Edition: govTogetherBC November 2014
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Pinecone Burke Park Management Plan Consultation opened October 14th
BC Parks invites public feedback to help prepare the draft management plan for Pinecone Burke Park. The park stretches across 38,000 hectares from the southwest corner of Garibaldi Park to west of Pitt Lake and Pitt River. Home to a wide diversity of wildlife and rugged terrain, Pinecone Burke Park is a favourite outdoor destination, popular for its climbing peaks and proximity to Vancouver on the lower mainland. Comments can be provided by online form, email or mail. The deadline for comments has been extended until November 30, 2014. Comment today.
Kootenay West Mine Project opened October 27th
The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) is holding a 30-day public comment period from October 27, 2014 to November 26, 2014 on the proposed Kootenay West Mine. Located approximately 12 kilometres northeast of the village of Canal Flats, B.C., the proposed gypsum mine would have production capacity of 400,000 tonnes per year and an expected lifespan of 38 years. Open houses on the project were held in Invermere (October 28) and Canal Flats (October 29). You are invited to comment online, by fax, or mail until November 26, 2014. Comment today.
LNG Canada Export Terminal Project opened
The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) is holding a 30-day public comment period from November 7, 2014 to December 22, 2014 on the proposed LNG Canada Export Terminal Project. Located in the district of Kitimat, B.C., the proposed project will construct a natural gas liquefaction facility and an export marine terminal. Open houses on the project will be held in Kitimat (November 25), and Terrace (November 26). 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. You are invited to comment online, by fax, or mail until December 22, 2014. Comment today.
Flood Hazard Land Use Management closed October 31st
Public input was invited to comment on land use management guidelines in areas subject to floods. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is updating these guidelines to include design considerations for land use and development in areas that will be affected by sea level rise. The guidelines help local governments, land-use managers, and approving officers develop and implement land-use management plans, and make subdivision approval decisions in areas subject to flood hazards. Interested parties were invited to review the draft amendment and submit written feedback by October 31, 2014. Learn more.
Henyemdzi Mekola/Yorke Island Conservancy Management Planning closed October 31st
Comments closed October 31st on the draft management plan for Henyemdzi Mekola/Yorke Island Conservancy. This 39 hectare conservancy protects a significant historic site designated for its role in National defence prior to, and during World War II. During the Second World War, the island housed the principal gun emplacement guarding Johnstone Strait. When the draft management plan is complete, BC Parks will post the draft for public review and comment. Learn more.
BC PharmaCare: Your Voice drug reviews closes November 19th
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 drugs being reviewed. Currently, BC PharmaCare has 4 drugs open for public comment until November 19, 2014. 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.
BC on the Move: A Ten Year Transportation Plan Twitter Town Hall November 17th, 7-8pm
The Government of B.C. is developing a new 10-year provincial transportation plan called B.C. on the Move and we want to make sure issues important to people across the province are considered as part of this process. The public is invited to provide feedback online until 4:00pm December 12, 2014. As part of this public consultation, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone (@toddstonebc) will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall from 7:00pm-8:00 pm on Monday, November 17, 2014. Minister Stone will be posing questions on how to improve BC’s transportation network and collecting your responses. To join the Town Hall, use the hashtag #BContheMove. Share your ideas!
Brucejack Gold Mine Project
Pretium Resources Inc. (Proponent) is proposing an underground gold and silver mine with a production capacity of 2,700 tonnes per day located approximately 65 kilometres northwest of Stewart, B.C. The EAO held a 30-day public comment period from August 27 to October 10, 2014 on the mine’s Application/Environmental Impact Statement (Application/ EIS), which describe the project and the potential environmental, heritage, health, social, and economic effects. Citizens were invited to comment online, by email, fax, mail or by attending an information session in Gitlaxt’aamiks (Sept. 8), Stewart (Sept. 9), Hazelton (Sept. 10), Dease Lake (Sept. 11) or Iskut (Sept. 11). Read the public input received.
Peace Valley OSB Project
Louisiana-Pacific OSB Limited Partnership is proposing to change the oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturing process at their mill on the southeast side of Fort St. John by adding methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) as a component of the adhesive used in the panel production. OSB is a wood particle board used in many types of construction. The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) of British Columbia invited public input on the manufacturing change from September 29, 2014 to November 3, 2014. Comments were invited on the Amendment Application online, by email, fax, or mail. In addition, the EAO invited the public to attend an open house in Fort St. John on October 2, 2014. After the comment period closed, the results were compiled and published on the EAO website. Read the comments here.