Edition: govTogetherBC May 2015
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In this issue:
BC PharmaCare – comments on 7 drugs opened April 22nd
BC PharmaCare has seven drugs open for public comment until May 20, 2015. PharmaCare only covers drugs that have a proven record of safety and effectiveness as well as providing the best value. Before PharmaCare decides if it will cover a drug, the drug goes through a full review. Patients, caregivers, and patient groups have the opportunity to add their voices to the drug review process. All responses that are submitted during the open consultation are sent to the Drug Benefit Council. The Council takes the public’s input into consideration when they make their drug coverage recommendations. Comment today.
Beaver Valley Park draft management plan opened May 5th
BC Parks invites your feedback on the draft management plan for the Beaver Valley Provincial Park, located approximately 50 kilometres south of Quesnel. The park was established as a result of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Land-Use Plan Goal 2 (Special Feature) process. 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, public input is requested to help inform the draft management plan. Citizens are invited to provide their feedback until June 5, 2015. Comments will be accepted by online form, or by downloading and/or printing the comment form and emailing or mailing the completed form. Comment today.
Garibaldi at Squamish Project opened May 8th
Garibaldi at Squamish Inc. (Proponent) is proposing to construct and operate an all-seasons destination ski resort at Brohm Ridge near Squamish, B.C. The Garibaldi at Squamish Project (proposed 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) is inviting 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 invites the public to attend an open house on the Supplemental Application. Comment today.
Trout Creek ecological reserve draft management plan closes May 15th
BC Parks invites your feedback on the draft management plan for the Trout Creek Ecological Reserve. Trout Creek reserve spans 75 hectares, about 5 kilometres southwest of Summerland, B.C. Ecological Reserves are areas in British Columbia selected to preserve representative and special natural ecosystems, plant and animal species, features, and phenomena. Ecological reserves are considered to be highly protected areas and least subject to human influence. Citizens are invited to review the draft management plan and provide their feedback until May 15, 2015. Comments will be accepted by online form, email and mail. Results on the draft management plan will be posted as they become available. Learn more.
Environmental Assessment Office consultation closes May 26th
The BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) wants to hear 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. Get involved.
BC PharmaCare drug decision summaries posted
BC PharmaCare reviews drugs on an ongoing basis. As PharmaCare considers drugs for coverage, many factors are taken into consideration, including public input. Once a drug review is concluded, the Ministry of Health publishes drug decision summaries, Drug Benefit Council reasons and recommendations, clinical evidence reports and pharmacoeconomic reports. These documents may include information about each specific drug, the disease or condition the drug is used to treat, PharmaCare’s coverage decision, reasoning, clinical evidence and/or cost-effectiveness. Drugs are reviewed, and their results are posted regularly. Learn more.