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Niagara Agriculture Lifetime Achievement (NALA) Awards Evening 7:00 pm
Niagara Agriculture Lifetime Achievement (NALA) Awards Evening @ Ramada Jordan Beacon Harborside
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm
The Niagara North Federation of Agriculture invites you to the Niagara Agriculture Lifetime Achievement (NALA) Awards Evening. The Niagara Agriculture Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Joseph Pohorly of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Golden Horseshoe Farm and Food Alliance will present to 10 farm families who have been farming for 150 years. There will be a silent auction with proceeds being donated to Niagara 4-H Program. Presentations will begin at 8:00pm. Doors open at 6:30pm. Hors d’oeuvres and light snacks will be served at 7pm. There will be a cash bar. Please contact Cathy Mous (contact information above) for more information and to purchase tickets. This event is hosted by the Niagara North Federation of Agriculture.
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Agricultural System for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 7:30 pm
Agricultural System for the Greater Golden Horseshoe @ Rittenhouse Hall, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm
Speakers: Patrick Robson – Niagara College Helma Geerts – Land Use Policy & Stewardship, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Come out to learn about the new Agricultural System for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, guidelines and mapping, and how they may impact land use planning. For more information, contact George Mitges, P.Ag. at George@georgemitgesandassociates.com. Click here to review the draft agricultural mapping and procedures. Everyone is welcome to attend. This event is hosted by the Ontario Institute of Agrologists (Niagara Branch) & Niagara North Federation of Agriculture.
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Niagara Farm Day 10:00 am
Niagara Farm Day @ West Niagara Agricultural Centre
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Niagara Farm Day organizers hope this event will become an annual opportunity for families to spend time learning about Niagara agriculture and its important contribution to our food supply and the local economy. Visitors to Niagara Farm Day will be able to visit with a number of primary producers who will each have a display featuring the primary focus of their farm. This will include dairy, bees, horse, beef, grains & oilseeds, flowers and more. Plans are also under way to allow visitors to experience a virtual reality tour of a farm with technology supplied by Farm & Food Care. As the event draws closer, additional details and additional confirmations of participating commodities will become available. In the meantime, organizers invite everyone to “save the date” and plan to attend a fun agricultural themed family event. A great way to welcome the Spring season. This event is hosted by the Niagara Federations of Agriculture & West Niagara Agricultural Society.
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GMOs in 2018: What’s the Latest on Biotech in our Food Systems? 1:00 pm
GMOs in 2018: What’s the Latest on Biotech in our Food Systems? @ Online
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm
Canada is the fourth largest producer of genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) crops, and now Canadians are the first in the world to eat a genetically modified fish. What GM foods are we eating, and what’s next? What can we already conclude about the impacts and risks of GM crops and foods in Canada after twenty years? This webinar will provide a run-down of where we are with the technology and its products, to provide food movement activists with some information and analysis to examine the present and future of GMOs. Join the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network for a run down if the most relevant updates, and a brief response to industry’s key public relations messages including the argument that we need GM crops to feed the world. Bring your questions and issues to the table. This webinar is hosted by Food Secure Canada.
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Dirty Drop-off: Children’s Exposure to Air Pollutants at School 1:00 pm
Dirty Drop-off: Children’s Exposure to Air Pollutants at School @ Online
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
The use of private vehicles for student drop-off can significantly increase local concentrations of air pollution at schools. This webinar will feature a presentation by Dr Matthew Adams, followed by a Q&A. Dr Matthew Adams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research has found elevated levels of air pollution around designated pick-up zones from idling cars and also extending to nearby kindergarten and playground areas. Attend this webinar to find out more about: Impacts of vehicle emissions on children Research methodolgy for assessing vehicle emissions and pollution concentration levels How kiss’n’ride vehicle drop-off can affect air quality at schools Potential mitigation measures, including school site design This webinar is hosted by Green Communities Canada.
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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Apr
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GMOs in 2018: What’s the Latest on Biotech in our Food Systems? @ Online
Apr 25 @ 1:00 pm

Canada is the fourth largest producer of genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) crops, and now Canadians are the first in the world to eat a genetically modified fish. What GM foods are we eating, and what’s next? What can we already conclude about the impacts and risks of GM crops and foods in Canada after twenty years?

This webinar will provide a run-down of where we are with the technology and its products, to provide food movement activists with some information and analysis to examine the present and future of GMOs.

Join the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network for a run down if the most relevant updates, and a brief response to industry’s key public relations messages including the argument that we need GM crops to feed the world. Bring your questions and issues to the table.

This webinar is hosted by Food Secure Canada.

Apr
26
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Dirty Drop-off: Children’s Exposure to Air Pollutants at School @ Online
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The use of private vehicles for student drop-off can significantly increase local concentrations of air pollution at schools.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Dr Matthew Adams, followed by a Q&A.

Dr Matthew Adams is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research has found elevated levels of air pollution around designated pick-up zones from idling cars and also extending to nearby kindergarten and playground areas.

Attend this webinar to find out more about:

  • Impacts of vehicle emissions on children
  • Research methodolgy for assessing vehicle emissions and pollution concentration levels
  • How kiss’n’ride vehicle drop-off can affect air quality at schools
  • Potential mitigation measures, including school site design

This webinar is hosted by Green Communities Canada.

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Implementing the Agriculture System in Your Municipality @ Canada Hall, East Gwillimbury Sports Complex
May 2 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Mark your calendars for a workshop for planners and economic developers on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, designed to help attendees understand and implement the Agriculture System at the local level.

Agenda:
9:30 am.
Arrival, Registration and Coffee
10:00 am. Welcome and Introductions
10:15 am. Agriculture as an Economic Driver – The land base, the businesses and connectivity (Danielle Collins, Ontario Federation of Agriculture)
10:30 am. Implementing the Agriculture System (Helma Geerts, Arthur Churchyard, Carolyn Puterbough, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)
12:00 pm. Lunch
12:45 pm. Planning for Ag Systems at Regional and Lower Level Municipalities (Jennifer Best, Senior Planner, York Region; Faye Langmaid, Manager Special Projects, Planning Services, Clarington)
1:30 pm. Table Talk – Potential Opportunities and Barriers in Your Municipality
2:00 pm. Agriculture Systems that Work – Best Practices (speakers to be confirmed)
3:00 pm. Final Remarks

This event is hosted by the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

May
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#Rethink Niagara Data Forum @ Heartland Forest
May 8 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

You are invited to participate in a half-day forum to begin building the Niagara Data Repository and Refinery tool; and provide input to Ontario’s Open Government Action Plan 2020.

Agenda:
8:30 Registration
9:00 Building the Niagara Data Repository and Refinery Tool

  • Data Landscape in Niagara Environmental Scan
  • Canadian Open Data Summit in Niagara, Nov. 7-9, 2018
  • Niagara Data Repository and Refinery Tool: Governance, architecture, construction steps

10:30 Break
10:45-12:30 Open Government Action Plan 2020 Workshop and Working Lunch

  • Provide input to the Open Government team of the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat on the challenges and opportunities on public engagement, inclusive and accessible open government and access to valuable information

This event is hosted by Niagara Connects.

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