 17th annual meeting New executive for Arthur Chamber of Commerce Sandy Lake evacuees now home after week long stay in Arthur Evacuees return Northern Ontario fire evacuees settle in to Arthur centre CANADA DAY 2011 Arthur will be hub of activity Cemetery board approves rate increases Archers 060111 event launches new look and new sponsorship in local community Residents working together to make Arthur a better place to be The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community Deaths Digital Publications Classifieds Centre Wellington Wellington North Mapleton Minto Guelph Eramosa Erin Puslinch Police Report Editorial Letters to the Editor Columns Cartoon Editorial Policy Submit

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