News Article | May 23, 2017
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 23, 2017) - Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Graham Lloyd as General Manager effective August 1, 2017. "We find ourselves in very interesting times, where trade, growth, innovation, and consumer trends dictate the landscape and opportunities ahead," says Ralph Dietrich, DFO Chair. "Graham Lloyd's leadership will be invaluable during these times. Our focus is to work with our industry partners to continue to strengthen Canadian dairy and work collaboratively with government toward positive outcomes." Mr. Lloyd started his career with the dairy industry as DFO's General Counsel and Secretary to the Board in July 2011 and his portfolio expanded to include Director of Communications, where he became heavily involved in government relations and managed the activities of the Communication Division. As part of the senior management team at DFO, Mr. Lloyd has been instrumental in many accomplishments, such as the implementation of the national ingredient strategy and seizing significant market growth opportunities. He has built very strong relationships and is valued for his strategic thinking, especially with government decision-makers and with our processors. "Graham has a reputation for his relentless pursuit of excellence," added Dietrich. "I am confident that he will serve the industry with focus and determination, always looking out for the best interests of our dairy farmers." "Graham has built valuable relationships with governments and industry stakeholders. He is taking over at a critical time in the history of the dairy industry," says Peter Gould, DFO's current GM who retires July 31, 2017. "I am confident he will represent the industry well and ensure the best interests of dairy farmers and our industry partners are served. I know Graham will keep DFO in the forefront of Canadian agriculture." "This is a great honour and privilege. Dairy is an important contributor to the Canadian economy and to the health of Canadians," says Lloyd. "We have a great team at DFO and I look forward to working hard on behalf of dairy farmers and our stakeholders to grow our industry." Mr. Lloyd will start his position on August 1, 2017 immediately following the retirement of DFO's current General Manager Peter Gould. Dairy Farmers of Ontario is the marketing group for the largest sector of Ontario agriculture. We are proudly owned and operated by the farm families of Ontario's dairy farms.
News Article | December 30, 2016
As many as 20,000 dead fish and other sea animals have washed on the western shores of Nova Scotia, leaving Canadian authorities worried about the cause of such a massive fish kill. Officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) investigated reports on Wednesday, Dec. 28, of thousands of dead sea creatures ending up on the beaches of Annapolis and Digby counties. Among those that washed up along the coast were carcasses of crabs, lobsters, scallops, starfish, and various species of fish. Authorities have begun testing for low oxygen levels or potential pesticide contamination in the water. They've also issued a warning to the public to buy their seafood only from authorized vendors as a precaution. In a post on Twitter, the DFO advised residents of affected areas not to collect any of the dead fish and sea creatures that wash up on the shore. While authorities have yet to determine the exact cause of the fish kill, the event appears to be connected to a recent spate of marine animal die-offs along the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia over the past few weeks. Earlier this month, thousands of herring were found dead on shores along the Annapolis Basin. This came just a few weeks after masses of the same fish species ended up on St. Marys Bay. The latest die-offs were discovered on the beach near Savary Provincial Park in Plympton on Boxing Day, Dec. 26. Residents found thousands of crabs, lobster, bar clams, scallops, starfish, herring carcasses lining up the coast. DFO regional director general Doug Wentzell said they have asked the help of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Environment as well as the Climate Change Canada to get to the bottom of the mysterious fish kills. The agencies, however, haven't determined the cause of the mass die-offs as of yet. Wentzell said they weren't able to detect any evidence of infections or deadly agents in the water. The DFO are now planning to test some of the other species that have turned up dead on the shores in recent weeks. Tests on possible viral outbreaks in the water are still ongoing. These could take a longer time to finish since it involves the cultivation of specimens in the laboratory. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said a number of factors could trigger a mass fish kill. One of the most common causes is low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water. This is believed to be the cause of similar mass die-offs of fish in the Indian River Lagoon in Florida and the Hongcheng Lake in China. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
News Article | November 10, 2016
