Daily Archives: December 16, 2008

AFRAA Tribunal finds DFO action “not fair and reasonable”, orders repayment of $803,753 in milk quota transfer “tax”

Dairy Farmers of Ontario board in action. Photo from DFO website

Dairy Farmers of Ontario board in action. Photo from DFO website

In a decision handed down December 9, 2008, Ontario’s Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal found that the Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) did not carry out its public duty to administer milk-production quota transfers in a “just and fair” manner. At issue was the implementation without notice of a 15% transfer assessment (tax) on quota transfers between producers. The most contentious aspect of this new “tax” was that it was implemented without notice and with no phase-in period. Milk quota currently sells for about $30,000 per cow.

The cases of three producers were considered at the tribunal. In all three case, the producers had followed every available avenue to protest the DFO’s tax “assessment” and to request exemptions. As a result of the Tribunal’s decision, the DFO was ordered to refund all the assessments that had been collected on the sale of quota by these three producers — an amount totaling more than $800,000. The Tribunal’s report states: “…The appellants [producers] testified that as a result of the DFO’s actions, they had lost faith and trust in their governing body and, therefore, decided to exit the industry despite facing a large financial loss in doing so…” Continue reading

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Manna Storehouse #6, and speaking up for the kind of world we want, without “drinking the kool-aid of fear”

Manna sheep in happier days

Manna sheep in happier days

NEW DEC. 17: Manna Storehouse 7: The Stowers tell their story.

Here’s  a summary of the Manna Storehouse story so far, fact-checked and verified by the Weston A. Price Foundation’s very own publicist, Kimberly Hartke. To my knowledge the Stovers who run Manna Storehouse have still not come out with a statement to the media regarding the raid, so there may yet be further revelations to come in the week(s) ahead.

Valuable intelligence from Project Camelot

Valuable intelligence from Project Camelot

But before we proceed with Kimberly’s story, I’d like to add a few words about the excerpts which follow. The interview they are from provides a helpful framework with which to understand how the Manna Storehouse raid could be seen as a kind of “test-marketing” for a new style of policing (or repression). And according to that interview, the planners would be carefully monitoring everyone’s response through internet and telephone traffic, as well as through the more public media, to see how they could “model” this “perturbation” they’ve caused to the status quo, all the better to better roll out their “program” smoothly when the time comes. Continue reading

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