Vancouver Island

BC, Canada

PETITIONS TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

Our first petition was tabled by Elizabeth May, MP and presented on June 4 2018

See video here:

Petition presented by Elizabeth May

Our first petition was presented today. Share the video with your friends to raise awareness about this issue … “these freighters are moved into the Gulf Islands and these anchorages are essentially free parking lots for an industrial enterprise in a pristine environment. It is unacceptable.”The petitioners ask that transport Canada … “consult further on a new protocol so that our environment in and around the Gulf Islands will not be abused and threatened in this way.”

Posted by Saltair Ocean Protection Committee on Tuesday, June 5, 2018

 

 

Text version

Preventing abuse of Gulf Islands’ anchorages

 Whereas:
  • Transport Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan put in place, on February 8, 2018, an “Interim Protocol for the Use of Southern B.C. Anchorages.”
  • The Interim Protocol has largely ignored feedback from affected communities.
  • The interim protocol has developed and implemented a new mathematical algorithm that grants Vancouver Port the right to instruct vessels to use the Gulf Island’s anchorages as long-term parking.
  • Under the new protocol, freighters have been sent to park in the Gulf Islands despite the fact that there were available empty spots in Victoria, Nanaimo harbour, and English Bay.
  • The interim protocol has de-facto transformed the Gulf Islands into a long-term industrial parking lot, in total disregard of eco-sensitive areas, the environment and local economic impacts.
  • The Gulf Islands’ anchorages are common law shelters established for safety reasons but were never intended as a solution to congestion problems in Vancouver ports.
  • New projects will generate even more shipping traffic to Metro Vancouver.
  • There are no appropriate surveillance or spill response systems in place for anchorages outside of port.
  • There is no process in place to anticipate freighters’ waiting time that could instruct vessels to delay their arrival.

We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the above and call upon the Government of Canada to provide urgently needed protection for our Gulf Islands’ environment and economy by suspending the Interim Protocol for the Use of Southern B.C. Anchorages immediately and consulting further on a new protocol that will properly prevent abuse of Gulf Islands’ anchorages.



Our second petition
was tabled by Sheila Malcomlson, MP and presented on June 15 2018

See video here:

MP Sheila Malcolmson Stands Up For Saltair's Coastal Community

Bringing voices from our community to Parliament, residents from Saltair and Town of Ladysmith call on the federal government to protect Saltair and the Salish Sea.Large commercial freighters anchored for ages and so close can disturb a community's quality of life, enjoyment of property, and public space.Freighters are staying for weeks on end, with light, noise, and oil spill risk.Click the video below to see the petition presented in the House of Commons. Saltair Ocean Protection Committee

Posted by Sheila Malcolmson on Friday, June 15, 2018

Exclude Saltair Historical Anchorages (LSC, LSD, LSE)
from the Interim Protocol for the Use of Southern B.C. Anchorages

Whereas:

• Transport Canada’s Ocean Protection Plan has initiated on February 8, 2018, an “Interim Protocol for the Use of Southern B.C. Anchorages.”
• The Interim Protocol has introduced a sudden significant change in the way commercial freighters are assigned to the Gulf Island’s anchorages in disruption of local and historical practice.
• Historical anchorages Ladysmith LSC, LSD, and LSE (located across Saltair, BC) were identified in the 1970s and have not been commonly used since.
• The Interim Protocol has included these historical anchorages LSC, LSD, and LSE in their new rotating system. This inclusion has resulted in an increased usage for Saltair.
• Saltair is a quaint unincorporated rural coastal community with a strong identity, culture, and tradition. Saltair is well known for its scenic road, beautiful unobstructed views of Stuart Channel and Gulf Islands, quiet
residential community, and dark skies policy.
• Saltair has invested in five beach access points to acclaimed natural areas such as the Davis Lagoon and Boulder Point Beach. The area is renowned for its ocean recreation, kayaking, shallow water swimming areas, and wildlife watching.
• Saltair has a burgeoning eco-tourism industry with economic activities relying on its reputation of natural coastal waters.
• Large commercial freighters anchored for long duration and in very close proximity to residential and recreational areas disturb quality of life and enjoyment of property and public space.
• The Interim Protocol introduces a change that disrupts Saltair’s natural rural character, potentially damaging this summer’s tourist experience, hurting the area’s tourism reputation, diminishing real estate values, and devaluing community investments in coastal public recreation spaces.
• No study was performed to evaluate the psycho-social health and environmental risks associated with this sudden change implemented by the Interim Protocol.
• Saltair community did not have access to an equitable consultation process prior to the start of the Interim Protocol. Residents and elected officials of Saltair were not informed and not consulted prior to the start of the Interim Protocol.

We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons to the above and call upon the Government of Canada to provide urgently needed protection of Saltair rural and coastal character by excluding the historical anchorages LSC, LSD, and LSE from the Interim Protocol for the Use of Southern B.C. Anchorages immediately and consulting further to establish appropriate criteria of usage.


Our Third petition is in process of collecting signatures and will soon be tabled by our MPs.
You can see and download petitions sheets here:

Petition in process