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 9, 2016) - The successful implementation of the government's National Oceans Protection Plan will require the reversal of previous government's cuts to scientists. "We welcome the government's announcement of the National Oceans Protection Plan," said PIPSC President, Debi Daviau. "We strongly believe that hiring at least 150 scientists should be included as a priority to make up for the professional positions that were eliminated at the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in recent years." The government's initiative will provide $1.5 billion in funding over five years to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). This announcement is long overdue and absolutely necessary if there is going to be more shipping traffic in the coming years. The new spending is especially positive given the legacy of cuts inherited from the last government. PIPSC has been vocal in our opposition to the closing of Coast Guard facilities, diminishing research capacity at science based departments like DFO, and the weakening of emergency preparedness units. Protecting our coast lines and waterways is of vital importance today and for future generations. In doing so it is essential that the Coast Guard's invaluable front-line response and enforcement function work in a coordinated manner with researchers and scientific regulatory experts at DFO to ensure evidence is driving the decision making process. "The lifework of these public service professionals is to ensure our coastal communities are safe and our aquatic ecosystems are protected," said Daviau. "If the cuts to the professional positions at DFO and CCG are reversed, this investment will increase capacity in critical areas and assist these professionals in carrying out the organization's mandate." Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter (@pipsc_ipfpc)
News Article | February 16, 2017
Note aux rédacteurs : Une photo est associée à ce communiqué de presse. L'honorable Dominic LeBlanc, c.p., c.r., député et ministre des Pêches, des Océans et de la Garde côtière canadienne, a visité le chantier naval Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) de Seaspan pour y effectuer directement un examen sur place des progrès réalisés à l'égard de la construction des trois nouveaux navires hauturiers de sciences halieutiques (NHSH) de la Garde côtière. Ces trois nouveaux NHSH sont les premiers bâtiments à être construits dans le chantier naval VSY dans le cadre de la Stratégie nationale de construction navale (SNCN). Les navires de cette envergure sont construits par sections qui sont par la suite assemblées pour former le navire au complet. Les sections principales du premier NHSH sont presque complètement assemblées; la structure centrale du bâtiment est en place et celui-ci revêt son apparence finale. Les sections formant la coque du deuxième NHSH sont en voie d'être assemblées; le Ministre a ainsi pu observer la pose de la quille alors qu'il était sur place. La construction du troisième NHSH a récemment été entamée au chantier naval VSY. Les nouveaux NHSH permettront à Pêches et Océans Canada et à la Garde côtière canadienne de poursuivre d'importants travaux scientifiques et de recherche comme la collecte de renseignements concernant la répartition, l'abondance et la biologie de nos espèces sur les côtes de l'Atlantique et du Pacifique. « Je suis heureux des progrès réalisés concernant la construction des navires hauturiers de sciences halieutiques au chantier naval VSY de Seaspan. La pose de la quille du second NHSH a été un moment phare puisque les parties assemblées nous montrent déjà à quoi va ressembler le navire. Ce projet, parmi d'autres projets ayant trait à la Stratégie nationale de construction navale et au Plan de renouvellement de la flotte de la Garde côtière, fournira aux hommes et aux femmes de la Garde côtière et à nos scientifiques, l'équipement nécessaire qui leur permettra de mener leurs travaux de grande importance pour les Canadiens. » L'honorable Dominic LeBlanc, c.p., c.r., député et ministre des Pêches, des Océans et de la Garde côtière canadienne « C'est un honneur pour le chantier naval Vancouver Shipyards de Seaspan de célébrer la pose de la quille pour le second navire hauturier de sciences halieutiques (NHSH) en présence du ministre LeBlanc. La cérémonie d'aujourd'hui marque un important jalon pour la Stratégie nationale de construction navale et sert de testament à la dynamique continue du programme des NHSH pour nos clients de la Garde côtière et les milliers de Canadiens partout au pays qui font partie intégrante de cette impulsion. » Pour de plus amples renseignements au sujet de la Garde côtière canadienne, visitez le www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca. Pour voir la photo associée à ce communiqué, veuillez visiter le lien suivant : http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/DFO.jpg
News Article | February 16, 2017
