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Winter 2017/2018 Newsletter

January 8, 2018
Highlights:
  • Howe Sound in Balance, 2018
  • From Citizen Science to Federal Policy – Exciting News
  • More Comments needed to Save McNab Valley

Howe Sound in Balance, 2018

Winter in Lions BayWinter in Howe Sound – whales, seal lions, dolphins visit unharassed, water taxis, freighters and ferries slip quietly through the dark and mist and all kinds of birds spend time in the Sound escaping wild winters elsewhere.   What does 2018 look like after this calm?

We anticipate increased tourist trips along the Sea to Sky Highway now Squamish has been named by Expedia as a top place to visit.  Developers will be hoping to start construction of multiple residential and commercial developments in the corridor.  Renovations are already underway at Furry Creek Golf and Country Club  who intend on building hundreds of townhouses framing a revamped golf course and clubhouse, with apartment units, a general store, a boutique hotel and possibly even a marina thrown in.  Britannia Beach will see many changes with mixed use development proposed by Britannia Oceanfront Developments .  The proposals are too numerous to …

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From Citizen Science to Federal Policy – Exciting News

Glass Sponge reef discoveries in Howe Sound are making international news and attracting scientific researchers.

In October 2017, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada announced to the Howe Sound Community Forum it had verified the locations of reefs ocean explorer and citizen scientist Glen Dennison  personally discovered with support from Marine Life Sanctuaries Society.  There are 16 known sponge reefs in Howe Sound, Glen discovered 10 of those.   In response to Canada’s commitment to the 2006 United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Res. 61/105 (2006) : Sustainable Fisheries Resolution, Canada is taking “action immediately, individually and through regional fisheries management organizations, consistent …

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More Comments needed to Save McNab Valley

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) has submitted its Comprehensive Study Report on the Burnco Aggregate Project to Minister McKenna, the Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change.    It is more important than ever to ensure wild fish are protected.  This assessment leaves out important species and is based on inadequate data as noted by the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association and Stamford Consulting.

It is important to comment, once again, on the Federal Review.  Public comments on this report can be submitted up to January 22nd, 2018.  The Minister will be reviewing public comments prior to making her decision.  Howe Sound needs …

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Supporting our Efforts

The efforts of the Society are dedicated to upholding the core values outlined in our charter, expressed in our vision and values but it is not always easy and we often need help. If you believe we need a plan that protects a holistic healthy ecosystem, continues to provides a natural community for …

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One Response so far.

  1. Lynne Zimmerman says:

    McNab Creek should show on your interactive map as a populated area. It is more dence than the east side of Gambier, and they are recognized on the map. It also shows McNab as industrial, it is logging, and the zoning so far has not changed, as far as I know. I am hoping the SCRD remembers the Comunity it built 40 plus years ago and doesn’t change the zoning. Also, can’t believe fisheries is now going to allow a active spawning channel to be dug up for a gravel Pitt. Fisheries has fiailed us and the fish it’s supposed to protect.
    This is so sad.

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