Judicial Review of Church House Fish Farm Site

January 24, 2005 – BACKGROUNDER The Judicial Review of the process that, in the fall of 2002, led to the approval of the Church House fish farm site commences today in B.C. Supreme Court. The site, which is located directly in front of the traditional village and reserve of the Homalco First Nation, known as Church House, is at the…

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Homalco First nation Win Historic Court Case

March 3, 2005 – MEDIA RELEASE VANCOUVER, B.C. – Justice Powers, a BC Supreme Court Judge, has ruled that the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) erred in failing to properly consult with the Xwemalhkwu (Homalco) First Nation regarding the approval of a species amendment to allow Marine Harvest, the fish-farming arm of Dutch trans-national Nutreco, to introduce…

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Coalition Challenges Feds to Stop Spread of Disease in BC’s Fish

DFO Failing to Protect Wild Stocks from Disease at Fish Farms Media Release: June 9, 2005 VANCOUVER – Sierra Legal Defence Fund has filed a formal complaint today with the Auditor General of Canada against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Representing the Georgia Strait Alliance, United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union (UFAWU-CAW) and David Suzuki Foundation, Sierra Legal claims…

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Early Numbers Show Another Pink Salmon Collapse in the Making

Safe Migration Route Through Salmon Farms Essential Media Release: September 28, 2005 Vancouver – Environmental groups, independent scientists, First Nations, tourism operators and commercial fishermen today called for the provincial government to empty fish farms in order to provide a safe migration route for the wild salmon of the Broughton Archipelago after preliminary numbers of pink salmon returns show another…

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Aquaculture Company, First Nations And Environmental Coalition Reach Unprecedented “First Step” Agreement

Media Release: January 12, 2006 Alert Bay, Campbell River, Sointula, Vancouver Marine Harvest Canada and the nine member groups of the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) today announced the completion of a “Framework for Dialogue” that will foster collaborative efforts toward solving the conflicts surrounding open net-cage salmon farming. In recent years there has been heated debate around the…

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Conservation groups demand withdrawal of Bill C-45

Proposed legislation is flawed, short of expectations February 13, 2007 VANCOUVER – Conservation groups across Canada are calling on the Conservative government to withdraw a proposed new Fisheries Act for Canada, Bill C-45, from further discussion in Parliament. The groups say that the proposed Bill is flawed and fails to adequately mandate protection for Canada’s marine and freshwater environments or…

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Canadian ENGO Position on Bill C-45: A Proposal to Amend Canada’s Fisheries Act

Canadian Environmental Organizations Call for the Withdrawal of Bill C-45Media Backgrounder – February 13, 2007Background:Canada’s Fisheries Act was written in 1868 as the first piece of legislation after the BNA Act, giving Canada its sovereignty. The Act has many weaknesses and is in dire need of updating. Despite its shortcomings, however, it has been one of the few pieces of…

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Sewage prosecutions gaining momentum

Judge approves another charge against Greater Vancouver and the Province of BC March 22, 2007 RICHMOND, BC – A Provincial Court Judge today approved the charge laid against the GVRD and Province of BC for alleged pollution offences at the Iona sewage treatment plant. The charge was laid by environmental investigator Douglas Chapman, who is represented by Sierra Legal and…

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Federal agency rejects funding for controversial seismic testing

Vancouver, BC – BC environmental groups are applauding the decision of Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to withdraw funding for a harmful seismic blasting project proposed for the North Coast waters, which is home to a rich diversity of marine life, including humpback whales, orcas, and many stocks of migrating salmon. “We are pleased that NSERC decided…

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Federal agency rejects funding for controversial seismic testing

Vancouver, BC – BC environmental groups are applauding the decision of Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to withdraw funding for a harmful seismic blasting project proposed for the North Coast waters, which is home to a rich diversity of marine life, including humpback whales, orcas, and many stocks of migrating salmon. “We are pleased that NSERC decided…

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