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November 2016 Newsletter

November 11, 2016
Highlights:
  • BURNCO Gravel Mine Update Fall 2016
  • Woodfibre LNG Update Fall 2016
  • Progress Report – Howe Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region Initiative
  • Fall 2016 Howe Sound Community Forum review
  • Mixed reactions to Fixed Link Feasibility Study

BURNCO Gravel Mine Update Fall 2016

Over 300 people attended the public information sessions held in Squamish, West Vancouver and Gibsons in September to review the environmental impacts of BURNCO Rock Products’ proposed gravel mine at McNab Creek.    Over 600 comments were submitted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office, 4% in support of the project,  96% against or expressing strong concerns.

We support many people’s views this location is unsuitable for a gravel mine and the data on which assumptions were based are outdated or insufficient.  Future of Howe Sound Society members submitted multiple comments plus reports commissioned from professional environmental consultants.

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Woodfibre LNG Update Fall 2016

The sounds of helicopters were buzzing over Howe Sound on November 4th as politicians and media flew to the site of the proposed Woodfibre Liquefied Natural Gas processing shipping facility.  The event was to announce the final investment decision was a go and work could begin late 2017 and gas being shipped by 2020.

There are still many approvals and conditions outstanding which is why we join many in saying “not so fast”.  The announcement was opportune timing  timing, the day before the BC Liberal Party Convention in Vancouver.

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Progress Report – Howe Sound UNESCO Biosphere Region Initiative

Early 2016, Ruth Simons, Executive Director of Future of Howe Sound Society,  on a visit to Tofino on Vancouver Island, became inspired by the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve. She learned that UNESCO Biospheres are places for collaboration between many groups, and they create a capacity to promote the good work that benefits the region and the community. If Howe Sound were a UNESCO Biosphere Region,  it would define a vision for the region within specific boundaries and operationalize that vision.

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Fall 2016 Howe Sound Community Forum review

On Friday October 14th, 2016 the rain and wind warnings didn’t deter the seventy six people that made their way to the Gleneagles Golf Club House for the Howe Sound Community Forum hosted by the District of West Vancouver….

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Mixed reactions to Fixed Link Feasibility Study

In 2015 the Province announced it would be conducting a feasibility study for a possible highway link between the Sunshine Coast and Metro Vancouver.  The results of this study were shared with the public in October at a series of open houses. The study confirmed the Fixed Link options fail on the environmental scorecard. Studying more feasible ways to improve transportation safety, reliability and frequency without harming our environment must be a top priority for the benefit future generations..

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