No time to waste: get building Victoria’s sewage treatment system now

New tests show vast contamination October 3, 2013 VICTORIA, BC – New tests confirm what local divers suspected: The CRD`s raw sewage discharge is contaminating a vast marine area off Victoria.  In a video "CRD sewage outfall pollution in Victoria BC" released August 11, commercial divers suspected sediments found over 5 kilometers from Victoria’s outfalls were raw sewage from the…

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GSA reacts to revelations that an oil spill could overwhelm BC’s capacity to respond

August 26, 2013 VANCOUVER – Commenting on documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws revealing that BC Ministry of Environment officials have warned that the province lacks the ability to manage oil spills from existing and future oil traffic, Alexandra Woodsworth, Energy and Shipping Campaigner at Georgia Strait Alliance, said: “This is the latest in a long line of warnings…

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Georgia Strait Alliance Welcomes Snuneymuxw Chief Doug White to Advisory Council

NANAIMO BC – The Board of Directors of Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is honoured to announce the addition of Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief Douglas White III (Kwulasultun) to its Advisory Council. “As we strive to protect and restore the Strait of Georgia, GSA seeks to engage with the First Nations whose territory is affected by those efforts,” says Board President…

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Canadian and US environmental groups unite against Salish Sea fossil fuel exports

New joint campaign launches with cross-border town hall meeting 

August 21, 2013 VICTORIA – A coalition of environmental groups will hold simultaneous town hall meetings today on either side of a tar sands and coal shipping route that follows the Canada/US border. The events – near Victoria, BC and on San Juan Island, WA – mark the launch of a new joint campaign by the Wilderness Committee and Georgia…

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BC government won’t issue new or expanded licences in Discovery Islands

CAAR congratulates BC government for ceasing issuance of new open net-cage aquaculture tenures. Now it’s time for the federal government to step up. March 22, 2013 VANCOUVER – Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) member groups are pleased at the announcement today that the province will not issue any new or expanded tenures for net-cage salmon farms in the Discovery…

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Conservation Organizations Question Closed Containment Salmon Farming Report

March 7, 2013 OTTAWA – Wild salmon advocates from Canada’s east and west coasts are in Ottawa today, and welcome the tabling of the long-awaited Fisheries and Oceans Standing Committee Report on Closed Containment technology.  The report has the potential to help foster change in Canada’s salmon aquaculture industry and offer much-needed protection for Canada’s wild salmon, coastal fisheries and…

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TransMountain Pipeline Proposal leaves Taxpayers Liable for 90% of Spill Response Cost

Kinder Morgan proposal increases risk of major oil spill without adequate insurance, report warns January 24, 2013 VANCOUVER:  A report released today by four environmental groups warns that Kinder Morgan’s new Trans Mountain Pipeline proposal represents an exponential increase in the risk of a major marine-based oil spill affecting the Salish Sea’s most populous region, including the Cities of Vancouver…

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CAAR calls for full implementation of Cohen recommendations

October 31, 2012 Vancouver, B.C.— The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) applauds Commissioner Cohen’s finding that the potential harm from diseases from farmed fish is “serious or irreversible.” Cohen released his extensive report and recommendations to the public today in Vancouver. “We also agree with Commissioner Cohen’s finding that DFO has a conflicted mandate in being responsible to protect…

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Cohen Inquiry recommendations lay groundwork for salmon recovery

Report condemns gov't policy inaction, highlights risks from salmon farms

October 31, 2012 VANCOUVER BC – The recommendations of the Cohen Inquiry into the Decline of Fraser River Sockeye released today make clear that though there was no ‘smoking gun’, there are multiple threats that need to be addressed to ensure the long-term health of the Fraser River sockeye. In 75 broad ranging and specific recommendations, Commissioner Cohen gave the…

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