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OceanSmart App

Jun 08, 2017

TBuck launches OceanSmart green boating app for World Oceans Day 2017

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2017 Buck Suzuki Legacy Scholarship Award Winner: Sara Wickham

Sep 19, 2017

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IF YOU LOVE THE OCEAN

Aug 19, 2017

CHANGE THE THROW-AWAY ECONOMY

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Fishing Communities Face Risk to their Air Quality if Aurora Built

Mar 09, 2017

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The BC Young Fishermen’s Gathering: Supporting the Next Generation of BC’s Commercial Fishery

Feb 16, 2017

A brief description of the recent BC Young Fishermen's Gathering, held in Victoria from January 24-25th, 2017. 

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PNCIMA Plan

Feb 09, 2017

Canada, British Collumbia and North Coast First Nations governments endorse the PNCIMA Plan.

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Wild Salmon Policy Consultations Announced

Nov 14, 2016

Information on the Wild Salmon Policy update.

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National Oceans Protection Plan

Nov 09, 2016

National Oceans Protection Plan announced by the Prime Minister on November 7th. 

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Unleash Green Coastal Economy

Oct 03, 2016

New report on State of BC Coastal Communities calls on BC to Unleash Green Coastal Economy

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Victoria Bight Contaminated 24-7

Sep 12, 2016

A new Baseline Study shows Victoria Bight is contaminated 24/7: the proposed McLoughlin Treatment Plant is urgently needed

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Why We Should Stop Fishing the High Seas

Sep 07, 2016

Effective management of high seas fisheries could benefit coastal waters in terms of productivity and help reduce climate change impacts.

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New ‘Pacific strategy’ will combine conservation, economic growth

Sep 05, 2016

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government will formalize its long-promised moratorium on crude oil tankers off the northern B.C. coast this fall as part of a broader “coastal strategy” to protect the environment while using West Coast ports to fire up the national economy.

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A Smart Ocean Plan

Jul 26, 2016

A Vision for Our Ocean: Stewardship through Ocean Planning

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What makes our coast thrive? We want your input!

Apr 25, 2016

Coasts that Work is a network of organizations that wants to hear about the issues that are affecting BC’s coastal communities.

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New Science warns against Petronas/PNW LNG on Lelu salmon habitat

Mar 11, 2016

Petronas PNW LNG risks critical Skeena salmon habitat

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UBC study finds 30 per cent of global fish catch is unreported

Jan 19, 2016

A report released in Nature Communications by the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC shows that countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch .

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Article slams use of ITQs in Canadian fisheries

Jan 11, 2016

You Thought We Canadians Controlled Our Fisheries? Think Again.

How feds let fishing privileges be sucked up by big money, much of it foreign.

By Evelyn Pinkerton, Kim Olsen, Joy Thorkelson, Henry Clifton and Art Davidson, 11 Jan 2016.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

Oct 27, 2015

Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for Cooperation across Sectors and Scales  

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Ocean Prosperity Roadmap

Oct 26, 2015

The Ocean Prosperity Roadmap: Fisheries and Beyond is a new collection of research designed to inform decision makers, including governments and investors, on effective ocean and coastal resource management strategies to maximize economic, conservation and societal benefits.

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Mr. Floatie and Penelope the Plastic Princess Engaged!

Oct 07, 2015

Congratulations to Mr. Floatie and Penelope the Plastic Princess on their engagement.

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State of BC Coastal Communities 2015

Sep 30, 2015

Provides insight into the issues facing BC Coastal Communities

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Out of Stock: Climate Change and BC’s Seafood Prices

Jul 01, 2015

Dr. Rashid Sumaila's Report Released: Out of Stock: Climate Change and BC’s Seafood Prices

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First Nations and Province complete marine plans

Apr 27, 2015

Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative, Council of the Haida Nation, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Nanwakolas Council and North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society announced today the completion of four marine plans for each of Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast and North Vancouver Island.

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Good News for World Fisheries

Jan 26, 2015

It isn’t all doom and gloom in world fisheries according to the United Nations. To make it easy lets assign a letter grade to match the percentage of fish stocks being fished sustainably. The world as a whole earned a “B”, pretty good news.

