I recently presented updates of my research in the BC interior (abstract below) at the CAGOnt Annual meeting hosted by Queens U Geography and Planning Department. Thanks to all who attended our session and for the insightful comments.
Right to farm or right to an odour-free healthy environment: Biosolid management and procedural justice in the Thompson-Nicola Valley, BC
Urban regional biosolids management has become an extremely contentious issue in the British Columbia interior. Drawing on literature regarding issues of process, perceived procedural inequities and rural-urban environmental justice, this research utilizes qualitative interviews to examine residents’ perceptions of procedural (in)justices related to the local processing and management of urban biosolids in their locale. Opposing residents expressed anger towards feelings of procedural inequity and lack of control in what is occurring in close proximity to their rural properties. Many referenced ‘right to farm’ legislation where on-farm practices considered agricultural are not required to undergo the same local approval processes that other non-agricultural commercial or industrial operations would be. This research seeks to dig deeper into rural community contentions about what should be fairly included in provincial ‘right to farm’ legislation and what is being brought to their community in a procedurally unjust manner from surrounding urban regions, most notably the lower mainland of British Columbia which includes the large metropolitan area of Vancouver.