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Fall 2017 News

November 12, 2017
Highlights:
  • New Book Tells Howe Sound Story
  • Action on OceanWatch- Howe Sound Edition
  • BURNCO Gravel Mine at final stage of Environmental Assessment
  • Fall 2017 Howe Sound Community Forum Review

BURNCO Gravel Mine at final stage of Environmental Assessment

We have commented many times over the six years this process has been underway.  The BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) has released the draft final report and conditions and another 30 day comment period ends November 27th.  The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) will release its Assessment report sometime in early December and public are invited to comment on this Federal assessment.

At the end of the comment periods, summaries of the public comments will be submitted with the assessment reports to the respective Ministers for decisions.  It is important the new NDP and Liberal Ministers know your thoughts on these reports.  Reading through the hundreds of pages, the conclusions are disappointing.  This is an unsustainable project that will be a set back to the continued recovery and enjoyment of this part of Howe Sound for current and future generations.

 

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Action on OceanWatch- Howe Sound Edition

Early in 2017, the Vancouver Aquarium’s Coastal Ocean Research Institute published the OceanWatch-Howe Sound Edition Report.  The report gave scores on issues of ecological, socioeconomic, cultural, and governance aspects of ecosystem health.  At the end of each section are 30 Action Items that would contribute to improving the scores and protecting the health of the Sound.

Following the Howe Sound Community Forum in May 2017, an OceanWatch Task Force was created in order to for local governments to identify and support many of the action items.

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Fall 2017 Howe Sound Community Forum Review

On Friday October 13th, 2017, elected officials, local government staff and non-government observers  filled Exploration Hall at YMCA Camp Elphinstone in West Howe Sound for the Alt’Kitsem/Howe Sound Community Forum, hosted by the Sunshine Coast Regional District.

SCRD Chair Garry Nohr and Director Ian Winn of Area F, West Howe Sound, welcomed everyone noting the Forum was taking place on the unceded traditional territory of the Squamish Nation, between the spiritual place of K’l’k’elxn (Port Mellon) to the north, the food gathering place of Ch’kw’elhp (Gibsons Landing) to the south, and Cha7elkwnech (Gambier Island) to the east.

The morning started with several presentations from staff of …

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For updates on the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative to be designated a UNESCO Biosphere Region go to www.HoweSoundbri.org.

New Book Tells Howe Sound Story

Inspired by living on Bowen Island, award-winning novelist Pauline Le Bel has written Whale in the Door: A Community Unites to Protect BC’s Howe Sound.

Quoting Caitlen Press “The book invites readers into a story of biological resilience as a community struggles to shape a vision for its future”.  Weaving stories from interviews …

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