Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hundreds show up for neonic appeal

About 200 farmers, including five busloads, arrived at court Wednesday to show their support for the appeal filed by Grain Farmers of Ontario against new regulations restricting the use of neonicitinoid seed treatments.

The judges reserved their decision on whether the Ontario Court of Appeal will consider their request for a hearing.

"We appreciate that the court is taking the time to consider the significance of this issue," says Mark Brock, chairman of Grain Farmers of Ontario.

"We are pleased with today’s outcome and look forward to the decision."

The case was heard by a panel of justices John I. Laskin, Eleanor Cronk and Bradley Miller. 

The grain farmers are asking that imposition of the regulations be suspended and that the court of appeal overturn a previous court ruling that approved the regulations.