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    Dennis Lapierre
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    Family Farms: Update on the meat inspection regulation and its impact in the Okanagan


    Lunch and Learn: Kalamalka Speakers Series



    Family Farms: Update on the meat inspection regulation and its impact in this area
    with Andrea Gunner, P Ag.

    Monday January 18th
    12:30pm Lecture Theatre
    Kalamalka Campus

    Andrea Gunner is an Armstrong based professional agrologist and food systems activist. Andrea will give an update on the impacts of the Meat Inspection regulation on livestock farms in B.C. and an exploration of possible initiatives to ensure local food production in the future.


    The Kalamalka Speakers Series has been organized to bring Okanagan College and the Vernon community together to participate in and enjoy informal talks presented by Okanagan College instructors, former instructors, students, and community members.

    All Welcome to this free event ~ Free parking during the presentation


    For more information please contact Okanagan College’s Kalamalka Campus Library
    250-545-7291 Local 2247







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    MIR Amendment Necessary

    Andrea outlined why an amendment to the Meat Inspection Regulation is necessary and encouraged all to participate in an email campaign to our MLA. The target is to have each MLA receive between 25-50 emails by early February requesting an amendment to this regulation.

    Andrea has agreed to send documentation including a short draft letter and all the email addresses for MLAs in BC to anyone requesting them. Contact Andrea at gunnera@telus.net to receive the documents. (They are larger than the allowable size to attach to this forum.)

    As a side note: it was encouraging to see Hugette Allen (Green Party) attend and ask questions of the speaker.

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    Dennis Lapierre
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    As a matter of update, I'm taking the liberty of posting the following, which was sent to a local Okanagan group. I believe it is of interest to all small-scale producers, particularly small-scale poultry producers in BC. It was sent out yesterday.

    Hello, all,
    Thank you so much to those of you who have written to our MLA's or who have
    passed information on to others on this issue. It is having an effect.
    I was fortunate to have dinner on Thursday night with Minister for
    Agriculture and Lands, Steve Thomson. In our conversation he referred to
    the number of letters that MLA's, and specifically, Eric Foster, have been
    receiving on the issue. While the issue is not under Minister Thomson's
    area of jurisdiction, he has a strong interest in it (his family runs a
    small beef operation in Kelowna) and has met with Ida Chong, Minister of
    Healthy Living and Sports to suggest economically viable resolutions to the
    issue for community scale producers. One solution that he identified is
    that of random inspections, which I allowed is entirely acceptable and
    follows a number of other precedents. He is aware of the number of licensed
    processors whose investments need to be protected but recognises that the
    capital investment required is uneconomic for community scale facilities and
    that their business investments need to be protected in a timely fashion
    too. The other solution we discussed was that of a two-tier system with
    different requirements for community or small scale producers to meet to
    ensure their economic viability. All in all, he was very sympathetic and
    showed a thorough understanding of the issue as well as some practical
    solutions (random inspections, appropriate investment levels for the scale
    of operation - a two tier model).
    So again, thank you for any and all letters you have sent. The pressure is
    having an effect. If you have the resources to send more, please do so!
    Best wishes,
    Andrea Gunner, P. Ag.

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