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Minutes of November Consultation Meeting

March 24, 2009
Winter frolics at Upton

Winter frolics at Upton

Upton Farmlands Consultation Process Meeting # 6
Monday, November 24, 2008 

 

Present:
Tracy Cutcliffe Deputy Minister, Province of PEI
Kirsten Connor Upton Farm Preservation Network
Heidi Hyndman Upton Farm Preservation Network
Ron Pachal General Manager, Real Estate, Atlantic, Canada Lands Company
Robert Howald Vice President, Real Estate, Eastern Region, Canada Lands Company
Jeff Evenson Canadian Urban Institute – Facilitator

AGENDA
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Approval of Minutes of Meeting #5
3. Updates from Participants
4. Discussion / Priorities / Items of Interest to the Consultation
5. Next steps
6. Adjourn

MINUTES
1. The Draft Minutes of Consultation Meeting #5 (October 27, 2008) were reviewed, corrected and approved by participants. The corrected version is attached. Participants agreed to the proposed
agenda for the meeting.

2. Updates:
UFPN
Kirsten indicated that the UFPN working group met to discuss the consultation group’s response to the UFPN’s request to meet with the Premier. After that meeting, Kirsten sent a letter to Jeff Evenson dated November 5 which was circulated to members of the consultation group (see attached). Kirsten also indicated that school children were observed planting bulbs on the Upton
Farm property. It was also reported that the local Canada Lands person was observed taking pictures. Ron indicated that he had asked Don to take pictures.

Canada Lands
Bob reminded the group that CLC is a non agency crown corporation (does not receive grants from the federal government). CLC is the land disposal agent of the government and cannot stray from that mandate. In light of the global economic situation and the recent statements of the Minister of Finance, the CLC Board is bound to raise the issue of the disposal of assets. All of CLC’s assets will likely be assessed under a fresh light. Bob underlined the importance of the group coming to agreement with a plan of action for the lands.
Ron reported that there continues to be interest in the lands. He had been contacted by a consultant to a party interested in exploring the land for an interactive children’s theme park. He also circulated a letter from Charlottetown regarding the use of the lands for a concert venue in 2009. Bob indicated that the CLC may not be in a position to make any commitment that binds the
land for a specific use.

Province of PEI
Tracy reiterated that her mandate and direction was to be a passive observer/supporter of consultation process and whatever solution to the Uplands Farm issue could be found by the consultation group. Tracy indicated that she has no mandate to discuss acquiring the Upton lands as
green space. The Province has a parks system and Upton is not being considered as an addition to that system. The Province is not looking at Upton for the Bio Commons nor is it looking at the lands for a nursing home. The Province is not supporting the City of Charlottetown on acquiring a permanent or temporary concert venue site on the Upton Lands. The Province is currently drafting
policies about concert venues. Tracy indicated that she had sought and received clarification on her mandate and direction as late as that day (November 24th). In response to a question, Tracy indicated that she received her direction from the Premier’s Office.

Discussion
Bob asked whether the Bio Commons might be considered on the site if it was supported by the group as a solution and the land was no longer controversial. Tracy indicated that if the group came to an agreement and wanted to pitch the province she would give the province a heads up.

Kirsten asked if the recently announced (provincial) museum might be sited on the Upton farm lands. Tracy indicated that a consultant would be hired to study among other issues, whether the museum should be located in a current structure or a new building. The land cost of the Upton site would seem to be too expensive to support a museum project.

Kirsten asked whether the City could apply to the Province’s “community fund” to buy the Upton Farm lands. Tracy explained that the fund was intended to be used to meet the built infrastructure (“bricks and mortar”) needs that are not covered under the federal suite of programs, not land acquisition. In any case the City would have to identify the acquisition of the Upton lands as an
infrastructure priority.

Heidi asked if the province won’t purchase the land, would CLC consider leaving the land undeveloped if it was made whole. Bob indicated that the CLC’s objectives remain the same as at theoutset – to dispose of the land and to recover its costs. So yes, CLC would consider such a proposition.

The group also discussed how donated money might be used to reduce the amount of land that would need to be developed to generate revenue to acquire and maintain the property as green space.

Next Steps

1. Heidi Hyndman indicated that she would initiate an exploration of opportunities for philanthropic donations to purchase Upton lands.

