Nature Vancouver Section Reports
January 3, 2017
1. Camp Committee -Nigel - See minutes
2. Conservation - Jeremy - No report
3. Birding - Jude - No report
4. Evening Programs - Jude - No report
5. Botany - David - See minutes
6. Geology - David - No report
7. Marine Biology - Joan (by email) - In December, the evening usually allocated to the Marine Biology Section for an evening presentation is instead used for the annual Christmas Social. The evening presentation for January 12th will feature Leah Honka, a marine biologist, sharing her research work titled "Sea Otter Feeding Behaviour in the Great Bear Sea." Leah successfully completed her Master's degree from SFU based on this work, and is currently a research scientist employed by the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
8. Outreach - Need volunteer
9. Workshops- Jude - See minutes
10. BC Nature - Bev & Nancy (by email) - BC Nature sent us the invoice for 2017 membership fees (Jan 1 to Dec 31) and insurance dues (May 1 2016 – May 1 2017, automatically renewed) and request for membership list updates. These have been forwarded to Jeremy and Helen. Payment of the $9,318.55 membership fees is required by January 31, 2017.
Regarding the membership dues, these are (note the day membership and the 5 million liability insurance do not apply to Nature Vancouver)
Individual $14 Family $14
Insurance $2.15 (2 Million Liability) Day Membership Insurance .50 cents
Insurance $3.25 (5 Million Liability) – For clubs that now require 5 Million Liability.
Family Memberships cover more than one person. We would like to know how many family memberships BC Nature has, so we have an accurate idea of total membership.
BC Nature also asked Nature Vancouver to please circulate an appeal for donations before year-end and this went out in last week’s weekly email circulation.
Registration for the Lillooet AGM and Conference is filling fast, May 4 – 6, 2017.
BC Nature Conservation
BC Nature president Alan Berger circulated the two notes below on December 12th, together with the attached submission to the federal government’s review of its Environmental Assessment Act. This may be of interest to NV Board.
1. Conference call on December 1st with Prof. Chris Tollefson (UVic Environmental Law Centre and Pacific Centre for Environmental Law and Litigation CELL) and Stephen Hazell (Nature Canada) on whether BC Nature & Nature Canada should be involved in litigation to oppose the recent federal govt decision on the Kinder-Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline. We decided not to launch litigation ourselves but to investigate intervener status to support litigation that will likely come from other environmental groups. This has far less risk to BC Nature and we can still be part of a court case opposing this decision.
2. Submission on behalf of BC Nature to the review of the federal Environmental Assessment Act. BC Nature had earlier agreed to have ELC/CELL (specifically Chris Tollefson and Anthony Ho) represent us in these hearings. The hearings in Vancouver are this week and they will be appearing on our behalf. Attached are their notes for these hearings which they submitted to the panel on Friday. I think you will agree they have done a very thorough job in pointing out the changes that are needed for federal environmental assessments. As you know Chris and Anthony and one of their students were involved in a workshop in Ottawa on this EA review earlier this year and Kees Visser and I met with them in April to discuss this process.
11. Publications - Jeremy - No report
12. Other media (Website, Facebook, etc)- Daphne & Bill - no report
13. Field trips - Cynthia & Bill (by email) - No report
np/January 29, 2017