Printer VersionNATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE - NOTICE OF INAUGURAL MEETING

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Strathcona Regional District Offices located at 990 Cedar Street, Campbell River, BC commencing at 3:00 p.m.

      
 
A. CONFIRMATION OF QUORUM

 
B. CALL TO ORDER

 
C. ELECTION OF CHAIR

 The Corporate Officer called for nominations for the position of Natural Resources Committee Chair.

Director Baker nominated Director Dahl. Director Dahl declined the nomination with thanks.

Director Jack nominated Director Baker. Director Baker accepted the nomination with thanks.

The Corporate Officer called again for nominations and there were none.

The Corporate Officer declared Director Baker elected by acclamation to the position of Chair.
 
 
D. ELECTION OF VICE CHAIR

 The Corporate Officer called for nominations for the position of Natural Resources Committee Vice Chair.

Director Davis nominated Director Jack. Director Jack accepted the nomination with thanks.

The Corporate Officer called again for nominations and there were none.

The Corporate Officer declared Director Jack elected by acclamation to the position of Vice Chair.
 
 Director Baker in the Chair.
 
 
E. ADOPTION OF PUBLIC AGENDA

    a) NRC 1/24

THAT the agenda for the May 15, 2024 inaugural meeting of the Natural Resources Committee be adopted as presented.
 
 
F. PETITIONS AND DELEGATIONS

 Truck Loggers Association
 
 The Chair welcomed Bob Brash, Executive Director of the Truck Loggers Association who made a presentation regarding the current state of forestry in BC. [Item]
 
 Director Jack left the meeting.

The presentation continued.
 
 The Chair thanked Mr. Brash for his presentation.
 
 The Chief Administrative Officer advised that a notice of motion would be forthcoming to the next meeting as follows:

WHEREAS Forestry works for communities in every corner of the province, from jobs to exports, to providing revenues for hospitals, schools and roads and communities;

AND WHEREAS the future of forestry is at risk, with the closure of half of BC mills in the last two decades, and harvest levels falling to more than 40% below the annual allowable cut;

AND WHEREAS a sustainable forest sector must have access to a reliable annual allowable cut to support the services and infrastructure British Columbians rely provide families with livable wages, and bring stability to the supply chain;

THEREFORE the Natural Resources Committee directs staff to send a letter Minister Ralston, and Minister of State Mercier, and Chief Forester Shane Berg, requesting a meeting to discuss their meaningful commitment to delivering a stable, accessible and reliable annual cut.
 
 Council of Forest Industries (COFI)
 
 The Chair welcomed Michael Armstrong, Vice President, Council of Forest Industries, who made a presentation regarding the importance of the forest sector in British Columbia and the actions that the Council of Forest Industries (COFI) is taking to ensure the viability of the sector. [Item]
 
 The Chair thanked Mr. Armstrong for his presentation.
 
 
G. ADOPTION OF MINUTES

 
H. BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES

 
I. REPORTS

 Committee Meeting Schedule
 
 Staff made a verbal report regarding a committee meeting schedule.
 
1) PETITIONS AND DELEGATIONS (Con't)
 
 Association for Mineral Exploration
 
 The Chair welcomed Keerit Jutla, President and CEO of the Association for Mineral Exploration, who made a presentation regarding the mineral exploration industry in British Columbia. [Item]
 
 The Chair thanked Mr. Julta for his presentation.
 
 
J. CORRESPONDENCE

 
K. NEW BUSINESS

 
L. ADDENDUM ITEMS

 
M. CLOSED SESSION

 
N. TERMINATION

    a) NRC 2/24

THAT the May 15, 2024 meeting of the Natural Resources Committee be terminated.
 
 Time: 4:16 p.m.

Certified Correct:


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Chair


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Corporate Officer