Archive for June, 2007

“It is important that as little development as possible occurs along the North River,” says PEI Shellfishers Association

June 15, 2007

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The Upton Farm Preservation Network sincerely thanks the PEI Shellfishers Association for the following letter sent to the Hon. Lawrence Cannon, Minister responsible for Canada Lands. We want to assure the shellfishers that we will continue our fight to keep Upton Farm green in order to preserve both the health of the North River and the livelihood of the shellfishers of PEI. 

PEI SHELLFISH ASSOCIATION PO BOX 82

ELLERSLIE, PE C0B 1J0
(902) 831-3374

peishellfish@pei.aibn.com

Hon. Lawrence Cannon

Minister Responsible for Canada Lands

Parliament Hill

Ottawa, Ont.

May 20, 2007

Dear Minister Cannon;

The Shellfish Association of Prince Edward Island who represent 3500 fishers wish to inform you that we fully endorse the work and aim of the Upton Farm Preservation Network. As shell fishers our primary concern is the health of our rivers and waterways, so we can continue our environmentally benign livelihood.

The Upton Farm is bordering the North River extensively, and we believe that keeping those lands green and free of development will preserve the health of the river. Part of this river has been under stress due to the placement of an insufficient size drain under a causeway and has just, through much effort, begun to revive itself. As well, traditional access to the waterways are seriously being hampered due to growing private development along rivers and bays. We believe that it is important that as little development as possible occurs along The North River.

With the Upton Farm lands being publicly owned, there is an opportunity to protect and enhance the whole environment in this area, that would not be possible was the land privately owned. Intervention to protect this land as a natural area seems to fall in line with your Government’s emphasis on environmental enhancement, and we ask for your assistance in accomplishing this. We ask that you help us maintain a healthy environment by supporting the preservation of the Upton Farm lands as an urban forest/green space. This in turn will protect our historic livelihood. Thank you for your kind attention and look forward to your earliest reply.

Clifford Bernard

President PEI Shellfish Association

Cc. Prime Minister Harper

Cc. Hon. L. Hearn, Fed. Minister of Fisheries

Cc. Hon. P. MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Cc. Premier Binns

Cc. Leader of Opposition Ghiz

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Spring Plowing Starts on Upton Farm

June 10, 2007


 Spring plowing has started on the Upton Farm fields. Hopefully, the biggest vehicle we will ever see on these fields will be a tractor like this one, not a bulldozer gouging earth to make room for yet another unimaginative subdivision.

The thought of houses being placed on this magnificent piece of land, when there are over 200 already serviced lots available for development in West Royalty alone,  brings the words of songwriter Malivina Reynolds’ song “Little Boxes” to mind: 

Little boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky-tacky,
Little boxes, little boxes,
Little boxes, all the same.
There’s a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one
And they’re all made out of ticky-tacky
And they all look just the same.  

How would YOU like this wonderful view of the North River blocked by the sight of “little boxes, all the same?”

Photo credit: Kathy Kennedy