On the interest of the “public” and/or the “nation”

Every time the topic of the Trans Mountain tanker and pipeline expansion hits the headlines, we are subjected to various public pronouncements by politicians, oil companies, and media figures about how it’s in the “public” or “national” interest. I think it’s important to note that this “public” or “national” interest, cast in primarily economic terms, … Continue reading

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Climate accountability and fiscal responsibility

Multi-year summer droughts. Forest fire smoke turning the sun orange. Winter storms increasing erosion of the shoreline. Coastal communities may not face the same dramatic climate impacts as interior residents driven out by wildfires and flooding, but even here the impacts are becoming evident. Climate change is probably the single, biggest threat to the health … Continue reading

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Round and round we go … but where to, we don’t know

Prime Minister Trudeau’s government has announced a new National Energy Board process for the Trans Mountain tanker-and-pipeline project. The Federal Court of Appeal made it clear that the first NEB panel got it so wrong in its assessment of marine shipping impacts on Southern Resident orcas that they need to do it again. Georgia Strait … Continue reading

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3 heart-sinking realizations about BC’s oil spill response

We recently completed our submission to the province’s oil spill regulations process, along with thousands of members of the public. GSA staff have spent a lot of time diving into the work of oil spill response, collectively reading through thousands of pages of spill response plans, after-spill reports, scientific studies and legal decisions. After all … Continue reading

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Drowning in Noise

Southern resident killer whales are in serious trouble. Their population totals 78, positioning them on a countdown to extinction. In our previous blog, we talked about how the lack of salmon is a threat to orca recovery. Another major threat to their survival and growth is noise in the waters of the Salish Sea. The … Continue reading

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Power and possibility ahead, as BC sits in political limbo

Well, election night came and went – but the election isn’t over! What a strange feeling –  for the leaders and the candidates, for all the volunteers who worked so hard in the run up to voting day, and for everyone who stayed up way too late on election night – all of us waiting … Continue reading

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Fish farm diesel spill a sucker-punch to the gut

To know me is to know my passion for the environment, and especially the ocean. In my personal life, and through my work with Georgia Strait Alliance, I have dedicated myself primarily to two environmental issues closest to my heart: removing harmful open net-cage salmon farms from wild salmon migration routes, and protecting the ocean from … Continue reading

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How we stop Kinder Morgan now

With federal and provincial permits in hand, the Kinder Morgan pipeline is a done deal, right? Wrong. The front-line of the battle to defend our coast from Kinder Morgan has shifted, and we face challenges on our path to victory – but so does Kinder Morgan. Here’s how Kinder Morgan can and will be stopped … Continue reading

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