No to Bill 24 – Yes to Strengthening the ALR

Kimi HendessI’ve been forwarded some great letters to Norm Letnick, Minister of Agriculture, about Bill 24, the bill to kill the ALR. Now, letters especially need to be sent to opposition MLA Lana Popham, who will arrange for them to be read in the Bill 24 debate, but you could include both. Their addresses are  Lana.Popham.MLA@leg.bc.ca  and  AGR.Minister@gov.bc.ca .

Here’s a letter to Norm Letnick from farmer Kimi Hendess (gesturing) with the subject “No to Bill 24 — Yes to Strengthening the ALR”:

Dear Minister Letnick,

I am a farmer in Richmond BC involved locally in the effort to protect farmland from development and degradation.  We met in person last year at the COABC conference (Certified Organic Association of BC), where you spoke about the importance of BC’s agricultural sector.

I am writing to ask you to do everything in your power to stop Bill 24 from proceeding, and to stop the threats to agricultural land in BC.  We need to strengthen the ALC, not weaken or dismantle it.

We need one ALR, one ALC, and a strong policy with economic and legislative teeth, to promote healthy agricultural economies in our communities.  Food production is an essential industry that we cannot sacrifice.

It is short sighted to prioritize development, oil & gas exploration, and other short-term gains over the long term essential food growing and ecological functions that BCs remaining farmland provides.

In short, please maintain ONE ZONE, with ONE ALC, and strengthen these mechanisms so they can be more effective.

Anything less is selling out for short-term profit of a very few. Please ensure that you and your colleagues govern for the long-term well-being of all British Columbians.

Thank you!
Kimi Hendess
Sweet Digz Farm
Richmond BC  V7A 2L5

Update: Kimi’s letter has now also been published in the Richmond News as “Don’t sell out the ALR.

Credit: The photo is an Edible Garden Project one. Kimi was instructing a two-day Women’s Carpentry Workshop for that group. Have a look at the illustrated article. It may inspire you. So may the Edible Garden Project.

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