As strong coastal winds whipped under a blanket of summer sunshine, our volunteer Jessie and I began our set-up at Jericho Beach for Mountain Equipment Co-op’s Vancouver Paddlefest last Saturday. While we did have our fair share of weather and equipment challenges, we were SO pleased to see so much responsible recreational activity taking place … Continue readingRead more »
Secondary Treatment of Wastewater: is it Good Enough?
Hi everyone, hope you all enjoyed a great semi-rainy weekend! I spent the weekend working alone at two Farmers’ Markets, Saturday in Errington and Sunday in Cedar. Despite the less-than-ideal weather, I was amazed at how many people dropped by, and leaving the kids’ activities in the car meant I was able to focus more … Continue readingRead more »
Georgia’s Thoughts –Mermaid reflections on a weekend of festivals
After a busy weekend of travelling, talking and bean bag tossing, I Georgia the Mermaid would like to reflect on my experiences at the BC Shellfish Festival in Comox and Car Free Day in Vancouver. Cruising along the Island Highway, and basking in the early morning sunshine, my GSA companions Megan and Mikaela (M&M) talked through their upcoming weekend … Continue readingRead more »
Summer Students off to the Races
Hello everyone! Megan and Mikaela here, and we’re this summer’s GSA Outreach Coordinators. If you see a Georgia Strait Alliance booth at an event on Vancouver Island or in the Lower Mainland over the next few months, we’ll be manning it. So come say Hi! Our summer got off to a great start this past … Continue readingRead more »
Talking transition with tanker owners
As a campaigner who spends most of my time speaking out about the risks of shipping tar sands oil through the Georgia Strait, I found myself in a somewhat unusual position last week: standing in front of a roomful of tanker owners and port managers, talking about a future beyond oil. Photo: Green Marine / … Continue readingRead more »
Dear Kinder Morgan: our province is not for sale
At Kinder Morgan’s annual shareholder meeting in Texas this week, oil executives gathered in the heart of the American oil patch to celebrate another year of profits and investor payouts. It’s a timely reminder of whose interests are really served by Kinder Morgan’s plan to triple the capacity of the Transmountain pipeline. Here’s a hint: … Continue readingRead more »
Leaders are stepping up to oppose Kinder Morgan’s expansion plans
It’s easy to be a cynic when it comes to elections, rolling our eyes at focus-grouped speeches and partisan mudslinging in the run up to voting day. This election, pipelines and tanker traffic are a hot topic, and the list of leaders taking a stand against the Kinder Morgan pipeline project is growing. Last week, … Continue readingRead more »
Dawn Breaks on an Exciting New Vision for our Waterfront
By the time the sun was rising over the city of Vancouver around 7:00 AM on March 28th, Communities Atlas Coordinator Rebecca Adams and I had been up for hours, making our way across the Strait by ferry to the first gathering of Georgia Strait Alliance’s innovative Waterfront Initiative. It was an inspiring day, anticipated to … Continue readingRead more »
Vancouver Island Closed Containment Facility Open for Business!
I had the remarkable experience a couple of weeks ago of witnessing the last stages of construction of a home-grown, land-based, recirculating closed containment salmon farm. The facility is being built to prove the economic good sense of growing salmon in a way that doesn’t threaten the survival of wild salmon. Namgis Nation is now … Continue readingRead more »
Farewell & Thanks!
Almost 13 years ago I was working as an environmental planner in Saanich when I got the call from then GSA Executive Director, Laurie MacBride, to offer me the opportunity to launch the fledgling Green Boating program and take it to the next level. For me, with a love of the ocean and boating, and … Continue readingRead more »