qathet Regional District’s (qRD) committee of the whole has received four letters from Texada Island residents regarding wood burning.
At the September 9 committee of the whole meeting, city director George Doubt said directors had asked for a report from staff regarding wood burning so he was making a motion to receive the letters and have them referred to the staff report.
“These letters are not all the same,” said Doubt. “One is in favour of regulation and three are not. I think they should be considered with the staff report that we receive.”
Electoral Area D director and committee chair Sandy McCormick said she was trusting that staff will ensure that takes place.
“There’s a lot of different opinions out there on this subject so it’s good to hear from everybody,” said McCormick.
The committee carried Doubt’s motion.
The committee moved receipt of correspondence and voted to recommend the regional board send a letter of support for the Powell River Brain Injury Society to apply for a federal grant to expand its garden area.
Brain injury society executive director Debbie Dee stated in her correspondence that the grant application requires letters of support. She stated the initiative will supply the food bank with produce and will offer opportunities for employment for both brain injury clients and food bank users.
The regional district was advised by correspondence that an application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for a residual waste transfer station at the resource-recovery centre was not selected for funding.
Electoral Area E director Andrew Fall asked if the proposal could be resubmitted in the next round.
Chief administrative officer Al Radke said this was the second or third attempt to get this project funded. He said the regional district had a meeting with this particular provincial ministry and the outcome was there is no money available right now.
“They are saying hold your horses and wait a bit because there could be something coming in the future,” said Radke. “At that juncture we could reconsider reapplying.
The committee moved receipt of a letter from Powell River Salmon Society regarding funding shortfalls and will request the regional board write a letter nominating the society for a FortisBC community giving award.
The salmon society, in its correspondence, stated that if awarded the grant, it plans on strengthening its salmon enhancement efforts and expanding its education program.