Friday, March 27, 2009

Stop the Privatization of BC Rivers!

There is something fishy going on that everyone in British Columbia should be aware of. Watch this video and you will see what is really happening behind the scenes with our water - and why we need to act now...before it is too late.

Source: http://www.ourrivers.ca/

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Earth Hour - Saturday March 28th, 2009

Source: Adventure Canada Newsletter / http://www.earthhour.org/
Earth Hour is this coming Saturday, March 28th. Don't forget to turn out your lights between 8:30-9:30 pm local time to show your support! Earth Hour is an annual international event created by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature/World Wildlife Fund), held on the last Saturday of March, that asks households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour to raise awareness towards the need to take action on climate change.

2,712 cities, towns and municipalities in 83 countries have already committed to VOTE EARTH for Earth Hour 2009, as part of the worlds first global election between Earth and global warming.
Bluewater Adventures will be in the Canadian Gulf Islands and plans to participate in the event.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

STOP THE HUNT - www.pacificwild.org



Picture: Pacific Wild www.pacificwild.org

Article Source: www.pacificwild.org

First Nations, Animal Protection and Conservation Groups Unite to Save Bears in BC’s Great Bear Rainforest


Groups call on BC Government to End Trophy Hunting of Bears before April 1st
(BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 17, 2009) First Nations, animal protection and conservation groups have united to protect bears from cruel and unsustainable trophy hunts. At a press conference today, the groups urge the British Columbian government to end trophy hunting of bears in the Great Bear Rainforest prior to the opening of the spring bear hunt on April 1st.

“One might expect that in the Great Bear Rainforest, bears could live and thrive in peace,” said Bruce Passmore, director of outreach for Humane Society International/Canada. “But trophy hunting of bears is still permitted in the Great Bear Rainforest, even in protected areas. It is time for the provincial government to heed public opinion, the best available science and economics by giving these magnificent animals the protection they need to survive.”


According to a 2009 Ipsos Reid poll, 78 percent of British Columbia residents oppose trophy hunting of bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. First Nations groups are in agreement and also want an end to the trophy hunting of bears.


Kitasoo/Xaixais Chief Percy Starr is disappointed that all species of bears in their traditional territory are not protected. “We’ve spent years to ensure our lands are protected, only to learn that trophy hunters can continue to come on our lands and kill bears for sport.” “It's not right that anyone should make a sport of killing,” said Guujaaw, a spokesperson for Coastal First Nations. “Bears are as much a part of the environment as we are.”

For the rest of this article, check out www.pacificwild.org Voice your opinion!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Message from Alexandra Morton - Sign the Petition and Pass it on!

Source: Alexandra Morton
March 2009

Hello,

When I won in BC Supreme Court last month the fish farms in Canada were designated as a “fishery.” While the federal government has always had the ability to apply the Fisheries Act to these operations to protect wild fish, they largely have not.

Now that the fish feedlots are legally a fishery, there would seem no reason to avoid regulating them like all other marine users. I am told there is an effort afoot to place these corporate operations back under Provincial jurisdiction, as “farms” where no one is responsible for the affect they have on wild fish.
If enough people ask/demand that the Fisheries Act be applied to this industry as it is to all other marine users, we might stand a chance of bringing reason to this situation. To sign the petition to apply the Fisheries Act to fish farms the way it is applied to fishermen please click on this link

Alexandra Morton
www.adopt-a-fry.org

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

No Tankers Day March 24 - Across Canada



Source: Dogwood Initiative Newsletter
March 4, 2009

A national day of action to keep BC's coast safe from oil spills on the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska's Prince William Sound. Join Dogwood Initiative and other leading environmental groups and show your support for protecting BC's coast from tar sands tankers and oil spills by making all your purchases in NoTanker loonies. Check out http://www.notankers.ca/ for more details.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Keep the Promise to Protect the Great Bear!


Source: Sierra Club of Canada
www.savethegreatbear.org/keepthepromise

Keep the promise to protect the Great Bear Rainforest!

That’s what you need to tell British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell. It’s the world's largest temperate rainforest and home to the ‘Spirit Bear,’ the rarely seen white form of the black bear, as well as the forest-nesting marbled murrelet sea bird and salmon-eating coastal wolves.
A couple of years ago, Premier Campbell made a very specific commitment to preserve this precious rainforest. The final countdown is on for the BC government to make their promise a reality by the March 31, 2009 deadline.

Premier Campbell needs to hear from you. We are down to the wire. Unless all elements of the promise are kept, the ecological health of the rainforest will be in jeopardy once again. We've come so far towards the rare success of having a vast unspoiled forest safeguarded, let’s not undermine all this good work by not reaching the finish line.

Help us tell the BC government that a promise is a promise. Send your message to BC Premier Gordon Campbell today! (Copied to Environment Minister Barry Penner, Agriculture & Lands Minister Stan Hagen, and Forests & Range Minister Pat Bell). Thank you for voicing your support for the Great Bear Rainforest at this critical time.
Click on this link to send your letter www.savethegreatbear.org/keepthepromise