Edition: govTogetherBC February 2015
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In this issue:
Abraham Lincoln Legacy Engagement Opened Jan 31
British Columbians are invited to collaborate with Premier Christy Clark on a letter that will appear in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, an online exhibit established to mark the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death in April 2015. To prepare this letter, the Premier has asked Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, to engage with British Columbians to collect stories and submissions relating to Lincoln and the legacy he created. As the stories being shared will each be unique, there are many ways to share your thoughts and stories during this consultation. Addresses and details for all submission styles can be found on the Abraham Lincoln Legacy web site. Get involved.
Scholarships and Awards Consultation Opened Feb 3
The Ministry of Education is seeking feedback from parents, students, employers, school counsellors, teachers, and administrators about updating and modernizing the Grade 10-12 scholarships and awards. The Ministry of Education’s scholarships and awards review is an opportunity to ensure they align with the new directions in education transformation as outlined in the BC Education Plan. The plan’s vision is to create a more flexible and dynamic education system where students are more engaged and better prepared for life’s journey. The goal of the review is to better recognize and support students’ accomplishments and circumstances. It is expected that the consultation will be completed and a new program designed in the 2015/16 school year. The online survey will be open between February 3 and March 10, 2015 at 4pm. Your thoughts and ideas will help design a new program for the 2015/16 year. Learn more.
Harper Creek Mine Project Opened Feb 19
Harper Creek Mining Corporation is proposing the construction and operation of an open-pit, copper-gold-silver mine located 90 kilometres northeast of Kamloops, B.C. The Harper Creek Mine Project is subject to review under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Act and is undergoing a coordinated environmental assessment. The Application/EIS describes the project and its potential to cause environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects. The Environmental Assessment Office is inviting the public to comment on the Application/Environmental Impact Statement of this project from February 19-March 21, 2015. Comments will be accepted by online form, email and fax. Additionally, an open house will be held on February 24th in Clearwater, BC. Learn more.
Fording River Project Opened Feb 20
Teck Coal Limited is proposing an extension to its existing Fording River Operations located north of Elkford, within the East Kootenay region of southeastern B.C. The proposed Project would maintain the existing production capacity of the Fording River Operations and would extend overall mine life by approximately 23 years. As part of the environmental assessment certificate process, Teck Coal Limited submitted an Application for a certificate (Application) to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO). The EAO is seeking comments on the Application to ensure that information and concerns regarding the effects of the Project are identified and responded to during the Review Stage. Comments will be accepted by online form, mail and fax from February 20 to April 6, 2015. Additionally, an open house will be held on March 4, 2015 in Elkford, B.C. Learn more.
Woodfibre LNG Project Closes Mar 9
Woodfibre LNG Limited (Proponent) proposes to develop and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility and floating LNG storage at the former Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill site near Squamish, B.C. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) invites public comments on the Application from January 22, 2015 to March 9, 2015. Additionally, the EAO held a series of open houses where the public can learn about the Application. The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects —environmental, social, heritage and health — that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. Learn more.
Eagle Mountain Project Closes Mar 12
FortisBC (Proponent) is proposing to expand a portion of its existing Vancouver Island natural gas transmission system (proposed Project). The Project would involve installing about 47 km of 24” natural gas pipeline starting about 35 km north of Coquitlam to the Woodfibre industrial site outside of Squamish, upgrading two of the Proponent’s existing compressor stations and building a new compressor station in Squamish. The Environment Assessment Office (EAO) is holding a 45 day public comment period (January 26 – March 12, 2015) for submissions related to the Application. The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects –environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. All comments received during this comment period will be considered. Additionally two open houses were held to provide information on the Application. Learn more.
The Ministry of Justice invited comments from stakeholders and the public on the Uniform Franchises Act and the British Columbia Law Institute’s “Report on a Franchise Act for British Columbia” to help inform the development of a proposed Franchises Act for B.C. The Province is considering whether to adopt franchise legislation that would be consistent with legislation used in five other provinces to help to level the playing field for small business owners and provide certainty for investors. Ministry staff have reviewed the public feedback and are in the process of developing recommendations for proposed new legislation. Additionally, the comments collected during the consultation were compiled and published.Read the comments here.