Farmland is a key part of the food security picture!
Hearings are next Wednesday in Nanaimo and Thursday in Courtenay-read below please
Hello BC Food Systems Network and friends
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Hello, we need to bring to your attention an urgent matter. It pertains to the Agriculture Land Reserve. We need British Columbians to speak out NOW on the importance of the ALR and public process to make any changes to it or the Agriculture Land Commission.
You may have read this summer that Honourable Bill Bennett who is the Minister in Charge of the Core Review Process has stated that the review will look at the Agriculture Land Reserve.
“We’re going to look at some sacrosanct things, like certain agencies. We’re going to look at the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Agricultural Land Commission,” Bill Bennett, minister responsible for the core review, said Wednesday.
“I’m going to look at things that politicians have been nervous about looking at over the years and ask to better understand how they make their decisions and why they make their decisions and determine whether they’re structured to help achieve the goals of our provincial government”.
A recent government press release indicates that the only public input into this Core Review process is scheduled between now andOctober 16 through the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services as it tours the Province hearing input on the 2014 budget.
See press release: http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/news_releases_2013-2017/2013MEM0014-001465.htm#
The schedule of hearings is below. We need people at each of the hearings letting the committee know that this input is not sufficient and that the ALR is important to British Columbians. We will shortly be sending you some key messages that the BCFSN Policy Working Group has drafted for you but we encourage you to speak from your own experiences and your regional perspective.
You might find it helpful to look at the record in Hansard of the presentation made by Linda Geggie and Kathleen Gibson on Thursday, September 26. You can find it here: http://www.leg.bc.ca/cmt/40thParl/session-1/fgs/hansard/20130926am-Finance-Blues.htm Scroll down to just after 0950 when our presentation starts.
We need to act fast! Here’s how to get on the presentation list in your area. You will be given 10 minutes to present with 5 minutes for questions from Committee members.
To register, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office by phone, 1-877-428-8337 1-877-428-8337 FREE , or by e-mail: FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca and include the presenter and organization name(s) and full contact information.
Can’t present? WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS TAKEN UNTIL OCTOBER 16
Please note: Due to time constraints, the Committee is unable to accommodate PowerPoint presentations. Please provide the Committee with 14 copies of any written material you would like to distribute to Committee Members at the time of your presentation. The Committee would also appreciate receiving an electronic copy of your presentation by email either before or shortly after your appearance. Please submit to: FinanceCommittee@leg.bc.ca.
Benson Room, Coast Bastion Inn, 11 Bastion Street, Nanaimo
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
4:30 pm to: 8:30 pm
North Island College, 2300 Ryan Road Courtenay
Thursday, October 03, 2013
9:00 am to: 12:00 pm