Ice Bears and Islands Presentation

An evening with Jaime Sharp
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In the summer of 2015, Jaime Sharp and two fellow paddlers undertook a journey that had never been completed before - around the Svalbard Archipelago in Northern Norway.

Deep Cove Outdoors is hosting adventure paddler Jaime Sharpe on February 17th at Capilano University's Centre for the Performing Arts as he describes the journey they took, and the dangers and challenges they faced. Jaime will have photo prints for sale at the event and has also offered a fantastic door prize of signed canvas prints which will be drawn (along with other great prizes) at the intermission.

Door Prizes, Cash Bar

Bar Opens – 6.30pm
Event Starts – 7.00pm
Intermission – 7.45pm

Register for tickets here, $15 regular price, $10 students in advance, $20 cash on the door. Make sure to check out Jaime’s website about the journey here.

All proceeds will be going to Jaime to help fund his expedition.  It's a small price to pay so that we can live vicariously through his adventures.

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Write your MLA to Increase Funding for BC Parks

bcparks-logoIn their Report on the Budget 2016 Consultations, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has included a recommendation for the provincial government to increase funding for BC Parks in its 2016 Budget. This recommendation comes out of extensive public consultations conducted by the committee (see report– section under Environment). See also BC Parks - The Facts.

The recommendation as stated in the report: “Increase funding for BC Parks and protected areas management, maintenance and provide more park rangers."

This could be great news for BC Parks if this recommendation is reflected in the 2016 Budget. To ensure that those who approve the budget are aware of the public’s support for increasing funding to BC Parks, we encourage you to send a letter to your local MLA and/or the Minister of Finance before February 10th.

Use this sample letter (MS Word) which you can download and edit, or use the petition letter here (courtesy of the Federation of Mountain Clubs of BC) which will be sent directly to the Minister of Finance. Or contact your local MLA or MLAs whose ridings include BC Parks.

If you’re not sure what to include in your letter here are some ideas:

Increased funding to BC Parks means:

  • Additional resources committed to preserving our parks and protected areas.
  • More rangers available to help maintain trails, ensure stewardship of our parks and provide enforcement of restrictions which are in place to protect our parks.
  • More opportunities for volunteers to work with rangers to help maintain trails within our parks.

 

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BC LNG: A Reality Check – February 11, 2016

 Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm
at the Gleneagles Golf Club in West Vancouver

Join us as we listen to the truth about LNG and what it means for British Columbians. Local musician, Luke Wallace will kick off the evening with a performance from 6:30pm-7pm.

With over four decades of research in the energy sector including 32 years with the Geological Survey of Canada as a scientist and research manager, earth scientist David Hughes' work with the Post Carbon Institute includes a series of papers on the challenges of natural gas being a “bridge fuel” from coal to renewables and his most recent work Shale Gas Reality Check (2015) and Tight Oil Reality Check (2015).

Separately from Post Carbon, Hughes authored BC LNG: A Reality Check in 2014 and A Clear View of BC LNG in 2015, which examined the issues surrounding a proposed massive scale-up of shale gas production in British Columbia for LNG export. David Hughes will be sharing his findings and uncovering a pattern of misinformation on LNG.

Marc Lee, Senior Economist and Project Director of the Climate Justice Project with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), will discuss the purported employment estimates given by the LNG industry and how they are substantially lower than government claims.

Talks will be followed by a Q&A period.

This event is supported by The Council of Canadians and the Concerned Citizens of Bowen Island. The event is by a suggested donation of $10 however any donation is greatly appreciated. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

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Want to Engage in Conservation Efforts?

Join us at Zawa's Restaurant located at 920 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC at 7:00 pm, Tuesday January 26th. A table is reserved for like minded individuals who want to explore kayaking and conservation ideas.

Your host for this event is Roxanne Rousseau. Contact her if you have any questions. Also see our General Discussion Forum to find more information in the on-going discussion. You will be engaged!

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New Membership Year is Beginning

To join SKABC or to renew you membership for 2016 -- click here!. Social events are starting in the next few weeks. Trips and training will start in early spring. Club meetings run all winter -- the first Tuesday of every month.

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