|"When an activity raises
threats of harm to human health or the environment,
precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and
effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.
In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the
public, should bear the burden of proof." - Wingspread
Statement of the Precautionary Principle.
- Call for Public Meeting - May 2,
- Protestor Threatened with Legal
Action -- Watson Witness -- January 2003
- Letter to the Editor -- East Central
Connection -- February, 2003
- Letter to the Editor
-- East Central Connection -- April, 2003
- Letter to the Editor -- East
Central Connection -- April 11, 2003
- Natural Beauty at
Risk from Large Scale Hog Development -- Wadena News -- April 23, 2003
- Quill Lakes
Projects Office Officially Opens -- Wadena News -- May 28, 2003
- Rural Group
Discusses Mega Hog Issue With Serby, Belanger -- June 6, 2003
- Raising Hogs -- Western Producer
-- June 19, 2003
- Documents Support ILO -- Wadena News
-- July 30, 2003
of Lakeside No. 338
PUBLIC MEETING OF VOTERS
In accordance with Section 48 of The
Rural Municipality Act,
1989, a public meeting of the voters of the R.M. of Lakeside
No. 338 shall be held on
May 2, 2002
@ 8:00 p.m.
Quill Lake Community Centre
purpose of this meeting is to deal with issues specific to intensive
livestock operation development as stated in a petition submitted to
the Reeve of the Municipality on the 12th day of April,
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Threatened with Legal Action
Who is Kerry? That
is the question of the week! Kerry
was one of the many callers to the John Gormley CKOM Talk Show on Monday,
Nov. 26 (2002). Kerry’s
comments would indicate that he is an ambitious and fervent supporter and
promoter of intensive livestock operations – particularly hog factories.
Furthermore, he stated that a small group of individuals are at work
in the province to sabotage such operations by misinforming the public.
But he failed to specify just how they are doing this.
What is so absurd is that he strongly asserts that these individuals
should be slapped with a libel suit; in other words, they should be sued!
So much for freedom of speech in Saskatchewan, according to the
gospel of Kerry!
Who is “this” Kerry?
Is he the same Kerry who chaired an information meeting to promote
hog barns in the Watson-Quill Lake-Wadena areas?
Is he the same Kerry who squelched the democratic right of
individuals at that meeting to freely express their opinions or to ask
questions? Is he the same Kerry
who attended the national conference on intensive livestock operations in
Saskatoon on Nov.9, (2002)?
Apparently, this conference was not a “learning”
experience for him. What a
shame! How sad!
Does he really lack the perception and intuition to understand that
“the small group” he refers to is, in fact, a part of “a larger
group” and “that larger group” encompasses the speakers at the
conference? If his intent is to
sue the individuals within “the small group”, then he has no choice but
to sue the individuals in “the larger group” since they are a source of
documented research, scientific studies, and investigative reports for those
who logically and realistically protest hog factories.
Can you imagine “this” Kerry suing the Waterkeepers Alliance, the
Sierra Club, Hog Watch Manitoba, the National Farmers’ Union, the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives, Environmental Defence Canada, Global
Resource Action Centre for the Environment, etc., etc., etc.?
Me thinks his appetite is bigger than his plate?
Now, let’s say that the “shoe is on the other
Agriculture and its army of bureaucrats has (misinformed) or is misinforming
the Saskatchewan public about hog factories, particularly in playing down
their adverse and often irreversible impact.
Furthermore, the CEOs of corporate hog operations or the promoters
– like Kerry – of such factories have (mislead) or are misleading the
ratepayers in rural municipalities. Does
Kerry then think that the Government of Saskatchewan, the CEOs and he,
himself, should be sued?
How sorry I feel for Kerry.
He just can’t see the forest for the trees.
His reductionist thinking and all the $$$$ (dollar signs) he
envisions are blinding him from seeing the whole picture regarding hog
factories. Perhaps it is time
for Kerry to realize that we moved into the 21st century (the
third millennium) and now the thinking is more holistic.
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East Central Connection
Who is a “farmer” in this 21st century?
More specifically, who is a “family farmer’?
I find it quite confusing when I attempt to glean some
sense out of news items. In the
same article, there is often reference to farming, agriculture,
agribusiness, producers, industry, family farmers, and factory farms.
For example, there are the mega hog barns, their units of production
are legally “farms”, indeed often “family farms”.
The ownership of these “farms” rests in shareholders who may be
corporate, government, or individuals who live anywhere.
