Edition: govTogetherBC September 2014
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In this issue:
Brucejack Gold Mine Project re-opened August 27th
The Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) is holding a 30-day public comment period from August 27 to October 10, 2014 on the proposed Brucejack Gold Mine Project. Located approximately 65 km northwest of Stewart in northwest B.C., the proposed underground gold and silver mine would have production capacity of 2,700 tonnes per day. Open houses on the project have been held in Gitlaxt’aamiks (Sept. 8), Stewart (Sept. 9), Hazelton (Sept. 10), Dease Lake (Sept. 11) and Iskut (Sept. 11). You are invited to comment online, by email, fax, or mail. Comment today.
Liquor Penalty Schedule Review opened August 29th
What do you think about current penalties for liquor infractions by licensed establishments? Stakeholders and British Columbians are invited to weigh in on the current Penalty Schedule of the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch Regulations. The review of penalties was one of the recommendations from the B.C. Liquor Review consultation. As part of the B.C. Liquor Policy Review final report, Parliamentary Secretary for Liquor Policy Reform John Yap recommended a review of enforcement penalties and consideration of how different types of penalties may impact a licensee and staff. Your comments will be accepted via email until September 30, 2014. Get involved.
Franchises Act Consultation opened September 10th
The Government of B.C. invites your feedback on the proposed Uniform Franchises Act that would govern all franchised businesses across the province. The Act would provide important protection for small business owners and franchisors alike by: regulating the sale of franchises; requiring that contracts include pre-sale disclosure agreements; and providing more legal rights and protections to help parties to resolve disputes. Following the consultation, Ministry of Justice staff will review feedback and begin developing recommendations for proposed new legislation. You are invited to review the Draft Framework and submit feedback by email or mail by December 10, 2014. Comment today.
Thompson Rivers Off-road Vehicle Survey closed September 7th
Interested members of the public were invited to complete an online survey about off-road vehicle use in the Thompson Rivers Natural Resource District until Sept. 7, 2014. Motorized recreation has continued to grow in the Thompson Rivers District, which includes the communities of Ashcroft, Barriere, Blue River, Cache Creek, Chase, Little Fort, Logan Lake, Savona and Vavenby. Survey results will be used to inform the Thompson Rivers District Recreation Strategy that will help protect ecologically sensitive Crown land areas while maintaining sustainable off-road vehicle use. Learn more.
Provincial Steelhead Management Framework closes September 12th
The Government of B.C. invited public comment on the Draft Provincial Framework for Steelhead Management from July 24, 2014 to September 12, 2014. The Draft Framework will help guide management decisions in the regions, while maintaining the flexibility necessary to address the diversity of conditions, stock status, and angler preferences in each region of the province. Anglers, stakeholders and interested members of the public were invited to review the Draft Framework and submit feedback online by September 5, 2014. Learn more.
Mount Geoffrey Park Management Planning closes September 15th
BC Parks and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) invite your input on the management of parkland and Crown land surrounding Mount Geoffrey on Hornby Island. Popular with mountain bikers, hikers and horseback riders, Mount Geoffrey encompasses diverse ecosystems of Douglas-fir forests, wetlands, steep bluffs and shoreline that provide habitat for a number of rare plants and wildlife. Read about the management planning for the Mount Geoffrey Parks and adjacent Crown Lands on the CVRD’s website. Then share your opinions by mail, fax, or online survey by September 15, 2014. Get involved.
Area Based Forest Tenure Consultation
From April 1, 2014 to May 30, 2014, British Columbians were invited to give input the topic of converting some volume-based forest licences to new or expanded area-based tree farm licences. Led by former Chief Forester Jim Snetsinger, the consultation included 97 stakeholder meetings and received 4,300 submissions from the public. Citizens were invited to share their thoughts by email, or on the consultation blog which had 8,500 website visits during the two month consultation. Read Jim Snetsinger’s final report with his 35 recommendations to government.
Giscome Quarry and Lime Plant Project
British Columbians were invited to comment on a proposed limestone quarry and lime processing facility, located approximately 40 kilometres northeast of Prince George, B.C. When fully developed, the quarry will have the potential to produce up to 1.7 million tonnes per year of limestone and 600,000 tonnes of lime. From August 8, 2014 to September 8, 2014, the Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) held a 30-day public comment period on the project. Read what British Columbians said.