Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Commission changing veggie board rules – again

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, which has taken a heavy hand in relations with the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers Marketing Board, is proposing another set of changes to its regulations.

The commission dismissed the entire board a few years ago, appointed its vice-chairman to run the board and handle contract negotiations with processing companies, then revamped board membership and arranged for new elections.

It is still appointing the board chairman.

The commission posted its current proposals on its website.

They call for:

-       Establishing additional candidate and voter eligibility criteria;
·       Establishing a process for appointing a returning officer, who will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of OPVG's election process, including candidate nominations, ballot distribution, voting and ballot collection;
·       Establishing rules to conduct proper candidate nominations, secure and confidential voting and ballot counting, and proper retention of election records, and 

·       Requiring that board elections be conducted by mail and/or electronic means only.