Locals want voices heard as Feds form freighter anchorage plan

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September 5, 2017 – 5:30pm | By Ian Holmes |  Nanaimo News Now NANAIMO — A national strategy being developed to overhaul where and how large freighter ships can anchor has the attention of people on Gabriola Island. A previous plan by the federal government’s Pacific Pilotage Authority to create five spaces spanning most of the east side of Gabriola was … 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

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