A Good Boater is a Green Boater

10 tips for saving fuel, money and the Georgia Strait January 18, 2015 Vancouver, B.C. – For a boater, there is nothing better than being on the water for a day of fun and relaxation. With over 350,000 boats in the Strait of Georgia, boaters have a responsibility to help ensure the health of the Strait by minimizing impacts to…

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Proposed Changes to Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations

(Note: the plans to weaken boater sewage regulations have since been cancelled)

The Honourable Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport Tower C – 330 Sparks St. Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N5 Via e-mail: mintc@tc.gc.ca Dear Minister Raitt: Re: Proposed Changes to Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is a non-profit citizens’ organization that works to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of the Strait of Georgia,…

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Loss of newborn orca devastating to southern resident population

Georgia Strait Alliance responds to news of likely orca death October 2014 VANCOUVER – With the news this week that 7 week old newborn southern resident orca L120 has not been seen with its mother in many days and is presumed dead, the reality of the stresses on orca populations and the increasing challenges to their survival have been further…

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Cross-Border Rally to Unite North Americans Demanding Climate Action

VANCOUVER/SEATTLE – This Saturday, environmentalists, First Nations representatives and community members from British Columbia and Washington will come together at the Peace Arch border crossing on unceded Coast Salish territory, to take part in a groundbreaking international rally to demand climate action from leaders on both sides of the Canada/US border. What: As world leaders gather for the UN Climate…

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Public participation required for oil spill simulation

August 25, 2014 To study potential oil spill dispersion from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, and from spills along the marine shipping route, researchers at the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Strait Alliance are teaming up with the City of Vancouver to conduct an oil spill simulation on the Fraser River and in Burrard Inlet. The oil spill simulation…

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Female Sailing Team Raising Money to Protect Georgia Strait

VANCOUVER- Vancouver’s first all-female sailing team is making waves in local sailing circles and now the team’s captain is combining her love of Georgia Strait with the need to protect it. Kate Storey and her crew (Maritime Diva) are organizing a regatta for this Saturday, August 23rd, to raise money for the Georgia Strait Alliance. Storey spends her weekdays analyzing…

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Local ocean film festival celebrates 5th year

May 21, 2014 VANCOUVER – Returning for its fifth season, the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films (VFOF) will open its doors to the SFU Goldcorp Theatre on June 3, 4 and 5. Proudly sponsored in part by Georgia Strait Alliance(GSA), the VFOF attracts local and international filmmakers and presenters to this multimedia event and film competition. This year’s films focus on adventure, surf…

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Environmental groups continue strong opposition over planned warship sinking

May 15, 2014 Gambier Island, BC – Local and regional groups are once again raising concerns about the cost and environmental impacts of the planned sinking of the decommissioned HMCS Annapolis warship to create an artificial reef. Specifically, they want an independent source to verify the quality of toxic cleanup before there is any further discussion of sinking the Annapolis.…

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New tanker safety measures: no reassurance for coastal communities

Georgia Strait Alliance responds to federal announcement on new tanker safety measures May 13, 2014 VANCOUVER – Today the federal government announced new measures on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response, including making BC’s south coast a priority area for the development of a tailored response plan. Commenting on the announcement, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Executive Director, Christianne Wilhelmson, said: “Although we welcome…

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Shelter Island Marina jumps two full anchor ratings under Georgia Strait Alliance Clean Marine BC Program

Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is proud to announce that Richmond’s Shelter Island Marina has succeeded in achieving a prestigious 4-Anchor rating under its Clean Marine BC program – a full two anchor accreditation jump since their initial certification. Shelter Island Marina will receive their Clean Marine BC flag at 11:30 am on Saturday May 24th at a special ceremony during the…

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