Member Group News

A rally in Davis Bay was the largest of 65 actions that took place around BC on October 24th. An estimated 500 participants lined the Sunshine Coast Highway in front of MLA Nicholas Simons' office to protest plans for piping oil across BC and shipping it along the north coast.

The rallies followed an October 22 protest at the legislature in Victoria, which drew thousands of people. Kinder Morgan has applied to expand its pipeline, which moves oil from Alberta to the West Coast via a port in Burnaby. Enbridge wants to build an 1,100 kilometre pipeline to carry bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast for shipment overseas.

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On Tuesday, October 16, at the regular meeting of Gibsons Town Council, Mayor Rowe and all four councillors unanimously agreed to move Option B, an amendment to the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan which will disallow waterfront development (delete cluster housing on the waterfront from the plan and maintain the designation of "green space").

Council also voted to include a requirement to re-examine the plan in five years with a focus on density, aquifer impacts, traffic issues, and the cost of maintaining infrastructure. There will be another public hearing and an amended plan.

The Friends of Gospel Rock Society is very pleased about this outcome.

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Congratulations to the Sechelt Groves Society for all their hard work in developing accessible trails at Hidden Groves. Trail builders have been creating accessible trails, and there's a new kiosk at the entrance with maps and information about the area.

The Sandy Hook Community Association spearheaded action to preserve this area starting in 2002. The Sechelt Groves Society was formed last year to take donations and manage ongoing maintenance.

The Sechelt Groves Society is looking for donations towards the cost of new signage for the new accessibility trail.

Wetlands are disappearing fast all over the world. They often seem insignificant patches of land, scrubby and marshy - but they are vital to our entire water systems by filtering out pollutants and stabilizing water temperature and flow. They are aquatic nursing areas and produce nutrients that enrich entire watersheds.

Myrtle Creek in Powell River has important wetlands. It may not be as impressive as some oceanside views, or a trail through the forest, but this dense brush protects and nurtures Myrtle and all its wildlife, including more than thirty varieties of birds.

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