PERRY RIDGE WATER USERS ASSOCIATION
4403 Slocan River Road
Winlaw, BC V0G 2J0
Dear Members and Friends of Perry Ridge:
It has been a busy year for the Association. The Registrar for Non-Profits has given the Association an extension for our Annual General Meeting until March 31st, 2019. We will be holding our AGM in February, a much better time to meet. For the last few years our AGM has fallen late in December and we are pleased that we can now meet in the new year.
The Association also fulfilled its obligation under the New Societies Act and met the deadline of November 2018 for the transition.
The Association continues to hold events with the aim of education around water issues. We have received funding for these events, which included World Water Day and Rivers Day as well as a Seasonal Faire for local non-profit groups. The Regional District of Central Kootenay Discretionary Grants and the Columbia Basin Trust Sponsorship grants have supported these events. If you were unable to attend these events, please visit our website www.perryridge.org and you can view the u-tube uploads of the visual presentations from these events.
The Association has launched a new petition requesting that the remaining intact forests on Perry Ridge be protected as a Conservancy. The Ministry of Forests has stated they do not intend to go back on to the ridge for another few years, giving us time to collect signatures. The Petition is enclosed, and we would request that in 2019 you help gather signatures. We will submit them in batches to our MLA. You can return them to the
Association or scan them and e-mail them to email@example.com as you complete each page. We are also happy to meet with you and pick them up. This way we can keep track of the originals. If you have any questions, please call 250-226-7324. Unfortunately, to be an official petition it is necessary to have originals. You can print copies off the website if you need more pages at www.perryridge.org. Each page must contain the text and the signatures must be from BC residents. Thank you.
Both the Lemon Creek Criminal and Civil cases continue to be before the courts.
In the criminal case the Appeal ruling just came down last week and the Judge ordered a new trial against Executive Flight. Executive Flight used the Jordan Rule, which states the defendant must go to trial within 18 months. The appeal court saw this case as “exceptional” and that they did not calculate the 18 months correctly. The 41 page judgement is on the website and is a good result. (SEE JUDGEMENT) pdf
Marilyn Burgoon had Intervenor status in this criminal case (as she initiated the private prosecution case, later taken over by the public prosecutor). She was represented by Lilina Lysenko, with help from West Coast Environmental Law Dispute Resolution Fund.
The judge noted: “The appellant, supported by the intervenor, also raises policy concerns. It argues that by including the Stay Period in the delay calculus risks undermining the important role of the private prosecutor, a role described as “a valuable constitutional safeguard against inertia or partiality on part of authority.”
There has been no new court date set and still a possibility that Executive Flight could appeal to a higher court.” it is important to continue to look for justice in this criminal Fisheries and Environmental Assessment Act case and we are celebrating this decision.
In the civil matter on Lemon Creek, claims are for damages for diminution of property value and for loss of use and enjoyment of these properties arising out of the July 26, 2013 jet fuel spill. The government has appealed, stating that the citizens evacuated are not a class, even though the court ruled in the first successful environmental class action suit in BC that the citizens evacuated are a class. There is no decision on this Appeal but the lawyers felt the 2 day court appeal went well and a decision is expected in the new year. There is a sample letter on our website for you to copy and send, if you have not already done so, asking that the government settle this matter. It is important to show there is great public interest in settling the case.
The Association always needs funding. We are a non-profit society without charitable status, which limits our outreach for funding and makes any donations you can send greatly appreciated. Most of the funds go to copying, advertising, mailings and event expenses.
The Association has a committed board of Directors, who volunteer their time to continue to lobby government to remove the ridge from the “working forest” and give it protection as a Conservancy. We feel positive that Perry Ridge is an excellent candidate for a Conservancy, as the text of the Petition outlines.
The Association directors wish you a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends.
PERRY RIDGE WATER USERS ASSOCIATION