Filmmakers tell ocean tales worth seeing

I’m a word person, always have been.  Give me a pen (or a laptop) and stories and ideas start to flow. Give me a paint brush or a video camera and, well, the results can be what people call “interesting”! So it’s not surprising that in my work as an environmental advocate and educator, when … Continue reading

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Newcomer’s View of Our Ocean Home

Over the summer, we have the pleasure of having Bryan Nordley join us as our Communications Assistant.  Here, he shares with us some of his thoughts on our oceans. *** Photo: Bryan Nordley The ocean is the heart beat of our planet. We depend on it for recreation, for food and for our economy. Human … Continue reading

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BC Election results: making sense of the tea leaves

It’s been more than a day since the results of the BC election were finalized and I’m still trying to read the tea leaves of what British Columbians have told us.  The results of the election are – to say the least – puzzling.  At a time when we need action on climate change, no … Continue reading

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Never a better time to give … or win!

You’ve been thinking about it for awhile. Maybe it was after we won an order for Victoria to treat its sewage or when we won a legal victory to gain better protection for our orcas.  Whatever the reason, you’ve wanted to support GSA for awhile because investing in the protection of our oceans is always … Continue reading

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Holding the torch high – together

On December 26, 2012, Rebecca Tarbotton died in a freak accident while on holiday with her family in Mexico. From everything I’ve read about Rebecca in the media reports that followed, she was a passionate, intelligent, committed and funny person, loved by those who knew her and respected by many more – even those against whom she … Continue reading

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Big benefits from small resolutions

I hate New Year’s resolutions.  There, I said it. Feels good to get that one off my chest! As to why I have this strong reaction to resolutions, it’s quite simple – most resolutions are made close to midnight on Dec 31, after one or two cocktails, and have within them the seed of failure … Continue reading

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The year of the radical

If at the beginning of 2012 you had asked me to list a few words to describe myself, I might have chosen words like “wife”, “aunt”, “godmother”, “environmental advocate”, “news junkie” and “theatre lover”, to name a few.  But I can tell you that nowhere on this list would you ever have seen this one … Continue reading

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Hitting the BBQ circuit – and taking back what seems lost

On June 19th of this year, our federal Parliament passed Bill C-38, or what has become known as “the omnibus budget”.  I’m not sure about you, but when that happened, I felt like all the air went out of the room. This ‘budget’ of over 400 pages was devastating both in its scope and in … Continue reading

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June 4th: Silence is not an option

And the bad news just keeps coming. First came the outright attacks on environmental groups, trying to marginalize their efforts to give voice to citizens’ concerns over oil and gas development projects Then came the omnibus budget, which is pushing through massive de-regulations of environmental protection laws, without proper consultation or discussion, or using sound … Continue reading

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No time to be silent

It’s an unfortunate fact that when you are an advocate for improved environmental health and literacy, being in disagreement with government leaders frequently comes with the territory. As challenging as that can feel, the focus of disagreement generally tends to be about the issue at hand—and not about our right to hold certain views, or … Continue reading

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