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Plant a seed and watch it grow: Incubating farmers By Lois Ross, Ottawa, at http://rabble.ca August 16, 2016: There's a lot wrong with the industrialized model of agriculture. Most days, not much of what is happening to family farmers is good news, unfortunately. But, sometimes, away from the "bigger is better" mentality, there are glimmers of a better future.

A few weeks ago, I attended a meeting at a branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The meeting was organized by a small non-profit called Just Food, whose mission is to "work towards vibrant, just and sustainable food and farming systems in the Ottawa region." The content and conversation made me smile. I ended the evening feeling rejuvenated, my sense of hope in how best to build community renewed. The small gathering was made up of pretty much every demographic -- two young woman, a middle-aged father and his teenage son, a person

working with new Canadians, and a few soon-to-be seniors wondering about a second career. On that Tuesday evening, I learned a lot about "incubator farms" and Just Food's work to encourage burgeoning farmers to follow their passion. Alternatives to the corporate model After so many years of watching and writing about people leaving the land, sometimes in sorrow and frustration, other times in bankruptcy... And after so many years of watching rural young people run away from the farm, knowing that the deck is stacked against family farmers... organizations like Just Food are providing practical alternatives to the corporate model of farming. […] Continue reading at rabble.ca: LINK: http://tinyurl.com/R-ross-aug16 ♣

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Tools for Great Lakes Commoning work on our website, www.GreatLakesCommons.org "Activating the power of social cooperaDIRECT LINK: http://tinyurl.com/GLC-tools ♣ tion to get things done” ************************************************************** [EXTRACT/LINK] We are working to develop several Understanding the TPP 'tools' for pushing the Great Lakes Commons movement forward. Our hope is that these 'tools' will enable local communities to engage in the issues that matter to them through a ‘commoning’ lens. In keeping with our philosophy, we are looking to our commons community (YOU) to participate in the development of these 'tools.' You can find more details about this

CCPA - www.policyalternatives.ca “Foreign investor protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership” – Report by Gus Van Harten, professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University: available online from the CCPA - Cdn Ctr for Policy Alternatives. LINK: http://tinyurl.com/ccpa-gvh-tpp-isds ♣ [MORE ON THE ISDS, P.40]

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The Secret of Canada’s Debt Don Harrison, Ladysmith BC, Aug 10, 2016 The story of COMER and Rocco Gilati suing the Bank of Canada intending to force the Bank of Canada to return to the reason it was established in 1934 has been a carefully controlled secret by the Canadian government in Ottawa. Rocco Gilati is a well-known constitutional lawyer and on the basis that our Bank of Canada is firmly part of the Canadian constitution he and COMER sued the Bank of Canada to force it to return to the original intended purpose our fore fathers established it for. When our forefathers established the Bank of Canada they gave it the legal right to print Canadian legal tender {money} to be loaned back to the various levels of Canadian governments at no or very low interest. The St Lawrence Seaway as well as the Trans-Canada highway were built using this method of financing. The result was Canada moved ahead with major infrastructure but little in the way of www.dialogue.ca

debt. Be aware that this bank belongs to the people of Canada and is therefore a section of the ministry of finance of the federal government. This arrangement was successful up until 1974 when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was convinced by the huge foreign banks that he should join the INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND for government financing. Since that time the Canadian debt has been spiralling upwards and out of control. COMER along with Rocco Gilati sued the Bank of Canada to force it to return to its intended purpose and won the case in the Supreme Court of Canada. The Canadian government of the time appealed the case and lost again. This whole situation has received meagre attention from our Canadian media and it has been suggested that the government has told the media not to report the case. It is presently sitting waiting for response from the government and the debt continues …/ VOL. 30, NO. 1, AUTUMN 2016

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Dialogue Vol.30, No.1 digital edition  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...

Dialogue Vol.30, No.1 digital edition  

Canada's unique volunteer-produced magazine for ideas, insights, critical thinking & radical imagination - shared in letters, essays, storie...

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