In the same news release, there may be reference to farms in the
traditional “family farm” thinking pattern.
It takes careful reading to decipher what is meant.
A clue to what is meant depends on who is talking.
When it is an Agriculture Minister, supporting the family farm has
often come to mean support for the McCain Family Farm. Bell Farms, Seaboard
Farms, Big Sky Farms, etc.
Fact – in 1995, the Saskatchewan Government passed
“right to farm” legislation. This
term often comes up in mega hog barn discussions.
I initially wanted to believe: “The government cares and is doing
what it can to protect us.” I
eventually realized that I (a small farmer) am the enemy here.
“Guess I am slow to change my attitude!”
This legislation's intent is to protect factory farms from other
rural and small town residents who may take issues with things like water
usage and pollution, odours, industrial traffic and health.
Fact – in 1997, with Eric Upshall as Agriculture
Minister, the single desk selling system was eliminated in Saskatchewan,
thus setting a favourable environment for corporate interests and the demise
of smaller, independent hog producers.
Then there is the marketing side of the pork
“manufacturing” industry. Pictures
suggest a traditional farm family with children participating in the life of
happy little pigs with maybe a horse, a dog, a cat, or birds present.
At the same time, this modern high-tech industry is now
attempting to create the attitude, and I suspect legislation, that a pig
exposed to a cat or bird is in danger of becoming contaminated food.
This is another way of discrediting traditional farming practices.
They would also have us believe there is no danger from the untreated
sewage from 120,000 hogs. I
deduce the purpose is to manufacture confusion.
Fact – In Saskatchewan at present, there is a 75-cent
market hog check off; 8 percent of the 75 cents is targeted for
communication. A 5,000-sow
enterprise is operating in the Rama area, and is currently promoted in the
rural municipalities of Foam Lake and Lakeside (Quill Lake & Watson
area). This will mean 120,000
market hogs per year per municipality.
This amounts to $7,200.00 generated annually from each municipality
for education propaganda, the purpose of which is to present the “Industry
facts” to local people. An
additional estimated $2,700.00 from each municipality would go toward
creating consumer demand and acceptance of their “manufactured pork”.
I suspect this estimate is low or is likely to increase, as it is not
sufficient to counter the consumer trend toward knowing where their food
comes from and how it is produced.
Local hog development committees are also accessing
grant funding through the federal Canadian Adaptation for Rural Development
So, here we have a corporate “farm” concept ready
to promote the notion that this is “Progress” and is somehow a natural
change. We have governments,
both federally and provincially, ready to help with dollars and
“attitude” adjustments. Was
it about 2 years ago that the Federal Minister of Agriculture was saying to
small farmers: “adapt, get
bigger or leave”? Urban life
is held out to be attractive. In
the January 09, 2003 issue of the Western Producer, there are news releases
indicating that a motivation for European “farmers” coming to Canada is
to get away from Urban life. More
When outside investment comes into a rural community,
the mantra is touted that we must rely on this industry approach for local
economic development or be doomed to “backwardness”.
I am encouraged by the knowledge and the courage of local citizens
who KNOW factory farms are NOT the answer.
These folks use their own time and money to ask questions, research,
organize, read books, write articles, and communicate with neighbours.
They seek to preserve a priceless rural culture and protect valuable
natural and human resources. Creditable
and holistic visions are emerging locally and globally.
On January 14, 2003, a radio news release spoke of
proposed legislation in the US to protect farmers from the effects of GMO
contamination including the right to sue bio-technical companies.
In this instance, it would appear the traditional concept of a farmer
is being upheld. It is another
example for us to listen closely when the term “farmer” is used.
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East Central Connection
I totally agree with the people who are against the
hog barns. Who would want
one, two or three barns even a few miles from their farm, their homes or
On a windy day, you can smell the barns even though
you live many miles away.
Who’s going to want to go to Quill Lake or Watson
if every time you drive down the road you have to cope with the pungent
and nauseating smell? It’s
very questionable if it will benefit your communities.
I believe that if the Government would let those who
want to build these pig barns pay for them themselves out of their own
pocket, there wouldn’t be many big hog barns built.
How many hog barns do we need and who are they
helping? Probably lining the
pockets of the organizers, the smooth talkers, the directors, the part
owner, the big wheels as we call them.
Think very carefully before you agree to let such a
controversial project divide and possibly destroy your communities.
Do write to your local newspapers and let the RMs
know how you feel. Everyone
is entitled to their own opinion whether you agree or disagree.
