HERITAGE BC UPDATE
HOMEOWNER PROTECTION ACT (HPA)
Persistence Pays OffAfter four years of advocacy, the provincial Homeowner Protection Act (HPA) has been amended to exempt officially recognized heritage property.
The 1998 HPA was brought in following the leaky condo scandal. The purpose of the Act is to provide protection to buyers of new homes. Under the Act each new home in B.C. is covered by warranty insurance again defects.
Heritage got caught up with the HPA when it turned out that an old building converted into new residences was also covered by the Act. Read more about the results of this advocacy for heritage exemption.
» HPA : Persistence Pays Off
HERITAGE WEEK : FEBRUARY 21-27 2011
A Century of Conservation
Parks and Protected Areas
The 2011 Heritage Week theme has been selected to honour the centennial of B.C. Parks. British Columbia is known around the world as a place of great natural beauty and unspoiled wilderness. It makes sense that we would have one of the greatest park systems in the world.
Today parks are a responsibility of all levels of governments. And our parks are not just places of natural beauty and wilderness. Some have great cultural significance, or are noted for their historic landmarks and structures. Many city parks are a conscious blend of nature and planned landscape.
Whatever its size, makeup or purpose, every park is a testament to the culture of conservation which unites the values of heritage and environmental protection.
PHOTO: FINTRY PROVINCIAL PARK (DENISE COOK)
» Heritage Week 2011
BC PARKS 100
Strathcona Expedition Re-enacted
On Friday, July 29th, 1910, an expedition, led by British Columbia’s Chief Commissioner of Lands, the Honourable Price Ellison, reached the summit of Crown Mountain in central Vancouver Island. Their objective was to explore the surrounding region for the purposes of establishing a park. On the advice of Ellison, legislation was enacted in March 1911, to create British Columbia’s first Provincial Park, Strathcona.
This summer the Strathcona Centennial Expedition is following in the footsteps of the original party and re-enacting Ellison’s journey to kick off celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the creation of Strathcona and all of B.C.’s Provincial Parks.
The Centennial Expedition will follow the route of the original 1910 party as closely as possible. Beginning in Campbell River they will hike to McIvor Lake where they will take canoes up the Campbell Lake chain to the old Elk River Timber Co. trestle bridge on Upper Campbell Lake. An overland party will travel through rugged, mountainous country to Crown Mountain for an ascent on July 29, 2010, one hundred years exactly from Ellison’s own climb. The expedition continues by canoe and on foot, arriving the first week of August in Port Alberni for a community event at the Alberni Valley museum. They then travel by road and railway back to Victoria.
» Events: BC Parks 100
PHOTO: 1910 EXPEDITION COURTESY OF THE MUSEUM AT CAMPBELL RIVER
UVIC CULTURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Changes to Online Survey Courses
The Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria is taking a new approach to its two introductory online survey courses. Starting this fall, Victoria Angel, Manager of the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office (FHBRO) of Parks Canada, and Deborah Tuyttens, Museum Supervisor at Burnaby Village Museum, will oversee these online offerings and interact with participants.
You can take these courses on a non-credit basis to strengthen your foundations for cultural heritage practice, or as a starting point for a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management.
Read more about CRMP and other educational opportunities:
» Heritage Education Programs