Margaret Atwood Joins Prison Farms Campaign As part of our ongoing coverage on the future of Canada’s prison farms, we check in on the campaign where well-known Canadian author Margaret Atwood has now joined the fight. We’ll listen in on the June 6 rally in Kingston, Ontario and the subsequent rally in Ottawa one week later. Updates on the campaign include the recently put in place 24-hour citizen watch – set up across the street from Kingston, Ontario’s Frontenac Institution, where residents there are keeping a close eye on the prison farm, ensuring that the 300 animal dairy herd does not get trucked off the property to auction.
Vancouver’s Backyard Chickens I (Backyard Chickens XII)
The first of a two-part feature on the City of Vancouver’s multi-year process to approve backyard chickens. On June 8, it became official… Vancouver residents are now permitted to raise 4 chickens per household. Because of the many similar debates underway within city councils across the country, we’ll launch this first of a two-part feature on Vancouver’s efforts by looking back over the past few years to track just how this process first began. Perhaps other hopeful or illegal backyard chickeners can glean some pointers from Vancouver’s efforts.
The Future of Prison Farms
Andrew McCann Urban Agriculture Kingston (Kingston, ON)
Margaret Atwood author Margaret Atwood (Toronto, ON)
Jeff Peters farmer / director National Farmers Union Local 316 (Inverary, ON)
William Commanda spiritual & hereditary chief Algonquin Nation
Sister Pauline Lally Sisters of Providence of St. Vincent de Paul (Kingston, ON)
Aric McBay farmer Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (Howe Island, ON)
Wayne Easter member of parliament, Malpeque, Liberal Party of Canada
Mark Holland member of parliament, Ajax-Pickering, Liberal Party of Canada (Pickering, ON)
Alex Atamanenko member of parliament, BC Southern Interior NDP
Maria Mourani member of parliament, Ahuntsic Bloc Quebeçois
Vancouver’s Backyard Chickens I
Barbara Joughin, past member, Vancouver Food Policy Council (Vancouver, BC)
Carol Christopher, member Vancouver Food Policy Council (Vancouver, BC)
Andrea Reimer, councillor City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
David Cadman, councillor City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)
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