Groups urge federal government to protect Southern Resident killer whales

A coalition of conservation groups from Canada and the U.S. is calling on the Canadian government to take immediate action to protect Southern Resident killer whales. Today, Ecojustice sent a petition to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna on Tuesday, requesting the Ministers recommend Cabinet issue an emergency order under…

BC chinook salmon runs are in serious trouble

Southern resident killer whales face detrimental food shortage Georgia Strait Alliance supports the Watershed Watch Salmon Society’s call for the public to write Minister LeBlanc of Fisheries and Oceans Canada asking him to put a stop to the over-fishing of BC’s wild salmon. We urge all Canadians to be a voice for salmon and all the species that depend on…

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. Sounds are…

Boater interactions with wildlife and habitat

Humpback whale, photo by Barbara Watson The biggest thrill of boating is the amazing wildlife that we encounter in and around the Salish Sea. However, as boaters we must be mindful that our watercraft can cause: Whales to experience stress and interruptions to feeding, mating, socializing, resting, and calf nurturing. Birds to abandon their nests and…

Xeno-Estrogens

This information was prepared for the Zero Toxics Alliance. TABLE OF CONTENTS Background: What are Xeno-Estrogens? Xeno-Estrogen Effects: Why Women Should Be Xeno-Estrogenophobic Why Men Should Be Xeno-Estrogenophobic Why Parents Should Be Xeno-Estrogenophobic Listening to the Canaries: impacts on wildlife Xeno-Estrogen Sources: Killer Car Pollution Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Pesticides are Poisons Plastic Plague The Precautionary Principle BACKGROUND What are Xeno-Estrogens? More than…

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 on having some in-depth conversations…

Take Heart

After a very severe cardiac arrest in January (see Crossing The Strait of Georgia – A Very Personal Journey), it has taken many months to get back to a semblance of normal (as in before my cardiac arrest) life.After almost five months and a number of complications I was finally given the all clear to start a cardiac rehabilitation program…

Naval Gazing: Military must address activities in killer whale critical habitat

March 21, 2012 VANCOUVER – Eight conservation organizations working to protect marine wildlife on Canada’s Pacific coast are urging the Canadian Navy to exclude military training exercises from the critical habitat of southern resident killer whales.  This population of killer whales is listed as endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) and the legal obligation to protect their critical…

Environmental groups back in court to defend killer whale ruling

Federal government seeks to reverse parts of 2010 decision on critical habitat protection November 30, 2011 VANCOUVER – Ecojustice will appear before the federal Court of Appeal today to defend a precedent-setting ruling that confirmed the federal government is legally bound to protect killer whale habitat. Ottawa has since appealed the ruling. Ecojustice, representing a coalition of nine environmental groups,…

Fight to protect endangered killer whales far from over

‘Trial and error’ approach leaves whales vulnerable claim environmental groups April 20, 2009 VANCOUVER, BC – A lawsuit to protect Canada’s two populations of resident fisheating killer whales is back in court today as environmental groups fight for legal protection of their critical habitat. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is seeking to have the case thrown out of…