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, […]

First it was backyard chickens. Are backyard goats next?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013
First it was backyard chickens. Are backyard goats next?

Saanich girl goes for the goat Saanich News – June 13, 2013 Residents in suburban Saanich can raise chickens on their property, and in one case, even cattle. A nine-year-old girl is petitioning the municipality to add goats to the list of allowable residential farm animals. Jillian McCue says there are a slew of benefits […]

Resolution to create a National Food Strategy and eliminate need for food banks

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013

In every community in BC, food banks are struggling to meet the complex nutritional needs of the diverse population they serve: working people, single parents, people living with disabilities, seniors, and the addicted and/or mentally ill, many of whom are still inadequately housed. Thirty years ago in Canada, food banks did not exist. The social […]

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 […]

Rejecting GMO foods

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

Saanich bans use of genetically modified seeds By Kyle Slavin, Saanich News Saanich council took a united stance Monday night in opposing the use of genetically modified seed crops in the municipality. Councillors argued that the motion, which also included writing a letter to various senior levels of government asking for mandatory labelling of genetically […]

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 […]

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 […]