Note to editors: There is a photo associated with this press release. The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, toured Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) for a first-hand review of the progress on the Coast Guard's three new Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels (OFSVs). The three new OFSVs are the first ships to be built at VSY under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Ships as large as these are built in blocks which are then fit together to form the whole vessel. The main blocks for the first OFSV are almost completely joined - the basic structure of the ship is in place and the vessel resembles its final form. The blocks forming the hull of the second OFSV are now being assembled, allowing the Minister to participate in the ship's the keel-laying while he was onsite. Keel-laying is a significant milestone. For the first time, steel sections, modules, and blocks are joined into a recognizable part of the ship. VSY has recently commenced production on the third OFSV. The new OFSVs will enable Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to continue conducting important science and research work such as collecting information about the distribution, abundance and biology of our species on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. "I am pleased that progress is being made on construction of the Offshore Fisheries Science Vessels at Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards. The keel laying of the second OFSV was a highlight as the pieces are starting to resemble the actual ship. This and other projects under the National Shipbuilding Strategy and the Coast Guard Fleet Renewal Plan will provide the men and women of the Coast Guard and our scientists with the equipment they need to conduct their important work for Canadians." The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard "Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyards is honoured to celebrate the laying of the keel for the second Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel (OFSV) with Minister LeBlanc. Today's ceremony signifies an important milestone in the National Shipbuilding Strategy and serves as a testament to the continuing momentum of the OFSV program for our Coast Guard customers and the many thousands of Canadians involved across the country." For more information about the Canadian Coast Guard, visit www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca. To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/DFO.jpg
News Article | November 16, 2016
MISSISSAUGA, ON--(Marketwired - November 16, 2016) - Gay Lea Foods Co-operative Limited ("Gay Lea Foods") today announced a significant investment of $140 million over four years to establish an innovative, nutrition and nutraceutical-grade dairy ingredients hub in Canada. This unprecedented investment in dairy processing in Canada delivers on the Co-operative's mission to transform more Canadian milk by building an innovative and market-driven ingredients business that caters to our customers' needs. As a 100% Canadian owned and operated co-operative, Gay Lea Foods is committed to strong, sustainable rural communities where our members and employees live and prosper with their families. Phase one will commence in early 2017, with a $60 million expansion plan in the village of Teeswater in Bruce County, Ontario. Phase one also includes a $3 million investment to build a Research & Development Centre of Excellence in Hamilton, Ontario. This working laboratory and innovation incubator will be the nexus between R&D and commercialization throughout Gay Lea Foods' operations, and also service our partners in the dairy, food and health sectors. The first phase also includes upgrades and expansion at our Toronto area food manufacturing facilities to increase our capabilities and competitiveness, improving cost efficiencies, while working to reduce our environmental footprint. "As a dairy farmer and co-operative member owner, I am excited that Gay Lea Foods is driving growth through innovation and the development of new markets that will increase demand for milk from Canadian dairy farms. I am also proud that Gay Lea Foods is once again leading the way by demonstrating that rural Ontario is capable of world class innovation and food manufacturing." - Steve Dolson, Chair, Gay Lea Foods "Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) congratulates and supports Gay Lea Foods in their continued commitment to growing Ontario dairy, through the construction of new, state-of-the-art processing capacity and R&D Centre, to expand markets for Canadian dairy products and ingredients." - Ralph Dietrich, Chair, Dairy Farmers of Ontario "Gay Lea Foods is motivated to shape the Canadian dairy industry of tomorrow while nourishing our farmer-owned co-operative today. Our co-operative is proving that successful and continuous growth as a wholly owned and operating Canadian dairy and food processor is possible. We are pleased to contribute to a growing Canadian economy, creating middle class jobs while sustaining our local communities." - Michael Barrett, President and CEO, Gay Lea Foods ABOUT GAY LEA FOODS In 1958 a group of farmers came together with a common vision -- to better the lives of Ontario farming families and co-operatives. Today, Gay Lea Foods the largest dairy co-operative in Ontario, with members on more than 1,300 dairy farms producing 35% of Ontario's cow milk, and more than 4,000 members in total. 100% Canadian owned and operated, Gay Lea Foods has both licensed dairy cow and goat producer members in Ontario, and processes both types of milk into a range of dairy products. The co-operative is driven by innovation and growing the market for Canadian cow and goat milk, with products ranging from the consumer favourite Spreadables; North America's first Smooth™ Cottage Cheese; and an innovative snack made with 100% cheese, Nothing But Cheese™.
