WLNG/FORTISBC Questionnaire- Sept. 30

A reminder, we’re asking Squamish Nation members to complete the Woodfibre LNG and FortisBC Questionnaire by September 30th.

This questionnaire is specific to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw members and was developed by the Rights & Title Department along with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw Environmental Working Groups for the Woodfibre LNG project and the FortisBC pipeline project.

These projects were approved by Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Both companies (WLNG and FortisBC) have proposed changes to the project design that require Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw approval (and approval from provincial or federal governments).

CLICK HERE to start the questionnaire.

Questionnaire deadline: September 30, 2020

COVID-19 Community Update – September 23

Current numbers
Today, we received confirmation of one new case of COVID-19 in our community. Last night, we also received confirmation of one new positive case for September 22; this case is not connected to the first cluster of cases. Public health is leading the contact tracing work with close contacts and following up accordingly.

This brings our total cases to 43 (39 lab confirmed, 4 epi-linked). No new data on recovery has been received since last week. 35 of the 43 cases have been confirmed as cleared, leaving up to 8 active cases in the community.

Chet kw’enmantúmiyap (we thank you all) for continuing with your commitment to help us flatten the curve in our communities.

Reminder re: Masks & Gloves Available
A reminder that we have both fabric and disposable masks available, as well as disposable gloves. If you or any members of your household need masks or gloves, please call 604-982-7610 to request these items.

Please note that these items are not restricted to households who are self-isolating. Masks and gloves will be distributed upon request to all members who need them.

Public Health Measures
As always, let’s keep up the great work by continuing to:
• Keep your bubble small
• Maintain 2m/6ft distance between you and anyone outside your bubble
• Wear a mask anywhere that social distancing may be a challenge
• Wash your hands frequently
• Don’t touch your face

Reminder re: Isolation Supports through Member Services
If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our Member Services team is providing a wide range of assistance to meet the needs of those in isolation.

Call 604-982-7610 during business hours, or 604-505-3776 after hours.

BC River Forecast Centre- High Streamflow Advisory – Vancouver, Howe Sound, and Sea-to-Sky

There is a High Streamflow Advisory, which means that river levels are rising or expected to rise rapidly, but that no major flooding is expected. Minor flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

Please be extra cautious around rivers and streams at this time.

High Streamflow Advisory- Vancouver Island and South Coast

ISSUED: 10:00AM September 23, 2020

The River Forecast Centre is issuing a High Streamflow Advisory for:
• West Vancouver Island
• North Vancouver Island
• Sunshine Coast
• Howe Sound and Sea-to-Sky including the Lillooet River
• North Shore Mountains
• Metro-Vancouver
• Fraser Valley tributaries including the Chilliwack River

A series of storms is expected to impact the British Columbia coast over the next several days. The first system begins today and will continue into Thursday, with following systems passing again later Friday and into the weekend.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the region, with forecasted rainfall totals for the first storm in the 25-40mm range for Vancouver Island, with amounts exceeding 100mm over West Vancouver Island, and 30-50mm for the South Coast with higher amounts in the mountains.

These storms will mark a significant shift in streamflow runoff conditions which have been dominated by drier summer patterns for the past several weeks. Rivers are expected to rise rapidly in response to rainfall on Wednesday, with peak flows from the first storm expected late-Wednesday or Thursday, with larger rivers expected to reach peak levels later on Thursday or into Friday. Current hydrologic modelling is indicating the potential for streamflow in the 2-year to 5-year flows in some areas which can lead to localized issues and minor flooding.

Additional storm cycles into the weekend will bring additional periods of high streamflow; advisories will be updated to reflect anticipated conditions as we approach the weekend.

The River Forecast Centre continues to monitor the conditions and will provide updates as conditions warrant.

CLICK HERE to see the current conditions and advisories.

COVID-19 Community Update – September 21

Current numbers
We are pleased to confirm that there were no new cases reported over the weekend or today. Our total case number remains at 41 (37 lab confirmed, 4 epi-linked).

No new data on recovery has been received since last week. As of our last update, 35 of the 41 cases had been cleared, leaving 6 active cases in the community.

Chet kw’enmantúmiyap (we thank you all) for continuing with your commitment to help us flatten the curve in our communities.

Provincial update
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s daily briefing today covered three days since the latest update on Friday, reporting 366 new cases of COVID-19 in BC, as well as and four more deaths.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 8,207 British Columbians have contracted the virus, and 227 have passed away.

In light of this ongoing spike in new cases, Dr. Henry continues to urge British Columbians to stick to a social bubble of six people for any gatherings. She also reiterated that indoor gatherings are always riskier that outdoor gatherings.

Even though the numbers in our communities are going down, the virus is still all around us, and we need to remain vigilant.

Reminder re: COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey
Today is the final day to complete the COVID-19 Needs Assessment Survey for the purpose of identifying current COVID-19-related needs in our community.

Please take a few short minutes to complete the short survey if you haven’t already done so. It should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HN2CWF6

Reminder re: Masks & Gloves Available
A reminder that we have both fabric and disposable masks available, as well as disposable gloves. If you or any members of your household need masks or gloves, please call 604-982-7610 to request these items.

Please note that these items are not restricted to households who are self-isolating. Masks and gloves will be distributed upon request to all members who need them.

Public Health Measures
As always, let’s keep up the great work by continuing to:
• Keep your bubble small
• Maintain 2m/6ft distance between you and anyone outside your bubble
• Wear a mask anywhere that social distancing may be a challenge
• Wash your hands frequently
• Don’t touch your face

Reminder re: Isolation Supports through Member Services
If you are self-isolating due to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our Member Services team is providing a wide range of assistance to meet the needs of those in isolation.

Call 604-982-7610 during business hours, or 604-505-3776 after hours.

KPMG Forensic Audit Update

TO: SQUAMISH NATION MEMBERSHIP
FROM: SQUAMISH NATION COUNCIL
SUBJECT: KPMG AUDIT UPDATE
DATE: SEPTEMBER 18, 2020

Click here to download a letter to membership (note: download is restricted to logged-in members only) on behalf of Squamish Nation Council (“Council”), further to the Director of Finance’s letter of October 18, 2019, to update membership on the outcome and next steps followings the forensic audit undertaken by KPMG LLP (“KPMG”) between October 2019 and June 2020 (the “Audit”).

This confidential update is also being delivered to all member households, on and off-reserve.

Please direct any questions regarding the update to communications@squamish.net.

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