Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films announces official film selection

World Oceans Day & Orca Awareness Month celebrated through film on June 4

The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films is back for its 8th year on June 4, presenting a selection of short- and feature-length documentaries that focus on the ocean and the important role that this resource has in supporting healthy and prosperous communities and economies. This year, marine experts and filmmakers will lead Q&As after each screening, and there will be…

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Georgia Strait Alliance conducts first marine spill training in Victoria Harbour

Through its eco-certification program: Clean Marine BC

Georgia Strait Alliance, a BC-based marine conservation organization, facilitated a spill response training session this week in Victoria Harbour to assist participating marinas with their planning, preparation and responses to small-scale marine oil spills should one occur at their docks. This represents the first time the organization has brought its spill training program to Victoria. “When marinas and wharfs are…

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Eleven BC marinas prepare for marine oil spill

Georgia Strait Alliance organizes mock spill training in Vancouver Harbour

Eleven marinas—all members of Georgia Strait Alliance’s Clean Marine BC program—participated in a theoretical and practical marine oil spill response training session yesterday at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf in Vancouver. Participating marinas refreshed their knowledge and honed their planning and preparation skills to be able to effectively deal with and respond to a small-scale marine oil spill, which involved a…

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Ocean protection plan meaningless if Kinder Morgan is approved

Georgia Strait Alliance responds to federal Oceans Protection Plan

Today, the federal government announced a series of measures related to spill response and marine safety under the banner of the Oceans Protection Plan. Alexandra Woodsworth, Energy Campaigner at Georgia Strait Alliance, made the following statement in response: “These welcome and long overdue protection measures are needed to address the threats BC’s west coast faces now from existing shipping traffic…

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The removal of Viki Lyne II from Ladysmith Harbour gets underway

Georgia Strait Alliance underscores need for comprehensive, timely approach to abandoned and derelict vessels

The abandoned and decaying Viki Lyne II is finally being towed away for safe dismantling after sitting in Ladysmith Harbour since 2012. Vancouver, BC—The abandoned and decaying Viki Lyne II is currently being removed from Ladysmith Harbour as part of the execution of a contract tendered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and it will be dismantled…

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Groups across Canada urge Premier Christy Clark to reject Kinder Morgan

“We are calling on Premier Clark to reject the pipeline on the basis that her spill conditions cannot be met.”

More than 30 groups across Canada today sent a letter to Premier Clark urging the provincial government to reject the Kinder Morgan pipeline. An effective ‘world-leading’ oil spill response system, which the province demanded, is not possible if the oil contains diluted bitumen. The proposed Kinder Morgan Expansion pipeline, which would result in a six-fold increase in tankers carrying bitumen through…

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Strategy to address abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels

GSA view on tackling abandoned vessel problem

Transport Canada, Environmental Policy Place de Ville, Tower C – 26th Floor 330 Sparks Street Ottawa, ON K1A 0N5 VIA EMAIL Eric Huberdeau, Manager and Policy Adviser Nicole Legault, Director, Sustainable Transportation System Policy Dear Mr. Huberdeau and Ms. Legualt: Re: Strategy to address abandoned, derelict and wrecked vessels Let me take this opportunity to commend Transport Canada for taking…

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club achieves four-anchor rating in Clean Marine BC Program

The eco-certification requires adherence to rigid environmental standards

Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s (RVYC) Cadboro Bay marina has earned a four-anchor certification in Georgia Strait Alliance’s award-winning Clean Marine BC program for its commitment to environmentally sustainable operations. A flag raising ceremony is being held at the Club at noon on August 19. Clean Marine BC is a voluntary eco-certification program that demonstrates a commitment to environmental best practices…

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Addressing pleasure craft pollution in the 2017 Budget

The Honourable Wayne Easter, P.C., M.P. Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Via email: finapbc-cpb@parl.gc.ca Dear Mr. Easter: Re: Addressing pleasure craft pollution in the 2017 Budget Our interest in the federal budget consultations is in regards to protecting the Georgia Strait’s marine and shoreline environments, and the species, communities and economies that depend on them,…

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Citizens set to pack Kinder Morgan public meetings to show lack of social license in BC

Groups expect huge pent up citizen demand to be heard on the unacceptable risks of the project the NEB has so far refused to hear.

The Kinder Morgan pipeline review panel announced today their community meetings schedule to hear from communities impacted by the potential pipeline and tanker expansion project. Community groups, First Nations, and environmental groups expect the meetings will be highly attended by supporters whose voices have been shut out of previous processes. “We’re seeing a massive amount of energy from our community…

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