Answers to the Green Forum questions - May 9, 2013

1. A high level plan is essential to the Sunshine Coast. Without some meaningful dialogue and land use agreements, we will continue to cycle through the pattern of proposal and protest.  I have worked hard in conjunction with the public to get this issue on the government's agenda.  I have continued to work hard to get it on the NDP platform, and am pleased that there is a commitment to such processes.

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The SCCA is sponsoring an Environmental IssuesForum at Greencourt Hall (5583 Ocean Ave.) in Sechelt on Thursday, May 9th at 7:30 pm. Please come out to hear the candidates speak about issues relevant to Sunshine Coasters in this lead-up to the provincial election.

Advance questions for candidates have been prepared on three topics: Land Use Planning, Drinking Water Protection and Restoration of the Salmon Fishery. Following these questions, there will be opportunity for questions from the audience.

Written responses from the candidates:


Happy Earth Day!

the SCCA published some photos on the back page of the spring 2013 newsletter. Titled "Where in Our World", the images were included to challenge readers to identify the locations.

Here are the answers:

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The SCCA has submitted comments on the Province's recently released draft plan “Protecting Vulnerable Species: A Draft Five Year Plan for Species at Risk in British Columbia”.

British Columbia has the highest national species diversity, and an increasing amount of species and ecosystems at risk.

Relying on voluntary stewardship efforts by the community and non-governmental organizations in the protection and recovery of species and ecosystems at risk is not a substitute for strong, clear legislation. Without laws that protect critical habitat, there is no foundation upon which to build and no commonly accepted rules when a given area is proposed to be altered.

The SCCA recommends that BC adopt the recommendations of “The Last Place on Earth” authored by Ecojustice Canada. A strong piece of legislation must include specific strategies to protect and to recover species and ecosystems at risk; identified mechanisms for enforcement and identified sources of funding. As the above report explains, the legislation must be underpinned with the internationally recognized precautionary principle, the principle of inter-generational equity, and the polluter-pays principle.