2. Concurrently it was agreed to convene a meeting of the UFPN working group to discuss, as a starting point, land to be preserved at Upton and land at Upton that might be used to generate revenue. It was noted that the meeting could not be held until after December 6 when some
members of the UFPN working group were back in town. Saturday afternoon was preferred. Jeff and Nicole have offered to help facilitate such a meeting and CLC has agreed to support the initiative.

3. It was agreed that at the next meeting the group would hear reports on the results of Heidi’s explorations and the results of the meeting of the UFPN working group.

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Canada Lands Company’s View on Upton Concert

March 13, 2008

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 March 5, 2008

Kirsten Connor
for the Upton Farm Preservation Network
59 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Charlottetown, PE
C1A 3A8

Dear Kirsten,

Thank you for your letter of March 3, 2008, in which you indicate that the Upton Farm Preservation Network will not oppose the City’s request to use a portion of the Upton Farm lands as a concert venue on a one-time basis subject to certain understandings. Thank you also for acknowledging your appreciation for the leadership shown by Canada Lands Company (CLC) in establishing the Upton Farmlands consultation committee.

As you are aware, the consultation process was established by CLC at the request of the Province of PEI and the City of Charlottetown, among others. The integrity of the process is important to us, as I’m sure it is to you and your Network. A draft terms of reference for the consultation process has been circulated to you, CLC and representatives of the City of Charlottetown and the Province of PEI by the facilitators. The first meeting of the consultation committee is scheduled for April 1, 2008, to begin discussions on issues like the terms of reference, mandate and scope of the process.

As per your letter and as per the meeting of February 27, 2008, it is our understanding that the City’s request is to be addressed as a one-off request. However, as CLC is only one member of the consultation committee and that committee has not yet met, it would not be our place to offer assurances of whether the City’s request lies outside the consultation committee’s mandate or whether the City’s request will have an impact on the larger consultation process.

At the meeting of February 27, 2008, we both heard the City indicate that if a temporary concert venue were developed on the site, the property would be restored to its pre-concert condition. If this initiative moves forward, CLC will be seeking assurances from the City that this will be case.

CLC wants to support economic development, tourism and cultural initiatives in Charlottetown. Given the history of public interest in the Upton Farm lands, I’m sure you’ll understand why CLC wanted to make sure that the City’s request for a concert venue on the Upton lands has the support of the parties who have agreed to participate in a consultation process about the site’s future.

We hope that this response has been helpful and that it assists you in replying to the request the City has made from your group.

We look forward to our future discussions with you as members of the consultation committee.

Yours sincerely,

CANADA LANDS COMPANY CLC LIMITED

Ron Pachal
General Manager, Real Estate, Atlantic

c.c. Mayor Clifford Lee, City of Charlottetown

“The goal is to preserve the Farmlands as greenspace”

March 6, 2008

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The following is the letter sent by the Upton Farm Preservation Network to the Canada Lands Company (the federal Crown Corporation that is now in possession of the Upton Farmlands) concerning our stand on the City of Charlottetown’s  proposal to perhaps hold a concert on the Upton Farmlands (on a field located on the north side of the TransCanada Highway): 

March 3, 2008

Mr. Ron Pachal
General Manager, Real Estate, Atlantic
Canada Lands Company
Suite 1205, 1505 Barrington St.
Halifax, NS
B3J 3K5
rpachal@clc.ca

Dear Mr Pachal:

I wish to formally express the Upton Farm Preservation Network’s (UFPN) appreciation for the leadership demonstrated by the Canada Lands Company in establishing the Upton Farmlands Consultation Committee. Our Network is particularly pleased with the Committee’s terms of reference, which state that the goal of the consultation process is develop a plan to preserve Upton Farmlands as a green space.

Further to our February 27, 2008 meeting in Charlottetown, I would also like to outline UFPN’s position regarding the request by the City of Charlottetown to use, on a one-time basis, a portion of the Upton Farmlands as a concert venue.

It is our understanding that:

a) the City’s request lies outside the Consultation Committee’s mandate and is being addressed as a one-off request;

b) the City has provided assurances that, if its request is approved, the property would be restored to its pre-concert condition; and

c) any decision taken regarding this request will in no way impact the larger consultation process to keep the Upton Farm Lands as greenspace.

In light of the above, and, given that UFPN was formed to ensure the long-term preservation of the Upton Farm Lands as green space, the Network will not oppose the city’s request.

Our position on the City’s request is conditional upon your acknowledgment that our understanding as outlined above is accurate.

