Agricultural Land Commission

Conflict Commissioner's Opinion On Pat Pimm Misses Mark By Country Mile

Dermod Travis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In a 40-page opinion released last week, B.C. Conflict of Interest Commissioner Paul Fraser pretty well cleared former Agriculture Minister Pat Pimm of any wrongdoing with respect to his obligations under the Members' Conflict of Interest Act, despite the odd "tsk, tsk" here and there.

Is Anyone Really Listening To B.C. Government Consultations?

Dermod Travis | Posted 08.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

In the last year, there have been government white papers, discussion papers, no papers but input welcome, questionnaires, and form consultations on everything from local elections to booze, electoral boundaries to area-based tree farm licences, and trustee laws to government apologies.

Province Backs Down On Agricultural Land Changes

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Thousands of letters have forced the B.C. government to consider making changes to a proposed law affecting the management of the province'...

B.C. Food Security Threatened By ALC Bill 24

Adam Olsen | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

The government of B.C. has introduced Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Amendment Act. Despite the lack of formal public consultation, we have an opportunity to make our voices heard before this bill gets passed.

How Much B.C. Farmland Will Actually Be Protected?

Adam Olsen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

This current core review is not about the best interests of agriculture; rather it is about freeing thousands of hectares of agricultural land from the Agricultural Land Commission, opening once preserved lands to non-agricultural development opportunities, especially natural gas development.

Keeping B.C.'s Food Local: What's Next for the ALR?

Adam Olsen | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adam Olsen

Protecting farmland in perpetuity is the provincial interest, but it is only half the issue. Ensuring farmers can afford to farm is the vital other half. When farmers aren't making a living, when they can't afford to feed themselves, they are forced to make choices that may put their farmland and the provincial interest at risk.

Troubling Rumblings Around B.C.'s Agricultural Land Commission

Dermod Travis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

Bill Bennett, minister responsible for the B.C. government's core review, is trying his darndest lately to reassure British Columbians that the government "has no plans to dismantle" the Agricultural Land Commission and that much of the speculation was simply the result of government "brainstorming." That's nice. Doesn't mean much in government-speak, but it sounds comforting. It's what comes next that should be of concern. In an interview with the Globe and Mail on Tuesday, Bennett confirmed that the Commission would, however, be subject to the government's core review.

Land Reserve: NDP vs. Liberals

CP | Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A letter from B.C.'s Agriculture Ministry suggesting the body that regulates provincial farmland put off a boundary review is proof the Li...

Pimm Seeks Guidance

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's agriculture minister is seeking guidance from the province's conflict of interest commissioner on the thorny issue of hi...

Minister Admonished For Land Application

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Before presenting his cabinet colleagues with a proposal to overhaul British Columbia's agricultural land reserve, Agriculture Minister Pa...

Land Reserve Independence In Jeopardy?

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A leaked cabinet document that proposes significant changes to British Columbia's Agricultural Land Reserve — millions of hectares of ch...

More Money, More Power For BC Agency That Protects Farmland

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.14.2012 | Canada Politics

VICTORIA - The B.C. agency in charge of protecting farmland will get new power and extra funding under legislation introduced in Victoria on Monday.Ag...

B.C. Heroes Pull Woman From Car After She Suffers Heart Attack

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.21.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- COQUITLAM, B.C. - Two Good Samaritans are being hailed for saving the life of a 44-year-old woman who suffered a massive heart a...