Thanksgiving Dinner and Legal Updates

Thanksgiving Dinner and Legal Updates Passmore Hall just off Highway 6 on October 7th from 4:30 -7:30 pm.

Looking North up the Slocan towards the Narrows an Original Sinixt Settlement and fishing grounds.

 Smum Iem (Sinixt law) and Perry Ridge Water Users Association invite you to a Thanksgiving pot luck dinner and legal updates. 

 The potluck will be held at the Passmore Hall just off Highway 6 on October 7th from 4:30 -7:30 pm.  

 The update will include information on the Lemon Creek fuel spill court case and an update on the court case stemming from the arrest of Marilyn James, Sinixt Elder as well as the most recent arrest and charge of Lola Campbell, daughter of Bob Campbell, Sinixt Head Man in Vallican. 

 The Sinixt and the Perry Ridge Water Users Association are beginning a campaign to advocate legal rights equivialent to those enjoyed by humans for the Columbia River, starting with the Slocan River, an integral part of the headwaters of the Columbia down to the sea.   

This status has been granted to the Whanganui River  in New Zealand  which has long been revered by Maoris and has become the first in the world to receive legal rights equivalent to those enjoyed by humans. The high court of the northern state of Uttarakhand established two of India’s sacred rivers, the Ganges and Yamuna as “living entities. The new order makes polluting or damaging the rivers legally comparable to hurting a person.  Recently it is clear that the Slocan River requires this protection. 

Truth and Reconciliation is the work of every citizen. This update is for those in our community who wish to pursue these goals. Truth is about knowing and being informed. Reconciliation begins there. 

 To minimize clean up please bring your own eating utensils. Don’t worry if you don’t have food to bring there will be plenty of eats! Open to all. 

Thank You, Marilyn Burgoon, PRWUA

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Rivers Day 2017

Please join thousands throughout BC to celebrate waterways – we will be celebrating the Slocan and Little Slocan Rivers.
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             Thanks, Marilyn

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Evacuee Statement Lemon Creek Fuel Spill – Class Action – Form PDF

JUSTICE FOR LEMON CREEK        (DOWN LOAD FORM PDF)

 For those of you who missed the Lemon Creek Meeting there is an Evacuee Form for you to sign and return. Info on the form.
It is important to have your story about the spill and even if you weren’t evacuated but were in the area (map) on the form you should state that and also that you left on your own accord and what the costs were. Receipts not necessary to send with this form. An expert report will compile the various stories and effects.
It is important to note that this is only part of the case and there is an Expert Appraiser assessing the devaluation of property and enjoyment of your home.
Renters and Occupiers of property are eligible to fill this out of pocket expense form.
Pls do it right away so that it gets to the lawyer. I suggest filling and scanning or adding as an attachment to an e-mail.
There will be hard copies in Winlaw, Slocan Park and Crescent Valley if you can not do it online.
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September 10th 2017 at 7:00 at Slocan Park Perry Ridge Water Users Association invites you to a town hall meeting.

On September 10th 2017 at 7:00 at Slocan Park Perry Ridge Water Users Association invites you to a town hall meeting.

On May 3, 2017 the BC Supreme Court certified BC’s first environmental class action against the Province of BC. The action brought on behalf of more than 2500 BC residents, concerns the July 2013 spill of 35 000 litres of toxic jet fuel into Lemon Creek and the Slocan River water system. This environmental disaster, which occurred when a tanker truck overturned during a Province-led refueling operation, led to the emergency evacuation of thousands of residents in the Slocan Valley, causing millions of dollars of damage to both private property and the ecosystem.

David Rosenber, QC of Vancouver is troubled by the Province’s abrogation of its duties. “In this time of proposed pipelines and increased transportation of dangerous substances, we should all be concerned when the Province of British Columbia fails in its duty to protect the environment and refuses to take responsibility for its mistakes.”

