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Foodstock: chefs, farmers unite to fight quarry planned for Niagara escarpment

From Jennifer Bain, in the Toronto Star:

Chef Michael Stadtlander is the driving force behind Foodstock, an Oct. 16 fundraiser in support of the movement to Stop The Mega Quarry. He's in the potato field of Dave Vanderzaag, who is one of four farmers who didn't sell to an American-backed company that wants to develop one of Canada's biggest rock quarries. JASON VAN BRUGGEN PHOTO (from Toronto Star)

“Activist chef Michael Stadtländer is spearheading a farm-based food protest and hopes 20,000 people will join him.

The Oct. 16 event is called Foodstock and it’s a pay-what-you-can culinary and musical rally against a proposed limestone mega quarry on prime agricultural land next to the Niagara Escarpment. The project’s opponents fear for the region’s water, farming and quality of life. Continue reading

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C. difficile outbreak in Ontario kills 16

From CBC news:

“Another patient linked to a C. difficile outbreak in Ontario’s Niagara Region has died, bringing the total number of deaths in recent weeks to 16.

The deaths have been reported at three hospitals in the region in recent weeks: four at the Greater Niagara General Hospital, 10 at St. Catharines General Hospital and two at the Welland Hospital.

“We truly recognize the loss that the family and friends of this patient are experiencing and on behalf of our staff and physicians we extend our sincere condolences,” Dr. Joanna Hope, interim chief of staff for the Niagara Health System, said in a release Monday acknowledging the death of the 10th patient at St. Catharines General. Continue reading

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Land patents being tested in court case

Here’s an excerpt from a recent story in Niagara This Week.com regarding the case of archery range operator Bob Mackie’s ongoing fight with the Niagara Escarpment Commission, which is telling him he has to close his archery range. Now this is not directly related to raw milk, but it is interesting as a case of possible governmental trespass on property rights involving land patents. Here’s an excerpt from that story:

Mackie vows to keep on fighting. The Ontario Landowners Association held its quarterly meeting at a fundraiser for Bob Mackie on July 21, with members of the executive voicing their support for Mackie in his continuing fight to keep his archery business open. OLA members (from left) Michael Schmidt, Mark Tijssen, Bob Mackie, Deborah Madill, Mike Westley-Carlton, Jack MacLaren and David Guergis all attended the event. Steve Henschel/Niagara This Week staff photo

“…..Mackie vows to keep his range, Mackie’s Mountain Archery, open and plans to appeal a decision made last Thursday in provincial offences court in Welland by justice of the peace Mary Shelley. In fact, Mackie would like to take his case to the Supreme Court if he is able to continue to afford the legal fees to do so. Continue reading

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