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Letter to Minister LeBlanc regarding Site C permit approval

On July 28, we were shocked and saddened to learn that DFO has issued permits for continued construction of the Site C dam, despite strong opposition by Treaty 8 First Nations, multiple court challenges, and an unprecedented Statement of Concern from over 350 scientists and the Royal Academy of Canada, who unanimously called on the federal government to revisit the Order in Council approving Site C, and to suspend the issuance of further permits pursuant to the Order in Council until it has completed an analysis of the project’s impact on Aboriginal and Treaty rights.
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Connecting with Vitamin N: A Ten-Year Reflection from One of Canada’s Leading Conservationists

When I read that Richard Louv had published Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, it caused me to pause and reflect on my history with the child and nature movement.
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Remembering Dr. Chris Pielou

Once in a while the earth is blessed with a special person. Such a person was Dr. Chris Pielou who passed away recently in Comox.
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Growing support for protecting endangered old-growth on Vancouver Island and B.C.’s south coast

The time has come to end logging of endangered old-growth forests on Vancouver Island. First Nations, communities, organizations, and citizens are calling for the protection of old-growth forests. Their voices are getting louder, more varied, and more numerous.
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Celebrating another year of environmental education in BC

Wow! What a great school year! From Quesnel and Victoria to Surrey and Vernon, our Education Team delivered nature education at schools all across the province. Together, we are fostering healthier children and a healthier planet.
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Steelhead LNG: Not for the Saanich Inlet or the Salish Sea

In our climate constrained world, we must be making every effort to move towards green, clean energy as rapidly as possible. Projects like Steelhead’s LNG project that take us in the wrong direction, are impossible to accept.
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ECOSYSTEM 101: Bears, Berries and Bees

The relationship between bears, huckleberries and bees is both straightforward and simple. Bees pollinate flowers, flowers make berries, bears eat berries. Seems simple enough. But is it?
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SPECIES STORY: Black Huckleberry

Through the summer, bright red berries hang like jewels from the shrub's delicate branches. The berries beckon to all who pass—feather or fur—and deliver a punch of sweet and sour flavour.
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FUN FACTS: What's in a name?

Did you know that well over 50 languages are spoken in B.C., including over 40 First Nations languages? With that much language diversity, one can guess that something as common as a huckleberry might go by many different names.
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Salish Sea and W̱SÁNEĆ Gathering

Indigenous and the local non-Aboriginal community gathered to learn about W̱SÁNEĆ and Salish Sea cultures, the environmental threats we face, and how we must work together to move forward.