Daily Archives: March 24, 2016

Site C Dam Events/Victoria Airport ALR Exclusion/Bullock&Steves On ALR

Help keep up the pressure!  Site C Dam is the BIGGEST threat to agriculture and ALR lands in BC!

Watch and SHARE this Amnesty International video and sign their petition!

Events:  
Wed. March 9 7PM
First Metropolitan United Church,
932 Balmoral Rd., Victoria
FB Victoria event page
Presenters:  Julian Napoleon of Saulteau First Nation, Ana Simeon of Sierra Club BC, Susan Smitten of RAVEN Trust, and Steve Gray of KAIROS BC-Yukon.

Tues. March 29 7PM
UBC First Peoples’ House,
Vancouver, BC
FB Vancouver event page

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Sidney BC, the Victoria Airport Authority was successful in its exclusion application for over 10 acres to build an unwanted mall!

Sadly an exclusion application for 4.4 hectares  (10.9 acres) ALR land of Class 2 soil (the 2nd best soil in all of BC!) was granted by the ALC Island Regional Panel on Jan. 11, 2016. A group of citizens have joined together and filed a formalRequest for a Reconsideration. They feel the decision was not supported by the evidence the Vancouver Island Panel should have been considering. The ALR land of Class 2 soil is extremely well suited to all farming and currently is being farmed. A complicating factor is that ALC Chair Frank Leonard is also a Director with the Victoria Airport Authority that made the exclusion application.  Normally the ALC Chair would be a part of the Reconsideration process, but he can not involve himself in this application..

Many people in the community are not supportive of the proposed large retail mall on farmland.  Sidney is home too many well-loved small independent businesses, some already suffering from too much competition, a few already leaving behind vacant storefronts. Sidney is also a growing community and will be needing more farmland to prodice more local food not less
For info. contact: :Bernadette Greene bernadettegreene@shaw.ca
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Our “Future of Farmland and the ALR in BC” speakers series with Richard Bullock, past ALC Chair and Harold Steves, considered the ‘father of the ALR‘ was a big success. We even managed to film and edit down one of the very informative evenings and we have that 1 hour online HERE.

Also available below the hour long video are 2 short very popular excerpts:
Harold Steves on Site C Dam
Richard Bullock on why he was fired by the BC Liberal government.. .  

PS It was great to see old friends and meet new people at these events. We are incredibly grateful to both Richard Bullock and Harold Steves for taking the time out of their very busy lives and farming to come to Greater Victoria for 3 days to do these event! So please watch and enjoy. If you are interested in having either of them come to your community, contact us and we might be able to help arrange that. .

Farmland Protection Coalition,
Cheryl McLachlan co-chair

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