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MATTINSON: THANK A FARMER THIS THANKSGIVING

10/11/2020 – Orillia, ON – If you think back to the early days of the pandemic, you might remember feeling concerned about the strength of the national supply chain. Toilet paper might have been harder to come by, but Canada’s food supply remained strong. This was not possible without some hard work on the part of farmers and food producers across Canada and right here at home.

Simply put, our farmers worked overtime to make the supply of food during a global pandemic one less thing families had to worry about. As our families celebrate Thanksgiving this year, albeit in smaller groups, lets thank farmers for the food on our tables.

Despite the efforts undertaken by our farmers, the federal government has a history of pushing forward with punitive measures like the carbon tax, which made business on the farm more expensive and took money out of the pockets of those working so hard to feed our communities.

Higher costs on the farm translate to higher prices at the store. No matter your views on environmental policy, most can agree that penalizing farmers just doesn’t make sense. It is equally nonsensical to target a sector that provides such a critical necessity.

MP Bruce Stanton announced his retirement from politics earlier this year. With his departure, our community is losing a first-class public servant that has stood up for farmers and food producers here in Simcoe North.

The nomination contest which will decide who will carry the conservative banner locally in Stanton’s place, is an opportunity to reaffirm our need for a strong champion for our community and by extension, our local farmers. We cannot afford to elect a new MP that fails to recognize the importance of farmers.

I’m proud to be running for the conservative nomination in Simcoe North. I am also proud to have had the opportunity to advocate for the agri-food sector in Ottawa. This is experience I would recall when standing up for the industry once again.

I am running to preserve and build on Bruce Stanton’s legacy of service to our communities in Simcoe North. This includes standing up with farmers against punitive taxes the agricultural sector must endure under the Trudeau government.

If I am elected, I will be a champion for farmers, and for you. If you want to learn more about my campaign, visit www.marcusmattinson.ca or send me an email at marcusrmattinson@gmail.com.

Let’s stand up together for those that make us thankful this year, lets stand up for farmers.

For media inquiries contact: Marcus Mattinson
marcusrmattinson@gmail.com

This is an emergency so why don’t we act like it?
Dear Editor,

We are in the middle of a global pandemic, a climate emergency, and an economic recession. These compounding crises demand a bold response. We need a plan to retool our economy so that it works for people and the planet.

The best way to do this is by investing in a Green New Deal that generates millions of decent jobs in a low-carbon economy.

There is a historical precedent in Canada. In the 1930s and 40s, Canada mobilized at an unprecedented scale for World War II. The government created 28 new crown corporations to meet the urgent needs of that time. We need to mobilize at the same scale for the climate crisis. We could create publicly owned renewable energy providers, a high speed rail service across the country, institutions to retrain workers in the fossil fuel sector, and so much more.

That’s the kind of action we need, not for the government to spend billions of dollars on industries and projects, like the Trans Mountain pipeline, that endanger our future. Instead of investing tens of billions of taxpayer dollars on this project, the Trudeau government should defund Trans Mountain and invest in a Green New Deal.
Sincerely, Patricia Smith

Doctors on Climate Solutions
To whom it may concern,

My name is Brent Elsey and I am a member of Barrie Doctors On Climate Solutions, a group of physicians who want to support actions that help people’s health and the environment for both the current and future generations. Barrie DOCS want to educate our communities about the Climate Crisis and the impacts on health. We want to collaborate with other community groups to take local action.

Just Recovery Simcoe is one such group. JRS was created to bring together people who want our elected representatives to implement Covid pandemic recovery strategies that will make our communities more resilient and more adaptable to best respond to the Climate Crisis impacts.

Barrie DOCS share with Just Recovery Simcoe the desire that all levels of government will make decisions that:

1) Invest in People

2) Invest in Nature

3) Invest in Community.

The Barrie DOCS recommendations to the Barrie City Council echo these principles:

1) Coordinate action to improve food security

2) An aggressive tree planting program

3) Improvement in public areas to encourage walking and biking.

The recent Throne Speech and responses from our elected representatives are the reasons for this letter. I must let you all know that the health impacts of the Climate Crisis will be much, much worse than what we are seeing with the Covid pandemic.

