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(File) Press Release: Poll suggests Canadians support pathway to permanency for temporary migrant workers
Ottawa – December 10, 2020 – A Nanos Research poll, commissioned by Senator Ratna Omidvar and Senator Rob Black, found that more than eight in ten Canadians would support (40%) or somewhat support (41%) providing a way for temporary migrant workers to remain in Canada.
(File) Press Release: Senator Rob Black (Ontario) responds to Speech From The Throne
Ottawa, November 3, 2020 – Today, the Honourable Rob Black responded to the 2020 Speech From The Throne, in support of the Canadian agricultural industry and to call attention to issues facing rural communities and agriculture and agri-food sectors.
(File) Press Release: Senator Black on the Importance of Soil Health
Ottawa, October 7, 2020 – The Honourable Rob Black, Senator for Ontario, wants to draw attention to the critical state of soil in Canada. As one of Canada’s most precious natural resources, soil conservation is a top-of-mind matter for the agriculture and agri-food sectors.
(File) Opinion: Ottawa’s promise falls short for farmers’ needs
If Canada wants food security in the future, we need financial security for our farmers now. But Ottawa’s promise of $250 million emergency aid this week - half of which is not new- falls far short of the $2.6 Billion the Canadian Federation of Agriculture says we need.
(File) Press Release: Senator Rob Black Highlights National Soil Conservation Week 2020
Fergus, Ontario, April 23, 2020 – With the Senate of Canada not sitting due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Honourable Rob Black was unable to deliver a statement on National Soil Conservation Week in the Senate Chamber. However, Senator Black, who has been discussing the need for a soil health study in the Senate for over 14 months, would like to share his statement and highlight the importance of Canadian soils:
(File) Opinion: We must keep supporting our agri-food sector through this time of crisis
In these past weeks, life has changed dramatically for all Canadians because of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are staying home, limiting social interactions, and unfortunately, many have lost money, jobs, and even loved ones.
While some sectors are experiencing a slower or suspended period, agriculture is not. Regardless of anything else going on, we still need to eat and, therefore, the agricultural industry still needs to function – and function well!
(File) Opinion: Removing barriers to interprovincial trade could have enormous benefits for Canada’s value-added food sector
Since this year’s federal election, Canadians have been engaging in important discussions regarding inter-governmental relations. Perhaps unexpectedly, these discussions tie into recent work done by the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry (AGFO). Canada is a diverse country with an excellent reputation for the food we produce; each province has wonderful agricultural products to brag about – Alberta beef, Saskatchewan canola, and PEI potatoes, to name a few. However, Canada’s interprovincial trade has been impeded for decades.