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On 7 February, the Province moved ahead with advertising the Woodlots without further consultation with the community.

B.C. Ferries under Review

February 2, 2014

Late 2013, the BC Coastal Ferry service conducted public engagement as part of a review of its services and issued a report which has resulted in the creation of the BC Ferry Coalition.

Construction of the Box Canyon Hydro Project in the McNab Valley is scheduled to get underway spring 2014 and continue for the next 16 months.  The project has received the required approvals and this is the final step before construction of the plant can begin.

A new project and a new threat to the health of Howe Sound has been announced. Metro Vancouver is considering a proposal to build a $500-million garbage incinerator on Squamish First Nation lands at Port Mellon.

On Saturday, Al Price and his partner Lily Ebrao were on Howe Sound waters when they saw what seemed like a wind surfer in trouble, about hundred meters or so off the log sorts at Watts Point.   But as they got near, they were treated to a beautiful surprise: Orca whale! “To our amazement, a dorsal fin the size of a surfer emerged gently from the water about 20 meters in front of us,” said Al Price, who operates a boat tour company called Great Lynx Tours in Squamish.

The Gambier Island Conservancy has begun a letter writing campaign to the Minister of the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations,  opposing the opening of two new woodlots on Gambier island.  The Woodlots, due to go for tender in October, would see up to one quarter of Gambier Island clear-cut logged.

The SCRD is reviewing a proposal for a hydro power project on Box Canyon Creek near McNab Creek in West Howe Sound.

While we are in the midst of further detailing our proposal for the sound, yet another assault on the lands and area that is just now emerging as key part of the Vancouver Destination is about to be lost.  The north side of Gambier may be offered to clearcut loggers.

Shoreline preservation is becoming a greater focus for communities along our coast as populations increase and with it new waterfront developments.

A comprehensive management plan for Howe Sound is needed to help guide decision-making in the face of “major” projects such as the liquefied natural gas facility that’s envisioned at Woodfibre, a local group says.

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