Edition: govTogetherBC June 2015
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In this issue:
Financial Services Sector consultation opened June 2
The Province of B.C. invites public input as part of a broad review of the Financial Institutions Act and the Credit Union Incorporation Act. The goal of this regulatory framework is to maintain stability and confidence in the financial services sector by reducing the risk of failures and providing consumer protection. The initial public consultation paper raises a number of important issues for discussion and provides an opportunity for input. After the consultation period has ended, a public report on the input received will be prepared and released. Further public consultation will also be undertaken in a later phase of the review. Comments will be accepted by email or mail until September 15. 2015. Get Involved.
Money Judgements Act consultation opened June 5
The Ministry of Justice invites comments from the public on the British Columbia Law Institute’s "Report on the Uniform Civil Enforcement of Money Judgments Act" to help inform the development of a proposed Enforcement of Money Judgments Act. The Province is considering the new act, based on the Enforcement of Civil Judgments Act adopted by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC) in 2003 and on recommendations made in 2005 by the British Columbia Law Institute (BCLI). The ministry requests feedback on the report to help inform ministry staff when they begin developing recommendation of the proposed new Enforcement of Money Judgments Act. Comment today.
Okanagan Second Crossing three-year transportation planning launched May 19
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 join the discussion and read what others have said. Get Involved.
Beaver Valley Park Management Planning Closes June 5
BC Parks invites your feedback on the draft management plan for Beaver Valley Park until June 5, 2015. Beaver Valley Provincial Park spans 767 hectares, located approximately 50 kilometres south of Quesnel. It is characterized by annually inundated floodplain and a chain of lakes and wetlands connected by a meandering stream. The unique combination of a long growing season, a moist hot climate and the biologically rich stream/wetland/lake complex make the park highly productive in terms of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. At this stage of the process, initial public input is requested to help inform the draft management plan. Learn more.
PharmaCare opens 4 drugs June 17
BC PharmaCare invites public feedback on 4 drugs starting June 17, 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.
Garibaldi at Squamish Closes June 22
The Environmental Assessment Office invites 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. At this stage of the process, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) invites comments on the Supplemental Application. Comments will be 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 will be accepted. Additionally, the EAO invited the public to attend an open house on the Supplemental Application. Comment today.
Fording River Operations Swift Project comments posted
Teck Coal Limited is proposing to extend its existing Fording River Operations, referred to as the Swift Project. The proposed Project would be located north of Elkford, within the East Kootenay region of southeastern B.C. If approved, the proposed Project would maintain the existing production capacity of the Fording River Operations and extend overall mine life by approximately 23 years. The Environmental Assessment Office invited comments on the Application to ensure that information and concerns regarding potential effects of the Project are identified and responded to during the review stage. These comments will be taken into consideration for the Ministers' final decision about whether to issue a certificate. Comments were accepted by online form, mail and fax from February 20 to April 6, 2015. Read the comments.
James White Well comments posted
The City of Fernie is proposing to construct two groundwater supply wells in James White Park. The proposed Project would provide a secondary water supply to address seasonal periods of poor water quality at the Fairy Creek water supply. Public comments on the proposed project were accepted between April 23 and May 25, 2015 by online form, mail or fax. 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. Read the comments.
Environmental Assessment Consultation discussion
The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) invited citizens’ ideas about ways to improve the participation of the public in environmental assessment. Public consultation is an important and necessary aspect of environmental assessments in British Columbia, based on the principle that those affected by proposed projects should have an opportunity to provide input to the assessment. The EAO will use your feedback to inform the development of guidelines on public consultation in the environmental assessment process, for proponents and the EAO staff. Additionally, the EAO will use the issues raised in the comments to help update the information for the public about participating in environmental assessments. Feedback was invited online and by email until May 26, 2015. Read the comments.