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WWF and Great Bear Region

Darcy Dobell, Vice President Pacific Region of WWF Canada, was kind enough recently to share her thoughts about the Great Bear region. WWF Canada is famous for finding the middle ground where two sides of an environmental argument can agree.  Darcy explained that this issue is not just about Great Bear and not just about no pipeline.  WWF Canada has spent 20 years in the region doing marine conservation and knows how naturally rich the area is that ends at…

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Canada China Agreement Troubling

Canada is less than a week away from signing a 31-year trade deal that will give Chinese companies new powers over Canadian economic and environmental policy, as well as our right to speak out about them. We should not forfeit our democratic principles in pursuit of trade expansion. Join the David Suzuki Foundation, sign their petition, and tell Prime Minister Harper you oppose plans to sign the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement without debate in the House of Commons,…

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Black Out and What You Can Do

Hundreds of organizations, politicians, and high profile people darkened their websites yesterday to protest the federal government’s Bill C-38 which limits federal environmental efforts without input from the people the changes will impact the most.  In Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and St. John’s, environmental leaders and high-profile supporters gathered and spoke publicly about what is at stake in Bill C-38. One third of Bill C-38 is dedicated to vastly weakening our environmental protections, reports Wilderness Committee’s Joe Foy.  Bill C-38 also attempts…

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Rhododendron Season

It’s Rhododendron season in Vancouver, and there are lots of Rhodo trees around that are in full bloom.  If you like pinky red ones, check out East 7th and East 8th and McLean Street (near the Commercial & Broadway skytrain station).  VanDusen Garden’s were in gorgeous bloom last weekend, and those may still be lingering while others come into full bloom.  Wherever you are, it’s Spring.  It’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the nicer weather and get…

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S. Okanagan-Similkameen National Park

Recently, the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the four South Okanagan bands asked the B.C. Government to return to talks to consider the establishment of a national park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region. “This is one of the most critically endangered ecosystems in Canada,” stated Chloe O’Loughlin, Director of Terrestrial Conservation for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS). “We applaud the Okanagan Nation and its bands for their continuing collaboration with Parks Canada and agree that this national park should…

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Happy World Wetlands Day!

February 2nd, as well as being Groundhog Day, is World Wetlands Day. It’s an important day in Canada partly because there are more wetlands in Canada than in any other country in the world. Canada is home to about one quarter of the world’s wetlands, covering 14% of our country. Wetlands are important because they provide some essential services, including ecological services such as flood control and water filtration, to food production for wild rice and cranberries. Wetlands also create…

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Because I Am A Girl

There has (rightly so) been a considerable amount of media buzz recently about the Canadian National Women’s Soccer Team winning entry to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.  Congratulations! Hopefully some people also noticed that the Team was also demonstrating their commitment to girls’ issues and rights by wearing magenta (the Plan Canada “Because I am a Girl” pink) headbands and shoelaces on the field. The team hoped to draw attention to the cause and inspire others to take…

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New Risk to Clayoquot

More than 130 scientists across North America have just signed a declaration calling for permanent protection of Clayoquot Sound’s remaining intact old-growth rainforests. But that might not be enough to protect the area. The B.C. government has received an application for logging in the old growth rainforest of Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that was the site of the largest civil disobedience protest in Canada’s history in 1993, reports the Sierra Club BC. “It’s very disturbing…

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Manitoban Boreal Forest

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is cheering the January 11th announcement that a large area of Manitoba’s Boreal Forest will be protected. The vast area on the east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to the Bloodvein First Nation. They worked with the province to develop a land use plan that is now officially solidified into legislation. “Congratulations to Bloodvein First Nation for their hard work and determination to safeguard part of the world’s largest intact section of…

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World Bank and Google

On January 16th, the World Bank and Google announced an agreement aimed at improving the ability of developing countries to access a web-based community mapping tool and data to help better monitor public services, and improve disaster and humanitarian response efforts. The World Bank suggests that most developing countries lack basic local data about where schools, hospitals, or water points are located, or often the data they do have is out of date or incorrect. This limits their ability to respond when…

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Vancouver Island Meeting

In 1969, Vancouver Island grew 70% of its own food. Today, they grow less than 5%, according to the Wilderness Committee. And this week the Wilderness Committee will present an opportunity to help stop that number from shrinking even further. The municipality of North Saanich is deciding what to do with land in the Saanich Peninsula. The old Sandown Racetrack has 95 acres of farmland, and the municipality can either subdivide the land into eight privately owned estates or set aside…

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BC Climate Change Letter

One major environmental issue left over from 2011 is that Canada stepped out of the Kyoto Protocol. This might lead people to move ahead without the federal government, and handle the related climate change issues on a more local level. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, in December 85 British Columbia business leaders called on their provincial government to reaffirm and strengthen its leadership on climate change. “British Columbia is globally recognized for implementing one of the most progressive carbon policies…

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Bird Songs in the City

Just as people sometimes adjust their tone of voice to be heard in cities, researchers have found that songbirds do as well. In a study published in November’s issue of Behavioral Ecology, researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Migratory Bird Center analyzed how songbirds are affected by both general noise and the acoustics of hard human-made surfaces in urban areas. Their findings suggest that some species are altering their bird songs to adjust to either human-made noise or human-made objects,…

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Nanoose Bay Forest Logging

The Wilderness Committee just sent out a press release stating that Timberwest’s contract to buy logs from Nanoose Bay Forest — one of the last remaining parcels of rare, endangered Coastal Douglas-fir forests — appears to exceed the licence issued by the province. BC Supreme Court documents filed last week, obtained by the Wilderness Committee, reveal that the company wants 2,000 cubic metres of wood, or approximately 65 logging truck loads, over the licensed limit. The 15,000 cubic metres in the Forest…

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UK and Tar Sands Oil

Today 50 Greenpeace UK activists blocked their Department for Transport with two immobilised cars parked in front of the entrances and a giant handshake. This is because the UK government is trying to scuttle legislation that will block tar sands oil from being sold at UK petrol pumps. Next week, officials will meet from across Europe to approve the plan that would prevent tar sands oil from ending up at the pumps. If the proposal goes ahead it would deal…

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