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Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa, April 9

Call to Action from the National Farmers Union-Ontario: Stop the release of GM Alfalfa!

38 rallies on April 9 for the Day of Action to Stop GM Alfalfa!
Join us noon – 1:00 outside federal Member of Parliament constituency offices, government and corporate offices in 17 communities in Ontario, and 21 locations in other provinces.
Rallies in Ontario: Barrie, Belleville, Brantford, Goderich, Guelph, Hawkesbury, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Orangeville, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Port Colborne, Stratford, Toronto, Thunder Bay, Welland.
Rallies in other provinces: Wolfville NS, Moncton NB, Montreal PQ, Lévis PQ, Brandon MB, North Battleford SK, Camrose AB, Calgary AB, Edmonton AB, Grande Prairie AB, Red Deer AB, Duncan BC, Kamloops BC, Kelowna BC, Langley BC, Nelson BC, Smithers BC, Vancouver BC, Vernon BC, Victoria BC, Whitehorse YT.
Plus: Film Night, April 9 in Winnipeg.
All details are below.

38 Confirmed Actions, Tues April 9, noon-1:00:

P Town Location Host Contact
ON Barrie Office of Patrick Brown, MP, 299 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 200. Join local folks who have collected over 100 signatures on the petition!
ON Belleville Constituency Office of Daryl Kramp, MP for Prince Edward Hastings, 1 Millennium Parkway. Hosted by National Farmers Union Northumberland/ Hastings/ Prince Edward Local 334. Contact: John Della Bosca at 613-471-1234, johndb@xplornet.ca
ON Brantford Constituency office of Phil McColeman, MP for Brant. 108 St. George St., Brantford. Hosted by National Farmers Union Brant/Hamilton/Halton Local 351. Contact: Ted Shelegy, 519-446-1824.
ON Goderich Constituency Office of Ben Lobb, 30 Victoria St. North Hosted by National Farmers Union Locals Bruce 320 and Huron 335.

Contact: Linda Baumberger


ON Guelph 1 Stone Rd West. (Stone Rd Complex. building with blue windows all around it) March to Monsanto. Street food cooked by local restaurant Artisanale! Come early to park! Click here for important details on this action.

Hosted by National Farmers Union Waterloo/ Wellington Local 340, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network,

Council of Canadians – Guelph Chapter, Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice, OPIRG-Guelph

Contact: Donna Jennison halojen@rogers.com
ON Hawkesbury Constituency Office of Pierre Lemieux, MP for Glengarry Prescott-Russell, 136 Main St. E., Hosted by National Farmers Union Stormont/Dundas/ Glengarry/ Ottawa/Prescott -Russell Local 362. Contact: Les Gills 613-528-4865
ON Kingston Market Square, behind City Hall. Kingston and the Islands MP Ted Hsu will speak at the rally, and participants will be able to sign a petition and letters for MPs and Cabinet ministers. Hosted by National Farmers Union Local 316 – Frontenac, Lennox-Addington

Contact: Dianne Dowling

613-546-0869 or dowling@kos.net

ON Kitchener-Waterloo Constituency Office of Peter Braid. 22 King St. South, Waterloo Hosted by Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

Contact: Taarini Chopra campaigns@cban.ca


ON Lambton County Request to meet with Pat Davidson, MP for Sarnia Lambton

Hosted by National Farmers Union Lambton

Local 328

Contact: Tammy Van Troost 519-864-0939

bearcreek organics@ ebtech.net

ON London Office of Ed Holder, MP for London West, 200-390 Commissioners Rd West National Farmers Union Middlesex Local 312 Malorie malorie100@hotmail.com
ON Midland Request to meet with Bruce Stanton MP for Simcoe Dufferin. Hosted by National Farmers Union Simcoe/Dufferin Local 347. Contact Chris Litster, 705-534-7626.
ON Orangeville Constituency Office of David Tilson, MP for Dufferin Caldeon, 299 Broadway St., Orangeville. Hosted by National Farmers Union Simcoe/ Dufferin Local 347. Contact Michelle at 519-941-1099 or michelle@ wholevillage.org
ON Ottawa Office of Variety Registration, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 59 Camelot Drive (Nepean) off Merivale Rd near West Hunt Club Hosted by National Farmers Union Local 362 – Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Ottawa, Prescott-Russell; 310 – Lanark

Contact: Lucy Sharratt info@cban.ca 613 241 2267 ext 25

Car pooling coordination in the works! Contact us!

