Edition: govTogetherBC January 2015
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Vendor and Ministry Outreach Sessions opened September 23rd
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? The Government of B.C. invites vendors to learn how to bid for government business and to share ideas on how they can provide government new innovative goods and services. Small Business BC, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services will be traveling across the province this fall and winter to meet in-person with vendors. Registration for the next sessions will begin in late January. Attend a session and complete the survey. Get involved.
Join the B.C. Search and Rescue Association
In any given year, Search and Rescue groups in BC respond to nearly 1,000 incidents involving over 1,300 missing or injured persons. Volunteers are needed around the province to provide this valuable service. Search and Rescue Groups are located in every major population centre and many smaller communities as well. Often one SAR group may serve an entire regional district. Some groups are also associated with a Road Rescue capability for their area. Visit the linked website to learn more about volunteering, training, time dedication, education and basic requirements. Become a super hero in your community. Join the B.C. Search and Rescue Association. Learn more.
BC PharmaCare Drug Reviews close Jan 19th
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. BC Pharmacare is inviting feedback on 4 drugs currently. 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. Results are posted regularly. Comment today.
Angling, Hunting and Trapping Regulations close January 16th
The Angling, Hunting, and Trapping Engagement website is part of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations ongoing efforts to enhance public engagement and create a more efficient and productive regulations-development process. Regulations for angling, hunting and trapping are reviewed and developed every two years, with alternating years for fish and for wildlife. The website ensures the public can review and submit comments on proposed regulations, over and above government's regular face-to-face stakeholder consultations. The most recent phase of public consultation invited feedback on angling for various species of fish in different regions of B.C. Although comments on most fish species have closed, comments on gear restrictions and kokanee quota for Osoyoos Lake are open until January 16. Learn more.
Family Maintenance Consultation closes February 28th at 4:30pm
The Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation has begun a consultation on family maintenance for those who are receiving income or disability assistance. During the consultation, the ministry is seeking feedback on how it administers the program from interested stakeholders, including child and youth advocacy groups, disability stakeholders and representatives of the family law community. The process will be a focused consultation with stakeholders who will be asked to provide input on family maintenance. To support the consultation, the ministry has developed a series of questions on how it can best administer family maintenance-related services and policies for income and disability assistance clients. Comment today.
Ajax Mine Project
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc. is proposing the construction and operation of the Ajax Mine Project, a copper-gold mine located near the city of Kamloops, British Columbia. The Project has an expected mine life of up to 23 years with a production capacity of approximately 60,000 tonnes of mineral ore per day. From November 18 to December 18, 2014, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) invited the public to comment on revisions to the environmental assessment information requirements that result from changes to the mine plan for the Ajax Mine Project. Recently, the public comments on changes to the mine plan were gathered and published on the EAO website. Read the comments here.
LNG Canada Project
LNG Canada (The Proponent) is proposing to construct and operate a natural gas liquefaction facility and marine terminal for the export of liquefied natural gas. The proposed project is called the LNG Canada Export Terminal Project and will be located in the District of Kitimat, B.C. The EAO held a 45-day public comment period from November 7 to December 22, 2014 on the proposed LNG Canada Export Terminal Project draft Application Information Requirements document. The intention of seeking public comments was to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project were identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. Read the comments here.