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More than 30 members came out to our 2018 Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, June 12th at the Sunshine Coast Arts Centre in Sechelt.
As usual, it was an evening of lively discussion, important updates, and a chance to connect over coffee and delicious treats with SCCA Directors, staff, volunteers and members.

The official business portion of the evening was a record 29 minutes long (shortest ever!), leaving lots of time for discussion of issues such as: our water supply system, the Gospel Rock development and land covenant, industrial projects like Site C, the KM Pipeline, and Woodfibre LNG, and the need for a Regional Growth Management Strategy.

We are pleased to welcome our 4 new Board members:  Lee Ann Johnson (Chair), Dan Bouman, Suzanne Senger and Bill Wareham! They are joining Jason Herz and Mary Louise Hendry for the 2018 - 2019 term.
And we're grateful to Gayle Neilson, past chair, and Cindy Harlow, who both resigned in 2017, but have continued on as valued advisors.

We also had a chance to welcome our new summer interns, Natalie Benoit and Paul Yeung. See their bios on our staff page here, and feel free to contact them with invitations to bring the SCCA education and outreach booth to your event: outreach@thescca.ca and intern@thescca.ca respectively.

If you weren't able to make it, you can still review our AGM materials here:

AGENDA

2017 MINUTES

2017 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

2018 CHAIRS REPORT

Thank you to all the members and volunteers who gave of their time and energy to make this annual meeting a great success, full of inspiring ideas and wonderful connections!

BC PARKS OPEN HOUSE - THURSDAY MAY 24th
As part of BC Parks consultation process, they are hosting another Open House to get input from our community on either revoking the Tetrahedron Provincial Park's Class A status, or removing Chapman and Edwards Lake from the Park in order to build the Chapman Water Expansion Project.

Thursday, May 24th from 7 - 9 pm
at the Roberts Creek Hall
1309 Roberts Creek Road

Please help us send a powerful message to BC Parks and Minister George Heyman that neither option they have presented is acceptable!
See you at the Roberts Creek Hall on Thursday May 24th!

You can also share your message on their Public Consultation page here.

CLICK HERE FOR A SHORT SUMMARY OF THE ISSUES

Scroll down for more information and a list of contacts ...

CLICK HERE FOR A SHORT SUMMARY OF THE ISSUES

 

BC Parks Open House Wednesday May 2nd, 5-7pm at Seaside Center, seeks input on either revoking the Tetrahedron Provincial Park’s Class A status or removing Chapman and Edwards Lake from the Park in order to build the Chapman Water Expansion Project.

 

The Chapman Water Expansion Project would degrade our most important potable water source. Tetrahedron Park was explicitly created to protect this source for the benefit all Sunshine Coast communities.

 

Please help us send a powerful message to BC Parks and the Provincial Government that neither option they have presented is acceptable. The timing of this open house is deliberately short notice, don’t let them stop you from responding! See you at the Seaside Center in Sechelt on Wednesday.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2nd

5 - 7 pm at the SEASIDE CENTRE
5790 Teredo Street, Sechelt

READ ALL ABOUT IT IN OUR LATEST BRIEFING

 


Although SCRD Directors representing approximately 1/3 of Chapman system users continue to push the unsustainable Chapman Water Expansion Project (CWEP) forward, SCRD Directors representing approximately 2/3 of Chapman supply users strongly support wiser, more sustainable options for long-term solutions.

 

If the SCRD goes ahead with the CWEP, it would be wasting $5 million on a temporary measure! This money would be much better spent on long-term conservation measures, infrastructure upgrades and aquifer development.

 

The SCCA is totally opposed to removing the Park’s Class A status or removal of land from the Tetrahedron. We fully support developing viable water source and storage alternatives outside our Class A Park. We are committed to protecting drinking water source areas and working with the SCRD, as we have done for 30 years, in support of sustainable watershed solutions, such as those proposed by the new SCRD Chair Bruce Milne.   

 

We have strong political leadership, community and NGO support and actions already being taken to develop viable alternatives which will ensure a diverse and sustainable water supply on the Sunshine Coast. 

 

Please attend this Open House and the let the BC Government know, there is no justification for compromising our source area in Tetrahedron Provincial Park.

 

More information:

·       LATEST SCCA Briefing: Tetrahedron Park & Sunshine Coast Water Supply

·        Tetrahedron Provincial Park and the SCRD’s Chapman Lake Project FACTSHEET

·         Chapman Lake Water Woes - Editorial in SCCA Newsletter

 

·         Chapman Expansion Summary

 

·         Opinion of sitting SCRD Director, Lorne Lewis

 

·         Milne urges Action On Reservoir

BC Parks has initiated a 30 day consultation period to bring our community's input on the future of the Tetrahedron Park and our Watershed to Minister George Heyman.

Over 175 community members overflowed out the doors of the Seaside Centre to participate in the first open house on Wednesday, May 2nd, despite the inadequate and short notice. They are planning on hosting another open house in the last week of May - stay tuned for details or check their BC Parks website.

In the meantime, please share your thoughts by contacting:

Minister of Environment & Climate Change Strategy: George Heyman
ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca   250.387.1187

Powell River - Sunshine Coast MLA: Nicholas Simons
nicholas.simons.mla@leg.bc.ca   604.741.0792

Your SCRD Area Director - find their contact information here

And directly with BC Parks staff: bcparks.planning@gov.bc.ca.
You can also send your comments online to BC Parks here.

Read on for more information, and see links below for our SCCA briefing documents. Please share with your friends and networks!

The SCCA is pleased to be partnering again with the District of Sechelt to present the second annual SECHELT OCEANS DAY!

Saturday, June 9th, 12 - 4 pm
Friendship Park - where Wharf Ave meets the Ocean

Enjoy an afternoon of FREE family fun featuring ocean-themed activities and games on the downtown Sechelt waterfront. Pick up your Oceans Day Passport at our info booth, and gain stamps at each activity for your chance to win prizes!

Some of what we have in store includes: 

Beach Volleyball Tournament: 10 am to 4 pm
Co-ed 4-on-4, 18+ and Under 18 divisions. $40 per team
Contact noelmull@gmail.com to register

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup - Sechelt waterfront
2 pm - meet at the Sechelt Oceans day booth
Some gloves, picker-up'ers, garbage bags and buckets provided
Register online today, or just drop by!

And tons of great activities presented by local and regional Environmental NGOs!

Want to get involved: volunteer, offer an activity, host an education booth, or donate? Contact info@thescca.ca or join us for the public information meeting:

Tuesday, May 29th
7 pm at the Rockwood Lodge
Sechelt
RSVP to intern@thescca.ca