SCCA News

There was an excellent turn-out for the documentary film Peace Out, sponsored by the SCCA at the Raven's Cry Theatre on March 28. About 170 people came to see the film and listen to filmmaker Charles Wilkinson, and producer Tina Schliessler. Thanks to Tella Sametz for the photos below: the line-up outside the theatre, and SCCA member George Smith with Tina Schliessler and Charles Wilkinson.

Forty Canadian groups, including West Coast Environmental Law, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Council of Canadians, Greenpeace and the SCCA, have endorsed a statement confirming their support for strong federal environmental laws that protect our national values.

The groups warn that they will not stand by if the federal government moves to short-circuit environmental reviews for projects like the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil tankers and pipeline project, and they have rallied behind a statement of 10 principles they say form the basis of environmental assessment for a healthy, secure and sustainable Canada.

“Strong environmental laws protect the air, water and land we need to be healthy and keep us safe from pollution and toxic chemicals,” said Devon Page, Executive Director of Ecojustice. “These federal laws are the backbone of every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment, and are as important to our well-being as laws that promote peace and democracy.”

More information is available at envirolawsmatter.ca. The House of Commons' Review of the Environmental Assessment Act can be downloaded here.

The SCCA has written a letter to the Minister of the Environment in support of an expanded park on Mount Elphinstone.

Local residents are urging the government to expand three very small protected parcels into a 1500 hectare Mount Elphinstone Provincial Park. BC Timber Sales is presently planning to log cutblock #A87124 within the proposal area.

Elphinstone Logging Focus (ELF) organized a public meeting on February 21 to discuss the proposed park.

BURNCO Rock Products Ltd. is proposing an aggregate extraction project at McNab Creek in Howe Sound (approx. 10 km east of Port Mellon). This gravel extraction project would have outputs ranging from 400,000 tonnes per year to as high as 4 million Tonnes per year for special project demands.

The Future of Howe Sound Society opposes this development.

The SCCA has responded to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency's request for public input into the requirements of the environmental assessment. (Click on Read More for our response.)

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