Wednesday, January 10, 2018

OFA requests train study participation

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture is asking the province to give farmers and rural residents membership on the advisory board on the creation of a high-speed railway line that will eventually run from Windsor to Montreal.

“It goes across our land, our farmland, so we should be consulted on how it is going to impact us,” Crispin Colvin, a director-at-large with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, told reporter John Greig of Glacier Farm Media.

“We can be part of the solution, but the government has to include us.”

Colvin called a meeting last fall which attracted about 350 people to the venue southwest of London.

“You wouldn’t build a high-rise in the city without consulting all the other people around it, why would government not be willing to consult farmers?”

OFA president Keith Currie has requested agriculture involvement through the agriculture minister’s office, he said.