Quill Lake, SK
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Letter to the Editor
East Central Connection
April 11, 2003
Health is not only the absence of disease or infirmity; it is the state
of complete physical, mental and social well being of an individual.
Apparently, unless the public bands together real soon, our health
will be at risk.
The coalition against the hog barns has been repeatedly advising the
Lakeside RM council that a citizen’s health should be the number one
priority in their decisions. Council
has downplayed our valid concerns. Despite
numerous attempts the coalition has been unable to convince most members of
the council of the adverse effects these barns will have on people’s
health. The barns will bring
with them foul air, risk to water, soil and natural resources, and increased
pest activity. People with
allergies or respiratory problems will be affected first.
Others may not see the effects of long-term exposure to toxins and
pathogens until later. Already
we are aware of at least one family who plan to move because of allergies to
the toxins and pollutants that the barns will bring.
Dozens of families will experience tension, worry, anger, sickness,
possible depression and reduced vigour because of the emotional impact the
barns will have on them. This
health threat comes not only because people are concerned about the
pollutants from the barns but also because of their interpersonal
relationships. Will fathers and
sons part ways over this? Will
long time neighbours and friends stop speaking to each other?
Will it become a battle of community against community?
For those who believe they are far enough away from the barns that
their personal life and health will not be affected… I say think again!
It is already have an effect on our personal relationships.
Some council members have tried to assure people that the smell is “not
so bad”. To date not one of
the council members has a barn scheduled to be built near him.
Nor have any of the proponents of the barns offered to accommodate a
barn in their neighbourhood. Are
any willing to find out how “not so bad” the smell or pollution will be?
The Coalition knows why. We
have contacted dozens of families in RMs where the barns exist.
We can tell you that they are pleading for help.
Help we cannot give them because we have our own communities to
protect. Call a few yourself if
you do not believe me.
We all live with hopes that the fundamental needs like clean water, air
and healthy soil will not be compromised.
No matter what Big Sky Farms, the Pork Committee or the “yes”
voting RM Council members tell you, these factories will lead to disaster in
many ways. The people opposed
to these barns are real people who have contributed to their community for
decades. I predict that these
barns will create the worst division ever seen among the people in this
area. The community will be
divided into those who believe it is most important to make a buck and those
that want a more thoughtful and well-prepared approach to economic
development in the RM. Why
can’t we have it all – proper safeguards for humans, wildlife and the
environment in place, assurances that the RM will not be liable for suits
due to water or land contamination, or accidents, and locations in areas
where people are not displaced as a result?
Why can’t we insist on technology that will ensure only organic
material and clean water is allowed to be released from these barns?
Why can’t we have an arrangement to ensure ratepayers in the RM are
not stuck holding the tab? Why
the rush? Why the heavy-handed
tactics? Why can’t we plan
this together so all the community needs are addressed?
Is community dissension of no consequence?
Today our communities are good healthy places to live.
There are also jobs here. Look
in the papers…East Central Connections March 28th issue had
over a dozen advertised jobs available.
Please don’t discount the businesses we have here already.
There are positions advertised all year long.
Initially there may be some construction and related jobs.
How long will that last…One year, maybe two?
Compare that to the drain on the economy that will occur when people
move because of the barns or refuse to shop at home because of the sense of
betrayal. I don’t believe our
communities’ economic health will improve with the barns.
Rather, I think we are standing at the brink of disaster.
It is not too late to stop this very controversial project.
Please send a letter to the RM and tell them of your concerns.
Protect this place we call home.
Brent Franko and Audrey Prevost-Franko
Coalition Against ILOs (Intensive Livestock Operations)
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Natural Beauty at Risk from
Large Scale Hog Development
April 23, 2003
I am surprised that the
residents of the Quill Lake, Watson and Wadena areas are not appreciative of
what you already have, such as the internationally known bird sanctuary.
Ducks Unlimited has developed well-known marshland for waterfowl and
there are several bed-and breakfast enterprises in these areas all geared to
tourism. You have invested time
and money in developing these operations and have had to promote your area
to the tourist trade. Why would
you permit a mega 5,000-sow hog operation to be located in your area?
Do you believe it won’t affect your businesses or enterprises?
Think again! All you
have to do is visit any area that already has some of these operations and
you will soon know what I am talking about.
No bird watchers or hunters spend any time in your area because the
odour is more than a nuisance, it’s dangerous to your health.
I personally have experienced
health problems. The operation
is only 1,200 animals and supposedly seven miles away.
