Conservation groups demand withdrawal of Bill C-45

Proposed legislation is flawed, short of expectations February 13, 2007 VANCOUVER – Conservation groups across Canada are calling on the Conservative government to withdraw a proposed new Fisheries Act for Canada, Bill C-45, from further discussion in Parliament. The groups say that the proposed Bill is flawed and fails to adequately mandate protection for Canada’s marine and freshwater environments or…

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Canadian ENGO Position on Bill C-45: A Proposal to Amend Canada’s Fisheries Act

Canadian Environmental Organizations Call for the Withdrawal of Bill C-45Media Backgrounder – February 13, 2007Background:Canada’s Fisheries Act was written in 1868 as the first piece of legislation after the BNA Act, giving Canada its sovereignty. The Act has many weaknesses and is in dire need of updating. Despite its shortcomings, however, it has been one of the few pieces of…

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Sewage prosecutions gaining momentum

Judge approves another charge against Greater Vancouver and the Province of BC March 22, 2007 RICHMOND, BC – A Provincial Court Judge today approved the charge laid against the GVRD and Province of BC for alleged pollution offences at the Iona sewage treatment plant. The charge was laid by environmental investigator Douglas Chapman, who is represented by Sierra Legal and…

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Federal agency rejects funding for controversial seismic testing

Vancouver, BC – BC environmental groups are applauding the decision of Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to withdraw funding for a harmful seismic blasting project proposed for the North Coast waters, which is home to a rich diversity of marine life, including humpback whales, orcas, and many stocks of migrating salmon. “We are pleased that NSERC decided…

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Federal agency rejects funding for controversial seismic testing

Vancouver, BC – BC environmental groups are applauding the decision of Canada’s Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to withdraw funding for a harmful seismic blasting project proposed for the North Coast waters, which is home to a rich diversity of marine life, including humpback whales, orcas, and many stocks of migrating salmon. “We are pleased that NSERC decided…

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Letter to Editors on Proposed Vessel Sewage Regulations

To the Editors: Pacific Yachting, Mariner Life, Fisherman Life and Boats & Places Magazines, August, 2006 Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) applauds the intent by Transport Canada to help clean up our coastal waters through the proposed updated pollution prevention regulations of the Canada Shipping Act. With over 3 million people living, working and playing on and around Georgia Strait it is…

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The Poop On Raw Sewage

Reprinted from the Victoria Times Colonist, Sun 07 Aug 2005

Byline: Stephen Salter The numbers still stagger me. About 100,000 tonnes of raw sewage every day. Forty square kilometres closed to shellfish harvesting. The seabed contaminated with heavy metals. Sewage on the ocean surface eight months a year, and surface fecal coliform levels 17 times above Canadian guidelines (windsurfers, take note). Victoria is the last Canadian city without plans for…

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Stop Postponing the Inevitable

Times Colonist Friday, July 18, 2003 We’re disappointed that the Times Colonist has thrown its weight behind the outdated and dangerous myth that Victoria has a “natural, efficient way of dealing with [its] waste” (“That 1,000 grams of PCBs,” July 12). It’s appalling enough that in the 21st century, a major urban center continues to dump raw sewage and storm…

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Let’s pay now, not later, to stop fouling the ocean

by Christianne Wilhelmson Opinion Editorial published in the Times-Colonist, January 24, 2003 “It’s too costly”, “[It] looks expensive”, “Make sure it’s cost effective”. The lines above caught my eye as I read about the proposal to upgrade the region’s septic field monitoring system (CRD may police septic fields, January 9). It’s encouraging to see that the CRD wants to protect…

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BC government’s misuse of science condemned

NANAIMO, 21 APRIL 2002: The BC government’s misuse of science was condemned today in an open letter to Minister of Water, Land, and Air Protection Joyce Murray. The letter was signed by well over 100 organizations, scientists, and concerned individuals, including representatives from labour, environmental, First Nations, and social justice groups. “The government is manipulating science, even silencing scientists, to…

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