Take Part in Provincial Consultations on the Columbia River Treaty

November 5, 2012 in Community, Education, Government, Stories by admin

ColumbiaBasin

Story By: Columbia Basin Trust

Take Part in Provincial Consultations on the Columbia River Treaty Talk to the Province in Creston on Thursday, November 15

(CRESTON) Residents will have another chance to talk to the Province about the future of the Columbia River Treaty in November. The Columbia River Treaty (CRT) Local Governments’ Committee encourages Basin residents to attend the consultation workshop in Creston on November 15. Workshops are also being held in Jaffray, Nelson, Trail, Nakusp, Revelstoke, Golden and Valemount.

These workshops are the next step in the Province’s commitment to consult with the residents of the Columbia Basin to ensure their concerns are heard in the Provincial Review of the 1964 CRT between Canada and the U.S.

Residents will learn about the initial results of the studies being done for the Provincial Review and can provide the Province with feedback on the impact of CRT scenarios in the future and how those scenarios could affect local interests.

“The Province has completed a number of important studies, including a report summarizing the available information about the socio-economic benefits and impacts of the CRT and analyses of the potential impacts of CRT scenarios on Basin interests. It is essential that Basin residents understand this information and express their views,” says Deb Kozak, CRT Local Governments’ Committee Chair and Councillor, City of Nelson.

When/Where What Timing
Thursday, November 15 Open house with background InformationĀ  6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Creston & District Community Complex Presentation/Discussion 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
312 – 19th Avenue North

You can join the workshop in Trail online on November 28. To find out more about the Community and Live Stream events visit:

www.gov.bc.ca/columbiarivertreaty/events/2012-11.

These consultation workshops are free and registration is not required for the community events. Register for the online workshop at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/rivertreaty.

“It is important that residents attend these provincial consultation workshops to provide their input on the new information the Province has compiled,” says Deb Kozak, Chair of CRT Local Governments’ Committee, and City of Nelson, Councillor.

The CRT Local Governments’ Committee includes representatives of regional districts from across the Canadian Columbia Basin. With the support of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the Committee is working to help Basin residents and local governments engage in decisions about the future of the CRT.

The Province’s studies about the range of benefits and impacts of the CRT on Basin communities, the Columbia River Basin region and the province as a whole and how environmental values are being considered in the Review will be available on the CRT Review website at www.gov.bc.ca/columbiarivertreaty before the community consultation workshops begin.

To help build understanding and to support residents to engage in the provincial consultation, CBT is hosting three online information sessions on November 7, 19 and 26. Register at www.cbt.org/crt/infosession.

Learn more and stay informed:

* Subscribe to the Provincial CRT Review e-letter at www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/enews-subscribe.html
* Join the discussion onĀ  Twitter #crtreaty and Facebook at Columbia River Treaty Review
* Take a tutorial on your own schedule at www.cbt.org/crt/tutorial
* Learn more at www.cbt.org/crt

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION LINKS:
1. This short video presents key facts on CRT history:
www.cbt.org/crthistoryvideo.
2. This brochure provides an overview of the CRT: www.cbt.org/crtbrochure.