This means no outdoor activity, hanging our laundry or opening
windows when the odour is present. You
never know beforehand when this will happen.
No tourist is going to spend any time in the area when that happens,
nor will they return again.
Effects of these toxic odours
are headaches, severe nausea, dizziness, etc., the same as an occurrence of
toxic spill, only on these occasions, everyone is evacuated from the area
until the site is cleaned up. You
cannot do that with hog operations. By
the way, Big Sky Pork Inc. cannot guarantee a toxic spill will not occur
because it has happened in other locations already.
I do not understand the
provincial government’s neglect of their own policies.
Why would they promote tourism on one hand and destroy it with the
You are the residents who will
be affected by the operation 24 hours a day, 365 days, because you never
know when the toxic odour will occur.
A news release this past week,
pertaining to the mayor of Ogema’s interests to develop another 5,000-sow
operation in his area, states his concern is there is not enough people
available willing to work in these barns.
I wonder why! Maybe it
is time he worked in these barns and find out firsthand why. This also means
the first 5,000-sow operation has not done much for growing the population
in his area, which is one of the good deals for these areas.
Didn’t work in Ogema did it?
I hope you all would take the
time to study all the pros and cons of the mega 5,000-sow hog operations
before you actually want such an operation in your area.
Lakes Projects Office Officially Opens
May 28, 2003
Despite adverse weather conditions, the Quill Lakes
Project office in Wadena was the centre of attention on November 1 as over
400 people attended the official opening by Premier Grant Devine.
People from throughout the entire project area and
beyond were drawn to the event along with invited dignitaries, Premier Grant
Devine, Hon. Lorne Kopelchuk, Minister of Parks and Renewable Resources,
Harvey Nelson, U.S. Executive Director of the North American Waterfowl
Management Plan (NAWMP) and Stewart Morrison, Executive Vice-President of
Ducks Unlimited Canada.
Other NAWMP co-operating agencies, including the
Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation, Wildlife Habitat Canada and the Canadian
Wildlife Service also had representatives in attendance.
Following the introduction of guests and Quill Lakes
Project staff by Master of Ceremonies, Hon. Sherwin Petersen, Mayor Ed Arndt
of Wadena welcomed everyone in attendance and presented Premier Devine with
a hand-made miniature nest basket being used throughout the Quill Lakes
The Hon. Lorne Kopelchuk thanked the Hon. Colin
Maxwell for doing the extensive groundwork to ensure that the Quill Lakes
Project was a success. He
also spoke of the many economic benefits of the project to the province and
The innovative partnerships formed under the NAWMP
between Canada and the United States “are forging the way for more work to
be done in both our countries”, said Harvey Nelson.
The people of Saskatchewan are on the “leading
edge” of these partnerships, said Stewart Morrison, who congratulated the
people for making the Quill Lakes Project a success.
Previously successful joint waterfowl habitat projects in
Saskatchewan have included the Heritage Marsh Program established in 1982.
Premier Devine’s address to the crowd included the
announcement of details of the Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation
Corporation, a new corporation “in place for one purpose – management of
the resource”, he said.
To officially open the Quill Lakes Project office,
Premier Devine presented a framed photograph to the Project’s office
administrator, Janet Kristjanson (and) Wadena Elementary School students,
Janelle Moore, Lindsay Anderson, and Michelle Mansuy presented individual
artwork to Premier Devine and the Honourable members Petersen and Kopelchuk. The importance of the Quill Lakes Project to these and
all young people was evident throughout the building.
These students had earlier raised money to sponsor nest baskets for
use by the Quill Lakes Project. Selected
artwork and items from several of the co-operating agencies will be put in a
time capsule which will be permanently located in front of the town office
in Wadena. The capsule will be
opened in the year 2001 after 15 years of NAWMP activity in the area.
Following the official ceremony, airboat, banding
displays and demonstrations were available for public viewing and a beef
barbecue was held for everyone in attendance.
Overall, the day was a huge success and the high
attendance from throughout the entire project area showed the interest and
support the Quill Lakes Project has from local residents.
