Staples: New suburbs aren’t more important than Edmonton’s best farmland

EDMONTON – Edmonton city council has never once protected a plot of prime farmland from suburban development.

That is about to change, but exactly how much land will be preserved is the subject of a fierce fight. It pits private rights against the public good, a multinational property company against a community group, neighbour against neighbour. Fortunes both small and large are on the line.

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