Edition: govTogetherBC May 2014
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In this issue:
Westcoast Connector opened May 14th
Spectra Energy proposes to construct the Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project, a natural gas transportation corridor for up to two adjacent pipelines. The project includes 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, with the possibility of a second pipeline in the future. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia is currently holding a 45-day public comment period from May 14, 2014 to June 27, 2014 on the project. You are invited to comment online, by email, fax, mail, or to attend an information sessions in Prince Rupert (June 3), Terrace (June 4), New Hazelton (June 5), Ft. St. James (June 9), Mackenzie (June 10), Hudson’s Hope (June 11), Fort St. John (June 12) or Smithers (June 16). Comment today.
Intentions for Draft Ski Hill Policy opened May 16th
The ski season may be over, but now is the opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to provide input on a new policy that will improve ski resorts within Cypress, Mount Seymour and E.C. Manning provincial parks. With the growth of popularity of snowshoeing and mountain biking over the past 20 years, operators of ski resorts within provincial parks need to be able to meet changing demands in a competitive international market. BC Parks invites comments on the ski hill resort intentions paper from First Nations, adventure and tourism groups, and ski hill users until June 29, 2014. Comment today.
Sea-to-Sky Old Growth Management Areas opened May 20th
Members of the public are invited to review and comment on plans to establish more than 12,000 hectares of old growth management areas along the Sea-to-Sky. Old growth management areas protect the biological diversity of old growth forests through the use of formal land use objectives that must be observed and respected during timber harvesting operations. You are invited to review the proposal and submit written comments by email or mail until Friday, July 25, 2014. Get involved.
Prince Rupert Transmission opened May 26th
Comments opened May 26, 2014 on the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project, an approximately 900 kilometre natural gas pipeline from Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island, near Port Edward. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) invites your input from May 26 to July 10, 2014 by email, fax, or mail, or by attending an information session in Terrace (June 16), Port Edward (June 17), New Hazelton (June 18), Smithers (June 19), Hudson’s Hope (June 23), Mackenzie (June 24), or Fort St. James (June 25). Have your say.
North Vancouver Island Marine Plan closed May 15th
The Nanwakolas Council of First Nations and the Province of British Columbia invited feedback on the North Vancouver Island draft Marine Plan. The draft plan is part of the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) initiative, a co-led partnership between the Province of British Columbia and 18 member First Nations working to create plans for marine uses and long-term ocean health on the North Pacific Coast. Citizens were invited to comment online, by email, and to attend public meetings Campbell River (April 14), Port McNeill (April 15), and Port Hardy (April 16). Learn more.
Haida Gwaii Marine Plan closed May 21st
Help inform sustainable economic development and stewardship of Haida Gwaii's coastal marine environment. The Haida Gwaii draft Marine Plan will provide recommendations for key areas of marine management - including uses, activities and protection - and will inform decisions regarding the sustainable economic development and stewardship of Haida Gwaii's coastal marine environment. Citizens were invited to comment online and to attend public meetings in Sandspit (April 14), Old Massett (April 15), Skidegate (April 16), and Port Clements (April 17). Learn more.
BC PharmaCare drug reviews close May 30th
BC PharmaCare completes a full review of drugs before they are covered. These 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 are invited to give input on drugs under review. Currently, seven drugs are open for comment. Public comments on the drugs guanfacine, simeprevir and teriflunomide close on May 30, 2014. Comments on the drug reviews of aripiprazole, golimumab, phleum pratense and riociguat close June 20, 2014. Get involved.
Area Based Forest Tenure Consultation closes May 30
Beginning on April 1, 2014, British Columbians have been invited to share their views on the topic of converting some or a portion of some volume-based forest licences to new or expanded area-based tree farm licences. Led by registered professional forester Jim Snetsinger, the consultation has tallied 96 stakeholder meetings, 7,836 website visits, 149 comments, and 2,819 emails to date. There is still time for you to contribute. Join the conversation on the blog, or share your ideas by email before the consultation closes at noon on May 30, 2014. Speak up!
Lillooet Park Management Planning closes May 30th
BC Parks extended public feedback on the management plans for 6 of 9 protected areas in the Lillooet area until May 30, 2014. The high, rolling mountains and plateaus of parks, such as South Chilcotin Mountains Park and Big Creek Park, are home to California Big Horn Sheep, Mountain Goat, and Grizzly Bears. You are invited to review and comment on the draft management plans online, by email or mail. Comment today.
Disability White Paper Consultation
To better understand how B.C. can become the most progressive place to live in Canada for people with disabilities and their families, government asked British Columbians what they think needs to be done to decrease barriers and increase accessibility. The province wide consultation took place from Dec. 3, 2013 to March 11, 2014. There was a great response from the community. Almost 30,000 visits to the consultation website and close to 1,150 people participated in 23 accessible, in-person consultation sessions around the province. In total, more than 7,500 comments were received with ideas, suggestions and solutions about how to make B.C. a better place for people with disabilities to live. Read the summary of the feedback and ideas received in the Disability Consultation Report.
Pacific Northwest LNG Project
A proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine terminal near Prince Rupert, the Pacific Northwest LNG Project would export to Pacific Rim markets in Asia. From until April 2 to May 1, 2014, the Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia invited public comment on the project’s Application and Environmental Impact Statement which describes the project and the potential environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects. Read the input from British Columbians.
Prince Rupert LNG Project
The Prince Rupert LNG Project is a proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia invited public input until April 22, 2014 on the draft Application Information Requirements (AIR), which specifies the studies and information to be included in the project application. Read what British Columbians said.