Edition: govTogetherBC June 2014
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Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park Boundary Adjustment opened May 26th
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). Approximately 12 kilometres of a natural gas transmission line is proposed to be constructed through the lava beds in the park, generally adjacent to the Highway 113 corridor. An amendment to the boundary of Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park will be required if the project is to proceed along the proposed route. You are invited to comment online. Information sessions were also scheduled in Terrace (June 16), Port Edward (June 17), New Hazelton (June 18), Smithers (June 19), Hudson’s Hope (June 23), Mackenzie (June 24), and Fort St. James (June 25). Get involved.
Central Coast Marine Plan opened June 6th
Help inform sustainable economic development and stewardship of the Central Coast's coastal marine environment. The Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai'Xais, Wuikinuxv and Nuxalk Nations and the Province of British Columbia would appreciate your feedback on the Central Coast draft Marine Plan. The Central Coast plan area includes hundreds of islands, exposed rocky headlands and the shelf waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Its main communities include Bella Coola, Bella Bella, Ocean Falls, Wuikinuxv, Shearwater and Klemtu. You are invited to comment online or by email until July 11, 2014, and to attend public meetings in Bella Coola (June 16) and Shearwater (June 18). Comment today.
Eagle Mountain Woodfibre LNG re-opened June 12th
FortisBC (Proponent) is proposing to expand an existing pipeline with the addition of approximately 52 kilometres of pipe from the Coquitlam Watershed to Woodfibre, southwest of Squamish. The Proponent must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any work can be undertaken on the proposed project. During this stage of the consultation, the Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia is identifying the projects’ Value Component Selection to be studied. You are invited to comment until July 11, 2014 online, by mail, and to attend an open house in Squamish (June 18). Get involved.
Private Career Training Legislation closes June 20th
Government is inviting written submissions from students, the private career training sector and the public to guide the development of legislation and supporting regulations needed to regulate the sector in British Columbia. The private career training sector is an important and vital part of the province’s postsecondary system. It provides training over a broad range of important skills for British Columbians as well as attracting international students to the province. Written submissions will be accepted until Friday, June 20, 2014. Comment today.
Morice Timber Supply Area closes June 20th
The public is invited to give feedback on a comprehensive timber supply review for the Morice Timber Supply Area (TSA). The Morice TSA extends from the most northerly tip of Babine Lake in the north to Ootsa and Whitesail lakes in the south and covers approximately 1.5 million hectares, of which 648,956 hectares is available for timber harvesting. Public feedback on the discussion paper will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new allowable annual cut. You are invited to review the discussion paper and provide feedback by email or mail. Learn more.
BC PharmaCare drug reviews close May 30th
BC PharmaCare is currently reviewing the drugs aripiprazole, golimumab, phleum pratense and riociguat. 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. Patients, caregivers and patient groups are invited to give input before the reviews close on June 20, 2014. Get involved.
Westcoast Connector closes June 27th
Spectra Energy proposes a natural gas transportation corridor for up to two adjacent pipelines, including an approximately 850-kilometre pipeline from the Cypress area of northeast B.C. to BC Group’s proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility at Ridley Island. The project is under review by the Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia. The public was invited to a series of open houses in northern communities from Prince Rupert to Fort St. John. If you missed the open houses, you can still comment online, by email, fax, or mail until June 27, 2014. Speak up!
Intentions for Draft Ski Hill Policy closes June 29th
Do you love to spend time in BC Parks doing recreational activities such as skiing? BC Parks invites public input on a new policy that will improve ski resorts within Cypress, Mount Seymour and E.C. Manning provincial parks. Each of the ski resorts are currently operated and managed independently under park use permits. The new policy, which will include elements from government guidelines already defined for ski areas outside of provincial parks, will establish consistent direction for all three resort operations. You can read and comment on the ski hill resort intentions until June 29, 2014. Comment today.
Disability White Paper Consultation
On June 16, 2014, the Government of B.C. hosted a Summit that brought together hundreds of representatives from the disability community, government and the business community to discuss an action plan that will lead to the long-term realization of B.C. becoming the most progressive place in Canada for people with disabilities. The Summit was webcast province-wide, with hundreds of community members from all over B.C. tuning in to watch the proceedings. Accessibility 2024: Making B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada by 2024 is the 10-year action plan released at the Summit that is designed around 12 building blocks that represent the themes that emerged through the consultation. To ensure accessibility in as many formats as possible, the report is available in a number of accessible formats.