NEWS BRIEFS – NDP hosts forums on E&N Future

Camp fires banned mid-Island and south until further notice

NDP hosts forums on E&N Future

Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo – North Cowichan, will host public forums in Ladysmith and Nanaimo to consider future options for the E&N Railroad line.

Residents of the Ladysmith and Cowichan Valley will be able to attend a session July 8 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Ladysmith Eagles Hall, 921 First Ave. There will also be a session July 7 from 7 – 9 p.m., with Leonard Krog, MLA for Nanaimo present, at the Bowen Park Recreation Centre in Nanaimo.

“The future of transportation on Vancouver Island needs to be sustainable and involve strong community consultation to make it a success,” said Routley in a media release.

“These community forums are meant to inform people about the potential of the E&N Railway – how we got to where we are now, what the financial circumstances are, and how we move forward with the railway as a base for island transportation.”

Camp fires banned mid-Island and south

The Ministry of Forests has announced a campfire ban, which took effect noon, Saturday. From now until the ban is lifted, campfires are only permitted on northern Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii, and the mid-coast portion of the Mainland.

“The Coastal Fire Centre is implementing this partial campfire ban due to dry forest fuel conditions and rising temperatures,” says a Wildfire Management Branch release out of Parksville. “It is intended to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.”

On Vancouver Island the prohibition covers BC Parks, crown lands and private lands south of Robson Bight, the Nimpkish Valley and Nordstrom Creek. It will remain in effect until further notice.