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Who should I write to: Any decision to designate anchorages around Gabriola Island must be approved by the Federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and The Minister of Environment and Climate Change should be involved too. Note that postage is free when mailing a letter to a federal minister and written letters are much … Read More

Government’s Non-answer on Gabriola Anchorages Speaks Volumes

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OTTAWA Sheila Malcolmson, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, asked a direct question about new bulk anchorages proposed just off the coast of Gabriola Island, but it was met by a non-answer from the government. This morning in Question Period, Malcolmson asked the Minister of Transport to reject five new commercial anchorages for freighters transporting Wyoming coal to China. Malcolmson had … Read More

GAFA presents ‘Freightened – The Real Price of Shipping’

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Join GAFA on the 18th of March at the Community Hall from 2-4 for the screening of Freightened – The Real Price of Shipping. This eye-catching documentary reveals in an audacious investigation the mechanics and perils of cargo shipping; an all-but-visible industry that relentlessly supplies 7 billion humans and holds the key to our economy, our environment and the very … Read More

Former Fisheries Minister says Gabriola Anchorages should not go ahead without scientific study

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Former Federal Fisheries Minister and Speaker of The House of Commons, John Fraser, has written a strongly worded letter to current fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc asking that any plan for new commercial anchorages off Gabriola’s coast not be allowed to go ahead without adequate scientific study of the potential negative impacts on sea life. Read the letter here The letter … Read More

Federal Fisheries Minister ignoring science-based concerns, putting BC’s coast at risk, charges Gulf Islands group

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(Gabriola Island, December 14, 2016) Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc has ignored serious science-based concerns and is allowing plans to anchor giant freighters in sensitive marine regions to proceed without any review or conditions to avoid disastrous damage to fish and marine mammals, charges a group of Gulf Island residents and business owners. In a December 7th letter to Gabriolans … Read More

Volunteer for GAFA today & stop the anchorages!

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The Port of Vancouver and others representing international shipping interests want to create 5 new anchorage sites in the pristine waters along the northeast shore of Gabriola Island. Despite no demonstrated need for them, these anchorages would mean ships up to 300 meters long could be parked in a place they do not belong for days and weeks at a … Read More

Canadian governments calls for citizen input. Here are more opportunities to be heard

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The Federal Government is reviewing the Harper government’s changes to the Fisheries Act and you can have your say. Thriving fish populations and healthy fish habitat are important to the well-being of Canadian society. Our fish need a healthy environment to live, feed and reproduce. They also need healthy waters to migrate between these places. The Fisheries Act gives the … Read More

“No Freighter Anchorages” message taken directly to Ottawa

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In two separate events this month, Nanaimo/Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson and members of Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages took concerns about proposed commercial freighter anchorages off the NW coast of Gabriola Island, directly to decision makers in Ottawa. On Friday October 21 Malcolmson tabled the first in series of petitions containing over 5,000 signatures demanding the Minister of Transport put a … Read More

DFO decision not to review anchorage proposal was misinformed and should be reversed, say Gabriola residents and respected scientists

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 26, 2016 DFO decision not to review anchorage proposal was misinformed and should be reversed, say Gabriola residents and respected scientists  (Gabriola Island BC) Scientists and Gabriola Island residents are urging the federal Fisheries Minister to reverse a decision to not assess the impact that allowing giant freighters to anchor in Georgia Straight would have on … Read More

Scientist Statements in Support of Request for Reconsideration of DFO Decision

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Dr. Richard Beamish, C.M., O.B.C., Ph.D., F.R.S.C. Emeritus Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC “The area off the Strait of Georgia side of Gabriola Island is productive rearing habitat for a number of species including important commercial and recreational fishes. In particular, rockfish and lingcod are common and both are species that have been overfished and now … Read More

Malcolmson asks PM, Liberals to axe Gabriola bulk anchorages

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Here is the full letter from Sheila Malcolmson, the MP for Nanaimo-Ladysmith, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Transport Minister Marc Garneau regarding five bulk freighter anchorages being proposed for the northeast coast of Gabriola Island. You can access a PDF of the official letter and a map at the bottom of the page. Dear Honourable Prime Minister, Dear Minister … Read More