Saanich triples ALR dedication at Panama Flats

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014
Saanich triples ALR dedication at Panama Flats

Saanich wants part of Panama Flats in agriculture reserve Jeff Bell, Times Colonist In a rare step, Saanich council is trying to put land into the Agricultural Land Reserve instead of the usual practice of trying to take it out. Just maintaining the existing amount of agriculturally designated land in B.C. is a common concern, […]

Council fails to speak up for residents on ALR removal

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

Saanich hands decision on Gordon Head farmland to Agricultural Land Commission By Kyle Slavin, Saanich News December 11, 2012 The fate of an unused parcel of agricultural land in suburban Gordon Head is now in the hands of the Agricultural Land Commission. The four-acre property at 1516 Mount Douglas Cross Rd. was recently slated to […]

Protecting farmland the right call

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012

Saanich landowner feeling henpecked Saanich News October 17, 2012 The chickens aren’t coming home to roost, yet. A Saanich family’s plan to open a chicken farm on their agricultural land has hit a stumbling block at the municipal level. Gordon Alberg said his hands were tied after Saanich council twice denied his family’s request to […]

Sustainable Saanich Food Fest

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012

Saanich hosts local food fest Saanich News September 25, 2012 The Healthy Saanich advisory committee will host an event next weekend to help promote locally grown food. “It’s an opportunity to showcase local food and local food producers. There will also be opportunities for people to learn more about growing their own food in their […]

Finding relief from cannons for neighbours

Posted by on Sep 21, 2012

Saanich pressured to ban bird cannons By Saanich News September 12, 2012 When Canada geese were continually attacking blueberry crops at Beckwith Farm in 2010, the farm launched its bird predation plan – which includes a noise cannon. “The predator kites and other visual deterrents had no effect on the Canada geese,” said Wayne Hopkins, […]

Saanich looks at GMO ban

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012

Saanich chews over genetically modified foods By Saanich News September 11, 2012 After weighing in on such global issues as oil tanker traffic, plastic water bottles and shark fin soup, Saanich has now set its crosshairs on genetically modified food. The Healthy Saanich advisory committee will host a public meeting next month to gather input […]

Supporting local growers avoids global food spikes

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012

Price of food goes up with the temperature U.S. drought caused by extreme heat a sign of things to come, expert says By Jeff Bell, Times Colonist August 19, 2012 The high price of corn, driven up by a searing drought in the United States, could be an indicator of more problems to come, says […]

Protecting farmland: Rejecting ALR removal on Mt Doug X Rd

Posted by on Jul 24, 2012

Saanich Councillors voted against re-zoning property on Mt. Douglas X Road for a second time Monday night. CFAX 1070 July 22, 2012 The owners of the property at 1516 Mt. Douglas X Rd wanted to remove it from the Agricultural Land Reserve and rezone it for 10 new units. Councillor Dean Murdock says that isn’t […]

Promoting local food protects against global price spikes

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012

It could get more expensive for Saanich families to put food on the dinner table this summer. The worst drought to hit the United States in nearly 25 years is threatening to drive up food prices around the world. Corn prices will likely rise dramatically as mid-western farmers suffer enormous crop losses due to dry, […]