Cross-Border Rally to Unite North Americans Demanding Climate Action

VANCOUVER/SEATTLE – This Saturday, environmentalists, First Nations representatives and community members from British Columbia and Washington will come together at the Peace Arch border crossing on unceded Coast Salish territory, to take part in a groundbreaking international rally to demand climate action from leaders on both sides of the Canada/US border. What: As world leaders gather for the UN Climate…

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Public participation required for oil spill simulation

August 25, 2014 To study potential oil spill dispersion from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline, and from spills along the marine shipping route, researchers at the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Georgia Strait Alliance are teaming up with the City of Vancouver to conduct an oil spill simulation on the Fraser River and in Burrard Inlet. The oil spill simulation…

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Female Sailing Team Raising Money to Protect Georgia Strait

VANCOUVER- Vancouver’s first all-female sailing team is making waves in local sailing circles and now the team’s captain is combining her love of Georgia Strait with the need to protect it. Kate Storey and her crew (Maritime Diva) are organizing a regatta for this Saturday, August 23rd, to raise money for the Georgia Strait Alliance. Storey spends her weekdays analyzing…

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Local ocean film festival celebrates 5th year

May 21, 2014 VANCOUVER – Returning for its fifth season, the Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films (VFOF) will open its doors to the SFU Goldcorp Theatre on June 3, 4 and 5. Proudly sponsored in part by Georgia Strait Alliance(GSA), the VFOF attracts local and international filmmakers and presenters to this multimedia event and film competition. This year’s films focus on adventure, surf…

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Environmental groups continue strong opposition over planned warship sinking

May 15, 2014 Gambier Island, BC – Local and regional groups are once again raising concerns about the cost and environmental impacts of the planned sinking of the decommissioned HMCS Annapolis warship to create an artificial reef. Specifically, they want an independent source to verify the quality of toxic cleanup before there is any further discussion of sinking the Annapolis.…

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New tanker safety measures: no reassurance for coastal communities

Georgia Strait Alliance responds to federal announcement on new tanker safety measures May 13, 2014 VANCOUVER – Today the federal government announced new measures on oil spill prevention, preparedness and response, including making BC’s south coast a priority area for the development of a tailored response plan. Commenting on the announcement, Georgia Strait Alliance’s Executive Director, Christianne Wilhelmson, said: “Although we welcome…

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Shelter Island Marina jumps two full anchor ratings under Georgia Strait Alliance Clean Marine BC Program

Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is proud to announce that Richmond’s Shelter Island Marina has succeeded in achieving a prestigious 4-Anchor rating under its Clean Marine BC program – a full two anchor accreditation jump since their initial certification. Shelter Island Marina will receive their Clean Marine BC flag at 11:30 am on Saturday May 24th at a special ceremony during the…

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Orca tour: author & conservation expert Erich Hoyt coming to Vancouver

May 7, 2014 VANCOUVER, BC – Noted author and marine conservationist Erich Hoyt is the featured speaker when The Whale Trail’s Orca Tour 2014 comes to Vancouver on May 20, announced the Georgia Strait Alliance today. Erich Hoyt, the author of the books, Orca: The Whale Called Killer and Marine Protected Areas for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, will speak on…

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Citizens shut out of Kinder Morgan hearings: GSA reacts

April 2, 2014 VANCOUVER – Today the National Energy Board (NEB) denied nearly half of those who applied to take part in its upcoming review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion their preferred method of participation. Of the 2,118 applications received, 452 were ‘downgraded’ by the NEB from intervenor to commenter status, and 468 were denied participation altogether. In addition, 400…

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