There are many similarities between these two crises. Both have the greatest impact on our most vulnerable- the old, the poor, the homeless, those with chronic diseases and our Indigenous communities. Both significantly impact healthcare delivery. Both are global in nature and accompanied by multiple warnings before they finally strike. Both have and will have tremendous ripple effects on society, the economy, and our lives. Both require massive changes in how we live, work, interact and deliver healthcare. Both require policy decisions based on the best available science and evidence. Both require strong leadership and communities that can work together.

The Climate Crisis impacts will be much more significant, longer in duration and will have no easy fixes, like a vaccine. Our communities will experience extreme weather events with infrastructure destruction that impairs healthcare delivery, worsening food insecurity, increased poverty in our most vulnerable neighbours, negative effects on our air and water quality, social upheavals driven by Climate Crisis refugees and new epidemics from “old “ pathogens like cholera and malaria.

My hope is that all levels of government will use the learning and changes demanded by the Covid Crisis to tackle the Climate Crisis. People in our communities have shown that they can make massive lifestyle changes. When scientific evidence is communicated clearly and accurately and when the changes required demonstrate benefits for all (especially for the most vulnerable), Canadians have shown they can and will step up. The Canadian values of cooperation and compassion become evident everywhere. Innovative thinking is encouraged and supported.

The fiscal infusions must be directed to address both the impacts of Covid and to kick start the changes needed to address the Climate Crisis. For example – the transition of CERB to a Basic Guaranteed Income to eliminate poverty and its health impacts. Or a just and equitable transition from fossil fuel based economy to a sustainable, “green” economy and in doing so demonstrate to the world we can exceed our greenhouse gas targets.

Finally, we need a TEAM CANADA – all levels of government, all political groups working together. And we need ACTION. We have a very small window and it is closing fast. Example: If we are going to plant 2 billion trees, let’s get started- in our cities, in our provinces, across our country. I implore everyone reading this to get behind a Just Recovery in Simcoe and across Canada.  Visit www.justrecoverysimcoeca to learn more.

Yours sincerely,  Brent Elsey,MD

We’re in a crisis. Let’s act like it.
Dear Editor,

As I write this, the Trudeau government is spending tens of billions of dollars on the Trans Mountain pipeline. The climate impact of this project is the equivalent of adding 34 million cars to Canada’s road every year. In other words, the government may as well be pouring fuel on the West Coast wildfires.

Just weeks ago, communities across Canada were breathing in smoke from climate driven wildfires on the West Coast. The climate emergency is at our doorstep. Why aren’t we responding with the urgency that it demands?

Instead of needlessly wasting money on a climate wrecking pipeline, why doesn’t the Trudeau government invest in meaningful action to build back better from the pandemic and economic crisis?

It’s time for a Green New Deal that retools our economy to tackle the climate crisis while generating millions of jobs.

Sincerely,  Teagan Netten

We need to prioritize the right things
Dear Editor,

As I write this, the Trudeau government is spending tens of billions of dollars on the Trans Mountain pipeline. The climate impact of this project is the equivalent of adding 34 million cars to Canada’s road every year. In other words, the government may as well be pouring fuel on the West Coast wildfires.

Just weeks ago, communities across Canada were breathing in smoke from climate driven wildfires on the West Coast. The climate emergency is at our doorstep. Why aren’t we responding with the urgency that it demands?

Instead of needlessly wasting money on a climate wrecking pipeline, why doesn’t the Trudeau government invest in meaningful action to build back better from the pandemic and economic crisis?

It’s time for a Green New Deal that retools our economy to tackle the climate crisis while generating millions of jobs.

Various people sent the same letter to us.

We can’t build back better with Trans Mountain

Dear editor,
The Trans Mountain pipeline could be costing taxpayers across Canada more than $20 billion. In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, with so many people in need, surely there are better uses for our public money than this. Back in February, when the cost of the project jumped to nearly $13 billion dollars, most people said they thought this project wasn’t worth the money. Now, with the second wave of COVID-19 here and a long recovery ahead, we need to defund this project and put that money where it can do the most good, creating green jobs and helping communities.
Sincerely,  Noel Macartney