Oak Bay Marine Group obtains its first Clean Marine BC eco-certification

Oak Bay Marina is the first of the Oak Bay Marine Group to achieve eco-certification in Clean Marine BC, which helps boating facilities to reduce the impact of recreational boating on the Salish Sea and beyond through the implementation of improved environmental measures, including the reduction and containment of toxins, collection and disposal of various wastes, water and energy conservation,…

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GSA statement on B.C.’s “climate gap” nearly doubling

On Wednesday, the Provincial government released its 2020 Climate Change Accountability Report. It shows that B.C. is far from meeting its legally-mandated 2030 climate goal. A major reason is because the oil and gas industry in B.C. now emits more climate pollution than all other industries in the province combined, while other industrial sectors have reduced their emissions. In response,…

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B.C. Government breaks promise on key climate deadline

Image by Unsplash. The Province of British Columbia has missed its own deadline to complete the CleanBC plan, another in a long string of broken promises on climate action. The government had promised to unveil additional climate actions to meet its 2030 target by December 5, 2020. Despite Premier Horgan’s repeated assurances that Liquefied Natural Gas…

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Seismic survey threatens endangered whales

Image by Rachael Merrett. As the oceans become quieter amidst the global pandemic, an application for seismic surveys off the West Coast of Vancouver Island threatens the recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales. This week, in response, a coalition of conservation groups has written to the federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans to inform her…

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Statement from the Georgia Strait Alliance regarding the Wet’suwet’en and Indigenous title and rights

Simply put, it is time for British Columbia and Canada to take reconciliation seriously, and recognize that the current approach is not working. Reconciliation is not a path to approving resource projects that industry wants, but an ongoing and meaningful relationship built between Nations. Reconciliation requires recognition and implementation of Indigenous rights, including Aboriginal title. Meaningful reconciliation will take time,…

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GSA responds to TMX decision by the Federal Court of Appeal

Photo credit: Carla Hunt. Today, the Federal Court of Appeal released its decision regarding six challenges made by the Coldwater Indian Band, the Squamish Nation, the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribes, and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation regarding consultation with Indigenous communities affected by the Trans Mountain project following the project’s second approval by the federal government last June. In response,…

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Emergency Management laws in B.C. must address climate costs, say organizations and academics

B.C. is not doing enough to investigate, prepare for, and protect taxpayers from the looming costs of climate change, say 25 B.C.-based organizations and four leading academics. In a submission to the B.C. government’s consultation on emergency management legislation, the groups are calling on the Province to better incorporate the increasing financial costs expected to prepare for, respond to and…

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Royal Victoria Yacht Club secures highest eco-ranking

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s Cadboro Bay marina has earned the highest certification in Clean Marine BC, a voluntary eco-certification program for recreational boating facilities that is run by Georgia Strait Alliance. To be eligible for Clean Marine BC certification, boating facilities must meet environmental standards set by the program and are awarded a ranking that ranges from one to…

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B.C. strengthens Climate Accountability Act

Increased accountability measures, but targets don’t align with the best climate science

Today the B.C. government has introduced significant changes to the Climate Change Accountability Act, an important series of reforms to the way we fight climate change in B.C. “B.C. is establishing strong planning and reporting requirements for its actions to fight climate change,” said Andrew Radzik, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Energy Campaigner. “These will demonstrate in detail what is being done…

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