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PGE Historical Exhibition

The Pacific Great Eastern Railway is British Columbia's own railway, and is responsible for establishing many British Columbia industries and the communities that grew around them. It is a unique story about how a railway 'from nowhere to nowhere' (North Vancouver to Whytecliff and Squamish to Quesnel) was created in 1912 to 1915, and actually survived and ultimately prospered. This story has never been told in any sort of permanent exhibition. The project proposed here will develop and install such a permanent exhibition in the Mac Norris Station (which was designed by the PGE in 1915 and then built at our West Coast Railway Heritage Park in Squamish). With the centennial of Squamish next year, the timing is ideal to permanently capture this history for all. The project consists of story research and writing, professional design and production, and installation of storyboard and video exhibition. The exhibition will serve the entire Squamish community and will also be seen by the more than 60,000 visitors and school groups who visit the Heritage Park each year from Metro Vancouver.

West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation

Environmental Strategy Retreat

We are collaborating with other organizations and First Nations involved in the Tar Sands Campaign (TSC) to implement a training, networking and information sharing retreat to bring together individuals working on tar sands issues. The TSC is a complex campaign that includes native and non-native activists from across BC, related campaigns in Europe, the US, and Canada, on diverse topics of pipelines, markets, and tar sands production. Ensuring our wide range of campaigners have the capacity to collaborate effectively been a challenge. In 2012 we overcame this through a retreat for over 80 activists that focused on skill building, learning, and network strengthening. It was an incredible success and led to significant cross border organizing, cross sector collaboration and better practices in communications. In 2013, we would like to hold the Retreat again with a focus on new priorities as identified from 2012 evaluations, such as more in depth strategic planning and training on how to connect and engage BC residents and communities. We will offer a minimum of 30 scholarships.

Managing Cumulative Impacts on BC's Ecosystems and Communities: Legal Solutions

Many rural regions are simultaneously dealing with proposals for mining, forestry, hydroelectric, oil and gas development, and related roads, power-lines and other infrastructure, while urban areas face increasing populations and demands for land use, yet BC currently lacks a legal framework to proactively and comprehensively manage the cumulative impacts of these issues to protect the environment and human well-being. In this project we will focus on two ‘hot button’ issues where political, economic and public attention is bringing the question of cumulative impacts management to a head, in order to create momentum behind needed reforms: 1) liquified natural gas development, particularly as it impacts multiple values in the Northwest; 2) sea level rise in the Lower Mainland. We will rely on West Coast’s multi-year research of best practices in cumulative impacts management from around the world, including our analysis of more than 25 regional governance models as a foundation, and work with a range of allies to support the development of collaborative solutions in these 2 regions.

West Coast LEAF Association

Mothering with Disabilities

This project will investigate legal and policy reform solutions to the challenges that disabled mothers encounter. We will collect qualitative data using feminist narrative inquiry (focus groups and semi-structured interviews with mothers with disabilities, and women with disabilities seeking to be mothers) and through interviews with key informants (service providers and advocates). We will also conduct legal research. Research questions include: 1. What are the legal issues facing mothers with disabilities? 2. What are the legal rights of mothers with disabilities and how do existing laws and policies impact these women’s rights as parents? 3. How should these laws and policies be reformed to ensure greater respect for the rights of mothers with disabilities? We anticipate addressing the following topics: reproductive rights; child protection; adoption law; family law; immigration law; social services; violence against mothers with disabilities; and employer responsibilities. Findings will be presented in a report to policy-makers, and will include law reform recommendations.

Western Canada Theatre Company Society

Replacing the Pavilion Theatre HVAC System

We plan to replace the heating and cooling system in the Pavilion Theatre. The building was originally renovated in 1982. The system was a series of reconditioned units at that time and has not been replaced since. The Pavilion Theatre building houses our offices, our production shops, the box office and the 150 seat black box theatre. We lease the building from the City of Kamloops for $1 per year but are then responsible for all required upgrades and maintenance. The assessment from our mechanical engineer calls for $125,000 replacement of the system. Over the next few months, we will tender the project. We have $50,000 in hand from the City in the form of a repayable grant. We have applied to the BC Arts Council for funding and are eligible for support from the City and the Thompson Nicola Regional District, so are in the process of applying for Federal Gas Tax Credits. We collect capital improvement fees on all of our tickets but have mounted a low key capital campaign as well. The replacement of the HVAC system must happen to ensure WCT's and the Arts community's sustainability.

