Take Heart

After a very severe cardiac arrest in January (see Crossing The Strait of Georgia – A Very Personal Journey), it has taken many months to get back to a semblance of normal (as in before my cardiac arrest) life.After almost five months and a number of complications I was finally given the all clear to start a cardiac rehabilitation program…

Naval Gazing: Military must address activities in killer whale critical habitat

March 21, 2012 VANCOUVER – Eight conservation organizations working to protect marine wildlife on Canada’s Pacific coast are urging the Canadian Navy to exclude military training exercises from the critical habitat of southern resident killer whales.  This population of killer whales is listed as endangered under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) and the legal obligation to protect their critical…

Environmental groups back in court to defend killer whale ruling

Federal government seeks to reverse parts of 2010 decision on critical habitat protection November 30, 2011 VANCOUVER – Ecojustice will appear before the federal Court of Appeal today to defend a precedent-setting ruling that confirmed the federal government is legally bound to protect killer whale habitat. Ottawa has since appealed the ruling. Ecojustice, representing a coalition of nine environmental groups,…

Fight to protect endangered killer whales far from over

‘Trial and error’ approach leaves whales vulnerable claim environmental groups April 20, 2009 VANCOUVER, BC – A lawsuit to protect Canada’s two populations of resident fisheating killer whales is back in court today as environmental groups fight for legal protection of their critical habitat. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is seeking to have the case thrown out of…

Lawsuit forces Canada to protect endangered killer whales

Stunning policy reversal could mark turning point for 85 remaining whales February 25 2009 VANCOUVER, BC – After British Columbians celebrated the unexpected arrival of two newborn killer whales last week, there is another new cause for hope for BC’s imperilled killer whale populations. This week, the federal government issued an Order that will provide legal protection for the endangered…

Documents reveal governments acting to undermine species law

Federal and provincial officials agreed not to identify critical endangered species habitat September 8, 2008 Vancouver, BC – In a closely-watched lawsuit about the endangered Nooksack dace, leading environmental groups will present new evidence in Federal Court tomorrow (Tuesday, September 9 at 11 a.m. at 701 West Georgia Street in Vancouver) that the provincial and federal governments have colluded in…

Canadian groups intervene to save Killer Whales

US Court to hear Canadian views on Endangered Southern Resident Orcas Media Release August 22, 2006 VANCOUVER, BC – The US Federal Court ruled last Friday that it will grant Canadian environmental groups the right to participate in a lawsuit brought by industry groups. The industry groups are challenging the American government’s decision to protect the Southern Resident Orcas as…