Edition: govTogetherBC March 2014
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Prince Rupert LNG opens March 24th
British Columbia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector continues to generate activity. The latest project is the Prince Rupert LNG, a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, with a total capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum. Starting on March 24, 2014, the Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) will hold a 30-day public comment period on the proposed project’s draft Application Information Requirements document, which specify the studies and information to be included in the project application. Once the consultation begins, you are invited to comment online, by email, fax, mail and to attend an information session in Port Edward (April 2) or Prince Rupert (April 3). Learn more.
Williams Lake Timber Supply Area closes March 17th
At least once every 10 years the Province’s chief forester determines the maximum amount of wood that can be harvested in a timber supply area. Currently, the public is invited to comment on a discussion paper for the Williams Lake Timber Supply Area (TSA), which includes the communities of Williams Lake, Alexis Creek, Anahim Lake, Tatla Lake and 150 Mile House. The public feedback gathered will be considered by the chief forester before setting the new annual allowable cut for the TSA. So why wait another decade? Review the discussion paper and submit your comments by email or mail before the consultation closes on March 17, 2014. Comment today.
Pacific Trail Pipelines Project closes March 22nd
The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) is reviewing proposed amendments to the Pacific Trails Pipelines Project, a 467 kilometre pipeline that will transport natural gas from Summit Lake to a facility near Kitimat for export. Amendments include relocation of a gas compressor station to Summit Lake, a new temporary stockpile site, and minor adjustments to the pipelines route. The EAO invites comments from the public on the proposed amendments until March 22, 2014. You can comment on the amendments online, by email, fax, or mail. Comment today.
BC PharmaCare drug reviews close March 25th
Before PharmaCare decides if it will cover a drug, the drug goes through a full review. The reviews determine if a drug supports the health and well-being of British Columbians and ensure the drugs covered are affordable and value for money. Patients, caregivers and patient groups have the opportunity to add their voices to the drug review process. Public comments on the drugs aclidinium bromide and onabotulinumtoxinA, more commonly known by the generic name BOTOX®, close on March 25, 2014. Get involved.
Disability White Paper Consultation
The first phase of B.C.'s disability white paper consultation, led by representatives of government, the disability and business communities, is now closed but the process is far from over. During the first phase from December 3, 2013 to March 11, 2014, more than 7,000 comments have been received through an online blog, by mail, phone, and in-person sessions. Close to 1,200 people participated in 23 accessible, in-person consultation sessions. Over the next few months, the B.C. government will analyze the submissions and use the information to develop a white paper, which will be presented at a summit in June. While the website is no longer accepting comments, you can still read the public comments on the website.