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Friday, February 7, 2020

Ontario Ag Minister Touts Bill 156 In Blyth

Blyth | by Fadi Didi  

Ernie Hardeman speaks with livestock producers about proposed bill to strengthen trespass laws for producers, processors.

Ontario's Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs paid a visit to Blyth to discuss a proposed bill affecting farmers.

Ernie Hardeman joined Huron-Bruce Progressive Conservative MPP Lisa Thompson in the North Huron town Friday, touting the benefits of Bill 156.

The "Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act" is meant to better protect livestock farmers and processors from demonstrators trespassing on their property.

Part of Bill 156 allows producers to, "take certain actions in situations where a person trespasses on an animal protection zone, or does any of the things prohibited."

A first offence of Bill 156 would result in a $15 thousand fine for the trespasser, and $25 thousand fines for subsequent offences.

The bill would also allow courts to order restitution in cases where a farmer has suffered
damages to their livestock or from theft.

Hardeman has been travelling throughout the province for the last month, touting the benefits of the bill, which is currently in its second reading at Queen's Park.

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