Edition: govTogetherBC July 2014
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In this issue:
Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy Management Planning opened June 25th
BC Parks and the Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation are in the process of developing a management plan for the Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy. The 102,875 hectare Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy is located on the central coast of British Columbia approximately 120 kilometres northwest of Bella Coola. In what recently has become known as the Great Bear Rainforest, the conservancy is an exquisite example of pristine westcoast rainforest and encompasses the entire watershed of Laredo Inlet, situated on Princess Royal Island. You are invited to review and comment on the draft management plan by email, mail, or online until July 27, 2014. Get involved.
Management Planning for 3 Quesnel Area Parks opened June 26th
BC Parks is in the process of developing management plans for Dragon Mountain Park, Quesnel Lake Park and Titetown Park. All three parks are near the community of Quesnel and were a result of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-Use process. They contain caribou, grizzly bear, salmon and kokanee habitat. Titetown Park provides access to, the historical Nuxalk-Carrier grease trail, also known as the Alexander Mackenzie Heritage Trail. Give your feedback by email, mail or online by August 7, 2014. Comment today.
Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park Boundary Adjustment closes July 10th
Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. (PRGT) is requesting an amendment to the boundaries of Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a, (a.k.a. Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park) to allow for a natural gas pipeline. PRGT proposes to construct a 900 kilometre natural gas transmission line originating near Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island. Approximately 12 kilometres of the pipeline is proposed to be constructed through the lava beds in the park, generally adjacent to the Highway 113 corridor. Comments close today, July 10th. You are invited to provide feedback online. Comment today.
Central Coast Marine Plan closes July 11th
If you care about the ocean environment, or your living depends on the ocean, then the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai'Xais, Wuikinuxv and Nuxalk Nations and the Province of British Columbia want to hear from you. You are invited to comment online, by email, or mail before July 11, 2014 on the Central Coast draft Marine Plan. The Plan will provide recommendations for key areas of marine management - including uses, activities and protection - and will inform decisions regarding the sustainable economic development and stewardship of the Central Coast's coastal marine environment. Comment today.
BC PharmaCare drug reviews close July 11th
Patients, caregivers and patient groups have the opportunity to add their voices to the drug review process. BC PharmaCare invites your feedback on the drug reviews of alemtuzumab, fluticasone furoate-vilanterol, and sofosbuvir by July 11, 2014. The reviews determine if the drugs support the health and well-being of British Columbians and ensure the drugs covered are affordable and value for money. Comment today.
Prince Rupert Transmission closes July 14th
You are invited to comment on the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project, an approximately 900 kilometre natural gas pipeline from Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island, near Port Edward. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) would like to hear from you by email, fax, or mail. Comments close July 14, 2014. Get involved.
Sea-to-Sky Old Growth Management Areas closes July 25th
Members of the public are invited to review and comment on plans to establish more than 12,000 hectares of old growth management areas along the Sea-to-Sky. These ecosystems provide plant and animal habitats, are excluded from commercial timber harvesting and may provide recreational opportunities. In addition to biodiversity, old growth management areas also may protect cultural values. You are invited to review the proposal and submit written comments by email or mail until Friday, July 25, 2014. Comment today.
Eagle Mountain Woodfibre closes July 27th
You are invited to comment on FortisBC’s proposal to expand an existing pipeline with the addition of approximately 52 kilometres of pipe from the Coquitlam Watershed to Woodfibre, southwest of Squamish. 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. Have you say by mail, fax, or online until July 27, 2014. Add your voice.
Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review
As a result of the province wide Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review, changes are coming that will help improve safety and mobility on B.C.’s rural highways. Undertaken from Nov. 29, 2013 to Jan. 24, 2014, the review was to assess four key aspects of road safety on rural highways, including the setting of appropriate speed limits, requirements for winter tires, keep right except to pass, and wildlife collisions. During the review, 296 people attended consultation meetings, and there were 1,422 feedback forms and 566 open submissions received. For more information, the Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review Technical Summary Report and the Consultation and Engagement Summary Report are available online.