We look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

Kirsten Connor
The Upton Farm Preservation Network
http://www.saveuptonfarm.com

cc. Mayor Clifford Lee, City of Charlottetown

We’re working hard to save the Farm

January 29, 2008

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Husky silhouetted by Upton Farm sunset. As you can see by the tracks in the snow, this property is well-used by residents for recreational purposes all winter long.

While the weather at times has been frightful, a core group of the Upton Farm Preservation Network Network continues to meet weekly. We have had discussions with provincial and city officials about the future of the Upton Farmlands, and we were keen observers of the Canada Lands presentation concerning the future of the Dominion Building on Queen Street in downtown Charlottetown.

Please keep in mind that the Upton Farmlands are not saved nor protected yet. There is merely a moratorium on development. We depend on your support as discussions with various officials continue.

On another note, if you’re in the mood (and the weather EVER cooperates) for a winter walk or snowshoe, with or without your four-legged friend, keep Upton Farm in mind. It has rolling hills for those who want a real workout and lots of straight paths for those who prefer more gentle exercise.

Moratorium on Development? Maybe.

December 18, 2007

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December 13, 2007

Ms. Kirsten Connor
Upton Farm Preservation Network
59 Queen Elizabeth Drive
Charlottetown, PE CIA 3A8

Dear Ms. Connor:

Thank you for your recent letter and your ongoing concern for the future of Upton Farm property. I understand that you have been in contact with officials from my office on this matter on different occasions.

Over the last number of months, we have made presentations to officials in the Canada Lands Company to convey the concerns expressed by many around the potential loss of green space at Upton Farm to proposed residential development.

Based upon input from a number of groups, Canada Lands Company has agreed, as you know, to a moratorium on the development of the property while a broader stakeholder consultation process is undertaken. We have been assured by officials from Canada Lands Company that these consultations will include, among other groups, the Province, Upton Farm Preservation Network, and the City of Charlottetown. The Province will be represented by Tracey Cutcliffe, my Deputy Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour.

It is my hope that this process produces an outcome that all stakeholders can benefit from as efforts are made to secure green space opportunities for Islanders.

[Signed]

Robert Ghiz

Premier of Prince Edward Island

c.c. Tracey Cutcliffe, Communities Cultural Affairs and Labour

c.c. Robert Rowland, Canada Lands Company

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As you can see from the above letter from PEI Premier Robert Ghiz, Canada Lands has declared a moratorium on development of the Upton Farmlands  pending discussions with stakeholder groups.

This may possibly be good news, but PLEASE DO NOT relax your efforts to save this property as green space.

This is simply a moratorium, not a donation of the taxpayer-purchased property back to the residents of PEI, to whom it rightly belongs.

Premier Ghiz and his government appear to be in support of the efforts of the Upton Farm Preservation Network and its supporters, but IT IS VITAL to let people know that Canada Lands has neither wiithdrawn its application to develop the south side of this property into a mega housing subdivision nor has it said it will maintain the Upton Farmlands as green space.

Please continue your support of the effort to save the Upton Farmlands as green space!

Sea Lettuce “a menace taking over PEI”

October 14, 2007

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The October 12th Charlottetown Guardian reported on an environmental conference held in Montague. The environmentalists in attendance said that “sea lettuce is a menace taking over many estuaries in PEI and must be curtailed in the interests of fishing and tourism.”

Sea lettuce grows in nutrient rich waters and has a distinctly rotten egg odour when exposed to the air at low tide. Its presence indicates problems with the oxygen quality of the water. The growth of this plant is accelerating exponentially around our Island.

“Human activity is the cause and we need to address the problem.  It’s easy to say blame the farmers, but there’s more to it than that. It’s caused by residential influence as well,” says Dr. Andrew Trivett of UPEI.

“Residential influence” includes building housing developments close to the ocean’s edge where storm water can wash a nutrient-rich soup of fertilizers, detergents, and other household and industrial chemicals into the sea. This increase of nutrients, in the form of phosphorous, ammonium and nitrogen, is called eutrophication, which causes red tides, yellow and green slimes and slicks and triggers the growth of sea lettuce.

Sea lettuce growth can already be observed in the estuaries of the North River around the potential CLC megadevelopment at Upton Farm. Yellow signs posted by the Department of Fisheries warn that shellfish harvested there are toxic to humans. Fishers who work these waters transport their oysters elsewhere on the Island to be suspended on lines in cleaner water until all toxins are washed from their systems and they are safe for human consumption.

