GE Free Comox Valley

Say No to GMO

Speaker’s Tour

Thierry Vrain

I am asking you to support my campaign to test and label genetically engineered foods. I am a retired scientist and I am alarmed at the avalanche of scientific studies out of Europe showing that Genetically Engineered plants contain rogue proteins that can be allergenic or toxic. Rats fed GMO plants show organ damage after a few months. I want to tour 100 towns and address 20,000 people in BC and Alberta this fall and winter to give my presentation on GMOs and make them aware of the conclusions of the latest scientific studies. I have already presented it to a small number of groups and communities in Vancouver and on Vancouver Island, where I live. I want to raise the alarm so that the provincial and federal agencies will take notice.

Comox Valley
YOUR Health and Genetically Engineered Foods Forum

Thursday, Nov 14th 2013, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Filberg Centre, Conference Hall, 411 Anderton Road, Courtenay

 Do you want to live a healthy life? Are you concerned about your food ?

Come learn how current farming practices, genetically engineered foods and the use of herbicides may be affecting your health and our planet.


Thierry Vrain

Dr. Thierry Vrain was a soil biologist and a genetic engineer with Agriculture Canada for 30 years.  He was the Head of the Biotechnology Department at the Summerland Research Centre, managing the research programs of 40 professional and technical employees and providing leadership for scientific committees and organizations to evaluate research proposals, educate and advise on scientific issues. He provided scientific journals with reviews and editorial evaluations of scientific manuscripts, and technical expertise to governments to evaluate diagnostics and exclusion policies, and to Universities in Canada and abroad to educate students and staff, and supervise research projects. Thierry retired in 2002 and created a little herbal farm on Vancouver Island where he teaches soil health. He has slipped into the persona of “a scientist turned activist” and he lectures about GMOs.

Thierry Vrains presentation on November 14, 2013.

Jan SlompJan Slomp and partner Marian own and operate a dairy farm since 1979, the first ten years in the Netherlands and since 1989 in central Alberta. Jan milked his first cow in 1962 and has seen dairy farming change, from before 1960 without any fossil fuel, through the green revolution, into a highly intensive and productive sector. He altered his objectives in the nineties, from ever increasing productivity into a more holistic and sustainable farming approach. The number one guide in pursuing his goals is soil and animal health. Jan is board member of the National Farmers Union and in that capacity was active in order to get a ban on the use of Bovine Growth Hormone in Canada. He is compelled to warn fellow farmers for the lack of a precautionary approach in the regulatory regime for agriculture in North America. Jan is delegate for Alberta Milk. Jan and Marian’s farm, was one of the three contestants for the 2013 Dairy Farmers of Canada Sustainability Award.

Jan Slomp’s presentation on November 14, 2013.

colin-palmerColin Palmer is the Chair of Powell River Regional District and was instrumental in establishing the First GE Free Crop Zone in Canada in 2004.  Colin has resided in Powell River for 46 years.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree (English, history and geography) from the University of British Columbia in 1960.  Colin has served as a Councillor and Mayor of the City of Powell River.  He is at present the Director for Area C and Chair of the Regional Board. Among other community positions he has held, he has been President of the Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Community Futures Development Corporation and a member of the Sunshine Coast Ferry Advisory Committee and the Provincial Environmental Appeal Board.  After a 12-year teaching career, Colin has operated a printing business in Powell River since 1976.

Colin Palmer’s presentation on November 14, 2013.

Everyone is welcome.  Admission is by donation.

Co-sponsored by GE Watch Comox Valley and Council of Canadians Comox Valley

Click Here for More Information About The Tour

Check the list below to see if the tour will be coming to your town.

Town Date
Brooks, AB December 11, 2013
Calgary, AB December 9, 2013
Campbell River, BC November 15, 2013
Caslo, BC December 14, 2013
Coquitlam, BC November 21, 2013
Courtenay, BC November 14, 2013
Creston, BC December 7, 2013
Duncan, BC November 16, 2013
Edmonton, AB December 10, 2013
Grand Forks, BC December 5, 2013
Kamloops, BC November 27, 2013
Kelowna, BC November 24, 2013
Kimberly, BC December 8, 2013
Langley, BC November 22, 2013
Lethbridge, AB December 13, 2013
Medicine Hat, AB December 12, 2013
Nanaimo, BC November 16, 2013
Nelson, BC December 6, 2013
Osoyoos, BC November 26, 2013
Penticton, BC November 26, 2013
Revelstroke, BC November 29, 2013
Salmon Arm, BC November 29, 2013
Sooke, BC November 17, 2013
Squamish, BC November 20, 2013
Vancouver, BC November 19, 2013
Vancouver, BC November 21, 2013
Vancouver, BC November 23, 2013
Vernon, BC November 28, 2013
Victoria, BC November 18, 2013

2 responses to “Speaker’s Tour

  1. Rosemary Erb (bio-ag consultants on facebook) December 2, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Will you be doing another tour? Perhaps coming to Ontario??

    • lindacheu168 January 8, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      No tour plans for the near future. Sorry you missed them in Ontario earlier. However, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) will be having speakers and rallies in Ontario and Ottawa in Sept 2015. Visit

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