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orca whales in Georgia Strait
Endangered Species

125 marine species are at risk in and around the Georgia Strait, but the Georgia Strait Alliance (GSA) is wanting to change that and help protect their critical habitat. Christianne Wilhelmson, M.Sc., Executive Director of the Georgia Strait Alliance, shared some thoughts with me Monday about what’s happening. GSA was

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Cute African girl after cleft lip
Humanitarian

Every 3 minutes, a child is born with cleft lip or cleft palette, reports Operation Smile. This can have a significant impact on the child’s life – it affects their ability to eat and drink, and sadly, sometimes results in their parents giving them away as they don’t want to

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Room to Read Girl with textbook
Humanitarian

Room to Read is a leading non-profit organization focused on literacy and gender equality in education in Asia and Africa. Since its inception in 2000, Room to Read has benefited over 11.6 million children (up from 9.9 million last year) by distributing over 18 million books and partnering with 18,696 schools

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bird eating plastic
Birds

The Telegraph reports that the kittiwake has become the first British bird to be added to the IUCN’s Red List of British birds facing extinction where plastic has been a factor in its decline. There used to be millions of kittiwakes nesting around UK’s shores but now there are only

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SLAPP lawsuits are like whack a mole
General

SLAPP law suits stands for “strategic lawsuits against public participation.” The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, D.C. have written that SLAPPs are becoming a common legal tool to intimidate and silence critics of businesses, often for environmental and local land development issues. Most SLAPP lawsuits center

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snow leopard
Endangered Species

The Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystems Program (GSLEP) is a joint initiative by all 12 snow leopard range countries and has the aim of achieving the long-term survival of this endangered cat. The GSLEP’s 1st Steering Committee meeting happened on March 19 and 20, 2015, when delegates from the range

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Parks Canada campground
Travel

Today, Parks Canada announced that the Government of Canada has decided to make admission to Parks Canada Places for Youth 17 and Under Free starting in 2018. The Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, along with Parks Canada’s Honourary Guide for Families,

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open ocean where oil barge may be
General

Vancouver media Global News is reporting that a 420-foot oil barge, disconnected from its fuel tug, is sitting at anchor a little less than one kilometre from rocks that are part of the Goose Group Islands (near Bella Bella, BC). The barge (Ziedell Marine 277) is carrying 3.5 million litres of diesel

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African family supported by Canada
Humanitarian

Under grey but mostly dry Vancouver skies, I attended CandyTown – A Yaletown Holiday Festival 2017 today with a friend. Amidst the sampling of black tea, waffles, and other treats at the stands, polar bears, gingerbread people and ladies on stilts were walking amongst the crowd. But the best was yet

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wildlife corridor Australian Rainforest
Conservation

On October 31st of 2017, the Rainforest Trust purchased a 44,726-acre property in Australia to help protect the pristine habitat from being sold to developers which would put the already Endangered Northern Quolls at risk. This was such a historic step, as the majority of their lands and purchases are

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polar bear
Wildlife

The results of recent studies have showed great news: in certain areas, polar bear numbers are on the rise. Up until this point scientists and experts have thought that the polar bear population in certain regions of Canada have been on the decline, and while this is sadly true in

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duck could be hurt by Kinder Morgan
Climate Change

On Saturday I met a small group of committed Wilderness Committee members who had a table and signs outside the Broadway and Commercial SkyTrain station. They were handing out invitations to the March & Rally starting at Vancouver City Hall at 12:00 noon on November 19th, part of their continuing campaign

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translocation can apply to elephants as well
Endangered Species

Translocation, which is the capture, transport and release of an animal species, is becoming more popular in wildlife conservation around our world. Ever since I was a child reading Gerald Durrell’s books I have been a fan of translocation to save threatened and endangered animals. Here are a few successful

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Refugees sign
Humanitarian

In September, the UN Refugee Agency welcomed important new support committed to by government leaders from Canada, the US, and 48 other states and countries, who joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees. Convened by President Obama in New York, the Summit was co-hosted by the US,

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IUCN endangered Giant Panda
Endangered Species

Back in June 2016, scientists reported the first animal casualty to climate change. The Bramble Cay melomys, known as a mosaic-tailed rat, is now thought to be extinct as a result of dramatic habitat loss and rising sea levels caused by climate change. This alarming reality will unfortunately become more common

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