Even better, we got an “A”.  Alaska, BC, Washington and Oregon are grouped together as the Northeast Pacific. Fully 88% of stocks here are fished sustainably! The remaining 12 % are below the level which would produce maximum sustained yield. This category covers a broad range; right from the worst case, a depleted stock, all the way up to stocks which are just below maximum production levels and are stable or increasing. 
 

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Expert has concerns about Petronas’ new design

Oct 16, 2014

Dr. McLaren, a sedimentation expert,  believes Petronas’ new design could result in the gradual deterioration of  important Skeena salmon habitat, Flora Bank.

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Society Raises LNG Red Flags

May 19, 2014

Scientists are concerned that the largest dredge in Canadian history will harm critical salmon habitat.

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Hundreds denied full participation in pipeline review

Apr 02, 2014

Hundreds were denied the right to full participation in the Kinder Morgen Pipeline Expansion Project review in a decision by the National Energy Board April 2

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Burnaby slams Kinder Morgan pipeline proposal

Mar 17, 2014

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Valuing Fisheries in Canada’s North Pacific

Nov 04, 2013

Commercial fisheries in the North Pacific are much more valuable than first thought - their economic value is only the tip of the iceberg

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New tests show vast contamination - Get building Victoria’s Sewage Treatment System now

Oct 03, 2013

New tests confirm what local divers suspected: The CRD`s raw sewage discharge is contaminating a vast marine area off Victoria.

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Skeena Estuary LNG Site Needs Public Scrutiny

Aug 19, 2013

The T Buck Environmental Foundation and West Coast Environmental Law  teamed up to draw attention to an LNG plant proposed for the Skeena Estuary which would require a trestle across important eelgrass beds.

 

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Rally Says: “No to Enbridge” as Hearings End.

Jun 16, 2013

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How climate change threatens the seas

Apr 16, 2013

"We only know what is happening to shellfish because they have spokesmen," Dewey says. "Only the good Lord knows what is happening to everything else out there."

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Community Supported Fishery

Apr 08, 2013


The first trial of a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) in the United Kingdom is expected to get underway on 10 April.

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CAAR calls for full implementation of Cohen recommendations

Nov 01, 2012

CAAR calls for Cohen recommendations on salmon farming to be fully implemented including no new farms or increased production at farms in the Discovery Islands and major research into disease impacts on wild salmon.

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Environmental groups oppose new salmon farm site in Clayoquot

Oct 11, 2012

Environmental groups have written an angry letter to Premier Christy Clark for allowing the approval of a new
salmon farm site in Clayoquot Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island while never addressing serious concerns about
diseases from farms impacting wild salmon.

On October 3rd the Province offered Mainstream Canada a 55-hectare salmon farm tenure on the shores of Meares Island, near
Plover Point, in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Environmental organizations and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations first wrote to Premier Clark on July 18th asking her to ensure that site
approval would not go ahead given the weak state of wild salmon stocks and evidence of recent disease outbreaks at Mainstream
Canada’s existing farms in the area.

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First Ever Ocean Health Index Places Canada in Top 10

Aug 17, 2012

It took 65 scientists 3 years to produce this first ever Ocean Health Index. Oceans produce 50% of the worlds oxygen, provide food for over 1 billion people, and employ 500 million people; in short ocean health is our health.

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Move carefully on sewage plant

Aug 15, 2012

Even supporters of sewage treatment should be troubled by the latest developments on the megaproject. The debate over whether to treat sewage is effectively over. And both federal and provincial governments have ordered treatment. But this is the largest infrastructure project in the region's history. It will affect everything from tourism to property values to taxes for a generation, at least.

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New Enbridge spill in Wisconsin

Aug 01, 2012

In the wake of a large new Enbridge Pipeline oil spill that spilled 190,000 litres of oil in Wisconsin on Friday, BC leaders including First Nations, a municipal councillor, a former cabinet minister, and conservation groups held a press conference today to call for the rejection of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and tanker proposal. The Northern Gateway pipeline would pass through some of BC's most inaccessible and difficult terrain, crossing hundreds of rivers and streams, and resulting in over 225 oil supertanker transits each year in the unpredictable waters of the north coast, through whale habitat, fishing grounds, and other sensitive marine areas.

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Three governments announce deal for Greater Victoria sewage plant

Jul 16, 2012

The federal, provincial and regional governments today announced a deal to fund a proposed $782-million secondary sewage treatment plant in the capital region.