Western Canada Wilderness Committee

The Time is Now - Legislation for BC’s Endangered Species

The goal of this project is to engage in extensive outreach and mobilization to further increase awareness about species at risk in British Columbia, and to advocate for strong endangered species legislation. Using and building on our outstanding educational resources from the past year – including video footage of species at risk, stunning photos, striking child and youth-produced artwork, compelling presentations, and our educational report – the Wilderness Committee proposes to extend our outreach and mobilization to a broader audience. Specifically, we will focus on three areas: children, youth, and young adults (through their educational institutions); a broader geographic focus; and increased outreach to the general public. With the upcoming BC election, this is a politically strategic time to put endangered species on the agenda. If the election results in a government committed to endangered species legislation, which is likely, this 18-month period will be instrumental in achieving strong, effective stand-alone legislation to protect endangered species.

Wildsight Living Lakes Canada

Living Lakes Canada - I Love My Lake

With an intensification of shoreline development proposals in the Columbia Basin, government agencies and community organizations have been working on Kootenay region lakes since 2006. With management guidelines now in place, Living Lakes Canada, in partnership with the East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership and Kootenay Lake Partnership, have developed an outreach strategy to engage these lake communities in a broader water stewardship dialogue, and move toward implementing the science into decision-making processes (Official Community Plans, Lake Management Plans or zoning bylaws). I Love My Lake aims to engage and create a sense of pride around healthy shorelines for shoreline property owners and other lake users. “I Love My Lake” includes a series of outreach tools and workshops designed to educate lake stewardship groups, local governments, realtors, and other community leaders about best practices in shoreline management, the aquatic habitat value of their lake, and encourage public participation in planning initiatives to better protect ecological values.

Yayoi Theatre Movement Society


Medea is a 90-minute contemporary Noh performance based on Medea, a Greek tragedy by Euripides (431 BC) and Aoi No Uye (Princess Hollyhock) a Noh play by Zenchiku Ujinobu (1414-1499). The company will produce an interpretation of these tragedies using the lead female character, Medea, as the point of artistic departure. The company has invited Paras Terezakis to choreograph, with artistic direction by Yayoi Hirano. Terezakis' distinct style of choreography will compliment the formal and traditionally stylized movements conceived by Hirano through movement and her carved masks. The collaboration will challenge both directors to imagine, experiment and build towards a new form that incorporates the traditions of Noh theatre, mask and puppetry with contemporary dance. Medea will also include a Noh chant chorus of 8 participants and 15 pieces performed by pianist Sara Davis Buechner. She will explore compositions from the 1400-1500s similar to the Shakespearean era. A life-sized puppet will be created by Japanese puppet maker, Sayo Umeda.

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Local Communications Campaign to Protect the Peace River Valley & Stop SiteC Dam

The PVEA seeks to implement a local communications plan as part of its campaign to protect the Peace River Valley and stop the Site C dam. PVEA intends to undertake a number of actions including: creating and delivering messaging relevant to local audiences through social media, posters, pamphlets and through presentations in collaboration with local group leaders; distributing media releases and columns to local news media on a regular basis about the dam, the various issues and opportunities to influence decision-making; creating a customer relationship management database and mailer; carrying out voice-interactive response calls to every household in Peace River north and south; carrying out a telephone town hall amongst all homes in the Peace Region; undertaking a direct mailer to 5,000 homes in the Peace Region; and conducting polling two-thirds of the way through the campaign period to measure success and determine the best strategy for the final few months of campaigning.

Peace-Making: Advancing Conservation Outcomes in BC's Peace River Break

Since 2008 Y2Y has led an effort to raise awareness about, and support conservation of the Peace River Break (PRB). This culminated in a successful conference in March 2012, at which more than 50 individuals validated work to date and contributed to future plans. Y2Y will build upon this work to advance a shared conservation vision for the PRB. We will finalize a conservation agenda that will preserve sufficient intact lands to maintain connectivity for wildlife and ecosystem services for human communities. Through a new and significant partnership with the University of Northern BC, we will establish a repository of accessible regional spatial information, and initiate an assessment of wildlife mortality hotspots, especially along Highway 97 through Pine Pass. We will push the BC government to complete the proposed Peace-Boudreau Park. We will involve local First Nations in these efforts. We will communicate about the importance of the region and strengthen the connections among its communities. We will build the long-term capacity of local organizations to carry on this work.