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WWF and Great Bear Region

March 20th, 2013 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 abou...


October 26th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 p...


June 5th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
Hundreds of organizations, politicians, and high profile people darkened their websites yesterday to protest the federal government’s Bill C-38 which li...


May 27th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 7t...


February 14th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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...



Happy World Wetlands Day!

February 7th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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, co...


Because I Am A Girl

February 1st, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 ...


New Risk to Clayoquot

January 30th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 ...


Manitoban Boreal Forest

January 19th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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. Th...


World Bank and Google

January 17th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 res...


Vancouver Island Meeting

January 9th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 No...


BC Climate Change Letter

January 4th, 2012 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 th...


Bird Songs in the City

December 5th, 2011 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 Bi...


Nanoose Bay Forest Logging

December 1st, 2011 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 ...


UK and Tar Sands Oil

November 28th, 2011 by Alison Wheatley in General
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 fro...

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