|A quick snapshot of the discussion after the screening "Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest"|
BHA Region 2 Pint Night
Last night, over 40 people packed into the Burnaby Rugby Club and braved the summer heat to watch "Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest". Rob Chipman of NSF&G and Jenny Ly of the Chasing Food club organized the screening in partnership with the Jesse Zeman of the BCWF, Mark Robichaud and Jeff Chan of the BC-BHA, Dylan Eyers of EatWild, Nick from Reliable Gun. They and others worked really hard and contibuted door prizes to make sure the event would be a huge success.
After the event, we also managed to sign up 16 more people to the list of conservationists who are willing to contact and then meet with their MLAs to advocate for habitat, fish and wildlife. Over the next week, Jenny and I will be putting together and draft info-pack and guide for contacting MLAs and sending it out to the people who have signed up.
Meeting with Judy Darcy, MLA New Westminster
I heard yesterday that I would be scheduled for a meeting with my MLA, Judy Darcy, in mid to late August. I sent an agenda, but it seemed like it might be too much to cover in the 30 minute meeting I was alotted. I'll trim it down and send out an updated agenda for the meeting.
Dialogue with Registered Profession Biologist from the Ministry of FLNRORD
I also heard back again from the biologist in the ministry who had previously contacted me in response to a letter I had sent. I intend to keep this dialogue open and productive to try to ensure we have the tools and information to advocate for their incredibly valuable work. We need to show that we are on their side to ensure that they are setting policy so that science based management continues to be the only politically acceptable way to manage habitat, wildlife, and fish in BC. It is critical that we are all committed to professionals without political agendas being given the tools and resources required to protect and restore the habitat and population numbers of fish and wildlife that we are advocating for.