LETTERS: Info on farmland disturbing

I am wondering if you would publish my response to the excellent article from David Zirnhelt.


I am wondering if you would publish my response to the excellent article from David Zirnhelt of Dec.: 1/16 Ranchland and Farmland Ownership Does it Matter?

Thank you for the detailed and disturbing information regarding the status of family farmland and agricultural land in Canada and in B.C.

I can’t agree more with the importance of close to home slaughtering and butchering facilities for cattle. People are increasingly interested in knowing how their meat was raised and treated.

Having ethically raised and processed meat certainly matters to me and is very likely the basis for the success and re-emergence of local butchers who can source selectively for local and humanely treated animals.

Regarding the loss of agricultural land to Site C dam there are some serious concerns.

One is procedural in that the 30,000 or so acres of prime valley bottom farmland was removed by government order in council bypassing the assessment and input from the ALC which would normally have been required for this largest removal of farmland in ALC history.

Another very disturbing concern is the expropriation of currently productive farmland and farm families from their lands, homes, livelihoods and heritage.

For the individuals involved this is likely to be absolutely devastating.

One can only imagine the pain. For the province’s food security it is also devastating as it is to my knowledge the only farmland of that size, quality and productive capacity north of Quesnel and comprises about one third of the area in the province which could be expanded for food production.

Were the power from SiteC proven to be needed, and at a cost we can afford and for which alternatives had been thoroughly explored perhaps this loss of farmland could be justified.

Because government ignore the advice from the Joint Review Panel and exempted the Site C project from independent regulatory review, in the public interest, by the BC Utilities Commission, the public will never really know.

D. Lynn Chapman


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

Just Posted

The first Chimney Creek Roadhouse, constructed in 1864. (Photo courtesy of the B.C. Provincial Archives)
HAPHAZARD HISTORY: The Isnardy family of Williams Lake

Amadee Isnardy was born in 1840 near Nice, France

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Quesnel Observer.
FOREST INK: Ecological economics not a popular topic for most people

The following is a review of the no (or slow) growth concept

Do you have a letter? Email us at editor@wltribune.com
LETTER: BC Liberals left ICBC a mess: Farnworth

Our BC NDP government has worked tirelessly to fix the mess that was left behind

The James C Richardson Pipe Band marches in a Remembrance Day parade on Nov. 11, 2019 in Chilliwack. Wednesday, March 10 is International Bagpipe Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of March 7 to 13

International Bagpipe Day, Wash Your Nose Day and Kidney Day are all coming up this week

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

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels after found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Donald Alan Sweet was once an all star CFL kicker who played for the Montreal Alouettes and Montreal Concordes over a 13-year career. Photo courtesy of Mission RCMP.
Retired B.C. teacher and star CFL kicker charged for assault, sexual crimes against former students

Donald Sweet taught in Mission School District for 10 years, investigators seek further witnesses

During a press event on March 6, Const. Alex Berube, media relations officer for the West Shore RCMP, addressed a deadly shooting that occurred in Metchosin the night before. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
One man shot dead on Vancouver Island in ‘targeted incident’

Highway 14 reopens following multi-hour closure for investigation

Personal protective equipment is seen in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at St. Paul’s hospital in downtown Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
$16.9 million invested to improve worker safety, strengthen B.C.’s food supply chain

Money to be used for social distancing, personal protective equipment, cleaning, and air circulation

More than ever before, as pandemic conditions persist, the threat of data breaches and cyberattacks continues to grow, according to SFU professor Michael Parent. (Pixabay photo)
SFU expert unveils 5 ways the COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed cybersecurity

Recognizing these changes is the first in a series of steps to mitigate them once the pandemic ends, and before the next: Michael Parent

Most Read