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The founder and creator of Locals Supporting Locals


Kitty Werthmann, an Austrian World War II survivor, gives her account of Hitler’s takeover of Austria. The similarities to today’s left and their “progressive agenda”, are staggering! This is a MUST WATCH!


LSL -Welcomes Clancys Pub & Grill to our upcoming 2017 Calendar

Locals Supporting Locals is currently putting together our 2017 Calendar and we are putting together some quick shorts describing who they are what they do and how to find. Clancys Pub is located at 333 Martin street Penticton. Fb link –…

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Bayer has confirmed its $66-billion purchase of Monsanto

Please find below, today’s press release from CBAN.

Monsanto is already the largest seed company in the world, and dominates the sales of genetically engineered crops. The Bayer takeover of Monsanto is actually just one of three mega-mergers in seeds and pesticides that would result in just three companies controlling around 60% of the global seeds and pesticide markets. Six companies already control over half of the market. See the details below or at

This merger is now subject to review by anti-competition regulators in countries around the world. Today, CBAN and the Quebec network Vigilance OGM submitted a request to Canada’s Competition Bureau, asking them to review this merger and investigate the potential for this merger to further increase the price of seed, decrease choice in the marketplace for Canadian farmers, and stifle research and development. You can read our submission here:
You can also send your own comment to the Competition Bureau here:

For further discussion of the impacts of corporate control you can also read CBAN’s GMO Inquiry report “Are GM Crops Better for Farmers?”

Press release from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)

Bayer’s Takeover of Monsanto Triggers Anti-Competition Fears
Groups in Canada request Competition Bureau review

Thursday September 15, 2016. Ottawa. Reports that Bayer has confirmed its $66-billion takeover of Monsanto are triggering concerns over increased corporate control in the seeds and pesticides markets from groups monitoring the impacts of genetically engineered crops and foods.

Monsanto is already the world’s largest seed company and dominates the global market for genetically engineered crops. In 2013, Monsanto controlled 26% of the global commercial seed market, and Bayer controlled 3%. Monsanto controlled 8% of the agrochemical market, and Bayer controlled 18%. (1)

“This extreme level of corporate control in seeds and pesticides risks the future of food and farming in Canada, and around the world,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

Bayer and Monsanto are two out of six seed and agrochemical companies that already control 63% of the global commercial seed market and 75% of the pesticides market. (2) In addition to this merger, Dow and Dupont agreed to merge in 2015 and earlier this year, Chinese company ChemChina bought Syngenta. If regulators allow these three mergers, the resulting three companies would control almost 61% of commercial seed sales and more than 65% of global pesticide sales. (3)

Over the past twenty years, seed prices have risen at a faster rate than most other farm inputs, and the price of genetically engineered (GE) seeds is higher than non-GE seeds. (4)

“We need to examine the impacts of these mega-mergers and increasing corporate consolidation in all aspects of our food system,” said Sharratt. “Farmers need access to a diversity of seeds, at fair prices.”

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and the Quebec network Vigilance OGM are asking Canada’s Competition Bureau to investigate the potential impacts of this merger on Canadian farmers and farm businesses.

Corporate consolidation in the seed market over the past twenty years has been driven, in part, by the interest in genetic engineering and the potential profits offered by gene patents in particular.


For more information: Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network,613 809 1103.

(1) 2013 data from ETC Group December 2015, Breaking Bad: Big Ag Mega-Mergers in Play data for 2014 is also available from ETC Group.
(2) Ibid.
(3) ETC Group. 2016. Merge-Santo: New Threat to Food Sovereignty. March 23
(4) Research discussed in “Are GM Crops Better for Farmers?” 2015 from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network

The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) brings together 17 organizations to research, monitor and raise awareness about issues relating to genetic engineering in food and farming. CBAN members include farmer associations, environmental and social justice organizations, and regional coalitions of grassroots groups. CBAN is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform.

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Suite 206, 180 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K2P 1P5

FL to spray for Zika with chemical that killed 3 million bees

Planes are actively spraying a powerful pesticide to combat the Zika virus near Miami Beach despite a week of protests. Similar deployments of the spray intended to fight Zika in South Carolina this month killed nearly 3 million bees. Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, joins RT America’s Simone Del Rosario to discuss the risks to health.


FortisBC has received approval from the BC Utilities Commission to increase natural gas rates, starting October 1st 2016.“Natural gas prices have risen since spring 2016. The hotter-than-normal summer, for most of Canada and the US, has resulted in higher-than-expected continental demand for electricity, which is often generated by natural gas,” said Dennis Swanson, vice president of energy supply, FortisBC.“This, combined with a slowdown in natural gas production, has led to an increase in prices during the past few months.”

The majority of natural gas customers will see an increase to their cost of gas of $0.909 per gigajoule (GJ), meaning the cost of gas will change from $1.141/GJ to $2.050/GJ. That is an increase of just under 80%. However, commodity fees is just a part of a customers bill. The changes will result in a 12% bump on the average bill.

FortisBC says the change will cost the average BC customer an extra $82 a year, a number that will likely be significantly higher for northern climates. The increase will be reviewed in three months.

** a previous version of the story used a headline indicating natural gas rates are going up 80%. While the commodity price is, it’s just one part of what makes up an overall customer bill. Customers can expect a 12% increase at the end of the day.

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LSL- Interview with Ron Barillaro on Parking Meters in Penticton

This interview is an excerpt from the rally that took place on Sept 6,2016 from the group Penticton Citizens First. We talk with Ron in regards to paid parking meters potentially being erected on both of our lakes and the potential backlash that could bring on our tourism and locals. The City has NOT engaged the citizens of Penticton on this and many other issues. Hence the group Penticton Citizens First has been formed
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LSL- 700 Penticton residents Rally to oppose development of Skaha Park (pt 1))

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3 Video’s Below 

Penticton Citizens First , a new group formed held a Rally in Gyro Park September 6 ,2016 to oppose the commercial development of Skaha Lake Park but as well intend on tackling other issue’s that effect us in our community.Other issue’s include parking meters sewer taxes ..etc…

This is an edited version of just Nelson Meikle speaking in regards to Skaha Lake Park and will post other speakers on separate video due to time length
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2nd video in full for those who wish to see all and hold news media accountable
3rd video – LSL- Interview with Ron Barillaro on Parking Meters in Penticton

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