Edition: govTogetherBC July 2015
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Great Bear Rainforest Land Use consultation opened June 10
Members of the public are invited to submit comments about the proposed changes to the land use of the Great Bear Rainforest by August 10, 2015. The Ministry proposes to replace the existing South Central Coast, Central, and North Coast Orders with the proposed 2015 Great Bear Rainforest land use order. The proposed 2015 Great Bear Rainforest Order will legally establish land use objectives that must be adhered to by all major forest licence holders operating in the Great Bear Rainforest. The proposed Order addresses First Nations cultural heritage resources, freshwater ecosystems, landscape and stand level biodiversity and wildlife. Together the proposed 2015 Great Bear Rainforest Order and potential Biodiversity, Mining and Tourism Areas/conservancy will maintain high levels of old forest representation, with some minor exceptions, while maintaining a viable forest industry in the Great Bear Rainforest. Get Involved.
PharmaCare opened 3 drug reviews June 17
BC PharmaCare invites public feedback on 3 drugs from June 17-July 15, 2015. As PharmaCare considers drugs for coverage, many factors are taken into consideration, including public input. The Ministry of Health reviews drugs to ensure approved drugs that support the health and well-being of British Columbians and to make sure that the drugs PharmaCare covers are affordable and give the best value for money. Drugs are posted for review on an ongoing basis. Get Involved.
Public Input period on Mount Polley Report began June 22
The Ministry of Environment invites comments on the Mount Polley Post-Event Environmental Impact Assessment Report until September 12, 2015. The report outlines the environmental impact as a result of the Aug. 4, 2014 tailings pond breach. The report includes physical, chemical and biological impact information collected from the spill, allowing better understanding and planning for long-term mitigation and restoration. The Province is dedicated to restoring, strengthening and protecting our environment, and ensuring the safety of tailings management facilities at mines in British Columbia. Independent investigations by the Conservation Officer Service and the chief inspector of mines on the Mount Polley incident are underway. Public input is being sought to help ensure the company has the foremost remediation and restoration plan in place by early next year for the longer term. Comment today.
Consultation on management of Muqqᵂin/Brooks Park and Power River protected area opened July 3
BC Parks invites citizens to provide feedback on the draft management plan for Muqqᵂin/Brooks Park and Power River protect area. The unique geography of Brooks Peninsula offers everything from inter-tidal marine life to a sub-alpine mountain environment. This peninsula is distinctive in that it is the only part of Vancouver Island unaffected by the last ice age. Power River Watershed Protected Area is located adjacent to Muqqᵂin/Brooks Peninsula Park and First Nations Lands at the Power River Estuary. This protected area protects almost the entire Power River watershed, including Power Lake. Read the plan and have your say. Comment today.
Distracted Driving consultation #distractedBC closes July 16
The B.C. Government has asked British Columbians to share their thoughts on distracted driving, namely the use of electronic devices while driving, between June 16 and July 16, 2015. Last year, the B.C. Government increased the penalties for using a hand-held electronic device while driving to include three penalty points, in addition to the $167 fine. Is this penalty enough? Your input could lead to possible changes to B.C.’s distracted driving sanctions and frame future discussions by B.C.’s road safety partners. Join the conversation now until July 16, 2015, as we work to make B.C.’s roads the safest in North America by 2020. Get Involved.
Terminal A project closes July 23
The Environmental Assessment Office invites feedback on the proposed Rio Tinto Alcan (The Proponent) project in the Port of Kitimat, B.C., within proximity to the District of Kitimat and the Haisla Nation Kitimaat Village. The Proponent is proposing to construct and operate a replacement infrastructure project including an extension to an existing marine terminal, a barge berth, tug dock and laydown facility. The Proponent has now submitted its application to obtain an environmental assessment certificate, which is required before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. Members of the public are invited to submit comments about the proposed project by online form, mail and fax until July 23, 2015. Learn more.
Enforcement of Money Judgments Act closes July 31
The Ministry of Justice invites your comments on a proposed Enforcement of Money Judgments Act (The Act) until July 31, 2015. The Act will simplify the process to collect funds for those who are owed money, while protecting debtors from unreasonable collection practices. The Act would eliminate the need for unnecessary court involvement, making the enforcement of money judgments simpler and less expensive for both parties. Citizens are invited to read and comment on British Columbia Law Institute’s "Report on the Uniform Civil Enforcement of Money Judgments Act". Comments on the report will be accepted by email and mail until July 31, 2015. Get Involved.
Okanagan Second Crossing planning ongoing
On May 19th, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure launched the public engagement portion of a three-year transportation planning study for the Central Okanagan. The purpose of the study is to develop potential route proposals to address future mobility in the Central Okanagan area. Public comments were invited and 2 open houses were held in Kelowna to begin exploring future mobility needs, including route options and a potential future second crossing of Okanagan Lake. Visit the website to read the consultation companion, join the discussion, read what others have said, and complete the feedback form. Comment today.
Garibaldi at Squamish Project comments posted
The Environmental Assessment Office invited comments on the proposed Garibaldi at Squamish resort until June 22, 2015. Garibaldi at Squamish Inc. is proposing to construct and operate an all-seasons destination ski resort at Brohm Ridge near Squamish, B.C. The project would have 23 ski lifts, 124 developed ski trails, two golf courses and both private and commercial accommodations. The Proponent must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. Comments were accepted during a 45-day period between May 8 and June 22, 2015. All written comments received by online form, fax or mail related to the Supplemental Application have now been posted. Read the comments.