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Strait Talk Summer 2014 Newsletter

In-depth newsletter of the Georgia Strait Alliance

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Summer 2014 - Kinder-Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline proposal is now before the National Energy Board – How far could spilled oil travel along B.C.’s coast? Our drift-card study offers an unsettling answer – The Waterfront Initiative begins building its vision for Vancouver’s shoreline by hosting its first Network Forum – Margaret Sizmann Estate benefits GSA - Meet our 2014 summer students, Natalie Drope and Ryan Butler and new Director, Rachel Forbes – CMBC applauds Shelter Island and Maple Bay Marinas for their recent four-Anchor environmental rating.

Spring 2014 - False Creek Harbour Authority earns top eco-rating - Kinder Morgan campaign, our spill map shows what's at stake - LNG: coming soon to Georgia Strait? - Ensuring your voice is heard in challenging times for charitable organizations - Vancouver Waterfront Initiative, where our community's connection with the ocean begins

Fall 2013 - Save the Salish Sea campaign heats up - Find out about the next step in our waterfront vision - Learn how GSA is setting the stage for change - Take the Green Boater pledge - Some good news for Orca protection from acoustic noise - and much more! 

Summer 2013 - The launch of  "Save the Salish Sea" - an initiative to oppose the Kinder Morgan expansion - Our assessment of the BC election results - Details on the re-launch of our "Stewards of the Strait" program - The latest on our exciting and unique "Waterfront Initiative" to build healthy waterfronts - A beautiful profile of a long-time supporter who left a bequest to GSA - Some amazing pictures of our work and our region, and much, much more! 

Spring 2013 - Kinder Morgan ups its bid - and the risk - It's not just oil we're shipping out - Kits base closure - Holding the torch high - together - Valuing and protecting our waterfront: an exciting new initiative - Telling the story of Species at Risk - Protecting whales beyond borders - and much more... 

Fall 2012 - New member of Clean Marine BC - Take Action on Tankers and Thinking Beyond Tankers - Staying hopeful in the face of attacks on environmental regulations - National Marine Conservation Area: with your help we can pull it off! - AGM highlights - Would you like to buy an island? - and more...

Summer 2012 - Growing opposition to the increase in tankers on our coast - new Communities Atlas launched - island beaches cleaned up thanks to partnership with CCCU employees - closed containment pilot project proves successful - fish farm diseases threaten wild salmon - end-run around the public: fish farms to expand - new skipper at the helm of our Clean Marine BC program - vessel sewage law now in force - 'Celebrate the Strait’ Raffle and more...

Spring 2012 - Another win for the whales! - tar sands and tankers: key issue for the south coast - Protection Principles Project: we want to hear from you - protecting wild salmon: Cohen Inquirey hearings reveal shocking cover-up - ending the sea lice debate - time to clear Wild Salmon Narrows - acid attack: why we must act now - keeping our beaches clean - GSA is partnering with Coastal Community Credit Union employees - Clean Marine BC update - and more...

Fall 2011 - Milestones for marine life protection - send an 'ocean of love' - making marine conservation matter - AGM combines business and fun - Clean Marine BC update - a citizen's primer on tankers in Georgia Strait - closed containment salmon aquaculture taking off - looming infectious salmon anemia (ISA) crisis - making sense of the Cohen Inquiry - and more...

Summer 2011 - DFO ordered to pay - Celebrate the Sea Raffle - planned giving through insurance - fish farm proposed for Biosphere Reserve - "organic" salmon - new additions to Clean Marine BC - mapping update - sockeye inquiry problems - ship to be sunk in marine park - sewage news and more...

Spring 2011 - Legal fight for orca - National Marine Conservation Area for Strait - Community Map taking shape - 20 Year Celebrations photo wrap-up - 10 Years of Green Boating - Spring Cleaning for Wild Salmon Narrows - Milestone for closed containment - Donating RRSPs and RRIFs and more...

Fall 2010 - Risk of major oil spill here - now - Cohen Inquiry - Helping during down times - Clean Marine wave grows - Fraser sockeye abundance vs. recovery - Victory in Victoria - Salish Sea connectedness - Remembering Jim Bohlen - Raffle winners and more...

Summer 2010 - Metro Vancouver sewage decision - Strait Profits - New Eco-Rated marinas - Celebrating 20 years - Daring Paddle for GSA - Mapping what's special - Ship sinking stopped - Cathy Booler profile and more...

Spring 2010 - BC's First "Four Anchor" Marina - Turning Twenty - New Endowment Fund - Sewage Successes - On the Road for Wild Salmon - Green Spring Maintenance for Boats - Ruby Berry Profile and more...

Fall 2009 - Victory for Species at Risk - Lighthouse De-Staffing - DFO Failing Wild Salmon - Opposition to Ship Dumping - Major Marinas Going Green - Planned Giving - ToxicSmart Solutions from Diversity - Mike Richards Profile - Winterizing your Boat and more...

Summer 2009 - Save Fraser Salmon - Remove Farms! - GSA's Newest Lifetime Members - New Board Members - Clean Marine BC Grows - Why Okisollo and Why Now? - Keeping DFO's Feet to the Fire - Volunteer Opportunities and more...

Spring 2009 - Federal Court win in Orca Case - Change at the Helm - Aveda Earth Month - Volunteer Opportunities - Keeping it Fresh - Court Ruling on Fish Farms - Protecting Species Large and Small - On Cusp of Change re: Sewage - Clean Marine BC Takes Off and more...

Fall 2008 - UBCM Success - Summer Raffle & Events Wrap-up - Green Boating Changes Course - Heart of the Strait Soiree Report - Courtenay Estuary news - Species Case Survives - Sewage Progress - Supporting Wild Salmon - ToxicSmart Circle Grows and more...

