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BC Government - Bill 4 - 2014: Park Amendment Act

BC Government - Bill 4 - 2014: Park Amendment Act

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It’s clear Bill 4 has a more disturbing potential – it makes it easier to do studies that could lead to the construction of pipelines, power lines and roads in B.C.’s sacred parks.
It’s clear Bill 4 has a more disturbing potential – it makes it easier to do studies that could lead to the construction of pipelines, power lines and roads in B.C.’s sacred parks.

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Home > Documents and Proceedings > 2nd Session, 40th Parliament > Bills > Bill 4 — 2014: Park Amendment Act, 2014
2014 Legislative Session: 2nd Session, 40th ParliamentFIRST READING
The following electronic version is for informational purposes only. The printed version remains the official version.
HONOURABLE MARY POLAKMINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT
BILL 4 — 2014PARK AMENDMENT ACT, 2014
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of theProvince of British Columbia, enacts as follows:
1 Section 9 (5) of the Park Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 344, is amended by striking out " 
ina park of any class having an area of 2 023 ha or less or
".2 The following section is added:
Film production
9.2
 
Nothing in section 8 (2) or 9 (2) or (7) prevents the issuance of a park use permitfor an activity related to film production, including commercial film production, if,in the minister's opinion, the activity is not detrimental to the recreational valuesof the park involved.
3 The following section is added:
Research
9.3
 
(1) In this section:
"environmental assessment"
 means an assessment under the
Environmental  Assessment Act 
 or an environmental assessment under the
CanadianEnvironmental Assessment Act, 2012
;
"feasibility study"
 means a study of the feasibility, including, withoutlimitation, the feasibility of the location, design, construction, use,
 
maintenance, improvement or deactivation, of one or more of thefollowing:(a) a road or highway;(b) a pipeline;(c) a transmission line;(d) a telecommunications project;(e) a prescribed project or a project in a prescribed class of projects;(f) a structure, improvement or work related to a project described inany of paragraphs (a) to (e);
"protected area"
 means a park or a conservancy;
"purpose"
 means,(a) in relation to a park,(i) the preservation of the park's natural environment for theinspiration, use and enjoyment of the public, and(ii) if a category is specified for the park under section 12 (1),the purpose associated with the category, and(b) in relation to a conservancy, the purposes specified insection 5 (3.1) (a), (b) and (c).(2) Nothing in section 8 (2) or (4) or 9 (2), (4), (7), (9) or (10) (d) prevents theissuance of a park use permit for an activity related to research in a protectedarea if, in the opinion of the minister,(a) to do so is consistent with the purpose of the protected area,(b) the research relates to the improvement of public health or safety,(c) the research relates to an environmental assessment or a feasibilitystudy, or(d) the research will inform a decision of the Lieutenant Governor inCouncil or the Legislature in relation to the boundaries of the protectedarea.
4 Section 29 (3) is amended by adding the following paragraph:
(h.1) prescribing projects or classes of projects for the purposes of thedefinition of "feasibility study" in section 9.3 (1);
.
Commencement
5
 This Act comes into force on the date of Royal Assent.

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