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To unscrupulously disrupt the balance of nature by continuing to build roads for commercial development in sensitive areas, by encouraging development in the pristine fishing waters off the Queen Charlotte Islands, by building a pipeline directly through the route taken for centuries by hundreds of thousands of Arctic Caribou – these proposals will become a reality under Bill 75 as you continue to put our province on the chopping block, considering only the quick dollars gained through huge development contracts.

Fast tracking contracts with little or no public consultation is characteristic of a dictatorship, not a democracy. It tells us that The Significant Projects Streamlining Act can more accurately be called The Significant Projects Steamrolling Act as it is clear that, regardless of the serious consequences, B.C. is now up for sale.

Shirley and Michael Thompson

Whistler

I am writing to express some thoughts, on behalf of our association, on the proposed Mkw‚alts Creek small-hydro project. To begin, we would like to express our thanks for the positive and constructive manner in which Cloudworks has engaged the paddling community regarding the project’s potential impacts.

Beyond any doubt, the association has ongoing concerns with the number of micro-hydro projects proposed in this area, and the obvious lack of provincial planning for these. We are alarmed, both as river users, and as residents concerned about the health of the environment, with the looming loss of recreational opportunities and the haphazard changes to river ecosystems.

We also recognize we are a recreation interest, and as such we are only one part of the larger community, where issues and concerns may extend beyond those of our instream users. Our members however, are not only paddlers, but people who live and work in this area. And yes, we participate in a number of recreational activities that are a key part of the attraction this area offers.

Our members are more supportive of projects, if these are required, such as the one on Mkw‚alts Creek, that are proposed on streams which are not the most utilized, or the highest value to the recreation users and further, that real efforts are made to address concerns put forth.

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