Class counsel David Aaron will be in attendance to update the residents on the successful certification of the class action. Residents are invited to provide detailed information about the evacuation/dislocation costs that were incurred as a result of the Spill. Refreshments will be served. Join us for an informative evening about this class action and the pursuit of justice for the beautiful Slocan Valley. (See advertisement)

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B.C. woman files private charges over Mount Polley tailings spill

VANCOUVER – An Indigenous women has filed private charges in 2014 collapse of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine, days after British Columbia’s government announced that provincial charges would not be laid.
Bev Sellers has filed court documents alleging that Mount Polley Mining Corp. polluted the environment when a tailings dam burst, sending 24 million cubic metres of mine waste into local waterways.
I am very glad to see that another private prosecution on polluting waterways being taken on. This one taken on by an indigenous woman. I think Lemon Creek was useful in encouraging private citizens to look for justice as Alexandra Morton’s private prosecution gave me hope. As you will remember I was part of a joint presentation about Mt. Polley and Lemon Creek thru Selkirk College and at the time it was expected that charges would be laid but since 2014 no charges have been laid. Thanks to West Coast Environmental Law and your help and encouragement we are able to show that private citizens have rights to prosecute and bring justice for the environment. I am always reminded of Anthropologist Margaret Mead’s quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
The dates for the Lemon Creek case are set to be heard in Nelson: September 25 – 28th, October 30th to November 2, and Nov. 20 – 23rd and Nov. 27th – Nov. 30th.
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Perry Ridge Back Road – Slocan River Road

Water Damages Newly Paved Slocan River Road at the base of Perry Ridge South of Winlaw

The Slocan River back road was temporarily closed for a day due to trees sliding across the road and hung up on power lines. Although the road is now open to one lane traffic the water is being funneled through black plastic pipe into the culvert. One lane has slumped and the cutslope above is also moving and held back with a cable. There are several cracks along the pavement in this vicinity.
The Geological Hazards Mapping of the Slocan Valley, done by Apex Geoscience Consultants Ltd. dated Dec 30, 1998 states:
“Mass movement processes involve the downslope movement of surficial material due to gravity. Material moves downhill by rolling, sliding and slumping.”..In most cases the failures appear to be caused by:
1) High pore water pressure between sediment layers (Primarily clay) or possibly along pre-existingfractures or faults within the clay and,
2) Over-steepened scarp faces in places aggravated by recent undercutting of the scarp by the river or road construction.”
Perry Ridge Water Users Association has requested a copy of the geotechnical assessment of this earth movement from Ben Tanasichuk is the Highways Area Manager for this Area.
Fortunately there are no homes in close proximity on this section of the road. This is not the case on the majority of the back road. Many Perry Ridge residents travel this route regularly and the school buses use this road. The school buses are no longer driving the road until it is repaired. Winlaw, Brent Kennedy and Mt. Sentinel High School students must now meet their school bus where the Little Slocan River Road meets the Slocan River Road. The water damage and increased rainfall demonstrate the impact of increased water on the sensitive soils of Perry Ridge. A main road like this is monitored by the citizens driving to and from their homes and YRB. However, once resource extraction roads are constructed and resources removed, these roads can have similar earth movements that can descend to the valley bottom, where many people live and travel. Old logging roads are a major concern for safety due to lack of up keep and monitoring.
Dr. June Ryder, Geologist, in her letter to the Ministry of Environment, (letter dated September 20, 2000)
states:
“Even the most careful planning of roads and cutblocks cannot guarantee that accidents (slides, debris flows, floods) will not occur. A single such event on Perry Ridge, where steep slopes and steep creeks descent to highly sensitive terrain with dense rural settlement, could have disastrous effects.”
Dr. Lee Benda, a geologist with the University of Washington, wrote a report that said harvesting can increase soil water “on the order of 20 to 35 percent”.
Perry Ridge Water Users Association received a letter dated February 8, 2017 from BC Timber Sales, Kootenay Business Area. Tara DeCourcy, Woodlands Manager stated that BC Timber Sales are not planning to go back to extract resources on Perry Ridge for 5 – 7 more years. BC Timber Sales has stated they do not intend to collect precipitation data and plan to continue using the Equivalent Clearcut Area (ECA) methodology to assess risk.
Allen Isaacson Hydrologist, the co-author of the ECA method states:
“The ECA methodology was not designed for this type of terrain..Without the basic data, how is a statistical analysis of risk possible? What is a 100 year event in this area? What is the annual precipitation or runoff.”…The basic information needed for any type of risk analysis is lacking. In summary, the whole process (planning) should be done
with proper data collection and analysis…or it should be admitted that Perry Ridge is a unique area and not suitable for development”.
(Allen Isaacson, Hydrologist, “Comments on Perry Ridge,” Sept. 18, 2000)
Our Association insists that in the next 5-7 years BC Timber Sales collects the data – how much water is there to begin with? What is the precipitation? What is the snowfall? What is the melt rate? These all have to be answered, and then an analysis of how much change from the natural will occur with a road or a cut block. If this data is not going to be included and an analysis of how much change from the natural will occur with a road or a cut block then BC Timber Sales should admit that the remainder of Perry Ridge is
not suitable for logging and road building and set the area aside to protect the citizens that live below.

