Edition: govTogetherBC August 2015
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In this issue:
Health, Safety and Reclamation Code Review for B.C. Mines opened July 15
The Independent Expert Engineering Review Panel (Expert Panel) has completed their investigation into the root cause of the Mount Polley Tailings Facility Breach and made seven recommendations to improve practice and reduce the potential for future failures. Government accepted all of the recommendations and has committed to implementing them. Initial work will be expedited to determine how to best implement the Expert Panel's recommendations regarding best available technology and practices, additional permit application requirements and safety standards that are tailored to British Columbia. Public comments are invited from July 15-September 16 on how best to implement the Expert Panel’s recommendations through potential changes to the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for Mines in B.C. Comment today.
Transportation Customer Satisfaction Survey opened July 15
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure invites everyone who uses British Columbia’s roads, highways and ports to complete a brief online survey regarding the service it provides. This is the ministry’s 13th annual customer satisfaction survey. Last year, the ministry received more than 3,200 responses from across the province, including 354 face-to-face interviews with district staff. The feedback received helps the ministry focus its efforts and resources by identifying what works well and what needs improvement. Get Involved.
Climate Leadership consultation opened July 17
British Columbians have been asked to review the Climate Leadership Discussion Paper and share their priorities regarding climate action – how they live, travel, work and what they value. In an online survey that is open until August 17, participants can provide feedback which will help government build the next phase of climate action. Organizations wishing to send additional information can email firstname.lastname@example.org until September 14, 2015. This is an opportunity to contribute your ideas and priorities for this phase of climate action planning. Your input will be invaluable in helping government develop the Climate Leadership Plan. Have your say.
PharmaCare opened 4 drug reviews July 22
BC PharmaCare invites public feedback on 4 drugs from July 22 –August 19, 2015. As PharmaCare considers drugs for coverage, many factors are taken into consideration, including public input. The Ministry of Health reviews drugs to ensure approved drugs that support the health and well-being of British Columbians and to make sure that the drugs PharmaCare covers are affordable and give the best value for money. Drugs are posted for review on an ongoing basis. Get involved.
Emergency Management: Prepared BC survey
Emergency Management BC (EMBC) invites you to complete a brief online survey to help us understand how prepared British Columbians are for an emergency. All B.C. residents are invited to participate. The survey will remain open until Friday, October 16, 2015. This is the first survey targeting personal preparedness conducted by the Province. The feedback will help identify barriers to preparedness and what education resources people need to get disaster-ready. Get Involved.
Muqqᵂin/Brooks Park and Power River closes August 14
BC Parks invites citizens to provide feedback on the draft management plan for Muqqᵂin/Brooks Park and Power River protect area. The unique geography of Brooks Peninsula offers everything from inter-tidal marine life to a sub-alpine mountain environment. This peninsula is distinctive in that it is the only part of Vancouver Island unaffected by the last ice age. Power River Watershed Protected Area is located adjacent to Muqqᵂin/Brooks Peninsula Park and First Nations Lands at the Power River Estuary. This protected area protects almost the entire Power River watershed, including Power Lake. Read the plan and have your say until August 14. Comment today.
PharmaCare covers new hepatitis C drugs
BC PharmaCare provides a platform for patients, caregivers, and patient groups to provide input to B.C.’s drug review process. It is part of PharmaCare’s commitment to give British Columbians a chance to share their perspectives on drug decisions that affect them. PharmaCare has recently provided public drug plan coverage of two new, often curative, hepatitis C drugs. People with hepatitis C will be able to apply tomorrow for coverage under B.C.’s PharmaCare program of Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasvir and sofosbuvir). These new medications cure about 90% or more of people treated, are easier to take, involve a much shorter course of treatment, and have fewer side effects than older drugs. Learn more.
Terminal A extension project comments posted
Rio Tinto Alcan (Proponent) is proposing to construct and operate a replacement infrastructure project including an extension to an existing marine terminal, a barge berth, tug dock and laydown facility. The proposed Terminal A Extension Project (proposed Project) is to be located at the Port of Kitimat and within proximity to the District of Kitimat and the Haisla Nation Kitamaat Village. Comments related to the Application were accepted from June 15, 2015 to July 23, 2015. The intention of seeking public comments was to ensure all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration. The comments gathered are now available on the Environmental Assessment website. Read the comments.
Distracted Driving public input posted and archived
The B.C. Government asked British Columbians to share their thoughts on distracted driving penalties between June 16 and July 16, 2015. During this consultation, British Columbians were asked for their input on how penalties or sanctions could be adjusted in order to change driver behaviour and stop people from distracted driving. Questions focused on driver experience, repeat offenders and other factors. Citizens were invited to share input online, on Twitter, or by email or mail until 4 p.m., July 16. The Ministry of Justice is reviewing all responses and will use the information to consider how best to approach distracted driving consequences moving forward. The online discussions have been archived and are available to the public. Read the discussions.