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Expert voices fears over oil-spill liability

Jul 06, 2012

Canadian and especially B.C. taxpayers are not adequately protected if Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline suffers the same kind of catastrophic failure that resulted in a $765 million US spill in Michigan two years ago, a former senior insurance executive says.

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New North American Emission Control Area set to come into force Aug 1, 2012

Jul 05, 2012

As the North American Emission Control Area and the regime to control sulphur oxides emissions from vessel in the Great Lakes and St Lawrence waters enters into force internationally on August 1, 2012, Transport Canada readies Canadian Regulations.

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Sewage-project cash likely ‘within weeks’

Jul 05, 2012

The Capital Regional District is expecting the federal and provincial governments to announce their shares of sewage treatment funding "within weeks," CRD chairman Geoff Young said Wednesday.

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Fisheries Act habitat protection weakened

Jun 05, 2012

Fisheries Act habitat protection changes will hurt B.C. fishing communities

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World Fisheries Congress 2012

May 11, 2012

An upbeat mood was noticeable at the opening of the 6th World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 8, 2012, as keynote speakers tempered doom and gloom messages of the past decade with notes of optimism.

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New Canadian ‘Organic’ Aquaculture Standard Fails to Meet True Organic Principles

May 09, 2012

New Canadian ‘Organic’ Aquaculture Standard Fails to Meet True Organic Principles

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Net Pen Expansion Opposed

Apr 17, 2012

MHC moves to expand there net pen operations

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CAAR opposes MHC net pen production increases

Apr 17, 2012

CAAR opposes planned open net cage salmon production increases

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Transport Canada tanker review inadequate

Mar 22, 2012

Transport Canada tanker review inadequate

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Salmon farm certification standard too weak

Feb 07, 2012

Although the final draft Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue (SAD) standard pushes improved performance in the net cage industry, it does not adequately protect wild salmon and the environment, according to the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR)

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Pipeline opponents score in northern B.C. elections

Nov 22, 2011

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Municipal candidates show strong support for sewage treatment

Nov 17, 2011

An overwhelming majority of responding Capital Regional District (CRD) Core Area candidates running in the upcoming municipal elections have pledged support for sewage treatment if elected, according to a survey recently conducted by the Georgia Strait Alliance and T. Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation.

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Recent Media Articles

OceanSmart App

Jun 08, 2017

TBuck launches OceanSmart green boating app for World Oceans Day 2017

read more »

IF YOU LOVE THE OCEAN

Aug 19, 2017

CHANGE THE THROW-AWAY ECONOMY

read more »

The BC Young Fishermen’s Gathering: Supporting the Next Generation of BC’s Commercial Fishery

Feb 16, 2017

A brief description of the recent BC Young Fishermen's Gathering, held in Victoria from January 24-25th, 2017. 

read more »

PNCIMA Plan

Feb 09, 2017

Canada, British Collumbia and North Coast First Nations governments endorse the PNCIMA Plan.

read more »

Wild Salmon Policy Consultations Announced

Nov 14, 2016

Information on the Wild Salmon Policy update.

read more »

National Oceans Protection Plan

Nov 09, 2016

National Oceans Protection Plan announced by the Prime Minister on November 7th. 

read more »

Unleash Green Coastal Economy

Oct 03, 2016

New report on State of BC Coastal Communities calls on BC to Unleash Green Coastal Economy

read more »

Victoria Bight Contaminated 24-7

Sep 12, 2016

A new Baseline Study shows Victoria Bight is contaminated 24/7: the proposed McLoughlin Treatment Plant is urgently needed

read more »

A Smart Ocean Plan

Jul 26, 2016

A Vision for Our Ocean: Stewardship through Ocean Planning

read more »

What makes our coast thrive? We want your input!

Apr 25, 2016

Coasts that Work is a network of organizations that wants to hear about the issues that are affecting BC’s coastal communities.

read more »

UBC study finds 30 per cent of global fish catch is unreported

Jan 19, 2016

A report released in Nature Communications by the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC shows that countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch .

read more »

Article slams use of ITQs in Canadian fisheries

Jan 11, 2016

You Thought We Canadians Controlled Our Fisheries? Think Again.

How feds let fishing privileges be sucked up by big money, much of it foreign.

