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We need to get to Yes on projects like the Trans Mountain expansion

Is there public support for major projects in BC like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

Through a recent poll, we determined that there is exceptionally strong support for responsible resource development. Support for these projects crosses political boundaries, and that opponents, while vocal, represent a very small minority in British Columbia.

The poll found 84 per cent of residents support responsible resource development. British Columbians understand that a resource-based economy creates jobs not only in construction but in almost every other sector of the economy. The high paying jobs created by the pipeline lead to more spending at hotels and restaurants, at auto dealers, on after-school activities and recreation.

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Upcoming Trans Mountain Ministerial Panels

 

The public is welcome at all sessions. Formal registration is not required. Send an email to nrcan.ministerialpaneltmx-comiteministerieltmx.rncan@canada.ca indicating your preferred time and location to assist with their planning.

Schedules and venues will be updated on the Major Projects Management Office website here. All times below are local.

August 9: Burnaby BC, Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Crystal Ballroom
1000-1200: Environmental NGO roundtable
1300-1430: Local government roundtable #1
1500-1630: Local government roundtable #2

August 10: Burnaby BC, Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Crystal Ballroom
0930-1030: Education roundtable
1100-1200: NGO roundtable
1330-1700: Public town hall

August 11: Burnaby BC, Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, Crystal Ballroom
1330-1500: Economic round-table
1630-2000: Public town hall

August 16: Vancouver BCV
Socio-economic NGO roundtable
Transportation roundtable
Economic roundtable
Local government roundtable

August 17: Vancouver BC
NGO roundtable
Public town hall

August 18: Vancouver BC
First Nations roundtable
Environmental NGO roundtable

August 19: North Vancouver BC, North Vancouver District Hall
1030-1200: Local government roundtable
1430-1900: Public town hall

August 22: Victoria BC
Local government roundtable
First Nations roundtable

August 23: Victoria BC
NGO roundtable
public town hall

2016 Award for Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation now open

ICBA and WorkSafeBC are pleased to announce that the 2016 Award for Construction Workplace Health and Safety Innovation is now open for entries from ICBA members and their employees. 

The Workplace Health and Safety Innovation Award is presented annually to acknowledge individuals and companies for their efforts in the prevention of workplace incidents, injuries and illnesses. By honouring safety leaders and sharing their ideas ICBA and WorkSafe BC hope to encourage new programs, policies, and projects that improve the health and safety of workers. The award recognizes the employee or team of employees who come up with an innovative program, policy, tool or project that demonstrates a proven accomplishment in the area of health and safety for the construction industry sector. There is a $5,000 prize for the best submission and will be presented at the ICBA AGM on Monday, October 3 at the Executive Hotel & Conference Centre Burnaby. Eligibility All employees of ICBA member companies are eligible for the Annual Awards for Innovation in Workplace Health and Safety for Construction.

Please click here for an application form. Or click here for the submission guidelines and information.

 

Debunking the Myths: Project Review Processes and the Environment

Once again, the review process for major projects has come under scrutiny as the vocal minority ramps up last-ditch efforts to halt projects like Pacific NorthWest LNG and Trans Mountain expansion. These project reviews exist to ensure that only responsible resource development projects are recommended for approval, and that the project meet the goals of the environment, economy, and social sustainability.

Throughout July, we will debunk the top 4 myths plaguing the project review process.

MYTH 1: Reviews do not adequately study impact to wildlife and the ecosystem

The suggestion that project reviews do not sufficiently study the environmental impact of a project devalues the expertise of scientists and engineers who spend thousands of hours documenting and researching the water, air and land around a project. These experts study the local ecosystems and wildlife, documenting and reporting on their findings, and present their research to the Environmental Assessment Office. Read more

Project review processes: Worthy of our trust and confidence

In the debate over energy infrastructure and other major projects, one common question recently has been whether proposals are being rigorously enough reviewed. The public clearly has some doubts about how much confidence it can place in these reviews.

So in this issue of the Monitor we take a close look at what major project review processes actually consist of. What we find is that they are in fact rigorous, science-based, highly responsive to public and Aboriginal input, and much  more comprehensive than many people have been led to believe. The environmental considerations alone that get assessed are vast in scope – everything from local frog habitat to global greenhouse gas implications. And all that work is supplemented with equally demanding assessments of economic, community, and social impacts.