We ignore the “menace” of sea lettuce growth to the peril of of both our fishing and tourist industries, the life blood of the PEI economy. The proposed CLC housing development at Upton Farm can only increase the danger. We must look to our future, and save this land. The time for lining the pockets of the few to the detriment of our environment is past.

Farley Mowat Donates Land to NS Nature Trust: We Challenge CLC To Do Same in PEI

September 8, 2007

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Author Farley Mowat and his wife, author Claire Mowat.

Well-known Canadian author Farley Mowat recently donated 200 acres of his Cape Breton property to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

 “Nova Scotia is like every other part of the western world, teetering on the edge of falling into some developer’s hands and being destroyed for money,” Mowat told CBC News.

WE SAY: PEI IS TEETERING ON THE SAME EDGE!

Obviously, the perfect example of what Farley is talking about is what may happen to the Upton Farmlands. 

As you know, the Canada Lands Company (an arm of the federal government) is intent on selling this piece of PEI coastline, bought and paid for by the taxpayers of Canada decades ago, to real estate developers to be used for tract housing. 

CLC wants to divide up this beautiful property, located in an area of Charlottetown that already has hundreds of serviced housing lots for sale,  and sell it off piece by piece for yet another subdivision.

 We, and groups such as the PEI Shellfishers, have repeatedly asked that the Upton Farmlands be donated to the citizens of PEI for an urban forest and for recreational use.

If a private citizen like Farley Mowat can sacrifice  the monetary profit he could make on selling 200 acres of his Cape Breton coastal property for the betterment of our country, think how inspiring it would be if the government of Canada followed suit and donated the Upton Farmlands to its “real owners,” as Farley terms the people of Canada.

We challenge the Federal Government to follow Farley Mowat’s example.

The CBC story about Farley Mowat’s generous donation is here:

“Farley Mowat and his wife, Claire, are donating more than 200 acres of land on Cape Breton Island to the Nova Scotia Nature Trust.

The couple has lived in River Bourgeois for 30 years.

The iconic Canadian author and environmentalist is calling on other Nova Scotians to follow his example and help protect the province’s coastline by donating their land to the conservation charity.

“Nova Scotia is like every other part of the western world, teetering on the edge of falling into some developer’s hands and being destroyed for money,” Mowat told CBC News.

“But it is just at the crux, and at this point Claire and I have decided we should give it to its real owners.”

Mowat said they’ve closely studied the animals, birds, insects and plant life on their property, and are scared by the decline they have witnessed.

He said his family wants to make sure nothing interferes with the land that runs along the coast of St. Peter’s Bay.

The Mowats’ donation is being made through a federal tax incentive program.

Bonnie Sutherland, executive director of the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, is delighted by the donation.

The land contains fresh water wetlands and bogs, two peninsulas with estuarial inland bays, beaches and a fresh water lagoon.

“So, it has a real diversity of habitats, a lot of different species that depend on this kind of property,” Sutherland said.

“I think it’s significant beyond this particular piece, which is affectionately known as Farley’s Ark, the place where he’s preserved these species and wants to see that natural oasis protected and preserved into the future.

“But it’s also really significant because of the context of Nova Scotia’s coastline where 95 per cent of the coast is in private hands.”

Farley Mowat is also taking on the role of patron for the Nature Trust’s Campaign for the Coast.

CLC Hires Toronto Consultants to Mediate Fate of Upton Farm

July 29, 2007

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Jules and family enjoying the cool breezes at Upton Farm.

The Canada Lands Company recently hired the Toronto-based Canadian Urban Institute to confer with interested groups in Charlottetown about the best use for the Upton Farm property.  According to its website, www.canurb.com, the CUI is:

“…a national non-profit organization established in 1990 by the City of Toronto and the former Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto. It is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in urban areas across Canada and internationally. It provides contracted services, research and strategic solutions to important urban issues to private sector corporations, international development agencies, governments and voluntary sector organizations.”

Last week, CUI reps Jeff Evenson and Nicole Swerhun spoke with several local groups and individuals, including PEI Trails; Friends of the Farm; Charlottetown city councillors and planners; Catherine Hennessy; and, of course, members of the Upton Farm Preservation Network;  about potential uses for the Farmland.

