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SFU Public Square presents: City Conversations—April 19

April 19, 2018

A Spring Conversation

It’s our favourite time of the month! April’s SFU City Conversations is officially ready to go and we can’t wait to share it with you. But first, an update.

Our last event, 'Is BC the Wild West? Housing loans, money laundering, numbered companies and more' had a huge response, and we were upset that many of you who showed up were unable to get in. In order to keep our events accessible to all, we will continue to operate on a first-come, first-served basis. However, if you’re planning to attend, let us know on Facebook so that we can better assess demand!

In the meantime, we’re working to improve the webcast quality to ensure that anyone who can’t be in the room can have the best possible SFU City Conversations experience. Now, onto the next Conversation!

Saving the Best Land in Canada: Crime, Policy and Food Security in the Agricultural Land Reserve

Some of our country’s most productive soil lies in the delta of the Fraser River. The “Class 1” soils found here cover only half a percent of all land across Canada. As the climate changes, these lands will become even more valuable for growing our food. But current policies allow them to be built over, then taxed low because they’re ostensibly for farming. These lands are increasingly being used to build “farmers’ homes,” some as large as 24,000 sq. ft., and there are reports that some of these houses have been sites of illegal activity.

This month, the Agricultural Land Commission is asking for your comments on changing the rules. How can we prevent misuse of this exceptional land?

To start the conversation, we’re honoured to have Richmond Councillor Harold Steves, a founder of the Agricultural Land Commission, Community Activist Jack Trovato, and one other. Then it’s your turn to ask questions, offer your opinions, and make observations. It’s a conversation!

When: 12:30–1:30 PM | Thursday, March 15, 2018 


Room 2270
515 West Hastings
SFU Vancouver, Harbour Centre Campus

No reservations, but come a bit early to be sure of a seat. 

This SFU City Conversation is a presentation of SFU Public Square, sponsored by SFU Vancouver and SFU's City Program.

As a reminder, from here on forward, SFU City Conversations will be a monthly event, taking place on the third Thursday of each month. But, don’t worry, we will always remind you! If you are not already, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with all things City Conversations.