Court finds Community Forest permits were properly issued
The BC Supreme Court has ruled that the Sechelt Community Projects, the district-owned company that manages the Sunshine Coast Community Forest, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations carried out proper consultations before a cutting permit was issued for the block in the East Wilson Creek area. …Justice Iyer said the case hinged not on whether SCPI and FLNRO ought to have consulted the broader community but whether there was a legal obligation to do so. She found there is no legal obligation beyond the one to “consult with Aboriginal groups that may have an Aboriginal right or interest in the land under consideration,” and that those consultations took place. Iyer noted that SCPI is required to “inform the public about its intended activities,” but that requirement should not be interpreted as a duty to consult.