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October Morning at Upton Farm

October 18, 2007


(Photo Credit: Kathy Kennedy) 

Looking at this photo, one is reminded of the words of Joni Mitchell in her song, “Big Yellow Taxi:”

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone

IF you recognize what we have at Upton Farm please send a letter to any of the following people (or ALL of them) who are responsible for the fate of the Farmlands. Remind them that they can demonstrate their leadership and concern for our environment by saving these lands as greenspace. Please tell them that it’s not right for the federal government to build a mega housing development on the coastline of PEI, endangering an adjacent fishing ground and competing with Island home developers in the area. Bring to their attention that there are already 279 serviced lots in the West Royalty area surrounding Upton Farm, and 110 new lots now being prepared across the North River in Cornwall. Clearly, this island does not need more houses, but it does need public access to our coastline. If we do not plan ahead now, it will be gone.

Please tell the following people your concerns:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
Transport Minister Lawrence Cannon:
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Minister responsible for ACOA and the Atlantic Provinces,
PEI Premier Robert Ghiz:
Minister of Development Richard Brown:
Speaker of the House Kathleen Casey:
Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee:
Charlottetown City Councillor Cecil Villard:

Show Your Support With a License Plate!

April 10, 2007


Show your support for the preservation of the Upton Farmlands by buying and displaying one of these attractive license plates on the front of your car! They are available NOW from Sign City, 360 University Avenue (Map), 902.367.7100. Cost is $10. This is one of the best ways to carry the message of preserving the Farm throughout the city and the province. You saw how it effectively it worked for the Hockey Mommas in their quest to have Charlottetown declared as Hockeyville last spring. Now it can work for us in our efforts to preserve this greenspace for future generations.

Open Letter to Canada Lands

March 22, 2007

Canada Lands Company, the federal crown corporation that is selling the Upton Farmlands for subdivisions, has the decision-making power to allow the people of Canada to keep this publicly-owned land as greenspace. One of our supporters wrote the letter you see below to Mr. Robert Howald, president, and Mr. Gordon McIvor, vice-president,  of Canada Lands. Would you consider sending the same type of letter to these powerful decision-makers in Toronto?

Mr. Robert Howald, President
Mr. Gordon McIvor, Vice President
Canada Lands Corporation
1 University Avenue
Suite 1200
Toronto ON
M5J 2P1


Dear Mr. Howald and Mr. McIvor,

On Monday, Feb. 26, 2007, I attended a town hall meeting to address people’s concerns and questions with regard to the planned development of the Upton Farm Lands on Prince Edward Island. There were well over 75 people in attendance and a show of hands just before the end of the meeting indicated that not one person there was in favour of the development. Many expressed concerns of the recent decision by City Council to go ahead with approval for this development when there are still many questions to be addressed.

Some of the concerns expressed at the meeting included:

*no report back to the public about the traffic study and no opportunity for public input in response to the traffic study;

*no environmental impact studies have been done;

*it has been a year since the last public meeting and many feel that they have not been kept informed of what is going on with this development nor have they had an opportunity for further input;

*many people who live in the area expressed concern for the increased volume of traffic that will be generated by this development.

I often go to the Upton Farm to walk with my dog as it is one of the few remaining areas close to Charlottetown where one can walk one’s dog off lead. I would like this parcel of land to remain a green space, open to the public. It is very important that as cities grow, adequate green spaces are left available to the public for their enjoyment, health and recreation. Why does another beautiful piece of land have to be developed? Already there are many areas around the edge of Charlottetown slotted for development, in fact, presently there are some 273 lots available for residential buildings. For a city the size of Charlottetown do we really need to add another 350 to this as the planned development of Upton Farms indicates. There is so little crown land on Prince Edward Island and so much is privately owned it is essential that as much land is kept as public green space for present and future generations of Islanders to enjoy and treasure.

There is now a group of concerned people working to prevent this development and a petition with over 1000 signatures is been sent to various officials. Perhaps you have already received this petition. I hope you will give serious consideration to these concerns and support the group in its bid to preserve this beautiful piece of land as a public green space by putting a stop to this development. The more urban sprawl dominates our city landscapes the more the government of Canada should be working with all levels of government and its citizens to ensure plenty of green spaces in and around cities and towns are preserved and maintained. Please visit the group’s website at to read more about the concerns and issues raised by the Upton Farm Land Preservation Group.

The Upton Farm Lands Preservation Group says: “Our group believes that since this land was bought and paid for once by the taxpayers of Canada it should be left for the people of Canada. It should be remain as greenspace for social and environmental reasons. The recreational value is immeasureable, as are the benefits from an urban forest to aid with air purification.” I agree wholeheartedly with this assessment.

The support for the preservation of this land is growing and we are working to prevent this development from going ahead.


Birthplace Initiative

March 16, 2007

The Confederation Birthplace intiative website wants to know how YOU would spend some of the $2 million funding provided to Charlottetown to develop it as the Birthplace of Confederation.

From the website:

“In October, 2006, the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced a commitment of $2-million as core funding for the Confederation Birthplace Initiative (CBI), a strategic effort designed to further develop Charlottetown’s unique position as the Birthplace of Confederation. The primary goal of the Initiative is to provide funding support for initiatives that contribute to enshrining Charlottetown in the minds of all Canadians as the Birthplace of Confederation from which Canada has grown and developed.”

Some of our members have gone to the website and provided this kind of input:

  •  “Leave the Upton Farmlands free of development and let a natural greenbelt greet visitors to Charlottetown. Left natural, it will be a reminder of what it looked like at the time of Confederation and will be much more memorable than anything artificial and contrived.”

 Can we ask you to do the same?

You Can Make a Difference

March 4, 2007

If you think the Upton Farmlands should remain greenspace, it’s very important to let our Mayor and Councillors know. After all, it was City Council that made the decision to allow this high-density development. Ask the councillors to re-examine their decision in light of new information that has been brought to their attention. Contact information for your representative is listed below. Please take a minute especially to thank Councillors Cecil Villard, Mitch Tweel and Rob Lantz who are supportive of our initiative.

Mayor Clifford Lee

Clifford J. Lee ( Mayor)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)
902-566-9124 (H)

Councillor Kim Devine

Kim Devine – Ward 1 (Queens Square)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)
902-894-5320 (H)

Councillor Danny Redmond

Daniel (Danny) J. Redmond – Ward 2 (Belvedere)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566- 4701 (Fax)
902-368-3294 (H)

Rob Lantz – Ward 3 (Brighton)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)
902-314-3714 (C)

Councillor Mitchell Tweel

Mitchell G. Tweel – Ward 4 (St. Avard’s)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)
902-894-8263 (H)

Councillor Sterling MacFadyen

Sterling MacFadyen (Deputy Mayor) – Ward 5 (Spring Park)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)
902-892-5695 (H)

David MacDonald – Ward 6 (Mount Edward)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)
902-892-9639 (H)

Coouncillor Cecil Villard

Cecil F. Villard – Ward 7 (Beach Grove)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-5664701 (Fax)
902-368-2889 (Home)

Peter F. McCloskey – Ward 8 (Highfield)Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)

Melissa Hilton – Ward 9 (Stonepark)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)
902-892-1698 (H)

Terence H. Bernard – Ward 10 (Falconwood)
Phone 902-566-5548 (City Hall)
902-566-4701 (Fax)
902-368-1634 (H)

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