Edition: govTogetherBC March 2015
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In this issue:
BC PharmaCare – 3 new drugs opened March 11
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 apixaban, apremilast, and omalizumab by April 8, 2015. The reviews determine if the drugs support the health and well-being of British Columbians and ensure the drugs covered are affordable and provide the best value for money. Patients, caregivers, and patient groups have the opportunity to add their voices to the drug review process. The Council takes the public’s input into consideration when they make their drug coverage recommendations. Get involved.
Harper Creek Mine Consultation Closes March 21
Harper Creek Mining Corp. is proposing the construction and operation of an open-pit mine located 90 kilometres northeast of Kamloops, B.C. The Harper Creek Mine Project is subject to review under both the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Act and is undergoing a coordinated environmental assessment. The public comment period will be held from February 19th to March 21st, 2015. The Application describes the project and its potential environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects. Comments on the Application will be accepted by online form, email and fax. Additionally, an information session was held in Clearwater, B.C. Comment today.
Woodfibre LNG Project Closes March 23
Woodfibre LNG Limited proposes to develop and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility and floating LNG storage at the former Woodfibre Pulp and Paper Mill site near Squamish, B.C. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) invites public comments on the Application from January 22, 2015 to March 23, 2015. Additionally, the EAO held a series of open houses where the public learned about the Application. The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential environmental, social, heritage and health effects that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. Comments will be accepted by online form, mail or fax. Additionally a series of information sessions were held in Squamish, West Vancouver, and Bowen Island. Learn more.
Eagle Mountain Project Closes March 27
FortisBC is proposing to expand a portion of its existing Vancouver Island natural gas transmission system. The project would involve installing about 47 km of 24” natural gas pipeline starting about 35 km north of Coquitlam and running to the Woodfibre industrial site outside of Squamish. It also includes upgrading two of the Proponent’s existing compressor stations and building a new compressor station in Squamish. The Environment Assessment Office is holding a 45 day public comment period for submissions related to the Application. The comment period will begin on January 26, 2015 and end on March 27, 2015. All comments received during this comment period will be considered. Comments will be accepted by online form, mail, and fax. Additionally, two open houses were held in Squamish and Coquitlam. Comment today.
BC on the Move – Transportation Plan Posted
B.C. on the Move is the Government of B.C.’s new 10-year plan to improve the province’s transportation network. The plan was developed by government with input gathered during an extensive engagement process in Fall 2014. The engagement included a public survey that drew over 12,500 responses from across the province. The actions prioritized in B.C. on the Move will grow the economy, improve safety, maintain and replace aging infrastructure and support trade for B.C.’s expanding resource sectors through Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway. The B.C. on the Move plan sets out a series of transportation priorities, reinforced by a $2.5-billion commitment from the provincial government over its first three years. Read the plan.
Abraham Lincoln Legacy – Premier Clark’s Letter
British Columbians were invited to collaborate with Premier Christy Clark on a letter that will appear in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, established to mark the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death in April 2015. To prepare this letter, the Premier asked Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek, to engage British Columbians to collect their stories relating to Lincoln and the legacy he created. All citizen contributions have been reviewed and the final letter prepared. It will be paired with previous letters of condolences sent by the Governor and Legislature of the Colony of Vancouver Island to the United States in 1865 following President Lincoln’s assassination. The 2015 letter will be part of an online exhibit available to the world, included in a published volume of selected letters, and become a permanent part of the collections. Read the letter.