Group urges Alta. government to sell public land

The Alberta government should consider selling public land as one way to end conflicts and ensure better conservation, says a new report from the Fraser Institute. “People generally take care of their own property better than if it is simply left,” said Mark Milke, one of the authors of Ranching Realities in the 21st Century. […] Read more

Rewards of land investment must be balanced with risks

Western Producer editorial The sense of community on the Prairies is strong. Connections to the land, neighbours and those we interact with every day form who we are. It is part of the very fabric of rural life. That is why it is important for governments to act carefully, with a keen eye on the […] Read more

Is it time to relax land ownership restrictions?

Deb Smith’s blood boils when she thinks of her son having to compete with a $234 billion pension fund to buy a parcel of farmland. That is what could happen in the wake of the recent ruling by the Sask­atchewan Farm Land Security Board that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is eligible to buy […] Read more

Foreign group testing ownership rules

Skyline Agriculture Financial Corp. | Group’s plan could open Sask. to more foreign investment

A landmark case is in front of the courts that could forever change the way Saskatchewan farmland is bought and sold. Skyline Agriculture Financial Corp. and three of its subsidiaries are challenging a Saskatchewan Farm Land Security Board (FLSB) ruling preventing the company from owning 15 acres of land in the province. The non-Canadian owned […] Read more

Alta. premier hopes to rebuild relationship with landowners

Alberta premier Jim Prentice made property rights the focus of his first bill in the new sitting of the legislature. Bill 1, which has passed second reading, would repeal the controversial Land Assembly Project Area Act, otherwise known as Bill 19, which was enacted in 2009, amended in 2011 and never proclaimed. The legislation would […] Read more