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May 2014 Newsletter

May 31, 2014
Highlights:
  • Pressure Building Around the Sound
  • Saving and Enjoying the Sound this Summer
  • May 2nd Forum Report – Awaiting Next Steps from Province
  • Social Licences Still Outstanding

Saving and Enjoying the Sound this Summer

There are a number of good reasons to be close to Howe Sound this summer.  Besides the 45 fun things to do in Howe Sound shown in the video produced last summer by 15 year old Chris Dietrich there is now the Sea to Sky Gondola to visit.

Saturday June 21st,  “Save the Sound Summer Solstice Concert” takes place at the Cliffside Pub in Squamish. Thank you to Squamish Based Will Ross Band and Bowen Island based band Walk on Dead for initiating and hosting this fundraiser. Proceeds go to Future of Howe Sound Society, Gambier Island Conservancy and Squamish River Watershed Society.  Purchase tickets soon.

Look for the Future of Howe Sound this summer at various venues and events that will be posted on our website.  Stay tuned for another
S.O.S. Rendezvous on the water being planned for July or August.

We anticipate the Provincial Government to be holding the 30 day public comment …

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Pressure Building Around the Sound

It was only a year ago at the S.O.S. Rendezvous on the water at McNab Creek the awareness of Logging up to one quarter of Gambier Island, an Independent Power Project in the McNab Valley, an LNG processing and export facility at Woodfibre and a possible incineration plant at Port Mellon started to sink in.

Since the start of the new year  people around the sound have become very active and are investing enormous amounts of  time becoming informed, connecting, organizing and taking action.  For all the people around Howe Sound working on these issues, it is overwhelming and very distracting.  The concern about these projects …

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Social Licences Still Outstanding

The Social Licence has been defined as existing when a project has the ongoing approval within the local community and other stakeholders, ongoing approval or broad social acceptance and, most frequently, as ongoing acceptance.

To date, the Burnco Gravel Mine at McNab Creek, the Gambier Island Woodlots, the Woodfibre LNG project that includes processing and shipping Liquefied natural Gas in Howe Sound, and the possible incineration of Metro Vancouver’s waste at Port Mellon do not have  broad social acceptance.  Our opinion is not scientific, but is based on ongoing feedback and interaction with the many stakeholders and First Nations groups around …

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May 2nd Forum Report – Awaiting Next Steps from Province

On May 2nd, 2014 the Howe Sound Community Forum  met at Gleneagles Golf Course in West Vancouver with three representatives from the Province to further explore the Cumulative Effects Assessment as a tool for Howe Sound planning.  This is the third event where staff from the Ministry of Forests Lands …

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