By Evelyn Pinkerton, Kim Olsen, Joy Thorkelson, Henry Clifton and Art Davidson, 11 Jan 2016.

read more »

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Oct 27, 2015

Sustainable Development Goals as a Framework for Cooperation across Sectors and Scales  

read more »

Ocean Prosperity Roadmap

Oct 26, 2015

The Ocean Prosperity Roadmap: Fisheries and Beyond is a new collection of research designed to inform decision makers, including governments and investors, on effective ocean and coastal resource management strategies to maximize economic, conservation and societal benefits.

read more »

Mr. Floatie and Penelope the Plastic Princess Engaged!

Oct 07, 2015

Congratulations to Mr. Floatie and Penelope the Plastic Princess on their engagement.

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Skeena salmon beat out $ Billion in first Lax Kw’alaams vote

May 06, 2015

B.C. First Nation rejects more than $1B in first stage of vote over LNG proposal

By The Canadian Press May 6, 2015 4:32 PM
 

A $1.15-billion benefits package is being offered to a First Nation on British Columbia's northwest coast in a bid to win support for a proposed liquefied-natural-gas terminal and pipeline.


PORT SIMPSON, B.C. - The first of three votes on a natural gas benefit offer worth over $1 billion has been unanimously rejected by a First Nation on British Columbia's northwest coast.

All of the more than 180 eligible voters at a meeting in Port Simpson stood up to oppose the plan to build a liquefied-natural-gas pipeline and terminal in their territory, said Lax Kw'alaams band member Malcolm Sampson.

Pacific NorthWest LNG, which is mostly owned by Malaysia-based oil and gas giant Petronas, has applied to build an export terminal on Lelu Island, just south of Prince Rupert at the head of the Skeena River.

Residents have raised concerns over the project's environmental impact, citing the site's problematic location and the threat it poses to the watershed.

"Why would you build an LNG plant right at the mouth of the Skeena River?" said Sampson, who spoke at Tuesday's meeting. "There of all places."

Sampson said the $1.15-billion offer in benefits over 40 years was not discussed at all during the meeting, which took place in a school gym so packed that some band members had to stand outside.

"Too much was at stake to wipe out a whole river," said the father of eight and grandfather of 20. He described the atmosphere at the meeting, where both proponents and the band council made presentations, as "very tense."

Luanne Roth of the T. Buck Suzuki Foundation said an estimated 60 per cent of the Skeena estuary's eel grass is located immediately off Lelu Island, which she described as critical salmon habitat.

"It's in the worst place they could have chosen in the whole north coast," she said of the proposed LNG site.

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Society Raises LNG Red Flags

May 19, 2014

Scientists are concerned that the largest dredge in Canadian history will harm critical salmon habitat.

read more »

Valuing Fisheries in Canada’s North Pacific

Nov 04, 2013

Commercial fisheries in the North Pacific are much more valuable than first thought - their economic value is only the tip of the iceberg

read more »

New tests show vast contamination - Get building Victoria’s Sewage Treatment System now

Oct 03, 2013

New tests confirm what local divers suspected: The CRD`s raw sewage discharge is contaminating a vast marine area off Victoria.

read more »

Skeena Estuary LNG Site Needs Public Scrutiny

Aug 19, 2013

The T Buck Environmental Foundation and West Coast Environmental Law  teamed up to draw attention to an LNG plant proposed for the Skeena Estuary which would require a trestle across important eelgrass beds.

 

read more »

How climate change threatens the seas

Apr 16, 2013

"We only know what is happening to shellfish because they have spokesmen," Dewey says. "Only the good Lord knows what is happening to everything else out there."

read more »

Community Supported Fishery

Apr 08, 2013


The first trial of a Community Supported Fishery (CSF) in the United Kingdom is expected to get underway on 10 April.

read more »

Enbridge feels heat from B.C. lawyer over split liability for pipeline spills

Sep 10, 2012

EDMONTON - A B.C. government lawyer hammered away at the president of the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline Friday, saying that while the parent company, Enbridge, is promising to clean up oil spills, it has created a corporate structure to limit how much it would have to pay.
"From the perspective of British Columbians, this doesn't look good," Elisabeth Graff told John Carruthers at federal hearings on the $6-billion line that would ship Alberta crude to B.C.'s coast.
Graf questioned Carruthers over the decision by Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) to hive off the Northern Gateway project as a limited partnership, with Enbridge having a 50 per cent stake and private investors covering off the rest.
That, noted Graf, means Enbridge would only be liable for an equivalent amount of liability in the case of a major catastrophe, such as the $800-million oil spill on an Enbridge pipeline in southern Michigan in 2010.