Summer 2008 - BC's Frist Eco-rated Marina - Suzanne Siemens - Lifetime Member - Ocean Solutions Update - Summer Outreach- Cournenay River Events - Coastal Culture Raffle - For the Love of Fay- Low Tide Day Delights in Cowichan Bay and more...

Spring 2008 - Another National Award - Focusing on the Big Picture - Fired Up About the Environment - Georgia Strait Shows Sea Lice Impacts - A Prime Location - 'Hot' Times for Green Boating - Good News on Derelict Boat - Dace Case Advances - Tackling the Climate Crisis - National Law Coming - Deadlines for Victoria - Resource Recovery in Action and more..

Fall 2007 - Breakthrough on Treatment - Heart of the Strait Soiree Highlights - Rich in Inspiration - When Push Comes to Shove - Political Will Fails Species - LNG Plan - Derelict Vessels - Marina Certification - Aquaculture Waste Regulations and more...

Summer 2007 - Putting Wild Salmon First! - Summer Raffle - Valuing our Volunteers - Aquaculture Committee Recommendations - Fisheries Act Update - Sewage Plan is Good First Step - Still Waiting for Recovery Strategy - Seismic Testing Averted and more...

Spring 2007 - Clean Marine BC - Keeping Vancouver's Harbours Clean - Expansion Without Science - Rewriting the Fisheries Act - Climate Challenge - More Charges in GVRD Sewage Case - Seismic Blasting Opposed - Change in Puget Sound and more...

Fall 2006 - GVRD Sewage Case - Courtenay Esturary Clean-Up - Action Needed on Climate Change - Inspiration from Sweden - Orca Under Attack Again - Creating Cleaner Boatyards - Fish Farm File Heats Up...and more

Summer 2006 - Decisive Moment in Salmon Farm Campaign - Fun and Purpose on the Beach - Tips for a Green Summer - Voices Grow for Treatment - P.O.O.P....and more

December 2005 - Sewage Campaign - Gala Dinner Auction 2005 - Getting the ToxicSmarts - Bringing Best Practices Alive - Practical Solutions for Boaters...and more

Summer 2005 - BC Election analysis - New Advisory Council - Closing in on a Solution for Fish Farms - Better Protection for Birds...and more

March 2005 - A Whale of a Year - Turning the Tide in Bute Inlet - Orcas to Get Legal Protection - National Marine Conservation Area - Ensuring Polluters Pay - Pipeline Put To Rest...and more

Fall 2004 - Victoria Suspended for Sewage - Cleaner Harbours - One Boat at a Time - Ensuring Accountability - Doing It Right on the Water...and more

Summer 2004- Historic Agreement Signed - Offshore Oil: A Huge Leap of Faith - Hope for a POPs-free World - BC Government Gets Failing Grade...and more

February 2004 - Win For the Orca - Farmed Fish Hit the Headlines -- Laws Needed for Cruise Industry - Vancouver Reducing Pesticide Use...and more

October 2003 - Cruise Ships: Blind Faith - ToxicSmart Gets the Word Out - Hot Summer for Fish Farming - The Issue Won't Flush Away...and more

July 2003 -Seashore Surveys - Orca Lawsuit - Sewage Sorrows - Cruise Calamity...and more

February 2003- Cruising for Clean Waters - Pipeline Hearings to Begin - Fish Farm Opposition Grows - Environmental Deregulation...and more

November 2002- Greenboat Tour 2003 -Towards a Legacy of Marine Protection- Wrong Direction on Fish Farms - Lowering the Bar on Pollution...and more

June 2002 - Green Legacies - Critter Counts More Fish Farms on the Horizon - Hydro Plan Hits Snag - Orca Pass...and more

February 2002 - Student Art Auction - Barge Blues - Fish Farm Decision Announced - Pulp Under “Review”...and more

November 2001 - Strait Dwellers Clean Up - Marine Act Threatened - Cruising for Pollution - The Final Non-Compliance Report?...and more

July 2001- Sea Lice Devastate Wild Salmon - Get Your Garden off Drugs - Pipeline Review Begins - Measuring Pesticide Impacts...and more.

March 2001- GSA Wins Award -GSA Staffer Travels to UN Conference in Africa - Oil Spill Threat Remains - Failing to Protect Wild Salmon...and more

November 2000 - Eco-Friendly Boat Bottoms - Atlantics on the Lam - Navy Sonar Threatens Whales - Pipeline Opposition Gathers Steam...and more

June 2000 - 10th Anniversary Reunion - Tackling Toxic Homes and Gardens - Green Boating - Bill Fails to Protect Species - Pulp Pollution...and more

March 2000 - Victory in Powell River - Spring for the Strait! - Protecting transboundary waters - Pulp Mills... and more

October 1999 - Response to Fish Farm Decision - Caring for our Shorelines - Killer Whales - Natural Gas Pipeline and more....

July 1999- Hornby Island Swim - Fish Farming update and more...

February 1999 - Mounting Evidence Against Lifting the Moratorium - Mid-Island Household DeTox winners and more...

October 1998 -- Solving the Solvents Problem - Cleaning Up Estuaries - Marine Protected Areas Strategy flawed and more...

July 1998 - Household Detox Challenge - Hornby Island Relay Swim - Fish Farms and more...

March 1998 - The Challenge is On - NAFTA on Steroids - Central Coast - Pulp Pollution and more...

Fall 1997 - All About Pulp Pollution - Yellow Light on Salmon Farming - Artificial Reefs - Central Coast and more...

Summer 1997 - Gumboots and Quadrats - Swimming Summer - Scientists Honoured - Stream Preservation and more...

Print copies of newsletters from June 1992 to February 1997 are available from our Nanaimo Office.