B.C. Shale Scenario Tool: Model and technical report

Description: The Pembina Institute, with modelling support from Navius Research, developed this scenario-planning tool to better understand the environmental impacts of proposed LNG terminals along BC’s coast. In particular, the tool allows users to explore the potential implications of different levels of LNG and shale gas development, different source basins for the gas, and different technologies and practices designed to limit environmental impacts. Updates and adding functionality of the tool to happen over time. See the website for more information and a video instructional manual for an overview of how to use the tool.

Key Words: Industry, LNG, monitoring, tool

Lead Organization Pembina Institute
Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Central Coast
Status On-going
Website www.pembina.org/pub/BCShaleTool
Primary Contact www.pembina.org/contact-us
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Cumulative Effects British Columbia SeaSketch Project

Description: Cumulative effects models and the data used to develop these models (i.e. habitats, and stressors) have been embedded into a GeoDesign application called SeaSketch. Using a standard web browser, users may sketch prospective management zones, increase or decrease stressor inputs, calculate the average cumulative effect score, and compare this to the original model. In doing so, users are simulating how prospective management actions might change the cumulative effects of human activities within a defined area.

Key Words: GeoDesign, management, model, tool

Lead Organizations World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada and the University of California Santa Barbara
Regional Focus BC coastline out to 200 nautical miles, Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Central Coast
Status On-going
Website cebc.seasketch.org
Primary Contact Will McClintock,  will@ucsb.edu,  805-893-8782
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

Description: The UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) brings together diverse perspectives from across northern BC to research the cumulative impacts of natural resource development. Through ongoing research and community engagement, CIRC seeks to inclusively integrate environmental, community, and health perspectives into a broad and holistic understanding of resource development across northern BC that considers the near and long-term impacts on communities and their regional environments.

Key Words: Northern BC, cumulative impacts, resource development, environment, health, community, integrative

Lead Organization  The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern-Rockies, Peace River, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status  On-going
Website  www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts
Primary Contact  www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts/contact
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Health and Medical Services Plan Best Management Guide for Industrial Camps

Description: This Northern Health guide is intended to help industry better understand the expectations of on-site services, and describe the types of health care needs that industry can anticipate at industrial camps. Additionally, it provides information on the level of detail that should be included in an effective Health and Medical Services Plan.

Key Words: Government, health, industry, work camps

Additional Resources: northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/2015-03-HMSP.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/PublicHealth/OfficeofHealthandResourceDevelopment.aspx
Primary Contact Office of Health and Resource Development

Resource.development@northernhealth.ca,  250 645 6367

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

LNG in Northern BC

Description: Northwest Institute and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust have teamed up to provide information that will help northerners understand the influx of proposed gas expansion in northern BC and what the industry means for northern communities. The website is maintained to provide impartial information and updates about proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in the northern part of the province and act as a portal to learn more about LNG in northern BC.

Key Words: LNG, northern BC, development, updates, Northwest Institute, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust

Lead Organization Northwest Institute, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat-Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Stikine
Status  On-going
Website lnginnorthernbc.ca
Primary Contact  lnginnorthernbc.ca/index.php/about-us/contact-us
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research

Description: The Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research was founded in 1996 by a number of north-west First Nations and environmental leaders along with scientists. The institute seeks to undertake research and the publication of educational information about conservation and environmentally sound, sustainable uses of natural resources, promote cooperation within and among communities in the region, and to initiate model projects in the fields of education and conservation. Brochures, reports and project details can be found on their website.

Key Words: Education, non-profit, research

Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status On-going
Website northwestinstitute.ca
Primary Contact northwestinstitute.ca/index.php/contact
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Northwest Invasive Plant Council

Description: The Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides support and coordination for those involved in the various aspects of invasive plant management, including awareness, inventory, treatments, and assessment. The NWIPC has a management plan that is updated yearly to prioritize actions to effectively manage invasive plants. Their website provides links to resources, publications, plans, and other information.

Key Words: Invasive plants, management, non-profit,

Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status On-going
Website nwipc.org
Primary Contact nwipc.org/contact
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC) Ignite the North Project

Description: Ignite the North is an initiative initially funded by the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC), aimed at fostering and encouraging entrepreneurial innovation in the north, for the north. The project hosted 10 events, taking place in Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers (including Telkwa), McBride, Valemount, Mackenzie, and Prince George. Ignite the North hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators, initiating conversations on entrepreneurship, out of the box thinking, collaboration, and education. See the website for more details about the program.

Key Words: Business, education, entrepreneurship, innovation, tool

Lead Organization Ignite the North
Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Peace River, Northern Rockies
Status Complete
Website www.ignitethenorth.com
Primary Contact www.ignitethenorth.com/contact
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Position on the Environment as a Context for Health: An Integrated Settings Approach

Description: This paper outlines the position of Northern Health regarding the environment as a context for health. Health is tied to social, economic and personal development and these can be determined by the setting where we live, work, learn and play. This paper highlights that these settings are embedded in the physical environment. The full report can be viewed through the link below.

