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October 16, 2009 13:00 ET

Fraser Institute to Release New Study Assessing Negative Impact of BC's Agricultural Land Reserve

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 16, 2009) - The Fraser Institute, one of Canada's leading economic think tanks, will release a new study assessing the costly consequences of British Columbia's Agricultural Land Reserve on Monday, October 19 at 6 a.m. (Pacific).

BC Agricultural Land Reserve: A Critical Assessment exposes how the reserve has failed to achieve its basic goals and instead has resulted in BC having some of the highest housing costs in North America.

"The province's virtual expropriation of the 4.7 million hectares that constitute the reserve wrested control of land use decisions from landowners and local authorities in the affected areas. This centralization of zoning power set British Columbia on a problematic course that has unduly taxed citizens and lowered the standard of living across the province," says Diane Katz, the study's author and Fraser Institute director of risk, environment, and energy policy.

A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwire on Monday, October 19.

The full study will be available as a free PDF on our website

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