Open fires to be prohibited in Coastal Fire Centre

Via Province of BC:BC Gov News

Effective at noon on Thursday, July 6, 2017, all open fires (including campfires) will be prohibited throughout the Coastal Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the “Fog Zone”.

The Fog Zone is a two-kilometre strip of land along the outer coast of Vancouver Island, stretching from Owen Point (near Port Renfrew) north to the tip of Vancouver Island and around to the boundary of the District of Port Hardy. This strip extends inland two kilometres from the high tide point. A map of the Fog Zone is available online at: http://ow.ly/bCJc30caIul

The Coastal Fire Centre is implementing this prohibition due to increasing temperatures and no precipitation in the weather forecast. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 21, 2017 or until the public is otherwise notified.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands within the Coastal Fire Centre (with the exception of Haida Gwaii and the area known as the “Fog Zone”). It does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has wildfire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

The following activities are prohibited within the specified area:

  • campfires
  • Category 2 open fires
  • Category 3 open fires
  • fires burning woody debris in outdoor stoves
  • the use of tiki torches, fireworks, firecrackers, sky lanterns, burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description
  • the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

This prohibition does not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Coastal Fire Centre covers all of the area west of the height of land on the Coast Mountain Range from the U.S.-Canada border at Manning Park, including Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park in the north, the Sunshine Coast, the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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Blogger Etiquette = Good Neighbours

I started blogging in 2004 when we were transferred to Ahousaht. I began with the old faithful Blogger blog. The blogging world is a world of it’s own, and for the most part extremely friendly. You want your blog to gain exposure and you do that by making friends and connections. I have an amazing group of friends that extend from Florida, Connecticut, Oregon, Seattle, Pennsylvania and even merry old England! A few years ago we even vacationed together in Rhode Island.

Now, my point to this is that the internet and the world of blogging can be a wonderful thing. There is however some etiquette that goes along with it.  I won’t bore you with all 962 points (that’s a wild guess), just one that I feel needs addressing:

Don’t Steal/Post Other Blogger’s Content, Work, Photos or Videos

You might think this would just be common sense not to do, but sadly it is not. Especially with new bloggers. It’s not just rude…it’s plain wrong. And don’t think that people aren’t aware of it, because let me tell you, people notice.

If you are inspired by a fellow blogger’s post, it is acceptable to post it on your blog ONCE you ask and obtain permission and then it is customary to thank them by hyperlinking back to their website. (IE: GoldRiverBuzz is a link. Typing www.goldriverbuzz.com is not a link.) Even if you put your own spin on the post, use a different photo, etc., you are taking their content without permission. Big no-no.

It’s very hurtful and frustrating to the original blogger, and no way to co-exist.

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Canada: The Story of Us. Episode 2: Hunting Treasure (1777 – 1793)

Canada: The Story of Us airs Sundays at 9:00pm on CBC TV and the CBC TV App. (Free to download)
Episode 2 which is airing tonight has a local connection! It tells the story of Chief Maquinna and Nootka Sound.
Chief Maquinna: Master of trade, diplomacy and all-around people person
Accounts of Maquinna frame him as a powerful young leader. As chief of the  Nuu-chah-nulth of Nootka Sound, he grew the wealth of his people, emerging as a shrewd and respected negotiator with European fur traders.
Ways to watch Canada: The Story of Us if you miss it.
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RCMP warn of Canada Revenue Scam as B.C. residents gear up to file taxes

RCMP warn of Canada Revenue Scam as B.C. residents gear up to file taxes

By Paula Baker
Online News Producer Global News

It’s that time of year when everyone is gearing up to prepare their taxes for filing next month.

But along with the proverbial tax filing, comes a chance for fraudsters and scammers to take advantage of the situation.

While frauds and scams are prevalent at anytime in any given community, the RCMP is warning people this month about the Canada Revenue Scam.

The scam involves receiving a phone call impersonating the Canada Revenue Service (CRA) and claiming a recent audit has identified problems from past filed taxes. The caller then says a repayment is required immediately. The caller, police say, will often threaten that failure to pay will result in additional fees and/or jail time or deportation. The payment request is asked to be sent by a money service, pre-paid cards or gift cards.

The second part of the scam involves consumers getting an email saying a refund is pending from the CRA. The email will include a link, which sends the person to a website that mimics the actual CRA. You will then be prompted to put in personal information before getting the refund, which claims to be an email money transfer.

Victims that input their information, including Social Insurance Number (SIN), date of birth, and banking information, can suffer from identity fraud since no refund is ever issued.

Mounties recommend the following to protect yourself:

  • The CRA will only use only registered mail to contact consumers and will never use email or contact you by phone.
  • If in doubt, contact the CRA to confirm you owe back taxes or are entitled to a refund at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/cntct/menu-eng.html
  • Never provide personal information to anyone over the phone. Ask who is calling, document information and do your homework.
  • The CRA would never request payment by money service business or i-tunes gift cards.
  • For more information about fraud scams involving the CRA, visit Protect yourself against fraud.
  • If you’ve shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account.
  • If you’ve mistakenly shared banking information, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.
  • If you receive a phone call or email from someone claiming to represent the CRA, it is a scam. Simply hang up on the call and if it is an email, delete it.
  • If you were tricked into providing personal information, contact your local police agency. Otherwise , report the incident the Canadian Anti Fraud Centre at http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm
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