Farmers in Ontario’s vegetable- and fruit-rich Simcoe space took to the streets on Tuesday, in a present of solidarity and protest of the health area’s Part 22 order.
Organized by native asparagus farmer Frank Schonberger, the protest was to deliver consciousness to the plight of farmers within the space who’re struggling to fulfill the health area’s COVID-19 security necessities.
One farmer estimates as many as 200 tractors took half within the protest by way of Simcoe.
A gaggle calling itself Farmers of Ontario’s Backyard stated in an announcement launched Sunday: “Our hands have been tied by our local Haldimand-Norfolk board of health Section 22 order as it pertains to the three-man-per-bunkhouse quarantine regulations and the new federal government switch (COVID) testing procedures.”
The group says the health authority’s order goes above and past what the federal authorities has outlined, and that the three-man rule applies whatever the dimension of the bunkhouse. What’s extra, farmers say the latest federal announcement that short-term international employees should journey alone to farms to quarantine has added extra stress and extra value to coordinate bringing employees residence.
On a Fb submit, Cathie Tokaji-Schonberger posted: “At this time, the farmers of Haldimand and Norfolk are in crisis. The added restriction put upon transportation of our temporary foreign workers in our health district alone has rendered the implementation of quarantining our temporary foreign workers too difficult to achieve for the majority of Norfolk County Farmers. The federal government’s requirement that all workers must be tested on day ten of their quarantine through Switch Health just adds to the difficulty in quarantining workers. This is not about money. It is about time spent complying with over-the-top rules and programs such as offered by Switch Health, which just do not work, at a time when we need to be attending to the details that go into producing safe food for Canadians. Farmers are so preoccupied with attempting to ensure compliance with programs coming at us from all sides.”
The group is asking on all ranges of presidency to assist hold “Ontario’s garden” farmers viable as they enter a second rising season below COVID-19 restrictions.
Felt so good to see and be part of the farming neighborhood coming collectively right this moment ? Sufficient is sufficient. It’s unfair for #ontariosgarden to be below extra regulation than wherever else in Canada. Farmers want all 3 ranges of gov’t coming collectively for an answer. #ontag pic.twitter.com/gXdbpXwejR
— Amanda Dooney (@DooneyRanch) March 23, 2021
Images from right this moment’s #FarmersProtest in #Simcoe. Thanks to The Farmers of Ontario’s Backyard & #OPP for organizing this occasion with security in thoughts.#onpoli #onhealth #NorfolkCounty #haldimandnorfolk #ontag #foodsecurity pic.twitter.com/iQbwElDUle
— RadioFreeNorfolk (@rfnorfolk) March 23, 2021
— Mike Pasztor ??????? (@Pasztor79) March 23, 2021