Down at the Dock: Vancouver International Boat Show a success

(L to R) Ruby Berry, Christianne Wilhelmson, Robert Dick, David Macdonald and Mike Richards at our booth.Photo by Michelle Young What a fantastic time we had at the Vancouver International Boat Show, put on by our supporters at the BC Marine Trades Association! Attendance was strong with thousands of people enjoying the event every day, and … Continue reading

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Good things come in small packages

Back in the day when I was a school-kid, slogan t-shirts were all the rage – many of them went over my 9 year-old head (and remembering them now, I can’t believe how inappropriate some of those sayings were) but the kernel of truth from my best friend’s  “Good things come in small packages” shirt … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: from boat shows to cruising magazines

2013 is upon us, and you know what that means! Soon we will be mingling with boating enthusiasts at the Vancouver International Boat Show. We hope you will stop by our booth February 7th to 11thwhere we will be featuring our award winning Clean Marine BC green boating and marina eco-certification program. You can even pick … Continue reading

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Pipelines and Public Relations

“Information Session”. Now isn’t that a friendly, non threatening term. And indeed that’s exactly what the Kinder Morgan Information sessions on their proposed new pipeline to bring Alberta Tar Sands crude to the coast to load onto tankers were for the most part.  These are almost over, with just one left in this region on … Continue reading

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There’s more than tankers out there!

Anyone who spends time traveling around or gazing out on Georgia Strait will see ships here there and everywhere in the region. The anchored ships in English Bay, Vancouver are a world renowned spectacle for tourists, travelers  and business visitors alike. Personally I love to see them and greatly appreciate how they bring many of the … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: Clean Marine BC sees real, positive results!

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to the Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce on Perspectives on the Marine Economy. My talk focused on our Clean Marine BC green boating and marina eco-certification program, and how a clean marine environment is critical to a healthy coastal economy here in BC. Alongside teachers and politicians, the room … Continue reading

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Meet Megapus

If you haven’t had the pleasure of encountering the new addition to the Georgia Strait Communities Atlas team yet, I officially introduce you to Megapus (that crazy looking critter to the right).  This multi-talented octopus, cleverly constructed by our summer career placement students, (Deanna McGillivray and Isabelle Gendron-Lemieux) attracted many visitors to GSA’s information tables … Continue reading

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Tankers, Thanks and Banks

Adapted from original publication on smallchangefund Blog Oil tankers shipping out of Vancouver Harbour were really not paid much attention to by the general public a couple of years ago, and maybe even just a year ago. The increase seen over the last decade did not get much publicity and the fact that tankers of … Continue reading

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Challenges Ahead

Since my cardiac arrest in January this year (see Crossing The Strait of Georgia – A Very Personal Journey), it’s been a long journey of recovery and rehabilitation. After a number of setbacks, I was cleared to undertake a cardio rehab program (see Take Heart) with trained professionals. That program, which finished over a month … Continue reading

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Down at the Dock: summer excitement!

What a busy boating season we had with our green boating and marina eco-certification program. This was my first summer as our Clean Marine BC program coordinator, and what a summer it was! We made it to boat shows on both sides of Georgia Strait – twice –  to spread the word about green boating. … Continue reading

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