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Rural Group Discusses Mega
Hog Issue With Serby, Belanger
By Jack Maluga
June 6, 2003
concerns and recommendations relating to mega hog operations were
presented during a recent meeting between a group of rural residents and
two provincial cabinet ministers in Regina.
delegation of 16 rural residents from nine east-central and north-eastern
rural municipalities met with Agriculture Minister,
Clay Serby and Environment Minister, Buckley Belanger on May 14th
at the Legislature. The rural delegation included farmers from the Quill
Lake-Watson, Wynyard, Foam Lake-Sheho, Rama, Churchbridge, Archerwill-Rose
Valley, Porcupine Plain and Whitewood regions. Most of the areas have been
chosen as locations for mega hog expansion, or have existing operations.
industrial hog operations under construction in Saskatchewan are 5,000 sow
production units. They consist of five huge barns, holding approximately
65,000 hogs, as well as a smaller boar barn. According to the developers,
they use 50 million gallons of water and generate 40 million gallons of
liquid manure annually.
raised at the meeting ranged from environmental concerns; to divisive
effects on communities; to the implications factory farms will have on
family farms. Mr. Serby was
told that small-scale hog production is as economically viable as mega
farms, but due to the government's promotion of large-scale operations,
small-scale operators are disappearing.
ministers were informed a mega hog operation is being developed in an area
internationally recognized for its diverse bird-habitat – the Quill
Lakes. Each year the Quill
Lakes are used by nearly one million birds - they are also a seasonal home
to more than 150,000 shorebirds including the endangered Piping Plover.
The towns of Wynyard, Wadena and Foam Lake have been actively promoting
birding projects in the area in an attempt to attract tourists.
Serby was reminded that tourism should also play an important part in his
rural revitalization plans. It was pointed out to Mr. Belanger that
concerns over chemical changes to Big Quill Lake resulted in a full-scale
environmental impact assessment being done when a potassium sulphate plant
was built on the south shore of the lake in the 1980's – however, mega
hog operations in Saskatchewan have not yet had to undergo such an
concerns were also an important issue in the Whitewood area where a mega
hog operation near the Scissors Creek received provincial approval this
spring. Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food have promised a two-foot dyke
will be built around the barn sites, but the potential for trouble if a
manure spill occurs and it reaches the Qu'Appelle River was raised. Mr.
Serby was asked to put a hold on construction until the site was
re-assessed. The cabinet ministers were told that approximately 15
families live in the proximity of the proposed hog barns - some of which
have plaques recognizing the fact the land has been in their families for
delegation from the Churchbridge-Langenburg area told Mr. Serby the RM of
Churchbridge had paid thousands of dollars for testing for suitable sites
for barns without the consent of their ratepayers and the RM would only be
repaid if the hog project went ahead.
was also expressed that a pilot project currently underway by the
provincial government and SARM could take approval of intensive livestock
operations out of the hands of municipalities. Mr. Serby and Belanger were
told that a mega hog project was not compatible with plans for attracting
tourism to a proposed mineral spa in the Langenburg area.
from the Foam Lake-Sheho area outlined the series of events that took
place in the RM of Foam Lake last winter, where a mega hog project was
turned down. They expressed concerns that mega hog industry officials sit
on committees that make decisions on how their industry is regulated.
There are no guarantees that the public's interests and concerns are
addressed, the Foam Lake group said.
Industrial farming is not economic growth, but destruction of a way
of life, the delegation stated.
Belanger was asked why piezometer readings around earthen hog lagoons in
Rama (which measure possible leakage) are not available to the public, or
even to environment department officials. "The government sets them
up (mega hog operations) and then they regulate themselves," one
Archerwill-Rose Valley delegation discussed a proposed 5,000-sow hog
operation in the RMs of Barrier Valley and Ponass Lake. They were
concerned that a questionnaire circulated at an informational meeting held
April 9th in Archerwill and Rose Valley was taken as an
indication the public welcomed the project. However, residents of the
northern half of the RM of Barrier Valley, closest to Tisdale, received no
notice of the meetings at all. Local residents have since formed a
"Stop The Hogs Coalition" and petitions are being circulated
against the project in both RMs. A plebiscite in the RM of Ponass Lake has
been sent out to ratepayers and must be returned by June 30th.
Serby was asked to leave the business of raising livestock to the farmers
of Saskatchewan. "Farmers are a versatile bunch, but family farms
can't compete with corporate farms - especially those funded by government
money. With pork prices as low as they are, these corporations are losing
money, and yet they plan to expand," a Rose Valley area resident
said. With the federal
government suggesting farmers will have to prepare individual
environmental farm plans by the year 2008, Mr. Serby was asked why his
government was encouraging the unprecedented growth of the mega hog
industry - an industry whose environmental practices will soon be
outdated, if not outlawed.
issue was also raised by the delegation from Watson-Quill Lake, which
asked Mr. Serby to put a hold on the hog development in their RM until new
technology such as bio-digesters are available. The digesters, which are
used in Europe and on at least one Alberta Hutterite colony, remove
methane gas from manure and convert it to electricity. Water can be
re-used, and only a small amount of concentrated manure remains. However,
their arguments failed to sway Mr. Serby, who said Saskatchewan currently
raises fewer cattle than Alberta and fewer hogs than Manitoba.