Throughout these processes, the scope of stakeholder outreach and consultation is vast. Every single query and concern requires a response, and timelines frequently get paused when significant new issues or revisions are put on the table. Approvals are commonly granted only after years of ongoing review. And they are invariably based on conditions, sometimes over 100, designed to ensure that identified impacts are moderated. Strong enforcement mechanisms ensure all those conditions get acted on. Read more

Join us at the Financial Leadership Forum, June 15

While many in the construction industry rely on existing forums to discuss best practices and to resolve common issues of concern, those in financial leadership positions within our industry do not have such opportunities.

ICBA and CPA BC are filling this void by creating a regular forum for those with financial leadership roles.

At this inaugural dinner event we will host:

  • Peter Guo, BC Leader of Enterprise Risk Services with MNP
  • Scott MacDonald from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skill Development
  • David Chiang, VP of Member Services with CPA BC

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Time: 5:30pm – 6:00pm Registration and Networking
6:00pm – 8:30pm Dinner and Presentations

Location: Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre, 4331 Dominion Street, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7 (Complimentary Parking in South Parking Lot)

To register and for more information, please click here

Pacific Northwest: Environmental Leadership

Like all major resource projects, Pacific Northwest has been through rigorous environmental reviews. The project received provincial environmental approval in November 2014 – with several significant conditions attached which the project proponents have committed to fulfill. A lengthy federal review process is also nearing its completion, with a final decision from Ottawa expected in the months ahead.

But Pacific Northwest represents much more than just a soundly designed and thoroughly reviewed project – it’s an opportunity for global environmental leadership. A BC-based LNG export industry will safely and efficiently supply growing Asian economies with responsibly extracted Canadian natural gas. LNG processing facilities here will be among the cleanest operating anywhere in the world.

Natural gas is widely recognized as an important “transition fuel” that provides the opportunity to displace coal and other fossil fuels. This makes it key to global efforts to address the climate change challenge.

Pacific Northwest: Jobs for British Columbians

Across northern and other resource-dependent areas of B.C., many people and businesses are coping with a lot of uncertainty right now. Low energy and other commodity prices have resulted in belt tightening and layoffs, and nothing could be more welcome than a major infusion of new jobs.

Construction of Pacific Northwest is expected to extend over about four years, and at peak activity it will create as many as 4,500 jobs. Those will be well-paid and highly skilled opportunities – ranging from welding and ironwork, to engineering and environmental management. The training opportunities involved will also serve BC workers and the BC economy well for decades to come.

When in operation the project will provide up to 330 direct, long-term operational jobs, and some 300 spinoff jobs just in the local area alone. Few if any other ready-to-proceed projects have as much potential to support the jobs for BC workers and livelihoods for BC families.

Trans Mountain Expansion Project will create long-term prosperity

 

ICBA commends the National Energy Board (NEB) for recommending the federal government approve the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and concluding the Project is in the best interest of our country. 

“Today’s decision is good news for workers, families and communities across British Columbia,” says ICBA President Philip Hochstein.  “Canada needs an expanded pipeline system that will generate thousands of family-supporting jobs, provide access to new, high-paying markets, and unlock billions of dollars in benefit to our country.”

The expansion, as outlined in a report by the Conference Board of Canada, is expected to generate 802,000 person years of employment over more than 20 years and close to $50 billion in government revenues, which pay for vital public services that we all rely on.  It will also generate more than $23 billion in additional local government taxes annually in BC, which is more than double the current amount. Read more

Pacific Northwest: Paying for Essential Services

As British Columbians, we enjoy fantastic quality of life. We’ve come to expect the benefits of quality education for our children; world-leading health care services that meet the needs of an aging population; and safe, efficient and regularly renewed bridges, transit and other public infrastructure.

But none of that comes cheap, and all of it depends on tax revenues that are created by private investment and private economic activity. Pacific Northwest LNG has already contributed to public revenues through its significant spending during its proposal phase, and those contributions will ramp up significantly when construction begins.

And once in operation? Total tax and royalty contributions to all three levels of government are expected to be $1.3 billion annual. That’s a huge infusion of public revenues that will significantly improve our ability to pay for vital public services in BC without incurring debt.

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