ON Owen Sound Office of Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, 1131 2nd Avenue East. Hosted by National Farmers Union Grey County Local 344. Contact: Philip Woodhouse, 519 599 5041 pwoodhouse9@gmail.com
ON Port Colborne Outside the Office of MP Malcolm Allen. 92 Charlotte St Contact: Tracy ttarran@hotmail.com905-834-1920
ON Stratford Constituency Office of Gary Schellenberger, MP for Perth Wellington. 544 Huron St., Stratford. Hosted by National Farmers Uion Perth/Oxford Local 341. Contact: Ann Slater, aslater@quadro.net 519-349-2448
ON Toronto Outside St Lawrence Market (on the sidewalk). 95 Front St E. Click here for info and posters! Hosted by The Big Carrot Natural Food Market, No More GMOs Toronto, Kids Right to Know March, Millions Against Monsanto Toronto, Canadian Organic Growers Toronto

Contact: info@ nomoregmos.ca


ON Thunder Bay

Office of MP Bruce Hyer, 69 North Court Street.

Join beekeepers and sign the petition!

ON Welland Office of Malcolm Allen, 60 King Street
NS Wolfville Constituency Office of Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants. 24 Harbourside Drive, Suite 101A. Come and sign the petition!

Contact: Holly


NB Moncton Office of MP Robert Goguen, 34 King St National Farmers Union-NB
NB Florenceville Spring Show and Sale, Florenceville, Carleton County. Come by and sign the petition! Hosted by the National Farmers Union-NB and OCIA (Organic Crop Improvement Association) -NB
PQ Montreal Devant les bureaux d’agriculture Canada. 2001 University. Hosted by Vigilance OGM contact@infoogm.qc.ca
PQ Lévis (Québec) Devant les bureaux du députe et ministre conservateur Steven Blaney 115, route du Président Kennedy, Bureau 101 (bureau principal) Hosted by Vigilance OGM contact@infoogm.qc.ca
MB Brandon Office of MP Merve Tweed 8-223 18th St. N. Local farmers will present a letter and then rally! Region 5 National Farmers Union Contact: Ian Robson 204 858-2479 –ILrobson@xplornet.ca
MB Winnipeg

Film Showing: The World According to Monsanto. University of Winnipeg, Convocation room


Hosted by the Jewish Chamber of Commerce and Green Action Centre.
SK North Battleford Constituency Office of Gerry Ritz, MP for Battlefords—Lloydminster and Minister of Agriculture. 1322 100th Street, North Battleford. Hosted by National Farmers Union Local 628. Contact: Glenn Tait, gttait@sasktel.net; 306 481 4449
AB Camrose

Constituency Office of Kevin Sorenson (MP for Crowfoot) 4945 – 50 Street

Camrose. We will be meeting at The University of Alberta Augustana Campus (4901 46 Ave, Camrose at 10 AM to prepare for the rally. We will walk from the campus to our MP’s office at 12 PM.

Contact: Takota Coen takota_coen@live.com


AB Edmonton Constituency Office of Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton-Central. 11156 – 142 ST NW

John Schneider – Gold Forest Grains farmer and

Doug Scott – NFU Board Member / wheat and canola farmer

Region 7 will speak at the rally.

Contact: Dana 780-995-9234
AB Calgary Gather on the front lawn of Glenmore Landing, by the big rotating sign facing 14th Street – near the Constituency Office of Stephen Harper – 1600 – 90th Avenue SW . From 14th Street SW you can turn west onto 90th Ave. People who are driving can park on 92nd Ave Nathan: nathanf@mycnf.com
AB Grande Prairie Office of MP Chris Warkentin 201-10625 Westside Drive, Grande Prairie Hosted by the National Farmers Union and Organic Alberta
AB Red Deer Meet at Red Deer City Hall and walk to Earl Dreeshens office 4315 – 55 Ave.
BC Duncan Charles Hoey Park in downtown Duncan. Jean Crowder, the MP for Nanaimo-Cowichan National Farmers Union and the Cowichan Green Community Contact: Cowichan Green Community: 250-748-8506 or
BC Courtenay “Lunchtime Letters” letter writing event at The Zocalo – 208A 5th St, Courtenay at 12 noon. We’ll be writing both MPs John Duncan and Gerry Ritz! Hosted by GE Watch Comox Valley and The Comox Valley Organic Collective

Contact: Arzeena Hamir arzeenahamir@shaw.ca

250 702 5657

BC Kamloops MP Cathy McLeod 979 Victoria St

Hosted by Shuswap Thompson Organic Producers Association


Contact: Sarah c.sharder@gmail.com
BC Kelowna Outside Office of Ron Cannan, MP for Kelowna-Lake Country
114 – 1835 Gordon Drive (Capri Mall)To present a petition with over 700 signatures!
Hosted by the True Food Foundation Contact: Heidi Osterman truefoodfoundation@shaw.ca
BC Langley Langley MP Mark Warawa, 104-4769 222nd Street Hosted by GE Free Langley Contact: Bobbie Blair bobbie@bobbieblair.com
BC Nelson Outside the Kootenay Co-op! 295 Baker Street. Come and sign the petition! Hosted by the National Farmers Union; Kootenay Lake Agricultural Society; Kootenay Organic Growers; West Kootenay Eco Society.