At one point during the meeting he interjected,
"You're all telling me the same thing, and I've heard these
Belanger stated his department is not being pressured by Sask Agriculture
to approve sites that shouldn't be developed. He said they act
independently of Mr. Serby's department.
June 19, 2003
To the Editor:
I will begin this letter by praising Greg and Bonnie
Spragg of Rosemary, Alberta. They
are raising hogs outdoors. That
makes you good stewards of land, air, water and environment in my book.
I am also pleased to hear the consumers in their area
are supporting the Spraggs, because as we know, the mega hog operators are
squeezing out the small operators. I
have not purchased fresh pork at the supermarkets or ordered it as food in
a restaurant for many years because the flavour or odour is not acceptable
I also found the letter by Delwyn J.J. Jansen of
LeRoy, Sask interesting (Open Forum, May 1.) - his idea of building a hog
barn in the heart of Saskatoon.
Well, I also have an idea.
I think they should build a hog barn by provincial legislature
buildings. There’s plenty
of water from Wascana Creek. The
hog manure could be used as fertilizer on all that grass, but most
importantly, all the politicians could keep up with the developments of
this great rural revitalizing plan for rural residents.
Also, the city cousins would be able to enjoy the
same atmosphere as their country cousins…
The greatest problem and threat to our country living
is our provincial government and the multi-millions they are giving for
all the mega hog operators. The
local developers are only interested in the multi-millions they will be
able to access. For instance,
the local developers of Quill Lakes area are proposing, along with Big Sky
Hog Farms, to construct a 5,000-sow hog operation in their ecologically
sensitive wildlife area, which has become well known by the tourist trade.
Why would anyone living in this area want to destroy
what they already have just to gain some taxpayers’ dollars for a very
It is time that mega hog operators and government
departments started to insist on environmentally friendly methods of
intensive livestock operations. The
guidelines need to be changed to improve the land, air, water and
environment in our rural area. Present
practices are destroying all of the above and at what cost to the
There are safer methods of raising hogs.
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Documents Support ILO
July 30, 2003
At the annual RM of Big Quill
ratepayers’ meeting held last March in Wynyard, it was announced that
six RMs were taking part in a pilot project initiated by the Saskatchewan
Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM), to draft common planning
statements and common zoning regulations.
The process had the blessing of Saskatchewan Agrivision
Corporation, an agricultural think-tank which fervently believes that,
when it comes to farming, bigger is definitely better.
The community planning branch
of the provincial government was providing the supervision, guidance and
expertise – which immediately brought to mind the phrase which
originated from the Trojan Wars: “Beware
of Greeks bearing gifts.”
Well, the zoning bylaws and
planning statement are now finished and available to the public at the
exorbitant fee of $25 from the RM of Big Quill (for a 24-page document).
Fees in neighbouring RMs vary slightly.
Or, you can inspect them at the RM of Big Quill office prior to the
council meeting on Aug. 11 that will hear submissions on the bylaws.
But that may be a little difficult, since the local RM office is
closed for holidays from July 14 to Aug. 4.
In a previous letter to the
editor, I wrote this could be the most important municipal document
farmers would see in their lifetimes.
It covers all aspect of land use within the six RMs, and not
surprisingly, squarely backs intensive livestock operations, which was the
original goal of the whole process.
SARM, Agrivision and the
Calvert government have been searching for ways to have intensive
livestock operations (in particular, mega hog operations) move into rural
Saskatchewan without having to face a battle from local residents – and
with these bylaws, they think they’ve solved their problems!
According to the planning
statement, these six RM councils not only acknowledge the unfortunate
trend to intensive livestock operations in this province, but encourage
it! Is this a sampling of
public opinion in their respective RMs, or a line that was fed to them?
Considering the scope of the
zoning package, our local councils don’t seem to anticipate much
interest from their ratepayers. Public
hearings in the RM of Big Quill and the RM of Elfros will be held in early
August in their respective council chambers.
In this area, only the RM of Emerald took the initiative to book a
I hope the councillors find
their chambers full to overflowing with interested ratepayers.
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