Member Group News

The Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) Sunshine Coast Branch is seeking the support of Gibsons Council in prohibiting or limiting the Howe Sound Pulp and Paper (HSPP) mill from burning certain toxic materials.  HSPP is currently seeking an amended permit to burn demolition waste at their mill.

COSCO believes that a letter from the town to the Ministry of the Environment (MoE) would be helpful in having the permit application refused or amended.

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seed savingThe Food Action Network and One Straw Society are jointly presenting a Seed Saving Workshop with local seedswomen on Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 10 am to 2 pm. This event will feature Robin Wheeler from Edible Landscapes; Maria Hunter of Dragonfly Seeds, and Mojave Kaplan from the Planting Seeds Project.

In the morning, workshop participants will learn about seed saving basics and take part in some hands-on basic seed cleaning. After lunch there will be a discussion of seed politics and the Sunshine Coast seed collective, and a facilitated Q&A for all things seeds.

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Thanks to the work of many individuals and groups, the Powell River Parks and Wilderness Society will receive $1.5 million from the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET) to make improvements on the Sunshine Coast Trail.

The project will involve the reconstruction of a barrier free wilderness hiking trail around Inland Lake, trail improvements and safety measures on the 180 kilometre long trail, a fully accessible wilderness camp at Thornton Bay, a new staging and parking area above Saltery Bay, and the construction of wilderness huts on Mount Troubridge and Tinhat Mountain, as well as eight open wilderness shelters at key locations along the trail.

SC trailProject partners include the Powell River Model Community Project for Persons with Disabilities and School District 47. The total cost of the project is estimated at $3,284,450.

PRPAWS will work on the project and also undertake ongoing maintenance of the trail once the work has been completed.

The Island Coastal Economic Trust makes strategic investments in economic development priorities on Vancouver Island north of the Malahat, as well as the Powell River and Sunshine Coast Regional Districts. The current chair is Barry Janyk, Mayor of the Town of Gibsons.

The Ruby Lake Lagoon Society is sponsoring a habitat and trail restoration workparty at Mixal Creek on Sunday, September 28 in honour of BC Rivers Day.

Anyone who is interested in taking part should meet the group at 9:30 at the PetroCan station (junction of Hwy 101 and Garden Bay Road).Bring work gloves, gumboots and garden tools (clippers, shovels, rakes etc.) and your lunch.
For more information call 604-883-9201.