Marilyn Burgoon, President

PERRY RIDGE WATER USERS ASSOCIATION
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Lemon Creek Court Case

Please mark your calendar for April 11th, Nelson Court House 9:00 as Lemon Creek is setting Court dates and there has been interest to have it moved to Vancouver and the more of the public in attendance the more the judge will realize the community interest in Justice for Lemon Creek. Usually the court begins at 9:30 but I did miss it once as they put it up to 9:00 so I am saying 9:00.
On another community rights issue Marilyn James, Sinixt Nation also has a date that day so you are invited to support both of these important cases and support the work of women who have worked for years to protect where we live. Hope to see you there. Again the 11th of April next Tuesday.

Pls send to your list.

Thanks Marilyn

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Schedule for Lemon Creek Court Dates…Please show your support by attending on the dates posted.

Please mark your calendar for April 11th, Nelson Court House 9:00 as Lemon Creek is setting Court dates and there has been interest to have it moved to Vancouver and the more of the public in attendance the more the judge will realize the community interest in Justice for Lemon Creek. Usually the court begins at 9:30 but I did miss it once as they put it up to 9:00 so I am saying 9:00.
On another community rights issue Marilyn James, Sinixt Nation also has a date that day so you are invited to support both of these important cases and support the work of women who have worked for years to protect where we live. Hope to see you there. Again the 11th of April next Tuesday. Pls forward to your lists.

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An Urgent Message from the “Ancient Ones ” to the Native American People about Planet Earth

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Why We Should Celebrate Wetlands on World Water Day – Think globally Act locally.

Perry Ridge Water Users Association supports protection of wetlands. Although there is recognition of the importance of wetlands and support for reclaiming them there is very little protection. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Protect the head water wetlands on Perry Ridge.

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
Water is the essential building block of life. But it is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
Water is a fundamental human right. Canada joined the international consensus and recognized the right to water at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable development in 2012. We must live up to that commitment where we live.
Conservancy of Canada stated in 2015:
“Some say water is the lifeblood of this planet, and it’s true! The areas where land and water meet (wetlands, coasts, shorelines and stream banks, to name a few) are places that brim with biodiversity and rare species. The healthy state of these ecosystems is crucial for nature’s provision of services such as purification of air and proper nutrient cycling.
Healthy wetlands and watersheds play key roles in the quality of our water resources. They act like giant sponges that help absorb and replenish water to buffer flood and drought risks. They are also vital nesting, breeding and staging grounds for waterfowl and many other species and continue to be among the most diverse ecosystems of all!
But in spite of their important roles, our world’s wetlands are facing serious woes.
Troubling statistics estimates that 64 percent of world’s wetlands have disappeared since the 1900s (Ramsar Fact Sheet, 2015). Canada, home to a quarter of the world’s wetlands, is not immune to these trends. “
We are coming to better understand and appreciate that nature is a key part of the infrastructure for our cities and communities. Just as we need pipes and pumps as a part of our water system, we also need healthy wetlands, rivers and watersheds to ensure a future of clean and abundant fresh water.
 Perry Ridge Water Users Association continues to lobby the government to protect the watersheds locally and recognizes how fortunate we are to still have high elevation wetlands that provide us with good water. www.perryridge.org

 


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