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SLAPP lawsuits are like whack a mole
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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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open ocean where oil barge may be
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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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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

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rhododendron
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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

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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

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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 such lands, covering 14% of our

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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

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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

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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 agriculture number from shrinking even further. The municipality of North Saanich is deciding what to do

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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

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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,

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The Wilderness Committee released a statement yesterday expressing deep disappointment in the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s announcement that it will agree to Taseko Mines Ltd.’s request for a new environmental review of its proposed “New Prosperity” gold and copper mine. The mine is to impact Fish Lake, west of Williams Lake

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Taseko’s revised proposal for a Fish Lake gold and copper mine would be even more of “an environmental disaster” than the company’s original proposal and must be turned down for federal public review, ten environmental groups said recently, reports the Sierra Club. The Canadian Environment Assessment Agency (CEAA) is scheduled

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In a rare bit of good news from the environmental activism front, the Wilderness Committee recently announced that Chief Marilyn Baptiste, leader of Xeni Gwet’in community of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, would receive the 2011 Eugene Rogers Environmental Award.  Chief Baptiste was a passionate activist on behalf of the Tsilhqot’in Nation to

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As many as 12,000 Canadian high school students and their teachers will have real-time access to renowned scientist Dr. David Suzuki on November 1 and 2 through a new virtual classroom experience.  The virtual program is being delivered through a partnership between the National Film Board of Canada  and the

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