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The Sunshine Coast Regional District is receiving public input on the new Source Assessment Response Plan (SARP) for the Chapman Creek drinking water watershed. The plan's purpose is to enhance the protection of drinking water in the Chapman watershed, recognizing that under current legislation, completely eliminating industry altogether is not an option.

The plan was developed by the SCRD and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority in consultation with First Nations and other stakeholders.

This is a very important document, and the SCCA urges all interested citizens to read it. For further information:

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Josh Paterson of West Coast Environmental Law, recently returned from a trip up the BC Coast to the beginning of the proposed Enbridge tanker route at Kitamaat Village (near Kitimat). His account of this trip is on WCEL's website.

WCEL is working to protect the BC coast from the threat of an oil spill and urges people who care about this issue, to register to speak briefly at the public hearings. The deadline to sign up is October 6, 2011. 

Enbridge public hearings will be held all around BC starting in January. This is our best chance, as British Columbians, to make sure that the federal decision-makers know we cannot accept the Enbridge pipeline and tankers. More on Tar Sands, Tankers and Pipelines, as well as many other environmental issues, is on the WCEL site.

CchangeThere are very public debates over the Chapman Creek / Grey Creek watersheds in the Sunshine Coast and the potential Gospel Rock development in Gibsons. A UBC study is seeking input on these and other important environmental issues such as potential oil spills, flooding, and sea level rise as part of an international study called C-Change based out of the University of Ottawa. Researchers from UBC have interviewed community leaders on the Lower Coast as well as politicians and staff in the Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt, and the Sunshine Coast Regional District and now they need your help.

Residents of the Sunshine Coast are invited to complete an anonymous online survey. Those providing contact information will be entered into a draw for ten prizes of $100 (contact info will be stored separately from responses). Community participation is essential to the success of this study and we invite you to share your opinions on both public environmental debates and possible risks to your community.

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Last year 5,000 British Columbians marched on parliament to urge an end to ocean-based fish farms and support for the wild salmon run. This received remarkably little attention in the media, and the same has been true of the Cohen Commission Hearings into Aquaculture, presently taking place in Vancouver.

SCCA members and other concerned individuals from the Sunshine Coast have been travelling into Vancouver for these hearings. Here are a few links with more information on the hearings:

Province allows release of salmon audits (Vancouver Sun, Aug. 31)

Privy Council blocked scientist’s access to media, Cohen probe told (Globe and Mail) Aug. 25

 Alexandra Morton is reporting on the hearings on her blog. There is also coverage from the Pacific Coast Wild Salmon Society.

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carrotsLocally grown organic produce is coming to Gibsons Landing. The Fiddlehead Farmer’s Market is joining forces with the Gibsons Sunday Market beginning Sunday, July 3. Both groups are very excited to see the markets come together. Also bringing excitement to the market is Gibsons’ Music in the Landing which will bring live music to the sundial stage next to the market most weekends.

The Gibsons Landing Sunday Market takes place every Sunday 10-3 in Holland and Winegarden Parks along Gower Point Road. All market products are grown, baked, or created on the Sunshine Coast.

Expect to find a range of organic vegetables and berries as the season progresses, as well as jams, baked goods, and unique artisan products. Vendors include find Henry Reed Organic Farm, Green Room Organics, Chaster Creek Farms, Three Sisters Farms and many more.