Another National Award for Green Boating!

Georgia Strait Alliance innovator honoured April 9, 2008 NANAIMO,BC – Georgia Strait Alliance’s (GSA) long-time and innovative Green Boating coordinator, Mike Richards, was honoured with the Yachtsman Spring Thaw Environment Award at the 25th Annual Yachtsman’s Spring Thaw Luncheon, held April 4, 2008 in Toronto. As the first British Columbian to receive this national award, Mike was honoured for his…

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GSA Welcomes Reprieve for North Coast

Urges Action to Protect South Coast March 27, 2008 Vancouver, Prince Rupert: The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform welcomes today’s decision by the BC government to institute an indefinite moratorium on open net-cage salmon farming in northern BC waters but voiced deep concern over more salmon farm approvals on the south coast. It is a huge turning point that the…

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Feds Work to Protect Endangered Species Only When Sued

Wednesday, March 19, 2008 VANCOUVER, BC – The Nooksack Dace, an endangered fish found in small streams in BC’s Fraser Valley, is one step closer to protection with the re-release of a recovery strategy that identifies habitat critical to its survival and recovery (“critical habitat”). The federal government identified the dace’s critical habitat only after being sued by a coalition of…

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Groups pleased with new money for Victoria sewage treatment plan

And call for climate change plan to include integrated resource recovery February 19, 2008 VICTORIA, BC – Environmental groups are pleased with the BC government’s commitment to initial funding of sewage treatment for Victoria’s Capital Regional District as laid out in today’s budget.  They are calling on the Premier to go one step further and ensure his upcoming plan for…

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Innovative Green Boating Program Honoured

Mike (R) with Bob Eaton of Clean Marine Ontario Georgia Strait Alliance’s (GSA) innovative Green Boating program was honoured with the Canadian Safe Boating Council “Safeguarding the Environment” Award at the recent Canadian Safe Boating Award (CASBA) ceremony held January 13, 2008 in Toronto. Receiving the award on behalf of the Georgia Strait Alliance was Green Boating Program Coordinator Mike…

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Community groups unite to fight Texada gas project

December 17, 2007 Nanaimo, BC – Fifteen community groups from around the Strait of Georgia have banded together to fight a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project on Texada Island.  The Westpac LNG Corporation wants to build an LNG plant facility, a gas-fired generation station, as well as a high voltage power transmission power line on the island, all of…

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Feds denounced for staying pollution charge

Metro Vancouver allowed to continue toxic dumping until 2030 October 11, 2007 NORTH VANCOUVER, BC—Environmental groups are angry that the federal government has stayed a pollution charge against one of the largest water polluters in British Columbia, Metro Vancouver (formerly the Greater Vancouver Regional District or GVRD). A private prosecution had been launched by environmental groups regarding repeated failures of…

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Backgrounder: Threats from Tankers in BC’s Inside Passage

June 26, 2006The moratorium on offshore oil and gas and tanker traffic has been protecting British Columbia’s northern coast since 1972.Natural Resources Canada most recently confirmed the moratorium in 2003 when it tasked the Royal Society of Canada to conduct a public review of the BC Offshore Oil and Gas Moratorium, stating: “In 1972, the Government of Canada imposed a…

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Environmental groups applaud federal funding for closed-containment fish-farm project

Province urged to get on board with matching funds July 31, 2007 VANCOUVER – Funding from a federally created corporation for a closed-tank salmon-farm project is a good start at making fish farming more sustainable, according to the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR). Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of Canada, announced recently that…

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New Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations only a First Step

Environmental groups from British Columbia are cautiously welcoming the new pollution prevention regulations under the Canada Shipping Act and see it as a first step to protecting Canada’s sensitive marine ecosystem.  They are also encouraging the government to build on these regulations in the years to come, however the regulations will only be successful when they provide infrastructure like sewage…

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