GVCC Environment Committee Meeting
8 May, 2003
Corrected at 12 June 2003 meeting.
Attending: Jason Adams, Alan Dolan, Odette Kalman, John Newcomb.
1. Opening – Meeting called to order at 7:30am.
2. Subcommittee Reports:
a) Recycling – Jason reported on meeting of CRD Solid Waste Advisory Committee, as
composting rep for the region. Discussion of bluebox composting bylaw is last step
of public review. Organic farmers feel that they might be negativel y impacted by it.
There may be an amendment to permit a certain amount of compost without
expensive cement pads. Alan met with some organic farmers and they aren’t happy.
Glass issue will be discussed. “Biodiesel” (used fryer oils) discussed, with Odette
noting Swiss efforts to collect cooking oil for such purposes.
b) Energy – John reported briefl y on Nanaimo energy workshop and the issue of ‘single
contingency’ for electri cal energy reliabilit y as the motive for BC Hydro moving
forward on its natural gas generator plans. There will be hearings in mid -June and
John will be monitoring those . Alan noted that sustainabilit y business case (BC
Hydro has suscribed to Triple Bottom Line) would be looking at all bottom lines.
Odette reiterated the utilit y of ‘bio -ethenol’ and she will continue to monitor
c) CRD Roundtable on the Environment – Alan noted that pesticides would be discussed
by the Roundtable next week, with concerns raised by some organic farmers. Jane
Stock of Landscapers group is participating on this issue Jason brought up the issue
around “Biocycle” pesticide (clopyralid?) and its being banned in Washington State.
3. Business Arising
Alan noted the Haliburton Farm land (demonstration organic farm and education
centre) in Cordova Bay area is being addressed currentl y with activities in mid -May
around this issue.
4. New Business and Announcements
a) Future speakers/presentations for Environment Committee suggested, including
Thrify Foods organic initiatives and IFOAM conference speakers. John will
follow-up. Odette introduced Jim Hume article, “It’s the water not the oil” and
Swiss water issues. EU wants to liberalize water regulation.
5. Next meeting: 12 noon, 12 June, GVCC Lower Meeting Room.