Evelina Halsey-Brandt goal that could mislead

The following is a guest post from Carol Southgate, a former director of the Garden City Lands Coalition Society and former member of the Richmond Agricultural Advisory Committee. She sent it for sharing with Friends of Garden City after realizing that Evelina Halsey-Brandt’s campaign literature could lead people think that incumbent is a Friend of the Garden City Lands. On the contrary, she is one of only two* council candidates who has NOT committed to stewarding the Garden City Lands in the Agricultural Land Reserve for agricultural, ecological and open-land park uses for community benefit. She has not even committed to keeping the Garden City Lands in the ALR. Here’s what Carol had to say after seeing her mail:

It is a safe assumption that all candidates for council want to utilize the Garden City Lands for community uses only. Today’s mail brought a card from Evelina Halsey-Brandt with that as a “goal” for next term.

Voters need to know that she is the only incumbent councillor who voted for commercial development of most of the Garden City Lands that never showed a change of heart.

In the lengthy public hearing on the issue in 2008, most of the speakers wanted only Agriculture Land Reserve uses for community benefit. She treated them like adversaries.

The Garden City Lands is now city parkland in the ALR. The coming steps should be expert studies and then more public consultation. Evelina Halsey-Brandt’s past behaviour shows she is not suited to it.

*The other candidate who has NOT made that commitment is Peter Mitchell, who addressed council on February 28 of this year to suggest uses of the Garden City Lands that would only be possible with exclusion from the ALR.

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