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BC released their proposal for the new Water Sustainability Act which includes widespread changes in the regulation and use of groundwater. Critics say there is room for improvement with the new act. For instance water companies that currently do not pay any fees for extracting groundwater will only be required to pay 85 cents for every million litres of water that they take.

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Posted on February 24, 2014

I am very concerned about the direction being taken with the new curriculum for BC students.  

GBR Spring 2013 Election

Something anything curbing elite destruction,

Possibly poking point thorns continuation.

Stopping one crime at a time only consolation.

Political decisions corporations manipulations.

Coastal greens almost all voted NDP.

Orange line along greenest coast we see.

Even hard core freaks like me voted NDP.

Searching some semblance of continuity.

Collaborating dreaming from within.

Who needed motivation or justification.

If you did you've got it now in spades.

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Posted on April 11, 2013

by Lisa Matthaus

Polling consistently shows that British Columbians have strong environmental values, some of the strongest in Canada: from protecting salmon to keeping our coast and streams free from oil spills, British Columbians across the political spectrum speak loudly and proudly to defend our natural legacies.

Posted on October 17, 2012

A study on Quadra Island indicates wildlife survives group selection logging, but retention of second-growth trees is recommended.

Small clearcut and pushover logging patch cuts in the Morte Lake area of Quadra Island, in northern Georgia Strait, were the subject of a recent study which looked at the effects of group selection logging on wildlife. The study took place over the past five-and-a-half years, and wildlife populations were sampled for two years prior to logging and one year after logging.

According to the study's report, prepared by biologist Jennifer Balke of nearby Denman Island, there were no substantial effects of the first entry of group selection logging on populations of birds or small mammals sampled in the sites.

However, the study does recommend the retention of mature second growth trees and snags, in patches or buffer strips, to supply future large trees as roosts, cavities, and large coarse woody debris. Such patches or buffer strips of mature second-growth trees and snags would help to "sustain the observed wildlife diversity and abundance through repeated logging entries."

Posted on October 17, 2012

There's a lot going on in Nuu-chah-nulth territory.

by Maggie Paquet

The Nuu-chah- nulth have occupied the west coast of Vancouver Island for many thousands of years, where they have lived self-sufficiently according to the principle of Hishukistsawalk: everything is one.

Posted on October 17, 2012

The province is expected to make a decision about lifting the moratorium this summer. The David Suzuki Foundation wants the decision to be cautious.

BC's moratorium on fish farm expansion and subsequent environmental review were triggered by an outbreak of triple antibiotic-resistant disease among BC farmed salmon.

Posted on October 17, 2012

"Our elders and chiefs said if we tell the truth, the truth will prevail." Satsan (Herb George), speaking after the McEachern decision.

by Ian Lordon

"I think our only option now is court." Those are the words of Ron Brown Jr., president of the Council of the Haida Nation.

Posted on October 17, 2012

The 1998 salmon fishery gave countless examples of ways to conduct safer fisheries, using conventional and alternative fishing technologies.

by David Lane, T . Buck Suzuki Environmental Foundation fisheries researcher

This summer saw the largest experiment in BC history in selective salmon fishing. Literally, the entire coast became a selective fishing zone to protect threatened coho salmon in the North Thompson River and upper Skeena River.

Posted on October 16, 2012

From the Brim to the Dregs.

by Liza Morris

We have all heard stories of abundant runs of salmon, innumerable towering old growth trees and frequent teeming pods of whales in and around the Georgia Strait. However, in the past decades, the serious decline in various species has become drastic.

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