Second round of Columbia River Treaty discussions to be held in Golden

Discussions surrounding the Columbia River Treaty will be returning to the Golden Civic Centre on Nov. 21.

Discussions surrounding the Columbia River Treaty will be returning to the Golden Civic Centre on Nov. 21.

The evening event is a chance to join the Columbia River Treaty Review team at a community consultation workshop hosted by the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee. Presentations and discussions begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. During the event there will be a number of workshop topics which will include the Columbia River Treaty Local Government Committee, a look at basin interests and agency responses, reports on studies and U.S. interests and potential impact of key treaty options on Basin interests.

The workshops are free and there is no registration required.

Deb Kozak is the Chair of the Local Governments Committee for the Columbia River Treaty along with being a city councillor in Nelson B.C.

“This is a very important opportunity for people across the basin to come out and listen to what the province has prepared in terms of studies and scenarios moving forward on the treaty. It is also a rare opportunity for the province to hear from the people of the basin and get that feedback once they have talked about the studies,” Kozak said.

The feeling of how important these meetings are is also shared by Town of Golden Mayor Christina Benty who will be giving a presentation at the event.

“I know that they are coming to do their presentations and hearing from the residents again,” Benty said.

“It is very important that as many people as possible come out, hear what the province has to say and respond to it.”

Kozak said the first meetings were a success and gave people the chance to learn more about what is happening with the treaty.

“There was a tremendous amount of information given to the province and the local governments committee. It is now compiled and is now an opportunity for us to bring that information back and tell people what we have discovered and also to give more in depth information on the studies around the socio-economic impacts, environment impacts and those kinds of things.”

Benty felt the treaty has had significant impact on all basin communities.

“When it was entered in to there was very little consultation at that time. It is crucial that residents use this opportunity to participate during this go round,” she said. “A number of things have changed since the original treaty and I think it is important that residents have their view point heard. Our job at the local government committee is to help the residents to get information. That’s why Columbia Basin trust and the local governments committee are sponsoring the educational sessions in the communities.

Benty also hopes to see more young people coming out to the event because it is their future which could be affected by the upcoming decisions.

“I think it is very important for young people to come out because there is a lot of awareness of the treaty from the people who have lived here for a long time. They saw how the treaty impacted communities around the basin. It is important for young people to become educated because they are experiencing the ramifications of the treaty.”

 

Just Posted

CSRD hosting open house regarding landfill

There will be an open house February 1 at the Golden and District Recreation Centre hosted by CSRD.

Wayne Stetski and Forest Products Association of Canada CEO visit Golden

MP Wayne Stetski and Forest Products Association of Canada CEO Derek Nighbor toured LP Mill.

New massage clinic in Golden

A new massage clinic opened in Golden to help ease those aches and pains.

Hockey commentator gets his start

Lukas Pfisterer is just 12-years-old, but already making his mark as a commentator.

New Glade ferry enters testing phase

The Glade II will be able to carry heavier loads and will emit less greenhouse gases.

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Most Read