Letter from Hon. Allan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning

August 18, 2010

Dear Kirsten,

Thank you for taking time to meet with me, our Chief of Staff and my Deputy recently to share your concerns with the development of the BioCommons. Thank you as well for your letter to the Premier outlining your concerns and requests.

After the meeting, we have had careful consideration of your requests and I submit to you the following:

1. As noted to you in the meeting, because all proper environmental and sustainable planning was conducted by our consultants and approved by the City engineers, the sewer line will be installed as planned. I have talked to my Deputy about the need to ensure more consultation on these issues with the Upton Farm Preservation Network and its new Board.

2. We are in agreement that the seat on the Board of the Trust required by the City will use one of the three planned seats from the Province.

3. We will proceed to complete the establishment of the Trust by September 10th 2010. In addition, our lawyer will send to your lawyer an amended agreement for the use of the land. We agree with your request that this agreement mirror the MOU which was singed in 2009. Please ask your lawyer to work expeditiously to ensure that we meet this aggressive timeline.

4. After consultation with the Premier, his office and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, we have determined that the Province can release its option on 8 of the 10 acres identified for expansion of the nursing home. Although you asked for the release of the entire option, we cannot accommodate this request due to future space requirements in relation to expanded health services for seniors.

I trust that this will meet you concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Best regards,


Hon. Allan Campbell


Innovation and Advanced Learning

Province of Prince Edward Island

P.O. Box 2000, 105 Rochford Street

Charlottetown, PE   C1A 7N8

Phone:  (902) 368-4230

Fax:  (902) 368-4242


6 Responses to “Letter from Hon. Allan Campbell, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning”

  1. Island Journalist Says:

    Thanks for the update – however, it’s now Sept. 14, past the Sept. 10 deadline for establishment of the Trust.

    Another update, please?


  2. Island Journalist Says:

    I also note the letter from the Hon. Alan Campbell was dated Aug. 18 and yet not posted until Sept. 8. Is there a reason for such long delays?


  3. uptonfarm Says:

    No reason. The website hasn’t been a priority lately. Just thought that some folks would like to have an idea where things are….hence the (belated) update. We have had so many ‘deadlines’ that I’ve lost track. Lawyers and politicians…….
    Documents are being reviewed at this moment. We will post an update when there is something to report. Thanks for your patience!

  4. Island Journalist Says:

    Hi, Upton Farm,

    Let me assure you that we little people would like to be updated. You know, the little people who come out and sign petitions and crowd meetings so that politicians know that saving Upton Farm is a priority. Yes, we “would like to have an idea where things are.” We would like an update whether there is “something to report” or not. We do have something to offer beyond our “patience.” Your power comes from the people, otherwise you are a small coterie of folks. Please remember where your strength comes from and give your supporters a little respect. “Losing track” of updating your supporters does not engender confidence in leadership. Just sayin’

  5. Kathy Kennedy Says:

    Note the date on Allan Campbell’s letter above. I am wondering about the latest update. Notice that since that letter was written, APM have built a building and the BioScience land has been sub-divided into many lots.
    Now I notice APM has a large sign erected at the sight of the new Prince Edward Home location south of the Trans Canada.
    I am wondering if Alan Campbell has found the time to sign over the Upton Property that has been designated to Greenspace.

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