It appears the goal of this consultation with individuals and groups is to mediate some peaceful conclusion on the fate of the Farmlands. The comments of CLC manager Ron Pachal in a CBC radio interview printed below indicate that Canada Lands has no intention of allowing this land to remain as greenspace for the enjoyment and use of all Island residents and visitors. It is clear the plans are to develop this property, even if it takes “ten to fifteen years to get it right,” according to Mr. Pachal.

“Getting it right,” in the opinion of the Upton Farm Preservation Network and its supporters, would be doing what environmental groups, oyster fishers, history lovers and trail walkers are asking; that is, to keep the property as greenspace. Unfortunately, CLC is only interested in making a multi-million dollar profit from this land. Upton Farm was purchased piece by piece from local farmers by the  taxpayers of Canada between 1948 and 1953  for a paltry $19,500. It was valued by Agriculture Canada at $1 million when CLC was contracted to sell it a few years ago.

It is interesting that CBC radio reports that CLC proposes a 20-house subdivision for this property. The plans CLC presented for approval to Charlottetown City Council and residents at a public meeting were for a 350-unit subdivision.

Was the change in housing numbers simply an error in CBC reporting? 

Or does CLC now plan to flog this priceless greenspace to the real estate market in order to build 20 executive waterfront homes; homes that would prevent the many people who now enjoy the amenities of the publicly-owned Upton Farm from access to the shoreline? Is this not a microcosm of what is happening all across this beautiful Island of ours? 

As has been said so many times before, our forefathers had the foresight to preserve Victoria Park for the use and enjoyment of future generations. Charlottetown has grown and expanded exponentially since that time. Where is the Victoria Park for the 21st century? It appears to be held for ransom by a Crown Corporation owned by the federal government.

Please read the CBC news transcript below, and please, especially note the comments of Des Lecky, a Charlottetown resident who walks Upton Farm every day.

“I think there’s probably enough residential land vacant [to build on] around Charlottetown.  I think if you look back in 50 years you’ll really regret it if you develop it at this point in time. There’s no more land, so this is a prime piece of real estate that should be kept for future generations,”  he says.

Mr. Lecky is correct; there are presently over 290 serviced lots available to be built on right now in the West Royalty area of Charlottetown alone. Do we need to use the Upton Farmlands, a beautiful piece of property at the western gates of Charlottetown, which was bought and paid for by the taxpayers of Canada a half-century ago, for yet another subdivision?

Consultants conferring on Upton Farm

Friday, July 27, 2007

CBC News

Canada Lands Company has hired planning experts to help it decide what to do with Upton Farm, a large green space in the north of Charlottetown.

Those in favour of keeping Upton Farm as a park would like to retain the views to the water.

The 100-hectare property was approved last summer as the site of a new subdivision, but public protests against the development have sparked a new round of consultations. The Toronto-based Canadian Urban Institute is meeting with interested people and groups this week to see if some kind of agreement can be reached.

“The fact is that everybody who lives in Charlottetown has a say in how Charlottetown grows and how the assets that are available to Charlottetown contribute to Charlottetown’s future,” Jeff Evenson of the Canadian Urban Institute told CBC News.

“What we’re interested in is how to talk about that.”

The institute met Thursday with representatives of Island Trails, who want to see the space remain green.

“We’d like to see a lot of trees there but still have it open, so people can enjoy what view there is down on the riverside,” said Tim Connor of Island Trails.

This dialogue is coming after Canada Lands Company got municipal approval to build a 20-home subdivision. The resulting protests prompted city council to ask the Crown corporation to withdraw its development plans.

But Ron Paschal, Canada Lands Company real estate manager, said the corporation is willing to take more time to consult.

“It’s [the institute’s] job to go speak to people and hear the folks, whatever their issues might be. That’s what we’re taking this time to do,” said Paschal.

“We had the approvals here, but we’re not going to have a bulldozer here or something if we don’t have what we think is a proper development.”

Paschal said the corporation is willing to take 10 to 15 years to get the development of the property right.

For people who are already using the property as a park, the only right development is no development at all.

“I think there’s probably enough residential land vacant around Charlottetown,” said Des Lecky, who walks his dog on the old farm property three times a day.

“I think if you look back in 50 years you’ll really regret it if you develop it at this point in time. There’s no more land, so this is a prime piece of real estate that should be kept for future generations.”

The Canadian Urban Institute said it will return to Charlottetown for more consultations.

