Clean Marine BC welcomes first boating facility in the Interior

Image by O12 from Pixabay. Kelowna Yacht Club is the first facility in the province’s Interior region to be awarded Clean Marine BC certification, a voluntary eco-certification for marinas, harbour authorities, yacht clubs, and boatyards. Clean Marine BC is run by Georgia Strait Alliance, a non-profit marine conservation organization. Boating facilities undergo an independent audit to…

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Saltspring Island Sailing Club doubles its eco-certification

Eric van Soeren of Saltspring Island Sailing Club (photo by Michelle Young) Saltspring Island Sailing Club (SISC) has doubled its eco-certification ranking in the Clean Marine BC program, securing a four-anchor rating following the Club’s recertification this month. Clean Marine BC is a voluntary eco-certification program run by Georgia Strait Alliance, a non-profit marine conservation organization.…

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Victoria International Marina opens with highest Clean Marine BC certification

Image by Cheryl Onciul-GSA. Located in Victoria Harbour, the luxury Victoria International Marina has earned the top-anchor rating in Georgia Strait Alliance’s Clean Marine BC program. Clean Marine BC (CMBC) is a voluntary environmental recognition program for marinas, harbour authorities, yacht clubs, and boatyards. It works with boating facilities to implement and improve upon environmental best…

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Vancouver votes to demand accountability from global fossil fuel companies

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Today, Vancouver City Council voted 7-4 to take a series of actions demanding that global fossil fuel companies share in the climate change costs incurred by the City.  Vancouver becomes the 24th community in B.C. to take such action to ensure that their costs are shared with international fossil fuel…

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Federal govt chooses Trans Mountain over climate action, orcas, coastal communities

Image by TheoRivierenlaan from Pixabay. In response to today’s decision by the federal government to approve the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Executive Director Christianne Wilhelmson said: “Today’s decision isn’t surprising, unfortunately. Federal approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion prioritizes fossil fuel products, which we know are destabilizing our climate as…

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Denman Island Chocolate releases new organic Orca Bar, partners with GSA

Image by GSA. To raise awareness and funds for the plight of endangered Southern Resident orcas, Canada’s original organic chocolate company Denman Island Chocolate has created a brand new Orca Bar for Orca Action Month in June. Made with dark, organic, fair trade chocolate and shredded coconut, the Orca Bar is available at hundreds of retailers from…

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Lions Gate Marina is first North Vancouver facility to earn eco-certification

Image by JudaM from Pixabay. North Vancouver’s Lions Gate Marina has achieved eco-certification by Georgia Strait Alliance’s Clean Marine BC program, which helps boating facilities to reduce the impact of recreational boating on the Strait of Georgia and beyond by implementing environmental best practices. Clean Marine BC (CMBC) is a voluntary environmental recognition program for marinas,…

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Festival of Ocean Films arrives in Vancouver and Nanaimo

Hosted by Georgia Strait Alliance, the Festival of Ocean Films is bringing five short documentary films to Vancouver on June 5 and 6, and to Nanaimo on June 10 as it celebrates its 10th year and honours World Oceans Day on June 8. For the first time, the Festival of Ocean Films is screening films that were made solely by…

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Terminal 2 expansion threatens orcas, salmon and climate action

Photo: Rachael Merrett-GSA. Orca sharing salmon. Tomorrow, conservation groups will present three main concerns with the proposed Terminal 2 expansion at Roberts Bank in Delta to the federal review panel. Groups will raise concerns about the effects of underwater noise and pollution on marine mammals, fish and fish habitat, and greenhouse gas emissions. The David Suzuki…

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