Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Travis says government ALC outreach lacks scope

Released by Dermod Travis, IntegrityBC

 

ntegrityBC is using Facebook's 'boost a post' feature this week to promote the B.C. government's online survey on regulatory changes changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act.

 

In what may be one of the best kept secrets in the province, the B.C. Ministry of Agricultural is in the midst of a public consultation over changes to the act. The ministry's online consultation was launched on July 22nd and ends on August 22nd at noon.

Beyond a single news release "paradoxically headlined 'B.C. government consults to help farmers succeed'" the ministry has done little in the way to boost public participation in the process. That news release has been shared off the B.C. Newsroom's website once, re-tweeted five times and liked 18 times.

"Psst isn't really a public outreach strategy," said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis. "A cynic might think that the ministry doesn't want anyone to know about the consultation at all."

IntegrityBC drew attention to the fact that the consultation was launched at the height of harvest season for most B.C. farmers and that the B.C. Day long weekend falls over the ministry's 30-day window for public input.

"Since the ministry's consultation paper discusses how regulatory changes could impact on a variety of economic sectors, including retail, tourism, breweries and wineries, power co-generation and the oil and gas industry, one would have thought that they might want to reach out to as many British Columbians as possible," said Travis.

IntegrityBC hopes to reach 50,000 British Columbians this week through its paid campaign on Facebook.

 

Facebook post text

The Agricultural Land Reserve matters to BC. Please share this post with friends.

There's just over two weeks left to have your voice heard on regulatory changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act. To learn more visit here. You can read the consultation paper here. Additional news articles and links to reports are available here.

 

 

Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC. www.integritybc.ca
 

 

 

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