Before I get into the business of my report, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the entire Assu family of Cape Mudge. It came to my attention earlier today that Chief Don Assu has passed on. I have worked with Don on many projects over many years and will miss him. It is hard to put into words how much he has done for his people and this Island and the nation during his career. May he rest in peace.
This has been another very busy reporting period, but since it is still over 30 degrees in my house and late in the evening, I am going to try and keep this as short as possible.
I know that as islanders on wells, most of you are aware of the conservation measures that you need to follow year round. Other areas are under severe water restrictions due to the drought-like conditions that we are experiencing with no end in sight. I would just like to remind everyone to try and conserve even more water than you would normally in your daily usage. We have no idea what our aquifer looks like and since the Provincial govt. has repeatedly neglected the mapping of aquifers throughout the province, we need to be extra vigilant.
As you know, we are in the thick of it. A great deal of my time has been spent in the past weeks lobbying the Province to get all of the resources that we have available to us out there fighting fires. This included the MARS water bomber, based in Sproat Lake within sight of the Dog Mountain fire that burned for days without the Province allowing the MARS to put it out. It has finally been tasked to work in Nelson, but only after a province wide petition and daily media forced the hand of the Minister. The petition gathered over 20,000 signatures in about 3 days! I did many media shows in support of using this resource. I have seen it work in our area and it has put out fires all around us. This is why I was so engaged in the process of making sure that we have all the protection that we can possibly get.
UBCM Executive meeting
I just returned from 4 days of UBCM Executive meetings (I am a Director at Large) in Richmond dealing with many of the issues that effect us all locally, provincially and federally. I am on the Resolutions committee and the Environment committee. We had 164 resolutions from all of the local governments in BC and dealt with each and every one of them along with lengthy staff reports to go with them. I am not allowed to divulge the disposition of each one but I can say that they will be published in the near future online and that we dealt with some issues that you will be pleased to see UBCM taking a stand on. The convention is a week long at the end of September.
SRD Parks Department visit
By the time you read this I will have toured the entire island with some of the representatives of the major groups on the island along with our new Parks Planner, Victoria Smith. She will be picking up on a lot of the work that was formerly done by Beth Rees, now retired. We have lots of unfinished business to deal with along with new proposals. More to follow in my next report.
We will be dealing with all of the other issues that I have mentioned recently in other reports, in the next weeks and months. No need to go into them at this point, More information will be coming in and I will pass it along to you as I get it.
So, as I said this is going to be a short report, but I wanted to at least fill you in on a few items. Feel free to contact me between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday (please, not on weekends, folks!) at 285-3355, or you can fax me at 285-3533 or you can email me anytime at jimabramxplornet.ca or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0… or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JimAbram…
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Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SRD