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A food fight of words has been going on at City Hall all day as two sides argue over a proposed food and agricultural strategy. All like the idea of finding a way to better manage the food growing business locally, but there's a real split over the notion of setting aside nearly 15-hundred acres in the north east area.
Mayor Stephen Mandel says council has been put in a bind.
"This has been a very difficult process, having a group of people, and you've heard what they've had to say, it's not easy to build consensus on this."
Mandel says this really is an issue that should be decided by Edmonton's neighboring counties as well.
"I don't disagree it should be the capital region board because we have density requirements and all kinds of things that exist within our agreement, therefore it would have to be approved by them anyway," explains Mandel. "This is part of a process we have to go through, so we'll do the process"
Councillor Bryan Anderson says he's approached MLA's to see if "surface green space" adjacent to the Anthony Henday can be used for community gardens.
Council adjourned before implementing any decision. They'll reconvene on November 2nd at 9:30am. (sj, twd)
Photo by: 630CHED's Scott Johnston