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Take Part in Provincial Consultations on the Columbia River Treaty
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Residents will have another chance to talk to the Province about the future of the Columbia River Treaty in November.

The Columbia River Treaty (CRT) Local Governments' Committee encourages Basin residents to attend consultation workshops in Jaffray, Creston, Nelson, Trail, Nakusp, Revelstoke, Golden and Valemount.

These workshops are the next step in the Province's commitment to consult with the residents of the Columbia Basin to ensure their concerns are heard in the Provincial Review of the 1964 CRT between Canada and the U.S. Residents will learn about the initial results of the studies being done for the Provincial Review and can provide the Province with feedback on the impact of CRT scenarios in the future and how those scenarios could affect local interests.

"The Province has completed a number of important studies, including a report summarizing the available information about socio-economic benefits and impacts of the CRT and analyses of the potential impacts of CRT scenarios on Basin interests. It is essential that Basin residents understand this information and express their views," says Deb Kozak, CRT Local Governments' Committee Chair and Councillor, City of Nelson.

Community/Date/Location
JAFFRAY: Wednesday, November 14 at the Jaffray Hall

CRESTON : Thursday, November 15 at the Creston & District Community Complex

REVELSTOKE: Tuesday, November 20 at the Revelstoke Community Centre

GOLDEN: Wednesday, November 21 at the Golden Civic Centre

VALEMOUNT: Thursday, November 22 at the Valemount Visitor Centre

NELSON: Tuesday, November 27 at the Nelson & District Rod and Gun Club

TRAIL: Wednesday, November 28 at the Best Western Plus Columbia River Hotel

NAKUSP: Thursday, November 29 at the Nakusp & District Sports Complex


Background information on the CRT will be available during the open house from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Presentations and discussions are scheduled from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

These consultation workshops are free and registration is not required for the community events. To find out more about the community events visit the BC Government's Event Calendar.

You can also join the workshop in Trail online on November 28. Register here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/rivertreaty.

The CRT Local Governments' Committee includes representatives of regional districts from across the Canadian Columbia Basin. With the support of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the Committee is working to help Basin residents and local governments engage in decisions about the future of the Columbia River Treaty.

The Province's studies about the range of benefits and impacts of the CRT on Basin communities, the Columbia River Basin region and the province as a whole and how environmental values are being considered in the Review will be available on the CRT Review website at www.gov.bc.ca/columbiarivertreaty before the community consultations begin.

To help build understanding and to support residents to engage in the provincial consultation, CBT is hosting three online information sessions on November 7, 19 and 26. Register at www.cbt.org/crt/infosession.

Learn more and stay informed:

* Subscribe to the Provincial CRT Review e-letter at www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/enews-subscribe.html

* Join the discussion on Twitter #crtreaty and Facebook

* Take a tutorial on your own schedule at www.cbt.org/crt/tutorial

* Watch this short video on the history of the CRT www.cbt.org/crthistoryvideo

* Read this brochure that provides an overview of the CRT www.cbt.org/crtbrochure.

Learn more about the CRT under Frequently Asked Questions on CBT's website at www.cbt.org/crt/FAQ.html.

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