"Are you willing to acknowledge this is a complex organizational structure that limits the liability of a corporate giant that definitely would have sufficient funds?" she asked.
"What we're left with is an entity which you tell us has the financial resources necessary to cover any type of spill, but we're still doubting whether that is possible."

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Silent Spring+50: What’s Really Changed

Sep 04, 2012

Silent Spring burst into American consciousness 50 years ago this month. Despite a massive pesticide industry campaign to discredit both the book and its author, it dramatically raised public awareness about the risks of 20th century chemistry and catalyzed contemporary environmentalism. If you’re moved by the sight of bald eagles, ospreys and brown pelicans — not to mention healthy humans —thank Rachel Carson

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First Ever Ocean Health Index Places Canada in Top 10

Aug 17, 2012

It took 65 scientists 3 years to produce this first ever Ocean Health Index. Oceans produce 50% of the worlds oxygen, provide food for over 1 billion people, and employ 500 million people; in short ocean health is our health.

read more »

Move carefully on sewage plant

Aug 15, 2012

Even supporters of sewage treatment should be troubled by the latest developments on the megaproject. The debate over whether to treat sewage is effectively over. And both federal and provincial governments have ordered treatment. But this is the largest infrastructure project in the region's history. It will affect everything from tourism to property values to taxes for a generation, at least.

read more »

Three governments announce deal for Greater Victoria sewage plant

Jul 16, 2012

The federal, provincial and regional governments today announced a deal to fund a proposed $782-million secondary sewage treatment plant in the capital region.

read more »

Expert voices fears over oil-spill liability

Jul 06, 2012

Canadian and especially B.C. taxpayers are not adequately protected if Enbridge Inc.'s proposed Northern Gateway oilsands pipeline suffers the same kind of catastrophic failure that resulted in a $765 million US spill in Michigan two years ago, a former senior insurance executive says.

read more »

Sewage-project cash likely ‘within weeks’

Jul 05, 2012

The Capital Regional District is expecting the federal and provincial governments to announce their shares of sewage treatment funding "within weeks," CRD chairman Geoff Young said Wednesday.

read more »

Eat Your Hake and Have It, Too

May 23, 2012

Many retailers stop selling fish that are on the “red lists” under the assumption that because a species is overfished, it is not sustainable.

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World Fisheries Congress 2012

May 11, 2012

An upbeat mood was noticeable at the opening of the 6th World Fisheries Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 8, 2012, as keynote speakers tempered doom and gloom messages of the past decade with notes of optimism.

read more »

Pipeline opponents score in northern B.C. elections

Nov 22, 2011

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Apocalypse forestalled: Why all the world’s fisheries aren’t collapsing

Dec 02, 2010

If you have paid any attention to the conservation literature or science journalism over the last five years, you likely have gotten the impression that our oceans are so poorly managed that they soon will be empty of fish — unless governments order drastic curtailment of current fishing practices, including the establishment of huge no-take zones across great swaths of the oceans.

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BC First Nations need more time to review Northern Gateway

Aug 31, 2010

An aboriginal leader in British Columbia says First Nations haven't been given enough time to review Enbridge's application to build a pipeline to carry oilsands crude from Alberta to the west coast.

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T. Buck staff talk Enbridge, oil spills & oil tankers

Jul 20, 2010

The show raises consciousness about threats to this basic human need through passionate interviews with women crusaders who have made it their mission to defend access to clean, pure, public water.

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Is America’s Chernobyl in Canada’s future?

May 13, 2010

Many Canadians have been anxiously following the unfolding Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster and are experiencing a deep sense of unease as they scan the daily media reports. Such foreboding is clearly understandable as one can't help thinking this might be a nightmarish peek into one possible future for British Columbia as federal and provincial politicians here in Canada lay the groundwork to transform our Pacific coast into an "energy corridor."

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Coastal waters are no place for oil tankers

Apr 22, 2010

Federal studies have repeatedly concluded that oil tankers must be prohibited in some sensitive marine areas because of the severe risks.

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Critics challenge health of Canadian salmon industry

Mar 24, 2010

Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea went to Boston to extol the virtues of Canadian seafood, but critics of salmon farms say they don't know how she could call the practice safe.

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