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Outdoor Vancouver Newsletter. Edition #15

April 30, 2014

The B.C. Park Amendment Act - What is Happening?


The Park Amendment Act (Bill 4) quickly and quietly passed legislation at the end of March.

The act has been controversial, since it leaves the future of BC's Provincial Parks - until now largely protected from industrial development - in jeopardy. The new legislation allows the B.C. government to issue permits for use of of B.C. Parks without the proof that those activities are necessary for the 'preservation or maintenance of the recreational values of the park' - which formerly was required.

This is even more concerning when you consider that last year it was uncovered the government is considering moving the boundaries of several B.C. Parks for industrial development (ie, nine parks could be affected by the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion alone).

Much has been written about Bill 4 over the last month, so I won't go into detail here. The good news is that already over 160,000 people have signed a petition to repeal the bill (the goal is to reach 200,000). There is a great commentary on the Georgia Straight that lays out the issues, and has a link to the petition. 
 

(Mostly) Local Outdoors News

1. A New Hiker’s Guide For The Vancouver Area. @Vancouver Trails
2. City of North Vancouver rolls out bike plan. @North Shore News
3. Free Wi-Fi in Vancouver Parks gets board support. @CBC
4. Woman miraculously survives being trapped in tree well near Whistler. @Global News
5. Get your green on at a Golden Ears Provincial Park trail. @Jack Christie
6. Mobile bike repair shop is on a roll in Vancouver. @Vancouver Sun
7. What does an under-funded SAR system look like? @Oplopanax Horridus
8. Running Vancouver: Interview with Runner Sean Martin One Year Later. @Pacer Films
9. Lost Lagoon by E. Pauline Johnson. @Miss 604
10. MEC at UBC an experiment in small stores for the outdoor co-operative. @Vancouver Sun
11. Big Lonely Doug Officially 2nd-Largest Fir In Canada. @Huffington Post
12. Petition calls for trail, not rail on Vancouver Island. @Parksville Qualicum Beach News
 

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Until next month!
Karl

UPCOMING EVENTS

BMO Vancouver Marathon
May 4, 2014
5 Peaks, Golden Ears
May 10, 2014
North Shore Triathlon
May 19, 2014

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