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Spring 2018 Newsletter

April 4, 2018
Highlights:
  • Reflections on Howe Sound 2020
  • Spring 2018 Update – Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative
  • Disappointment with Province’s approval of Burnco project
  • Squamish Lillooet Regional District to Host Spring 2018 Forum

Disappointment with Province’s approval of Burnco project

It was a sad day for many when it was announced March 20th, 2018 the BC Environmental Assessment Office had issued an environmental certificate for the Burnco Aggregate Project.  BC’s  Minister of Environment and Minister of Energy and Mines stated in their decision document they based their conclusions the project would not pose significant adverse effects.  The BC certificate imposes 25 enforceable conditions on the project, plus a number of conditions imposed by the Squamish Nation who gave support to the project in February.

Despite the conditions, we disagree with the EAO’s conclusions the project’s adverse effects will not be significant.  Most frustrating is the lack of response and answers to our specific concerns expressed during the public comment periods, meetings with MLA’s and MPs and the over 4,500 petitions and letters representing individuals opposed to the project.
What’s next:
The Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change will soon be making a decision and …

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Reflections on Howe Sound 2020

As we come closer to the year 2020, we reflect back to February 1996 when the first Howe Sound Round Table dialogues were convened.  The Howe Sound 20/20 Issues and Initiatives in Growth and Sustainability for Howe Sound:  A Watershed-Wide Perspective” is the title of the report produced that begins with…
“The Howe Sound 20/20 Report is a call to action. For too long we have simply taken for granted those things that we cherish most about what has often been referred to as a “Jewel” situated on the doorstep of Vancouver.”

” The Howe Sound 20/20 Report is meant to promote …

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Spring 2018 Update – Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative

Work continues on the Initiative for Howe Sound to be designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Region under the United Nations Man and the Biosphere program.

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO responded to the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (HSBRI) working group’s status report submitted November 2017 encouraging more engagement with First Nations.   In 2017 UNESCO developed a policy on engaging with Indigenous People, a document that applies internationally and is a guiding document for all Biosphere Reserves across the country.  Resolutions in support of the HSBRI  have been received from three regional districts, local Islands Trust Committee, every community around Howe …

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Squamish Lillooet Regional District to Host Spring 2018 Forum

The Spring 2018 meeting of the Howe Sound Community Forum will take place Friday, May 4th at the newly renovated Furry Creek  Golf Country Club  from 10:00-3:00.  Hosts for this meeting are SLRD  Chair Jack Crompton and Director Tony Rainbow, Electorial Area D.  The meeting follows the October 13th, 2017 forum hosted by …

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