Edition: govTogetherBC August 2014
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In this issue:
Provincial Steelhead Management Framework opened July 24th
Do you fish in B.C.? The Government of B.C. invites feedback on the Draft Provincial Framework for Steelhead Management during a six week review period. The goal for steelhead management is to ensure abundance of wild steelhead populations at levels that will produce ecological, social and economic benefits – including the needs of First Nations – now and for future generations. You are invited to review the Draft Framework and submit feedback online by September 5, 2014. Get involved.
Thompson Rivers Off-road Vehicle Survey opened August 6th
You are invited to complete an online survey about off-road vehicle use in the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District, which extends from Ashcroft and Logan Lake in the south to Wells Gray Park and Blue River in the north. Motorized recreation in the District has continued to grow, driving the need to mitigate its impact on the environment and to protect ecologically sensitive areas. Survey results will inform the Thompson Rivers District Recreation Strategy that will help protect ecologically sensitive Crown land areas while maintaining sustainable off-road vehicle use. The survey closes September 7, 2014. Comment today.
Society Act White Paper Consultation opened August 7th
Non-profit organizations in British Columbia are invited to weigh in on proposed revisions to the legislation that governs them. Finance Minister Michael de Jong invites British Columbia’s 27,000 non-profit societies to provide feedback on a new Society Act White Paper. The White Paper provides an opportunity for societies to see what new legislation may look like and to contribute suggestions before final legislation is developed. Non-profits can submit input by email or mail until Oct. 15, 2014. Comment today.
Giscome Quarry and Lime Plant opened August 8th
Have your say on a proposed limestone quarry and lime processing facility in the Giscome area, approximately 40 kilometres northeast of Prince George, B.C. When fully developed, the quarry will have the potential to produce up to 1.7 million tonnes per year of limestone and 600,000 tonnes of lime. Before any work can be undertaken on the proposed project, the proponent Graymont must obtain an environmental assessment certificate. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) is holding a 30-day public comment period on the project from August 8, 2014 to September 8, 2014. Submit your comments by mail, fax, or online. Comment today.
Management Planning for 3 Quesnel Area Parks closed August 7th
BC Parks invited public feedback on the development of management plans for Dragon Mountain Park, Quesnel Lake Park and Titetown Park. All three parks are near the community of Quesnel and were a result of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-Use process. During this stage in the management planning process, BC Parks invited citizens to provide background information and express how they would like the parks to be managed. Learn more.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Customer Satisfaction Survey closes August 15th
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure invites you to complete a brief online survey regarding the services that it provides. This is the 12th annual Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Customer Satisfaction Survey. Everyone who uses our roads, highways and ports is invited to participate in the survey. You still have time to complete the survey before it closes tomorrow. Comment today.
Agricultural Land Commission Act Engagement closes August 22th
The Ministry of Agriculture invites feedback from farmers and the public on the regulation of activities allowed on farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). One way you can participate is to complete this online survey. The survey includes 11 questions on the regulation of on-farm activities within the ALR, such as of sale of B.C. produced liquor products, bioenergy production, agritourism, and leasing portions of farms to new farmers. British Columbians are invited to review the discussion paper, comment on the survey or submit their ideas by mail or email by noon on August 22, 2014. Get involved.
Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project
Spectra Energy proposes to construct a corridor for natural gas for up to two pipelines from the Cypress area of northeast B.C. to a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility at Ridley Island, near Prince Rupert. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) held a public comment period from May 14, 2014 to June 30, 2014. Open houses on the project were held in Prince Rupert (June 3), Terrace (June 4), New Hazelton (June 5), Ft. St. James (June 9), Mackenzie (June 10), Hudson’s Hope (June 11), Fort St. John (June 12) and Smithers (June 16). Read what British Columbians said.