COLUMNS: Choking on gnats

So many things start out as good ideas and get lost along the way.

So many things start out as good ideas and get lost along the way.

The Agriculture Land Reserve, instituted in the 1970s to protect and preserve farmland, was a good idea back then. Given droughts, floods, and an ever-growing global population, it is even a better idea today to ensure we have some arable land left for food growing.

Those of us who are dismayed at the rate farmland is disappearing (e.g. 4,600 hectares to be lost with Site C) will be pleased to know the worthy members of the Agriculture Land Commission are right on their toes. Yessiree. They are focussing on improper use of farmland, and guess what, one improper use is making a dollar or two n hosting wedding ceremonies.

It seems more and more people want to exchange vows in a pastoral setting and more and more farmers and ranchers are accommodating them. And why not? Well, it seems last September the ALC came up with a draft policy to ensure farmland is actually being used for framing. Good idea, but how can a wedding ceremony threaten farmland? Farmers can get permits to host weddings, but it takes time and the uncertainty has thrown a monkey wrench into some of next year’s wedding plans. A few years ago ranchers and farmers were being encouraged to add agri-tourism to their businesses. Wouldn’t weddings come under that umbrella? Seems to me the commissioners are swallowing camels (Site C) and choking on gnats.


Speaking of choking on gnats, why does the public get bent out of shape over who pays Trudeaus’ nannies but nary a squawk about the 49 patronage appointments Mr. Harper made in the dying days of his government?


The following is making the rounds on Facebook. Don’t know the author.

“Millions of dollars have been spent spent on the war on drugs but it has brought more drugs. Governments are spending millions of dollars fighting terrorist, but it’s just brought more terrorists. What about declaring a war on jobs and money and see what happens?

Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian, and book author.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Highway 97 two-vehicle crash near 150 Mile House claims one life

The collision closed the highway at 150 Mile House

Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty chairs an opioid crisis working group pushing for policies to stop the flow of illicit drugs in Canada. (Victoria Police Department photo)
‘The opioid crisis impacts all of us’: Cariboo Prince Geroge MP Todd Doherty

Todd Doherty is co-chair of Conservative Party caucus opioid crisis working group

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Skating rink welcomed

This lake one will not last long but is still worth it

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: New batteries close to industrial level applications

The good news is the hope that this cost should come down each year

Island Health chief medical officer Dr. Richard Stanwick receives a first dose of Pfizer vaccine, Dec. 22, 2020. (B.C. government)
COVID-19 vaccination set to start for B.C. seniors aged 80-plus

Long-term care residents protected by shots already given

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Det. Sgt. Jim Callender. (Hamilton Police Service screenshot)
B.C. man dead, woman seriously injured after shooting in Hamilton, Ont.

The man was in the process of moving to the greater Toronto area, police say

(Black Press file photo)
Child in critical condition, homicide investigators probe incident near Agassiz

The child was transported to hospital but is not expected to survive

Sewage plant in Lower Mainland, operated by Metro Vancouver. (Metro Vancouver screenshot)
‘Poop tracker’ launches as researchers test Lower Mainland sewage water for COVID-19

‘Studying the virus in wastewater allows researchers to look at an entire population…’

Compensation fund opens for B.C. students negatively affected by incorrect exam marks

Marks for 2019 provincial exams were incorrectly tabulated

The humanoid sensing robot has a 3D printed finger cap that measures oxygen levels. (Dr. Woo Soo Kim)
Medical care robots being made with 3D origami in B.C. lab

Would you let a robot take your temperature?

Most Read