Key Words: Health, research

Addtional Resources: northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/About/PositionPapers/documents/EnvironmentContext%20Health_V2_20120725_WEB.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact northernhealth.ca/ContactUs.aspx
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment for Northern British Columbia: The Case and the Opportunity

Description: This report proposes the use of Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment as a tool to address issues with current environmental assessment, including widespread lack of faith in the provincial and federal governments to adequately manage cumulative effects, reactive processes, and the feeling of alienation from meaningful input on behalf of residents. This approach reverses the project-by-project approach to environmental assessment by providing residents the opportunity to imagine the future they want for their land and communities based on shared values, and then measuring individual projects against this vision.

Key Words: Environmental Assessment (EA), government, industry, management, research, tool

Lead Organizations West Coast Environmental Law, Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status Complete
Website wcel.org/resources/publication/regional-strategic-environmental-assessment-northern-british-columbia-case-and
Primary Contact wcel.org/about-us/contact-us
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Standard Working Group Comments and Recommendations for Provincial Environmental Assessments in Northern British Columbia

Description: This document summarizes the working group comments made by Northern Health for projects in the region, and allowing their interests and recommendations to be incorporated in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process. Information is intended for the identification, evaluation, and management of adverse effects under the “health” pillar of EA, but includes other factors since health is strongly influenced by the other pillars.

Key Words: Environmental Assessment (EA), health, management, Northern Health, valued components

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/2015-04-29-NH-EAStandardComments.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/PublicHealth/OfficeofHealthandResourceDevelopment.aspx
Primary Contact Resource.development@northernhealth.ca

250 645 6367

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

State of the North Report – 2018

Description: The State of the North Development Trust released a ‘State of the North’ economic report in January 2018. The report focuses on northern British Columbia and provides data and statistics on key economic indicators such as GDP, unemployment rate and infrastructure investment. It has been designed as a tool to serve communities, businesses and not-for-profits.

Key Words:  Northern BC, economy, data, statistics

Additional Resourceshttps://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NDIT-SoTN-Report-Final.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Development Initiative Trust
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Cariboo, Central Coast, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northerndevelopment.bc.ca
Primary Contact northerndevelopment.bc.ca/about/contact-us
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Summary Report on Community Toolkits Addressing Socio-Economic and Health Impacts from Natural Resource Development Relevant to Northern BC

DescriptionIn 2015, Northern Health conducted a review of community toolkits, guides and summary articles on the socio-economic and health impacts, best management practices and mitigations for natural resource development projects relevant to Northern British Columbia. The following summary report was created to assess and summarize existing community tools available to address these impacts with the purpose to highlight information that can be tailored to the Northern BC context.

Key Words:  Socio-economic impacts, health impacts, community impacts, natural resource development, Northern BC

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/SummaryofCommunityToolkits.pdf

Lead Organization  Northern Health
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat-Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Stikine
Status  Complete
Website  northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact northernhealth.ca/ContactUs.aspx
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Technical Protocol for the Freshwater Health Assessment

Description: This technical protocol is the assessment tool used for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Watershed Report’s determination of freshwater health. This assessment framework tool draws upon international examples of best practices in the field.

Key Words: Assessment, monitoring, tool, water

Additional Resources: awsassets.wwf.ca/downloads/wwf_freshwater_health_assessment_framework_30112015_1.pdf

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status Complete
Website www.wwf.ca
Primary Contact General Inquiries

ca-panda@wwfcanada.org

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Technical Protocol for the Freshwater Threats Assessment

Description: This technical protocol is the assessment tool used for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Watershed Report’s determination of freshwater threats. This tool uses a broad scale analysis and classification of threats and stresses to freshwater ecosystems.

Key Words: Assessment, health, non-profit, tool, water

Additional Resources: awsassets.wwf.ca/downloads/wwf_fta_methodology_25062015_1.pdf

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status Complete
Website www.wwf.ca
Primary Contact General Inquiries, ca-panda@wwfcanada.org
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Understanding Resource and Community Development in Northern British Columbia

Description: This Northern Health report provides a background to understand the historical overview of resource and community development in Northern BC. Based on recent observations, the paper outlines where we are now in terms of resource and community development, the different cycles of resource industries, the current profile of changing population and transient workforces, and begins to make connections for health care services planning. Understanding the context for changing demographics and fluctuations in population in Northern BC related to resource development will assist Northern Health in providing better health care.

Key Words: Community development, government, health, history, industry, resource development

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/About/PositionPapers/documents/IndustrialCamps_P2_ResouceCommDevel_WEB.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact resource.development@northernhealth.ca,   250 645 6367
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

WWF Watershed Reports

Description: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created a framework to assess the health of freshwater ecosystems across Canada. They are working to address key questions by completing the first Canada-wide assessment of the country’s watersheds, focussing on four indicators of river health and seven key threats. The WWF has completed Watershed Reports for half of Canada and aims to complete all of them by 2017.

Key Words: Framework, health, management, monitoring, non-profit, watershed, water

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status On-going
Website watershedreports.wwf.ca
Primary Contact James Casey and Mike Ambach

jcasey@wwfcanada.org

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email