Same Old, Same Old

July 20, 2007

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Clifford Bernard, President of the PEI Shellfish Association, strongly supports keeping Upton Farm as greenspace because of the potential effects that developing the property as a mega-subdivision would have on the shell fishery in the North River. He received this reply from CLC to his letter of concern to Transportation Minister Lawrence Cannon. It is the same boilerplate memo many of you have received in response to your letters, despite the fact that Mr. Bernard represents legitimate concerns about the continuing livelihood of his membership.

June 12, 2007

Mr. Clifford Bernard

President PEI Shellfish Association

PO Box 82

Ellerslie PE COB 1JO

Dear Mr. Bernard:

 I am writing to respond to your letter of May 20, 2007, which was sent to the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, the Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities, and then referred to me. Your letter was on the future of the Upton Farm project in Prince Edward Island. In it, you urged the Government of Canada to support efforts to preserve the Upton Farm lands as an urban forest/green space.

As you may be aware, 60 acres of the approximately 250-acre site have received municipal approval for development. Canada Lands Company is, however, aware of the concerns raised by several stakeholders and is currently assessing its plans regarding the site.

Thank you for your interest in this project and Canada Lands Company.

Sincerely,

Robert Howald

Acting President and CEO

CANADA LANDS COMPANY CLC LIMITED

Mr. Bernard then received this letter from Lisa Berthier, a staff member representing the Atlantic Region in Minister Cannon’s office:

Dear Mr. Bernard:

Thank you for your correspondence of May 20,2007, regarding Canada Lands Company CLC Limited’s (CLC’s) development of the former agricultural research lands in Charlottetown. Minister Cannon has asked me to reply on his behalf.

As you may know, CLC is a self-financing, non-agent Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from the federal government. CLC’s mandate is to ensure the commercially oriented and orderly disposition of selected surplus federal real properties, while providing optimal value to Canadians. CLC is subject to all municipal and provincial/territorial planning processes.

As Minister responsible for CLC, Minister Cannon’s role is to determine the broad policy direction of the corporation, while respecting its operational autonomy. Therefore, discussions and business opportunities related to the development of the Upton Farm lands are the responsibility of CLC.

I have taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of your correspondence to Mr. Robert Howald, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of CLC, for his consideration.

I have been informed that, in order to formulate the Development Concept Plan submitted to and approved by the City of Charlottetown in 2006, CLC consulted extensively with members of the planning industry and the public. The plan is based on principles such as the protection and enhancement of the unique aspects of the site; stewardship of the ecosystem, and a livable and interconnected community.

As you may be aware, before making a decision on the future of the property, CLC has agreed to hold off on developing the site pending confirmation of the City’s concerns with respect to the proposed development.

The Minister appreciates your taking the time to share your concerns with respect to the development of the Upton Farm lands. Again, thank you for writing.

Yours truly,

Lisa Berthier

Special Assistant – Atlantic

Copies to : Office of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. : Office of the Honourable Loyola Hearn, P.C., M.P. ; Office of the Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., M.P.; Office of the Honourable Pat G. Binns, M.L.A.; Office of the Honourable Robert Ghiz, M.L.A.; Office of Mr. Robert Howald

CLC Replies to MP Shawn Murphy

July 16, 2007

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Charlottetown MP Shawn Murphy received a reply from the Canada Lands Corporation (the Crown Corporation which presently owns the Upton Farmlands) in response to his letter requesting an 18-month moratorium on development of the lands. As you can see, CLC is making no promises to anyone, and we must keep up the hard work.

We are sincerely grateful to MP Murphy for his efforts in Ottawa to save this land for the good of the environment and for the health of his constituents on the Island.

June 11, 2007

The Honourable Shawn Murphy, P.C., M.P.

House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A OA6

Dear Mr. Murphy:

I am writing to respond to your letter of April 11, 2007, which was sent to the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, the Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities, and then referred to me.

Your letter was on the future of the Upton Farm project in Prince Edward Island. In it, you requested an 18-month moratorium on development at Upton Farm and the creation of a task force with federal, provincial and municipal representatives to discuss future development on the property.

As you may be aware, 60 acres of the approximately 250-acre site have received municipal approval for development. Canada Lands Company is, however, aware of the concerns raised by several stakeholders and is currently assessing its plans regarding the site.

Thank you for your interest in this project and Canada Lands Company.

Sincerely,

Robert Howald

Acting President and CEO

CANADA LANDS COMPANY CLC LIMITED

c.c. The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, P.C., M.P.