Archives for March 31, 2018
No 861 petitioners from BC
Yes 1431 petitioners from BC
Analysis – what does this mean?
Lots of people will sign a petition for a National Park in BC
Why are the figures flawed.
A vote in Prince Rupert is as valid as one from Princeton – yes ?
No – IMHO ( always been this way ) – define the area of the NP – draw a circle around the area. Have a vote. I will stand with it.
The pro and the anti forces had an opportunity to get signatories and the NO vote lost.
BUT I don’t like the rules (set by whom) and a lot other people don’t either.
1390 E – Petition for a National Park Yes
Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- We thank the governments for the tri-lateral announcement on October 27, 2017, that South Okanagan Similkameen park reserve will be established;
- South Okanagan-Similkameen NPR will benefit local citizens, preserve endangered species and maintain ecosystems in perpetuity;
- Park consultation with affected communities and economic sectors has been an ongoing process since 2002;
- Our region is without a national park identified in Parks Canada’s planning policy;
- This region will benefit economically, in the form of direct National Park jobs and capital expenditures, infrastructure and jobs that will achieve their mandate;
- An independent, professional opinion poll verified 70% local park support (McAllister Opinion Research, 2015);
- The Park Reserve recognizes Indigenous rights, language and cultural practices;
- Private land will never be expropriated for the Park, and any real estate transactions will be on a willing seller-willing buyer basis;
- Parks Canada field staffing levels are 4-10 times higher than Provincial field staffing;
- Visitors to our region will increase, as a valuable economic spin-off of the Park;
- Parks Canada’s wildfire suppression and prescribed burning expertise will help stop catastrophic wildfires and enhance wildlife habitat;
- Parks Canada will improve the management of many outdoor recreation opportunities and monitor inappropriate uses; and
- The Okanagan-Similkameen is a national “hot-spot” for critically endangered wildlife and need greater protection.