Edition: govTogetherBC December 2014
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In this issue:
Ajax Mine Project opened November 18th
The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) is holding a 30-day public comment period from November 18, 2014 to December 18, 2014 on the proposed Ajax Mine Project. Located near Kamloops, B.C., the proposed copper-gold mine is expected to have a production capacity of 60,000 tonnes of mineral ore per day and an expected lifespan of 23 years. Changes have been made to the mine’s layout and design in the project plan. Beginning November 18th, the EAO will invite public input to help revise the Environment Assessment Information Requirements. Open houses were held November 25th & 26th in Kamloops. Comments will be open online, by fax, or mail until December 18, 2014. Comment today.
PharmaCare: Your Voice opened 5 drugs reviews on November 20th
Before PharmaCare decides if it will cover a drug, the drug goes through a full review. Patients, caregivers and patient groups have the opportunity to add their voices to drugs being reviewed. Currently, BC PharmaCare has 5 drugs open for public comment until December 18, 2014. All responses that are submitted during the open consultation are sent to the Drug Benefit Council. The Council takes the public’s input into consideration when they make their drug coverage recommendations. Comment today.
Vendor and Ministry Outreach opened December 3rd
Over $6.6 billion is spent every year on government goods and services in B.C. As a vendor, do you know how to find and respond to the opportunities that fit your business? Attend an upcoming in-person session and learn how to bid for government business and help identify new ways for businesses to bring innovative goods and services to government. The sessons are hosted by Small Business BC, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services. The next sessions will be in February 2015, with registration opening January 2015. If you are unable to attend these sessions, please take this brief survey. Learn more.
Build Your Community: Kinnections Youth Mentorship Program
The holidays are a great time to give back to your community. A reliable, supportive adult influence in a youth's life makes a big diffence as they grow into adulthood. Kinnections is a youth mentoring program designed to support youth who are in continuing care of the government or on a Youth Agreement as they transition into adulthood and beyond. The program is available in several communities across the Lower Mainland. This year, give the gift of your time. Become a youth mentor. Learn more.
Franchises Act Consultation closes December 10th
The Ministry of Justice invites comments from stakeholders and the public to help inform the development of a proposed Franchises Act for B.C. Franchise legislation would help ensure franchise purchasers have the information they need to make an informed investment, while supporting the expansion of franchises in B.C. The ministry is considering the recommendations based on the Uniform Franchises Act, developed by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, and the British Columbia Law Institute's “Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia” containing draft legislation. Following the consultation, ministry staff will review feedback and begin developing recommendations for proposed new legislation. Comments are being accepted by mail and email until December 10, 2014. Comment today.
BC on the Move: A Ten Year Transportation Plan closes December 12 at 4:00 pm.
The Government of B.C. is developing a new 10-year provincial transportation plan called B.C. on the Move and we want to make sure issues important to people across the province are considered as part of this process. The public is invited to provide feedback, online until 4:00pm December 12, 2014. At this point, almost 7000 surveys have been completed with over 25,000 page visits in 2 months. Every voice counts, so have your say and complete the survey before 4:00pm on Friday, December 12th. Have your say here.
Monashee Park Management Plan Approved
Earlier this year, BC Parks invited feedback on the draft management plan for Monashee Park. Located 110 kilometres northeast of Vernon, B.C., Monashee Park was established in 1962. The park offers high quality recreation opportunities, such as skiing, hiking, and climbing. Citizens were invited to review and comment on the draft management plan online, by email or mail. In November 2014, the finalized management plan was approved and published. Read the plan here.
Kootenay West Mine Project
The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) held a 30-day public comment period from October 27, 2014 to November 26, 2014 on the proposed Kootenay West Mine. Located approximately 12 kilometres northeast of the village of Canal Flats, B.C., the proposed gypsum mine would have production capacity of 400,000 tonnes per year and an expected lifespan of 38 years. Open houses on the project were held in Invermere (October 28) and Canal Flats (October 29). After the comment period closed, the public comments were compiled and published on the EAO website. Read the comments here.