Saving the Best Land in Canada: Crime, Policy and Food Security in the Agricultural Land Reserve

Some of our country’s most productive soil lies in the delta of the Fraser River. The “Class 1” soils found here cover only half a percent of all land across Canada. As the climate changes, these lands will become even more valuable for growing our food. But current policies allow them to be built over, then taxed low because they’re ostensibly for farming. These lands are increasingly being used to build “farmers’ homes,” some as large as 24,000 sq. ft., and there are reports that some of these houses have been sites of illegal activity.
This month, the Agricultural Land Commission is asking for your comments on changing the rules. How can we prevent misuse of this exceptional land?
To start the conversation, we’re honoured to have Richmond Councillor Harold Steves, a founder of the Agricultural Land Commission, Community Activist Jack Trovato, and one other.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
12:30 – 1:30 pm
SFU Vancouver at Harbour Centre – 515 West Hastings Street, Room 2270
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