Canada’s recovery measures for endangered killer whales a positive step: conservation groups

Photo: Rachael Merrett-GSA. Orca spyhopping. A coalition of six conservation groups commend the federal government’s new measures to support Southern Resident killer whale recovery. The measures are the boldest yet: greater whale-watching restrictions, expanded voluntary slow downs for international shipping and the creation of no-vessel zones in feeding areas. However, important feeding areas protected from fishing…

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West Vancouver Yacht Club Awarded Five-Anchor Eco-Rating Certification

Fisherman’s Cove earns the program's highest eco rating

Left to right: Vice Commodore – Doug Wall, Clean Marine BC Coordinator – Michelle Young, General Manager – David Martin, Mayor of West Vancouver – Mary-Ann Booth, Board Member at Large and Communications Coordinator – Len Kelsey, Past Commodore – Phil Aldrich. Photo by Anita Noon We are pleased to report that following an independent certification…

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Georgia Strait Alliance responds to NEB report

In response to the National Energy Board’s report that recommends the federal Cabinet allow the Trans Mountain expansion project to go ahead, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Executive Director Christianne Wilhelmson, said: The National Energy Board’s rubber stamp is not a surprise, but it’s still disappointing. The NEB’s recommendation relies on spill planning that’s based on an unscientific hope that diluted bitumen…

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Georgia Strait Alliance responds to CleanBC in the provincial budget

In response to CleanBC details in Budget 2019, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Community Organizer Anna Barford, said: “We were very glad to see that this budget supports the measures outlined in CleanBC to reach 75 percent of our pre-Paris 2030 target. This budget includes funded measures that are very exciting, including: investments that support transitioning Indigenous and remote, communities from using diesel, expansion…

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Eco-certification arrives to marinas in Central Vancouver Island

Georgia Strait Alliance’s Clean Marine BC visits boating facilities from Sayward to Nanaimo

The Clean Marine BC program, an eco-certification program run by Georgia Strait Alliance, begins a ten-day tour of marinas in Central Vancouver Island on December 10 as a boots-on-the-ground invitation for boating facilities to participate in the program. Georgia Strait Alliance is encouraging boating facilities in this region to participate in this program that works with recreational boating facilities to…

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B.C. climate plan offers new climate accountability actions

Climate oversight a game-changer in keeping B.C. on track, say environmental groups

A group of environmental organizations is highlighting the critical, new role given to the Climate Solutions and Clean Growth Advisory Council under the CleanBC plan, providing improved governance and better oversight of British Columbia’s new climate action plan. If implemented, this will be the first time that an advisory council is mandated under the Climate Change Accountability Act. Ecojustice, Georgia Strait…

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Royal Vancouver Yacht Club eco-certifies all 9 of its facilities

Two outstations earn top honours in Clean Marine BC

Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (RVYC) has certified all of its nine facilities in Georgia Strait Alliance’s award-winning Clean Marine BC program, with all sites receiving commendable four- or five-anchor ratings. The highest rating achievable is that of five anchors. RVYC’s dedication to environmental best practices contributes greatly to reducing the impact of recreational boating on the Strait of Georgia and…

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Georgia Strait Alliance reacts to Province’s Climate Plan

The Plan includes stronger governance on climate accountability

Today, the Province of BC unveiled its most robust plan ever to tackle climate change, incorporated into a Clean BC Plan. The strategy includes fully funded commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across multiple sectors and, notably, it includes legislation for climate accountability. The plan supports and makes mandatory for the provincial government to achieve 75 percent of the pre-Paris…

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