News Article | February 20, 2017
Note aux rédacteurs : Une photo est associée à ce communiqué de presse. La Garde côtière canadienne avise les personnes habitant à Repentigny et le long des berges des rivières L'Assomption, des Prairies, des Mille Îles et Châteauguay, qu'elle entreprendra ses opérations de déglaçage printanier vers le 21 février 2017. La date peut changer sans préavis car les opérations pourraient avoir lieu avant ou après cette période, selon les besoins opérationnels ou les conditions météorologiques du moment. Ces opérations annuelles ont pour but de dégager de leurs glaces l'entrée des affluents et ainsi prévenir les embâcles et les inondations susceptibles de se produire lors du dégel printanier. Les personnes qui ont laissé des installations ou du matériel sur la glace doivent les rapporter sur la rive avant le début des opérations. La Garde côtière canadienne recommande aux promeneurs, pêcheurs et motoneigistes de ne pas demeurer sur la glace lorsqu'ils aperçoivent l'aéroglisseur dans les environs. Des mouvements de glace peuvent en effet se produire et présenter un danger pour toute personne se trouvant dans la zone opérationnelle de la Garde côtière canadienne. Le déglaçage sera effectué par un aéroglisseur de la Garde côtière canadienne, soit le NGCC Mamilossa ou le NGCC Sipu Muin, un véhicule à coussin d'air dont les moteurs font un bruit qui s'apparente à celui d'un avion. Pour de plus amples renseignements au sujet de la Garde côtière canadienne, visitez le www.marinfo.gc.ca ou www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca. Pour voir la photo associée à ce communiqué, veuillez visiter le lien suivant : http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/DFO_22017.jpg
News Article | February 21, 2017
Firemen put out a blaze from a light aircraft which exploded as it smashed into a shopping centre near Melbourne on February 21, 2017 killing five people aboard (AFP Photo/) A light aircraft smashed into shops and exploded into a "massive fireball" killing all five on board, including four American passengers reportedly golfers on the trip of a lifetime, officials in Australia said Tuesday. The twin-engined Beechcraft plane veered just after take-off into a shopping centre, that was still closed, next to Essendon Fields airport near Melbourne. "Five on the aircraft and looks like no one has survived the crash," said Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane. Premier Daniel Andrews described it as "the worst civil aviation accident that our state has seen for 30 years". The private charter from Essendon, north of Melbourne, to King Island, 55 minutes to the south, came down just short of a major motorway packed with the heavy traffic of early morning commuters. Live television footage showed burned out wreckage, flames and major damage at the shopping centre and adjacent buildings. A column of thick black smoke rose into the air as witnesses spoke of an explosion. “The pilot unfortunately attempted to return to Essendon but has crashed into the DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) at Essendon Fields,” Leane told reporters. The centre was not due to open for another hour and the authorities confirmed no one inside was hurt. A taxi driver called ABC radio and told of the "massive fireball" and a landing wheel bouncing onto the motorway. "I saw this plane... when it hit the building there was a massive fireball," said the man called Jason. "I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel -- it looked like a plane wheel -- bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as we were driving along." A shopworker called Ash told Sky News he saw "the fireball go up into the air", adding it "felt like a bomb had gone off". "The fire was just so hot we could not get anywhere near it," he said. "We could see the wreckage, or what was left of it." The US embassy in Canberra said the four passengers were American citizens. "We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who died in today's tragic crash," a spokeswoman said. Melbourne's Herald Sun identified two of the dead as Greg De Haven, 70, a retired FBI agent and lawyer Russell Munsch, both from Texas, who were travelling with two unnamed friends, the daily said. Plumber Michael Howard, 29, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he saw a "blue flash". "I was... just looking out the window... and then all of a sudden I just saw a blue flash come down and then all of a sudden there was a massive fireball." "It was like something from a movie," Howard said. Melbourne fire brigade chief Paul Stacchino tweeted that "more than 60 firefighters have worked hard to bring the fire... under control. Crews to remain on scene for some time". Essendon Fields was closed and all traffic diverted to Melbourne's two larger airports Tullamarine and Avalon.
