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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BC Government “Muk Muks” up

Confidential government document reveals BC ignoring science, failing to protect Muk Muk’s home February 11, 2010 Vancouver, BC -Environmental groups today issued a letter that puts the governments of British Columbia and Canada on legal notice that recovery strategies for 43 endangered and threatened species in BC must immediately be rewritten.  The recovery strategies failed to identify known critical habitat–the…

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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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Legal Victory for Endangered Species Across Canada

Court ruling means Department of Fisheries and Oceans must overhaul recovery plans September 10, 2009            Vancouver, BC – A precedent-setting legal victory for endangered species may put an end to years of unlawful action by the Government of Canada. In a September 9 ruling, the Federal Court admonished the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) for failing to identify the habitat…

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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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Wild salmon the losers as zoning for massive new salmon farm approved

June 25, 2009 Vancouver, Courtenay, Sointula, BC – The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) today voiced their disappointment at the decision of the Strathcona Regional District to approve re-zoning that may allow a massive new salmon farm to operate in the wild salmon migratory bottleneck of Johnstone Strait. At 4,400 metric tonnes, the Gunner Point farm given the go-ahead by…

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Backgrounder: Salmon Farms Out of the Wild Salmon Narrows

BACKGROUNDER Salmon Farms Out of the Wild Salmon Narrows June 16, 2009 Years of scientific research has built a global body of evidence that clearly shows open net-cage salmon farms cause ecosystem harm everywhere they are located. CAAR is demanding the removal of the five active open net-cage salmon farms located in the Wild Salmon Narrows to the east and…

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Reference Panel: Response to Board’s Delay Approving Metro’s Sewage Plan

Update: On November 27th, the Metro Vancouver Board of Directors failed to approve the region’s Liquid Waste Management Plan.  This after the Waste Management Committee had shown great leadership by approving the plan, with the amendment that both primary treatment plants (Iona and Lions Gate) should be upgraded to a minimum of secondary by 2020. In response to the Board’s delay,…

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