Robert Abbott

Carbon tax constitutional, court rules

Ontario’s Court of Appeal has ruled that the federal government’s carbon tax is constitutional.

Three of the five judges on the court’s panel rejected the provincial government’s claim that the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, which Ottawa says will reduce Canada’s carbon footprint, overstepped federal authority. The judges spent four days debating the issue and released the court’s 93-page decision Friday afternoon.

“Parliament has determined… Continue reading

Ontario tackles death and taxes with proposed estate changes.

The Ontario government is moving ahead with plans to reduce the amount of money families must pay in estate taxes after the death of a loved one.

Right now, estates valued at $1,000 or less are exempted from the estate administration tax, but the province charges $5 per every $1,000 of the first $50,000 of the value of an estate.

After that, the tax is… Continue reading

Uncle Bob’s Ontario Popping Corn

Descended from early United Empire Loyalists settlers in the area, Blair Townsend is a third generation Norfolk County tobacco farmer. In 1985 during a market downturn, his father and three associates, all tobacco growers, were looking for a way to combine forces and diversify. After considerable market research, they decided to plant popping corn. The variety decided upon was white-hull-less, a “finicky” crop because of… Continue reading

Ontario Corn Report for 2018


The March 2018 planting intentions report by Statistics Canada estimated Ontario farmers intended to plant 2.2 million acres of grain corn, comparing to a 5-year (2013-2017) average of 2.1 million acres (OMAFRA Crop Statistics).

A cool April coupled with snow and freezing rain events through to the middle of the month limited early field work. A warm dry period during the last week of… Continue reading

Ferrero extends productions agreement for hazelnuts in Ontario

Ferrero Canada has signed a new three-year memorandum of understanding with the Ontario Hazelnut Association, doubling its original three-year agreement.

The global chocolate and confectionery manufacturer wants to help develop hazelnut varieties that are suitable for southern Ontario’s climate and soil conditions so the company can have a reliable supply for its Brantford plant and “de-risk” its supply chain, Acevedo said.

Under the original agreement,… Continue reading