Edition: govTogetherBC January 2014
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Happy New Year!
A New Year is a time to reflect and look ahead. While some of our team are already hobbled by New Year resolutions (Crossfit anyone?), your scribe sees 2014 as an opportunity to more connected to family, friends and community.
This brings us to this experiment in community, govTogetherBC. In 2013 govTogetherBC featured over 100 Government of B.C. engagements. Each engagement was an opportunity to connect British Columbians with their government and to each other, and to discuss issues that mattered to them. British Columbians had the opportunity to speak up and be heard on everything from cosmetic pesticides to provincial liquor regulations. The liquor consultation alone received over 4000 online comments on the blog. It was a great demonstration of community - citizens from all across the province publically exchanging their ideas, and informing government policy to boot.
Many of these consultations also included open houses citizens could attend. After all, the internet and social media can make us more connected, but meeting face-to-face is still and will always be important.
Along with the consultations, govTogetherBC highlighted many volunteer opportunities throughout the province on our Build Your Community Page.
All of this work is driven by one compelling idea: together we can make our B.C. communities and province stronger.
With your help govTogetherBC looks forward to another great year in 2014, keeping you informed of engagement opportunities via our monthly newsletter and our Twitter feed (@govTogetherBC).
Thank you for subscribing to the newsletter. And please spread the word about engagements to your friends and family so they can participate too.
All the best to you in 2014,
The govTogetherBC Team
Share your ideas on the public discussion paper for the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area. Covering approximately 4.9 million hectares, the Williams Lake TSA includes the communities of Williams Lake, Alexis Creek, Anahim Lake, Tatla Lake and 150 Mile House. The discussion paper describes the geography, natural resources, forest management and land use plans of the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area. It also includes assessments on habitat for pine marten, moose and grizzly bear to determine the impact of timber harvesting on wildlife. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. Review the discussion paper and submit your comments by email or mail until March 17, 2014. Comment today.
Pacific Northern Gas Looping Project closed January 2nd
The Pacific Northern Gas Looping Project is a proposed 525 kilometre natural gas pipeline from Summit Lake to Kitimat. Citizens were invited to comment online, by email, fax, mail and to attend information sessions in Kitimat (Nov. 26), Telkwa (Nov. 27) Vanderhoof (Nov. 28), Terrace (Dec. 2), Smither’s (Dec. 3), Burns Lake (Dec. 4) and Summit Lake (Dec. 5). Learn more.
Meikle Wind Energy Project closed January 13th
Located approximately 33 kilometres northwest of Tumbler Ridge this proposed wind energy project would generate 187 megawatts of power. Citizens were invited to comment online, by email, fax, mail or to attend an information session in Chetwynd (Dec. 3), or Tumbler Ridge (Dec. 4). Learn more.
Garibaldi at Squamish Project closes January 14th
An all-seasons destination ski resort proposed near Squamish, B.C., the Garibaldi at Squamish Project would have 23 ski lifts, 124 developed ski trails, two golf courses, and both private and commercial accommodations. The public comment period was recently extended by one week, with the new closing date January 14, 2013. Share your views on the project online, by email, fax, or mail. Comment today.
BC PharmaCare drug reviews close January 16th
The Government of B.C. is committed to give British Columbians a chance to share their perspectives on drug decisions that affect them. Patients, caregivers and patient groups have the opportunity to add their voices to the review of drugs by BC PharmaCare. These reviews determine if a drug is affordable and supports the health and well-being of British Columbians. Currently, BC PharmaCare is reviewing the drugs eplerenone, golimumab, lurasidone and somatropin until January 16, 2014. Comment today.
Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review closes January 24th
The Government of B.C. is conducting a province wide consultation and engagement to seek input about safety and speed limits on B.C.’s rural highways. Through a series of open houses and online engagement, the public can have their say on safety issues facing drivers on these highways. You are invited to attend a regional public forum and provide feedback online, or by email, mail, or phone until January 24, 2013. Comment today.
Monashee Park Management Planning closes January 31st
Established in 1962, Monashee Park is renowned for high quality recreational opportunities, including hiking, angling, horse riding, mountaineering, backcountry skiing, wildlife viewing, hunting and camping. BC Parks invites your feedback on the new management plan for the park, which is located 110 kilometres northeast of Vernon, B.C. Review and comment on the draft management plan online, by email or mail until January 31, 2014. Add your voice.
4th Annual King Tide Photo Initiative closes January 31st
Help raise awareness of the vulnerability of B.C. coastal infrastructure and ecosystems to sea level rise from climate change. Take and submit photos of the B.C. coastline during the winter King Tides, the most extreme high tides during the year. This 2013/2014 King Tides Season, if you submit your photos to Flickr or Instagram, you will be entered into a draw to win surf shop gear. Learn More.
Disability White Paper Consultation closes March 11th
Share your thoughts about how government, businesses and communities can better support people with disabilities to fully participate in our communities. To date, more than 7,600 people have visited the online consultation site. More than 230 public comments have been received on discussion themes including innovation, housing and accessibility, work and contribution, social networks, asset accumulation and personal supports. The in-person community consultations begin on Jan. 20 and run until the end of February. The first sessions are coming soon to Courtenay, Prince George and Quesnel, with other communities and dates to follow. Get involved.
Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project
The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project is a proposed 900 kilometre natural gas pipeline from Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG liquefied natural gas export facility near Prince Rupert. Citizens were invited to comment online, by email, fax, or mail until December 18, 2013. Information sessions were also held in Mackenzie (Nov. 27), Hudson’s Hope (Nov. 28), New Hazelton (Dec. 4) and Port Edward (Dec. 5). Read what British Columbians said.
Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review Twitter Townhall
On December 17th, 2013 B.C. Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone conducted a Twitter Town Hall, seeking public input on appropriate rural highway speed limits, wildlife-related crashes, efficient movement of slower vehicles and using winter tires. Read the Storify coverage to see what was said. Then have your say by attending a regional public forum and providing feedback online, or by email, mail, or phone until January 24, 2013. Add your voice.