News Article | February 20, 2017
Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release. The Canadian Coast Guard is informing residents of Repentigny and those living along the shores of the L'Assomption, Des-Prairies, Mille-Îles and Châteauguay Rivers that spring icebreaking operations will begin around February 21, 2017. The date is subject to change with no notice, as activities could begin before or after that period, according to operational requirements or prevailing weather conditions. The purpose of this annual operation is to break up ice at the entrance of the tributaries in order to prevent ice jams and flooding that may result from the spring thaw. Owners of facilities or equipment on the ice should move them safely ashore before operations begin. The Canadian Coast Guard strongly recommends that pedestrians, fishers and snowmobilers leave the ice when they see the Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft in the vicinity. The ice may move, creating a real danger for anyone in the area of Canadian Coast Guard operations. The operation will be carried out by a Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft, either the CCGS Mamilossa or the CCGS Sipu Muin, an air-cushioned vehicle with engines that produce a noise similar to those of an aircraft. For more information about the Canadian Coast Guard, visit www.marinfo.gc.ca or www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca. To view the photo associated with this press release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/DFO_22017.jpg
News Article | February 17, 2017
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 17, 2017) - The Government of Canada is committed to protecting our oceans and marine life for future generations. During his visit to Vancouver this week, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced a suite of initiatives to ensure that our Pacific Coast remains healthy, prosperous and safe for generations to come. The Minister announced the establishment of the new Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Glass Sponge Reefs Marine Protected Area, which will protect large colonies of unique glass sponges estimated to be 9000 years old. The reefs provide refuge, habitat and nursing grounds for many aquatic species such as rockfish, finfish and shellfish. The designation of this Marine Protected Area is a step forward in Canada's plan to protecting 5% of its marine and coastal areas by 2017 and 10% by 2020. In addition, the Minister signed, along with provinces, territories, Indigenous peoples and stakeholders, the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) Plan. This Plan will help protect the health of the North Pacific Coast by setting out a framework to manage the marine activities and resources in that area. Under the Oceans Protection Plan, the government is taking action to better understand and address the cumulative effects of shipping on marine mammals. While speaking to stakeholders at the Vancouver Aquarium, the Minister announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) will work with a coalition of partners to integrate underwater acoustic data to enhance our knowledge on the impacts of noise on marine mammals and make better decisions on how to mitigate these impacts. The Department is currently concluding an agreement with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to further support this project through the acquisition of hydrophones and other acoustic monitoring technology and systems. The Minister also announced that Fisheries and Oceans Canada has launched a science-based review of the effectiveness of current management and recovery actions under way for the southern resident killer whale, the North Atlantic right whale and the St. Lawrence estuary beluga. The science-based review will be completed this summer and will identify key additional measures and priorities for new or enhanced actions. At the Vancouver Aquarium, the Minister also announced over $1 million in support for two new research projects to monitor contaminants and investigate their impacts in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is providing $399,000 to the Vancouver Aquarium to help implement Pollution Tracker, a new science program that will help identify the sources of contaminants in British Columbia and inform policies and management decisions. The Vancouver Aquarium is receiving a further $215,000 to study, for the first time, microplastics in the Arctic Ocean and their biological effects on marine life. An additional $520,000 in in-kind support, such as vessel use, will be provided to assist in the collection of samples. The Minister also highlighted the Government of Canada's commitment to enhancing the prevention and response capacity of the Canadian Coast Guard. New lifeboat stations, modern equipment, and emergency tow packages are among the measures that will be put in place under the Oceans Protection Plan. The Government of Canada will also be establishing a dedicated Primary Environmental Response Team (PERT) near Port Hardy, B.C. "Our Government is acting on its commitment to protect our coasts. While visiting beautiful British Columbia, I met with many partners and stakeholders and saw first-hand the accomplishments we can achieve by working together. With these initiatives, as well as other initiatives under the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan, I know that we will make great strides in safeguarding our coasts for future generations." The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard "Pollution is a major issue for sea life and human health around the world. The Government's announcement addresses the urgent need for data on a wide range of pollutants in coastal British Columbia - including hydrocarbons, flame retardants, and heavy metals - as well the emerging issue of plastics in our oceans. This partnership will help us all understand what needs to be done to protect ocean life and human health for future generations." "This acoustic data project will complement and help expand the work already underway as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority led ECHO program." Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) Plan officially endorsed by all planning partners For more information about the Canadian Coast Guard, visit www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca.