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Re: Proposed Changes to the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation – Policy Update posted

The Ministry of Environment (the ministry) is in the process of revising the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation (OBSCR). The OBSCR regulates most open burning of vegetative debris in BC. Following extensive consultations, including intentions papers in 2008 and 2010 and engagement with a stakeholder review group through 2011-13, the ministry has updated proposed revisions to the regulation. The proposed revisions are intended to: 1) improve air quality in populated areas; 2) simplify burning requirements in remote areas; and 3) support enforcement, encourage use of cleaner technologies and provide flexibility for community wildfire protection. An information update describing the proposed approach is now posted on the ministry’s open burning regulatory review website and available for public comment until July 21, 2016. The ministry plans to conduct a series of webinars on the proposed revisions, including a general overview webinar and information targeted to municipal, agriculture and forestry interests. If you are interested in participating in one of these webinars, please contact the email or mail addresses below. If you are an “association”, please forward this correspondence and web site address to your members. You are also encouraged to forward this information to others who you feel may wish to comment on this guideline. If you have any questions or comments about the min­istry’s proposed revisions, please submit them by e-mail or mail to the addresses below by July 21,...

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‘Goodwin’s Way’ – Cumberland Yesterday and Today

by Brian Charlton “Goodwin’s Way’ is a film by Neil Vokey which will premiere locally on June 16 at the United Church in Cumberland. It has grown from its original form as a short documentary about the legend of Ginger Goodwin, a union organizer killed by the police on July, 1918, into a look at Cumberland itself and its continuing activism specifically around the now defunct Raven Coal project. This event, on Thursday evening, will kick off this year’s Miner’s Memorial Day program. It is a very exciting package from the traditional graveside speakers and music to an oral history workshop to walking tours to Wedlidi Speck speaking at the Memorial Dinner Saturday night. For more info go to www.cumberlandmuseum.ca Neil is a young talented filmmaker. I interviewed him about his background, his film, and his experiences making the film. 1) You were raised in the Comox Valley and went to high school at Mark Isfeld. When did you become aware of Ginger Goodwin and the Cumberland coalminers? I first learned about Ginger Goodwin thanks to my Social Studies teacher Barry Walker, who sadly passed away last year. However I wouldn’t say I was very aware of Cumberland’s coal mining history growing up – learning about Goodwin put a distinct human face to a history that otherwise seemed abstract to me. When I was young I didn’t pay attention...

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Local Collaboration for New Regional Office

May 31, 2016 The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) in collaboration with the City of Courtenay and School District 71 (SD71) have proposed an integrated approach for a new CVRD regional office through a land purchase and exchange agreement. The land, located on Harmston Avenue in downtown Courtenay between 6th Street and Cumberland Road, is zoned for government offices and is currently owned by the City of Courtenay and SD71. “Working together and developing a regional office facility is one of the CVRD’s board strategic priorities,” explains CVRD Board Chair, Bruce Jolliffe. “By having local government own the property, we would be in a position to integrate shared services, save tax payers money in the long term, redevelop under-utilized land and contribute to revitalizing the downtown area.” The regional district offices not only house key assets including IT infrastructure, fleet vehicles, and corporate records; but also is the centre of activity for elected officials, staff and the public. Concerns have been raised over the years regarding the current offices’ flood prone location and annual lease rate which is approximately $330,000 a year.   The key to moving forward with this strategic priority is the property purchase agreement. In the first phase of this agreement, the CVRD purchases a vacant piece of land from SD71 upon which a new regional office would be constructed. In a second phase that would...

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Upcoming Events

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6:00 pm Place & Space: Poetry Workshop @ VIRL Comox Valley Libraries
Place & Space: Poetry Workshop @ VIRL Comox Valley Libraries
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
PLACE AND SPACE: A Poetic Return to the Landscape of Your Youth. Join Comox Valley Poet Laureate, Natalie Nickerson, for a writer’s workshop that explores the light as it shines on the Canadian Landscape during[...]
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6:30 pm Beyond Banksters: Book Tour and ...
Beyond Banksters: Book Tour and ...
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30, event starts at 7 pm The Comox Valley Council of Canadians and The Watershed Sentinel invite you to join us for a fascinating glimpse of the major players who are working[...]

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