SCCA News



[From West Coast Environmental Law: www.wcel.org]

The province’s new Public Health Act, unveiled on Wednesday April 9, has eliminated the public’s rights to demand an investigation of threats to their health, says West Coast Environmental Law (WCEL). Its preliminary analysis of the province’s new Public Health Act reveals some positive changes in the legislation. However, it has at the same time the new law has stripped away public input and transparency from the process. West Coast calls on the government to amend the Act to involve the public in addressing threats to public health.

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On Wednesday, April 23rd at 7 pm, Dr. Bruce Fraser will address “Forestry Implications of a Low Carbon Economy” at the Seaside Centre. All members of the community are welcome to attend this open meeting.

Invited by the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association, Dr. Fraser plans to talk about climate change policies and BC industrial initiatives as they affect forestry, as well as the overall implications for forest practices in this province. At the conclusion of his talk, he will welcome questions.

Dr. Fraser is a plant ecologist who has served as President of both Selkirk and Malaspina Colleges. For many years he has consulted on land use planning, working with 30 BC resource-based communities. He has acted as a consultant on development projects in 19 countries worldwide. Since 2003, Dr. Fraser has been Chair of the Forest Practices Board.

 

Chair of BC’s Forest Practices Board to visit Sunshine Coast

 

 

March 18, 2008

 

The details are sketchy as yet but it is apparent that the Sechelt Community Forest has been removed from the Chapman/Gray Community watershed. There are now no logging licencees operating in the community’s main drinking watershed.

Bruce Seifert of the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB), in a presentation to the SC Regional District on March 13, explained that the ILMB is focusing on implementing the New Relationship with First Nations. Toward this purpose, First Nations in this forest district were asked to identify the most contentious areas in their traditional territories. The Sechelts identified the Chapman and Gray watershed situation as one of several major obstacles to land claim settlement. Seifert said that government is moving to put in place interim protections for many of these areas.

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On February 20, 2008 the District of Sechelt Council unanimously adopted a Bylaw to ban the cosmetic use of pesticides.

Sechelt joins over 135 Canadian communities who have adopted similar bans, including Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Gibsons. The District's next task will be to assemble an educational program to help residents move from synthetic pesticides to less toxic or organic products.

The SCCA would like to congratulate Elizabeth McNeill, chair of the Pesticide Committee of the Clean Air Society, and the many volunteers who worked determinedly on this issue for many months.