Edition: govTogetherBC October 2015
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In this issue:
Help Cut Red Tape Consultation opened Oct 22
Citizens are invited to share their thoughts on the ways government can improve the experience of interacting with government. This engagement, focused on reducing red tape for British Columbians, will ask citizens about their frustrations today and putting government’s focus on making it easier to find information and access government’s program and services. Comments will be accepted online, by email or by tweeting them to Minister @coraleeoakes by using #helpcutredtape. Submit your ideas by December 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Get involved.
Ancient Forest Consultation opened Oct 6
Public comments are invited on the Ancient Forest, located about 113 kilometres east of Prince George, B.C. until November 2, 2015. The Province is working with the Lheidli T'enneh First Nation, the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society, community stakeholders and the public to preserve up to 12,000 hectares of the Ancient Forest's unique ecosystem. Public input will inform decisions for formally protecting the Ancient Forest and Driscoll Ridge area and government will announce the plan in 2016. Feedback is invited until November 2, 2015 at 4:00 pm. Get involved.
Bridge Lake Park Draft Management Planning opened Oct 5
Citizens are invited to provide initial feedback to inform the draft management planning process for Bridge Lake Park. The park protects a large area of undeveloped shoreline and all islands in the lake but one. The lake and adjacent stands of Douglas fir and spruce has several bald eagle nests and active beaver colonies, and provides habitat for numerous species of birds, black bear, fox, coyote, mule deer, mink and river otter. At this point, public feedback is invited by online form, email and mail to help inform the draft management plan. Comments will be accepted until December 1, 2015. Get involved.
Kluskoil Lake Park Draft Management Planning comments close Oct 31
Citizens are invited to provide feedback on the draft management plan for Kluskoil Lake Park. Kluskoil Lake Park is located about 100 kilometres north-west of Quesnel, B.C. The park provides a variety of recreation opportunities including hiking, fishing, cycling, and horesback riding, and nature & wildlife viewing while also protecting representative wetlands, forests and wildlife habitats in the Sub-boreal Pine – Spruce zone. At this point, a draft management plan is available for public review and comment until October 31, 2015. Comments are invited by online comment form, email and mail. Learn more.
Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project comments posted
FortisBC is proposing to expand a portion of its existing Vancouver Island natural gas transmission system. On September 14, 2015, the FortisBC submitted two addenda to supplement its application for an environmental assessment certificate. In response to comments received from the public, Aboriginal Groups and the working group, FortisBC suggests alternative design options meant to avoid surface disturbances in the Squamish Estuary and Skwelwil’em Wildlife Management Area, and to relocate the proposed compressor station outside of the urban setting in Squamish. Comments were invited from September 24 to October 15, 2015 online, by mail and fax. Now that the comment period has closed, all public comments have been published on the EAO website. Learn more.
Sukunka Coal Mine Project comments posted
Glencore is proposing to develop and operate the Sukunka Coal Mine, a surface metallurgical coal mine, located approximately 55 kilometres south of Chetwynd and 40 kilometres west of Tumbler Ridge in northeast British Columbia. Public comments were invited on this Application until October 8, 2015. The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) also invited the public to attend an Open House on September 1, 2015 in Chetwynd, B.C. Now that the comment period has closed, all public comments have been published on the EAO website. Learn more.