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Ontario’s former small dairies, part 3

- Renus Bailey, Sun Rise Dairy Owner - Unknown - Pat Bailey, Sun Rise Dairy Owner - Grant McIntyre, local businessman, bakery owner - Marie McIntyre, local, businessman, bakery owner - Murray Elston, Ontario Minister of Health - Jack Riddel, Ontario Minister of Agriculture - Murray Cardiff, local MP - Jack Kopas, Mayor Town of Wingham - Unknown This was in the 1980s when politicians were proud of Canadian accomplishments, just before globalization.

25th anniversary of Sun Rise Dairy From left to right: - Renus Bailey, Sun Rise Dairy Owner - Unknown - Pat Bailey, Sun Rise Dairy Owner - Grant McIntyre, local businessman, bakery owner - Marie McIntyre, local, businessman, bakery owner - Murray Elston, Ontario Minister of Health - Jack Riddel, Ontario Minister of Agriculture - Murray Cardiff, local MP - Jack Kopas, Mayor Town of Wingham - Unknown This was in the 1980s when politicians were proud of Canadian accomplishments, just before globalization.

Part 3 of Bernie Bailey’s expose of circumstances surrounding the sad demise of many of Ontario’s former small dairies back in the 1990s:

Here is a little more insight into the milk processing business in Ontario Canada.  I share it based on thirty years of personal experience . I washed milk bottles, vat pasteurized before I was fifteen, home delivered in my twenties, had the Ontario government change regulations in my thirties, and was put out of business by corrupt civil servants in my forties.

There was a statement in a CBC news article by a federal inspector during the Maple Leaf listeria out break that sums up a lot of the problems of the past “we the inspectors do not have the power we used to have”.   This is so true and it relates to all food products and the power of civil servants.  Some abused these powers (and continue to, but this is another story, for another day) to the point of annihilation of most of the small to medium sized producers and processors in Ontario. Continue reading

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