Week of April 8th

Participated in the April 9th Day of Action to Stop GM alfalfa in Guelph, Toronto and Ottawa.
OCO spoke at the Guelph rally with over 250 people in attendance.
Met with Liberal MP for Guelph Frank Valeriote to hand in over 1100 signatures on the CBAN petition to stop GM alfalfa, and to hear Frank’s update on his motion for a moratorium that is now before the Agriculture Standing Committee.
Participated in the two day Canada Food Summit hosted by the Conference Board of Canada as part of a contingency sponsored by the MacConnell Family Foundation to counter the “food is about industry only” bias present in the Conference Board’s approach.
Hosted the Organic Pavilion at the Green Living Show, with a “mini-stage” showing videos and slide shows to the public and offering 4 power-workshops a day.
Launched the “The ‘O’ Word: Demanding Organic for Health” whole foods speakers series at the main stage of the Green Living Show with Dr. Ann Clark and youth activist Rachel Parent
Engaged in hundreds of individual conversations, and estimate that at least 400 people participated in the workshops and main stage discussion at the Green Living Show.
Submitted a grant application to New Directions to develop materials to support both policy development and uptake of Best Management Practices on farm to adapt to and mitigate climate change.

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