Saturday, January 9, 2016

Phoenix loses egg appeal

Daryl Phoenix has lost his appeal against the Egg Farmers of Ontario marketing board, seeking to have quota increases rented on a percentage basis instead of a fixed amount for quota holders.

The Ontario Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal has ruled that the egg board followed proper procedures in consulting quota holders about the rental policy and nothing it did contravenes any provincial laws or regulations.

It also said Phoenix and two supporters, John Van Aert and John Pilgrim, failed to provide convincing evidence that the board’s policy will make egg farming less efficient and more costly and therefore impact the pricing of eggs because it’s based on the industry’s cost of production.

The tribunal ruled against the egg board’s challenge that too much time passed between adoption of the policy and the filing of the appeal.

The tribunal noted that the rental policy, although it was passed two years ago, didn’t take practical effect until a year ago.