Colleen Ross: colleen.ross.3012@gmail.com

613 213 1522

BC Smithers Noon to 1pm at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Main St, Smithers. Join local organic farmers! Contact: Jonathan 250-842-0088 or farm@woodgrain.ca
BC Vancouver Outside Vancouver South MP Wai Young’s office, 6406 Victoria Drive, to collect signatures and deliver petition against genetically engineered Alfalfa
BC Vernon Constituency Office of Colin Mayes. 3105 29 St. Vernon Organized by a group of Secondary School students! Contact: Kelsi Evans kelsievans@hotmail.ca
BC Victoria 816 Government Street Candace Thompson from Eagle Paws Organics (Sooke) and Heather Stretch of Saanich Organics

Contact: Joan 250 294-1339

Russow DrjRussow@gmail.com

YT Whitehorse Office of MP Ryan Leef – with signs and petition! 204 Black Street Whitehorse. Corner of Black Street and Second Ave. Hosted by Growers of Organic Food Yukon (GoOFY) Contact: Brian Lendrum 867.633.4201 lendrumross@northwestel.net

What will the Day of Action Include? Rallies outside local MP offices across Ontario and in other provinces. The day can also include meetings with MPs in their constituency offices. Bring your banners. Bring your voices. Together we can stop the release of GM alfalfa in Canada.

Why is Stopping GM Alfalfa Urgent? Monsanto’s GM alfalfa could be registered for use in Eastern Canada this April. GM Roundup Ready alfalfa varieties have just been cleared for the last step before they hit the market – all they need now is a final registration rubber-stamp by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The Canadian Seed Trade Association and its corporate members including Monsanto, Pioneer and Forage Genetics International are also actively trying to get support for the release of GM alfalfa.

Because alfalfa is a perennial plant that is pollinated by bees, genetically modified alfalfa will inevitably cross-pollinate with non-GM and organic alfalfa, threatening the livelihoods of family farmers across Canada. Prairie farmers have already rejected GM alfalfa for these reasons so now the industry is trying to introduce GM alfalfa in Eastern Canada.

This call for action was issued by the National Farmers Union-Ontario.

For details please contact Lucy Sharratt at the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) 613 241 2267 ext. 25 coordinator@cban.ca

More information:

Why is GM Alfalfa Such a Huge Threat? GM contamination is inevitable because alfalfa is a perennial crop pollinated by insects. In Ontario, weeds are becoming resistant to glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup): another glyphosate tolerant crop like Roundup Ready alfalfa would increase these weeds. Alfalfa is almost always grown in a mix with grasses and establishes readily without the use of herbicides. Farmers don’t want or need Roundup Ready alfalfa. If genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered or GE) alfalfa is released in Eastern Canada, it will have negative impacts on a wide range of farmers and farming systems, both conventional and organic. Click here for more information on GM alfalfa.

Why is Alfalfa Important? Alfalfa (commonly harvested as hay) is a high-protein forage fed to animals like dairy cows, beef cattle, lambs, poultry and pigs. It‘s also used to build nutrients and organic matter in the soil, making it particularly important for organic farming. If it’s introduced, GM alfalfa will ruin export markets for alfalfa products, contaminate family farms, make it more difficult for farmers to control weeds, and threaten the future of organic food and farming in Canada.

How Can I Organize an Action in My Community? The National Farmers Union and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network have produced an action kit with details on how to make your action successful. We have posters, flyers, information on GM alfalfa and other materials to help you. Please also feel free to contact CBAN for direct support or to discuss ideas – call Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network at 613 241 2267 ext 25 or email Lucy at coordinator@cban.ca

What Else Can I Do to Help?

  1. Come out on April 9! Bring your friends and family!
  2. Help spread the word about April 9 to groups in your community, ask them to get involved.
  3. Help publicize the action in your community by putting up posters, handing out flyers, and posting through email and facebook.
  4. Contact media in your community to tell them about the Day of Action and encourage them to cover the rallies.
  5. Collect signatures on the petition to stop GM alfalfa and bring them to your MP on April 9. See https://cban.ca/alfalfapetition
  6. Be a part of the Day of Action even if there is not a rally in your community! Check here for details on how you can participate on and before April 9.
  7. Order GM Alfalfa action postcards for distribution in your community by emailing info@cban.ca

The following resolution was passed on March 2, 2013 at the NFU Region 3 Convention/NFU-Ontario AGM: “Be it resolved that the National Farmers Union – Ontario call on farm organizations in Ontario and across Canada, other civil society organizations and concerned consumers to join NFU-O members in a day of action against the release of GM alfalfa to be held at MP’s constituency offices on April 9, 2013.”

This call to action was issued by the National Farmers Union-Ontario, March 9 2013.