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General News · 25th October 2010
Noba Anderson
The following is a copy of an email that went out yesterday to all people on a contact list generated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. Here it is for the general public.

Hello,

You are receiving this email package as your name is on a list received either from Fiona Cubitt of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands (MAL) or Noba Anderson, Strathcona Regional District Director. Apologies if you have received this email twice.

As you likely already know, the Ministry is hosting a community dialogue on the shellfish tenure application by the Klahoose Shellfish Limited Partnership in Gorge Harbour. This meeting will be held this Monday, October 25 at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Gorge Hall. It will be preceded by a potluck dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Please find the agenda for the evening attached.

I have been hired to provide independent facilitation for the dialogue. I want to be clear with all of you about what the session is and what it is not. The dialogue will not be a debate or an argument about the merits or liabilities of the application. The evening is not intended to resolve any outstanding conflicts or mediate any disputes. It is quite impossible to accomplish anything like that in a room full of strong opinions and feelings in two hours.

The dialogue is about sharing the most up-to-date information on the application with as many people as possible. The pre-meeting potluck is intended to give people a chance to seek answers and express concerns to the province in a more relaxed atmosphere than a formal meeting. Everyone is encouraged to come early, if possible.

The evening meeting is designed to allocate a majority of the two hours to questions from the community to the "experts" in attendance - questions that clarify information and help everyone better understand the present situation.

One of the goals of myself and my colleague is to record unanswered questions, and peoples' concerns for MAL.

Finally, I hope there is sufficient time for the assembled group to brainstorm some ideas for how to improve communication as we move forward.

My objective is to have everyone leave the dialogue with a common understanding on the current status of the application. My goal is to have this evening be seen, and felt to be a positive step forward....nothing more. If most participants leave feeling that way, it can clear the way for the next positive steps to be taken. Please keep your expectations for "solving this" reasonably low, and your behaviours high and we will make the most progress.

Looking forward to Monday,

Kel Kelly