Local businesses boost their bottom line with a healthy marine environment

Do most local businesses depend on marine habitat? The answer might be surprising

At first glance, it might not be apparent that many local businesses rely heavily on the unique waterways of British Columbia’s South Coast, but in fact thriving waterfront economies play a big role in everything from retail to trades. BC’s South Coast cities and towns are established provincial, national and international destinations to live, visit and vacation, with people drawn…

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Environmental groups continue strong opposition over planned warship sinking

May 15, 2014 Gambier Island, BC – Local and regional groups are once again raising concerns about the cost and environmental impacts of the planned sinking of the decommissioned HMCS Annapolis warship to create an artificial reef. Specifically, they want an independent source to verify the quality of toxic cleanup before there is any further discussion of sinking the Annapolis.…

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Funds needed to protect threatened Salish Sea

Provincial budget lacks specific funds to meet ocean health goals March 2, 2010 Victoria, BC – Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is voicing its concern that today’s budget lacked a funding commitment to meet the province’s stated goal of being a global leader on ocean health.  Without funds to develop and implement its ocean and coastal strategy, the province risks being…

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GSA Objects to Sinking of HMCS Annapolis in Halkett Bay

Ocean Disposal – Environment Canada Disposal at Sea Program Mr. Barry Jeffrey Manager of Environmental Assessment Marine Programs 201 – 401 Burrard Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3S5 October 1, 2009   Objection to proposal to sink ex-navy warship HMCS Annapolis in Halkett Bay Marine Park, Gambier Island Dear Mr. Jeffrey: Georgia Strait Alliance would like to register our opposition…

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Failure to Invest in New Economy Worsens Ecological Deficit

Green stimulus would create jobs and protect BC’s valuable environment, say conservation groups September 1, 2009 Victoria, BC – BC environmental groups warn that the 2009 budget update released today will result in not just a financial deficit but also an increasing ecological deficit that will weigh heavily on future generations. In the face of challenging economic circumstances, the groups…

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Environmental review finds pollution dumped in Burrard Inlet at record levels

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 30, 2003 In 2002, BC Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection (MWLAP) effluent permits allowed 769 million cubic meters of industrial pollution to be dumped into Burrard Inlet. And the amount of effluent entering the Inlet has increased dramatically from 32 million meters in 1957 when permits were first issued. These were among the findings…

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