Salish Sea at highest risk of an oil spill in Canada

Georgia Strait Alliance responds to the Tanker Safety Expert Panel report December 3, 2013 VANCOUVER – Commenting on the publication today by Transport Canada of the Tanker Safety Expert Panel’s report on Canada’s ship-source oil spill preparedness and response regime, Alexandra Woodsworth, Energy and Shipping Campaigner at Georgia Strait Alliance said: “Today’s report reveals that the Salish Sea is already…

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Southeast False Creek: a true community honoured with int’l award

Award money donated to Georgia Strait Alliance November 29, 2013 VANCOUVER, BC: PWL Partnership is humbled and honoured to have had one of their projects selected as a recipient of the 2013 ULI Urban Open Space Award. The Urban Land Institute selected PWL’s Parks and Waterfront at Southeast False Creek as co-winner of the prestigious award, which they are proud…

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New Oil Spill Study Highlights Risk of Rising Tanker Traffic in the Salish Sea

October 24, 2013 Vancouver – Today, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Georgia Strait Alliance launched a new initiative to study the potential spread of an oil spill in the waters around Vancouver, the Gulf and San Juan Islands, and along the Kinder Morgan oil tanker route through the Salish Sea. The environmental groups were joined by high school students from the…

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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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