Newsletter

Strait Talk is published twice a year by the Georgia Strait Alliance and provides updates on our activities and other items of importance to the marine environment in and around Georgia Strait. It is distributed free in digital or printed form. Hard copies are sent to our members and you can become a member by making a donation of any amount.


Current issue


16-11-gsanewsletter-final-web-coverFall/Winter 2016

Paddling through healing waters, reflections on the joys of getting out and around the Strait – BC’s message to the federal government: Kinder Morgan will not be built, plus Local leaders unite against Kinder Morgan, Why Kinder Morgan fails BC’s five conditions and an update on oil spill response – Back in Motion: our work begins again on the National Marine Conservation Area in the southern Georgia Strait –  Dialogue turns into action as the derelict vessel Viki Lynn II is successfully removed from Ladysmith harbour – Highlights from Water’s Edge Day


16.06-GSANewsletter-coverSummer 2016

Bridging Boundaries – You Can Stop Kinder Morgan, find out how you can have your say this summer – Leaving a Legacy: important information on how to – Hope on Derelict Vessels and welcome to new CMBC members – Will the Province get it right on spill response in BC? – What is the Waterfront Initiative and program update.


F15.11-Newsletter-final-web-thumball 2015

A Win for Coastal Communities – The Power of Hope – Unexpected turns on the Kindermorgan Rollercoaster – Water’s Edge Day, and an update for Waterfront Initiative – Birthday parties photos – Meet our Board – Back from the brink, a success story of the recovery of purple martins in Ladysmith, Thousands of litres of oils, solvents and paint on board, the treat of derelict vessels – Meet our new staff and much more


Cover, GSA Summer news-webSummer 2015

Vancouver spill is the wake-up call we need – A waterfront for all, GSA holds its first Citizen’s Forum and more – Ride the groundswell with CMBC – Preparing and responding to oil spills at the local level – Hitting the streets to Save the Salish Sea – Squamish fire, more proof of unpreparedness – Our 25th Anniversary; our website upgrade, a look at our achievements, who makes them possible and how you can get involved! – Meet our new Board of Directors – and much more!


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How Vancouverites connected with the water on Water’s Edge Day – Join the conversation to envision a positive future for Vancouver’s waterfront – We’re glad it’s not oil, yet! See some locations where drift cards washed up around the Salish Sea – Our cross-border campaign takes flight, join the movement at www.SalishSeaAction.org – Communities can lead where governments fail to do so – Gabriola Islanders Help the Kelp, how citizen scientists are mapping the local kelp beds – Are there local impacts from Fukushima? – Meet our new Board of Directors – and much more!


Summer 2014

Kinder-Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline proposal is now before the National Energy Board – How far could spilled oil travel along B.C.’s coast? Our drift-card study offers an unsettling answer – The Waterfront Initiative begins building its vision for Vancouver’s shoreline by hosting its first Network Forum – Margaret Sizmann Estate benefits GSA – Meet our 2014 summer students, Natalie Drope and Ryan Butler and new Director, Rachel Forbes – CMBC applauds Shelter Island and Maple Bay Marinas for their recent four-Anchor environmental rating.


Spring 2014

False Creek Harbour Authority earns top eco-rating – Kinder Morgan campaign, our spill map shows what’s at stake – LNG: coming soon to Georgia Strait? – Ensuring your voice is heard in challenging times for charitable organizations – Vancouver Waterfront Initiative, where our community’s connection with the ocean begins


Fall 2013

Save the Salish Sea campaign heats up – Find out about the next step in our waterfront vision – Learn how GSA is setting the stage for change – Take the Green Boater pledge – Some good news for Orca protection from acoustic noise – and much more!


Summer 2013

The launch of  “Save the Salish Sea” – an initiative to oppose the Kinder Morgan expansion – Our assessment of the BC election results – Details on the re-launch of our “Stewards of the Strait” program – The latest on our exciting and unique “Waterfront Initiative” to build healthy waterfronts – A beautiful profile of a long-time supporter who left a bequest to GSA – Some amazing pictures of our work and our region, and much, much more!


Spring 2013

Kinder Morgan ups its bid – and the risk – It’s not just oil we’re shipping out – Kits base closure – Holding the torch high – together – Valuing and protecting our waterfront: an exciting new initiative – Telling the story of Species at Risk – Protecting whales beyond borders – and much more…


Fall 2012

New member of Clean Marine BC – Take Action on Tankers and Thinking Beyond Tankers – Staying hopeful in the face of attacks on environmental regulations – National Marine Conservation Area: with your help we can pull it off! – AGM highlights – Would you like to buy an island? – and more…


Summer 2012

Growing opposition to the increase in tankers on our coast – new Communities Atlas launched – island beaches cleaned up thanks to partnership with CCCU employees – closed containment pilot project proves successful – fish farm diseases threaten wild salmon – end-run around the public: fish farms to expand – new skipper at the helm of our Clean Marine BC program – vessel sewage law now in force – ‘Celebrate the Strait’ Raffle and more…


Spring 2012

Another win for the whales! – tar sands and tankers: key issue for the south coast – Protection Principles Project: we want to hear from you – protecting wild salmon: Cohen Inquirey hearings reveal shocking cover-up – ending the sea lice debate – time to clear Wild Salmon Narrows – acid attack: why we must act now – keeping our beaches clean – GSA is partnering with Coastal Community Credit Union employees – Clean Marine BC update – and more…


Fall 2011

Milestones for marine life protection – send an ‘ocean of love’ – making marine conservation matter – AGM combines business and fun – Clean Marine BC update – a citizen’s primer on tankers in Georgia Strait – closed containment salmon aquaculture taking off – looming infectious salmon anemia (ISA) crisis – making sense of the Cohen Inquiry – and more…


Summer 2011 

DFO ordered to pay – Celebrate the Sea Raffle – planned giving through insurance – fish farm proposed for Biosphere Reserve – “organic” salmon – new additions to Clean Marine BC – mapping update – sockeye inquiry problems – ship to be sunk in marine park – sewage news and more…


Spring 2011

Legal fight for orca – National Marine Conservation Area for Strait – Community Map taking shape – 20 Year Celebrations photo wrap-up – 10 Years of Green Boating – Spring Cleaning for Wild Salmon Narrows – Milestone for closed containment – Donating RRSPs and RRIFs and more…


Fall 2010

Risk of major oil spill here – now – Cohen Inquiry – Helping during down times – Clean Marine wave grows – Fraser sockeye abundance vs. recovery – Victory in Victoria – Salish Sea connectedness – Remembering Jim Bohlen – Raffle winners and more…


Summer 2010

Metro Vancouver sewage decision – Strait Profits – New Eco-Rated marinas – Celebrating 20 years – Daring Paddle for GSA – Mapping what’s special – Ship sinking stopped – Cathy Booler profile and more…


Spring 2010

BC’s First “Four Anchor” Marina – Turning Twenty – New Endowment Fund – Sewage Successes – On the Road for Wild Salmon – Green Spring Maintenance for Boats – Ruby Berry Profile and more…


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