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Resolution Updates from the BCWI

In regards to our Resolution as follows:

“Be it resolved that the British Columbia Women’s Institute urge the British Columbia Government to enact legislation to ban the sale of single-use non-compostable plastic dog waste bags and instead encourage products and methods that are proven environmentally safe and will degrade into natural substances.”


We received a response letter from the Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and we at BCWI have responded as follows:

"We at the BCWI are very happy to hear of your Ministry’s work on the engagement process of the “Plastics Action Plan Policy Consultation Paper” we look forward to reviewing the results of this paper. We look forward to your public announcements about increasing waste reduction, recycling and single-use plastic initiatives, and look forward to the ban of non-compostable plastic dog waste bags being included in it."


In regards to our Resolution as follows:

“Be it resolved that the British Columbia Women’s Institute petition the Solicitor General of the Government of British Columbia to amend the Cemetery, Interment and Funeral Services Act and all regulations to include a definition of cremation and in that definition include the provision for Alkaline Hydrolysis to be an approved method of cremation within the Province of British Columbia.”


We received a response letter from the Honourable Michael Fenworth, Solicitor General of British Columbia and we at BCWI have responded as follows:

"We at the BCWI are looking forward to reviewing the findings of your research on this issue and look forward to the amendments to include Alkaline Hydrolysis in the Cremation, Internment and Funeral Services Act (CIFSA). We have completed our own research in this matter and are happy to share our findings with you. Reducing our environmental footprint by reducing carbon emissions is paramount. Thank you for initiating discussions with the stakeholders in BC to consider the feasibility of allowing the practice of Alkaline Hydrolysis as a form of cremation in BC. We look forward to the outcomes of your discussions."


Resolutions must be received in the BCWI office no later than March 1 of each year in order for us to have them ready for a vote at our annual general meeting each year in June. If you require assistance in putting forward a resolution, please contact Kcoybcwi@gmail.com.



Submitted by Betty Bartlett, Office Administrator, BCWI

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