SCCA News

As part of our 2017 Speaker Series, we are pleased to host 'The Marine Detective' - Jackie Hildering, of the Marine Education and Research Society, for an informative and entertaining presentation on the remarkable comeback of Canada's Pacific Humpback Whales.

Wednesday, April 5th at 7 pm
Sunshine Coast Arts Centre: 5714 Medusa St., Sechelt
Entry by donation

Please join us! Especially if you spend time on or near the ocean, witnessing the return of these giants.  You can be a citizen scientist!

For more information, visit our Facebook event page.
And check out these interesting links:

The Marine Detective - Coastal Revival

BC Humpbacks Feeding in Blackfish Sound

BBC - Threats to Canada's Pacific Humpback Whales

 

Burnco Rock Products plan to build a gravel mine at McNab Creek in Howe Sound.  The SCCA has been awarded participant funding from the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.  Our committee put together a submission compiled from concerns raised by our members and the community at large.  It is founded on local and professional knowledge of the McNab Watershed and surrounding environment.

You can read the submission here.

For more information about the McNab Creek and the Burnco Mine, visit the Future of Howe Sound Society website, or Facebook page.

You can view public comments on the Burnco Project at the BC Environmental Assessment Office website here.


"We write ... to enquire about the legal basis for a proposal to expand water infrastructure into Tetrahedron Provincial Park. It is our position that the proposed water infrastructure – which apparently would include blasting and trench building to build a permanent pipeline through the park – cannot be accomplished under BC’s existing protected areas legislation and is therefore illegal."

Read the full letter from West Coast Environmental Law here.

 

PROTECT THE PARK AT THE HEART OF OUR WATER SUPPLY

URGENT:  The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association Needs Your Help to do 2 Things:

1.  Stop the SCRD from borrowing $5,000,000 for the Chapman Water Supply Expansion Project until they have proved to regulators and the public that the project won't degrade our drinking water source area.  Sign and submit a Elector Response Form by July 26th.

2.  Help us get a real conversation going about our water supply, before massive spending occurs.

The following information/articles are intended to help inform your decision to oppose the borrowing, and facilitate the conversation about diversification of our water supply.

How to stop the SCRD from borrowing $5,000,000 for the Chapman Water Supply Expansion Project?

The SCRD is seeking taxpayer's permission to borrow $5,000,000 through an Alternative Approval Process (AAP).  If 10% or more electors state their opposition to the AAP, the SCRD may not borrow the money (without proceeding to a vote to get elector's permission).  To defeat the AAP, we need 1,888 elector response forms to be submitted to the SCRD by July 26th.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET 1,888 SIGNATURES.

Here's how you can help ...

1.  First and most importantly, please fill out and submit an Elector Response form.  You can access and print a form here.  The forms must be completely filled out and delivered to the SCRD office at 1975 Field Road (top of Road) in Wilson Creek by July 16th at 4:30 pm.

2.  Ask your neighbours, friends and family to fill out and submit an opposition form.

3.  Share this Call to Action on social media and with your networks.

4.  Write a letter to the SCRD expressing your views on the issue, and send a copy to the editor of the newspaper.

5.  Volunteer to collect elector response signatures at SCCA tables in the malls (Sechelt and Gibsons) on the weekends of July 16/17 and 23/24.  Contact outreach@thescca.ca or intern@thescca.ca.

The SCCA is also setting up locations where you can pick-up, sign and leave the Elector Response forms for your convenienceAll forms will be picked up from these locations on July 25 and delivered to the SCRD office on July 26:

Gibsons: 
Gaia's Fair Trade, 287 Gower Point Road
Sechelt:  Sechelt Visitor Centre, 5790 Teredo Steet (in Seaside Centre)
Pender Harbour:  TBA
And at upcoming SCCA Outreach booths:
Sunday, July 10: Halfmoon Bay Country Fair, Coopers Green Park
Tuesday, July 19th: Sunnycrest Mall, Gibsons