Thursday, November 29, 2012
- “We want to hear from you.” That’s insulting to the six years of consultation I and thousands of others participated in.
- Creating new land use designations that misuse the word “wilderness” is obfuscatory.
- It bothers me that the difference between RUWA [Restricted Use Wilderness Area] and IMA II [Integrated Management Area II) is essentially indistinguishable.
- Shut up and protect the Peel.
- Is the plan to “consult” until we give up?
- How will the final decision-makers be accountable to the consultation process?
- You say “We want to hear from you.” Well you’re hearing from me and I say protect the Peel.
- Let’s open up the area so all Yukoners have access.
- I believe all Class One QM [Quartz Mining] activity should require a permit.
- I am enormously frustrated by the waste of taxpayers’ money this new process involves. The original plan should be maintained.
- Adopt the original Final Recommended Plan.
- I support the commission’s Final Recommended Plan. The concept plans provide no protection.
- The Peel is one of the last places on the planet not harmed (mostly) by resource and other human developments.
- Respecting the UFA [Umbrella Final Agreement] does not mean giving FNs [First Nations] everything they ask for.
- Why is the Final Recommended Peel Watershed Land Use Plan not being adopted?
- Why is there no mention of linear density allowance for RUWA [Restricted Use Wilderness Area] or RUWA corridor. This is critical information.
- Restricted Use Wilderness Areas allowing roads will destroy wilderness. These new designations are misleading and untransparent. I support the Final Recommended Plan as the only plan for the Peel.
- There’s more to these areas than money. Some land must remain pure and untouched.
- Let Yukon residents have their input measured. A referendum is democratic.
- This area deserves the protection set out by the Peel planning commission. For the plan to change shows no respect for the democratic process that created it, to say nothing of the values of the Yukon FN who supported the planning commission.
- My value (for this region) is trust, that people negotiate in good faith, so that people can trust the governmental process. This is the most basic value that has been violated by this government so many times. You have not stated your intentions during the election. This is not good faith. Now you try to inform again! Shame on you.
|The view of the Peel Youth Alliance.|
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Sometimes by as many as seven or eight to one.
Especially if they hadn't followed the process closely and were simply seaching for more information to help them understand the muddled world of Peel land use planning.
Others were fine with the one-on-one structure – it was the answers they didn't like.
"I want to know what all the groups are saying and when I come here to learn about it, I'm getting 'what's your opinion?' so the government is asking me for feedback but they don't seem to be willing to share what those opinions are," he said in an interviews.
"It’s kind of frustrating because I really want to give my feedback but I can’t. I’m not going to without some kind of knowledge.”
The government’s open house is on one side of the Gold Rush Inn's saloon - in the General Store - while the conservation groups are on the other, in the Parlour Room.
Although the information at the two places is markedly different, questions dominated discussion at both.
Why doesn’t the government just accept the Final Recommended Plan?
How temporary is a temporary bridge across a river in the Peel?
Why even bother with a land use plan?
He blamed the government for letting the Peel land use plan get out of hand when it came to the issue of protection. They should have seen "this" coming.
Monday, November 26, 2012
When the doors to the General Store meeting room at the Gold Rush Inn swung open at 11 a.m., officials were still rushing around putting the finishing touches on their "stations" and trying to get the technology to work.
There's a station with maps and details on the Final Recommended Peel Watershed Regional Land Use Plan.
There's a station with maps and details of the government's new so-called "concepts."
There's a communications station with big, coloured and lined sticky pads for people to jot down a few words and post it on one of several flip charts conveniently located around the room.
There's also a feedback form people can fill out and stuff in a comment box, but so far not one of the dozen or so people who have trickled in have opted for this.
And there's also the requisite power point presentation station with the big screen.
To help people negotiate this maze, a Walmart greeter meets them as they come through the door and tries to determine where they should be directed.
Officials from the departments of Energy, Mines and Resources, Economic Development, Environment and Tourism are located at the stations to answer questions.
Some people know what they're after but many are truly bewildered by the all the maps and the processes and the land use planning jargon.
The Yukon government's open house runs every day this week from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The public has until Feb. 25 to tell the government whether they want it to accept or reject the final recommended plan.
Click here to read CBC's story, Opposing groups hold Peel meetings in same Whitehorse hotel.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Unlike 2010, when the public's comments and submissions were immediately posted online, this time the government's keeping them under lock and key until the consultation period ends in the spring.
As Inspector Clouseau would say:“There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh and this is not one of them.”
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Wind River Variations is published by B.C.-based Oolichan Books.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Kate White: The government likes to toot its own horn when it comes to the current Peel consultation process. This isn’t justified. They say the current consultation is meant to bring people together and be non-confrontational, yet on Monday the minister of environment implied in this House that people who oppose his government’s plans are radicals.
They can’t have it both ways. Either they support meaningful public consultation that allows people to express their honest opinions, even if they oppose the government’s narrow agenda, or they don’t.
Why is this government trying to silence critics of its proposals to open up the Peel to massive development by calling them radicals and holding public consultation that doesn’t allow for discussion?
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Click here to read the full report.
Click here to listen to a CBC Yukon radio interview about the report.
Monday, November 19, 2012
'Blatant disregard' a major concern
Thursday, November 15, 2012
- Complete community meeting coverage
- Consultation updates and related happenings
- Analysis and opinion
- Backgrounders on the Peel, the plan and the players
- Excerpts from the political arenas
- Features on the Peel's mining and oil/gas/coal companies
- Related stories and links from other media outlets