Lawsuit forces Canada to protect endangered killer whales

Stunning policy reversal could mark turning point for 85 remaining whales February 25 2009 VANCOUVER, BC – After British Columbians celebrated the unexpected arrival of two newborn killer whales last week, there is another new cause for hope for BC’s imperilled killer whale populations. This week, the federal government issued an Order that will provide legal protection for the endangered…

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Groups Condemn Province’s Failure to Act on Aquaculture Solutions

Absence of closed containment funding missed opportunity in Budget 2009 February 17, 2009 Victoria, BC – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) today slammed the BC government for once again failing to invest in the development of a new, green technology industry that would address the numerous devastating impacts of open net-cage salmon farming in coastal waters while creating jobs…

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BC Supreme Court Delivers Ruling in Fish Farming Case

ONE FOR THE WILD SALMON! February 9, 2009 Vancouver, B.C. – Today BC Supreme Court ruled that the BC government does not have the right to regulate salmon farms – the BC regulation of fish farms has become unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid.  The fish inside the farm are now considered a fishery, not agriculture and thus the federal government has exclusive…

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Sierra Club and Georgia Strait Alliance Join Orca Lawsuit

Feds Lose Round 1 of Battle to Protect Orca Habitat January 26, 2009 Victoria, BC – The Federal Court has ruled that Sierra Club of Canada and Georgia Strait Alliance may join a recently filed lawsuit against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, after DFO tried to block the two groups’ participation. The lawsuit, filed by lawyers with Ecojustice, alleges that the…

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Tiny Minnow Takes on Federal Government – Round 2

Dept of Fisheries and Oceans facing second suit over critical habitat protection January 21, 2009 Vancouver, BC – From the small streams of southern BC, an endangered minnow continues to expose the federal government’s reluctance to protect endangered species. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is now facing a second lawsuit after ignoring its duty to protect critical habitat…

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Salmon Farm Companies Seek Massive Expansion of Current Open Net-Cage Production Sites

If the industry can’t go north, they’ll go big November 19, 2008 Vancouver, B.C. – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) has learned that fish farm companies are seeking approval to roughly double current licensed production on several farms in critical wild salmon migration routes such as the Broughton Archipelago and the northern Georgia Strait. This follows a provincially imposed…

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Harper Breaks First Election Promise

Feds end sewage prosecution despite claim to be ‘tough on environmental crime’ November 18, 2008 VANCOUVER – Just one month after re-election, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has already broken an election promise, as his government today shut down a sewage prosecution in the same city where he vowed to crack down on environmental crime. The prosecution had alleged that the…

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Strathcona Regional District Passes Resolution in Support of Funding Salmon Aquaculture Closed Containment

August 12, 2008 NANAIMO, BC – Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) congratulates the Strathcona Regional District for joining the call to the Province of BC to fund the development of closed containment aquaculture. At their July 31 meeting, the Strathcona Regional District passed a resolution asking "that the provincial government allocate funds toward the establishment of a closed system aquaculture innovation…

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Municipal Leaders Applauded for Demonstrating Environmental Leadership

October 1, 2008 Vancouver, BC – A coalition of 14 leading British Columbia environmental organizations are applauding the passage of several important environmental protection resolutions at last week’s Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention in Penticton.  Key among these resolutions was a call for a moratorium on coal bed methane development in BC’s Sacred Headwaters, and a ban on Liquefied…

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