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West Coast demands reinstatement of illegally fired ALC Chair – and we encourage you to do so, as well

15 June, 2015

On May 14, 2015, nearly seven months before the designated end of his term, the BC Cabinet terminated Richard Bullock from his position as Chair of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) without warning.  Last week, West Coast wrote to the provincial government suggesting that Mr. Bullock’s termination was illegal and asking for his reinstatement. The letter raises crucial questions about the tribunal’s necessary independence from the BC government.  Use our handy web-form to send your own message to the BC Government asking for Mr. Bullock’s re-instatement.

Politics should not be permitted to trump the integrity of our food security.

Bill 24 – Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act: Undermining BC’s food security

10 April, 2014

Following hot on the heels of the controversial Park Amendment Act (Bill 4), the BC government has introduced another bill that would open up some of the province’s most publicly valuable lands – in this case, its farmlands – to industrial development. Bill 24, the Agricultural Land Commission Amendment Act, weakens legal protection on some of the best of BC's scarce agricultural lands. If passed, Bill 24 would allow decision makers to prioritize short-term gains over the long-term goal of protecting farmland and food security for most of the province’s ALR lands.

Read on to learn more, or you can use our handy on-line letter to tell the BC government: hands off our food security

Following hot on the heels of the controversial Park Amendment Act (Bill 4), the BC government has introduced another bill that would open up some of the province’s most publicly valuable lands – in this case, its farmlands – to industrial development.

Tell the BC government: Hands off our food security!

31 March, 2014

The BC government has proposed changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act that put our food security seriously at risk. If passed, these changes would significantly weaken agricultural land protection for the majority of BC's farmlands.

Tell the BC government that BC's farmlands need more, not less, legal protection. Send a letter urging decision-makers to not bring into effect these dangerous changes to our laws protecting agricultural lands!

[Update 30 May 2014 - The BC government passed Bill 24 yesterday (May 29th), after forcing closure.  Thank you so much to everyone who wrote - either using our action form or on your own - to tell the government that this Bill did not protect agricultural land.  We have removed the Action form at the end of this post.  For more information on why Bill 24 does not protect Agricultural Land read our alert: Why amendments to Bill 24 d

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