Chris Straw’s Opening Remarks to the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities

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CHRIS STRAW’S PRESENTATION TO THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITIES October 18, 2018 Thank you Madame Chair and members of the committee. I represent a group of residents of Gabriola Island, near Nanaimo, British Columbia. My comments today reflect not only the concerns of my community, but also those of other community groups in the South Coast Region … Read More

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  Media Release October 16, 2018 Gabriola Island BC Gulf Island advocacy group to discuss freighter anchorage concerns before Parliamentary Committee this week. The President of Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages, Chris Straw, will appear before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Communities and Infrastructure in Ottawa on Thursday Oct 18th. His presentation will call on the committee to … Read More

As our fight to stop freighter anchorage in the SGI continues, it’s never a bad idea to write a letter to elected officials. Case in point:

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To Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport Cc: Hon. Sheila Malcolmson, MP, Nanaimo-Ladysmith; Vancouver Fraser Port Authority; Gabriola Island Local Trust Committee August 14th, 2018 Dear Mr. Garneau: Re: Freighter Anchorage-Pylades Channel, South Coast British Columbia My husband and I just spent from August 8th to 12th at our family property located on the south east end of Gabriola Island. … Read More

Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages Presents The Film Sonic Sea: Sounding the Alarm on Ocean Noise

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(Media Release from Natural Resources Defense Council) Beneath the surface of our oceans lies a finely balanced, living world of sound, most of which we never hear topside. But to whales, dolphins and other marine life, sound is survival, the key to how they navigate, find mates, hunt for food, communicate over vast distances and protect themselves against predators in … Read More

GAFA presents Sonic Sea, May 16th

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Join GAFA for a screening of Sonic Sea on May 16th at 7pm. Professor Ross Chapman will answer questions on underwater acoustics. MAY 16 / DOORS OPEN AT 7PM THE ROXY, GABRIOLA ENTRANCE & REFRESHMENTS BY DONATION Sonic Sea is a 60-minute documentary about the impact of industrial and military noise on whales and other marine life. It tells the … Read More

GAFA continuing to put pressure on Transport Canada to kill anchorage application

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Derek Kilbourn, Sounder News, Tuesday, January 23 2018 The Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages (GAFA) continue to work to prevent the establishment of five anchorages off Gabriola’s north-east shoreline. That fight began in 2015 when it was reported in the Sounder that the Pacific Pilotage Authority and Chamber of Shipping BC were wanting a place to park Cape-sized vessels somewhere while they waited … Read More

MP Sheila Malcolmson renews call for Trudeau Liberals to honour promises and withdraw Gabriola Anchorage Proposal

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MP Malcolmson calls on Trudeau Liberals to deny five deep-sea bulk anchorages off Gabriola Island To prevent oil spills, protect local jobs and endangered species, for the second time, Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson has asked the Prime Minister and federal Transport Minister to axe the application for five deep-sea bulk anchorages off Gabriola December 19th, 2017 – 12:42pm Read the … Read More

Transport Canada opens Formal Review Process on Anchorages

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The first in a series of consultative sessions on the Federal Government’s Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) took place in Vancouver last Thursday. The meeting, billed as a Dialogue Forum, focused on a number of issues, including the future of Deep Sea Anchorages in the Southern Gulf Islands Region. Two representatives of Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages attended the meeting and came … Read More

Help protect our coasts by giving your input on the Governments Oceans Protection Plan (OPP)

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Dear supporters of GAFA, We are writing with an important and time sensitive request. The federal government has set up a website to get input into their Oceans Protection Plan. The plan (OPP)is a broad collection of initiatives designed to improve Canada’s ability to protect our oceans and coasts, which includes issues related to anchorages. We are told this site … Read More

GAFA Raises Questions About Anchorage Consultation Process

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Gabriolans Against Freighter Anchorages is asking Transport Canada to not put the interests of the shipping industry ahead of local residents and First Nations. While work begins to rewrite the rules around commercial anchorages in Canadian waters through the much touted Oceans Protection Plan, Transport Canada has agreed to allow lobbyists for the shipping industry and representatives of the Port … Read More

Time Sensitive Opportunity for Input to Ottawa Freighter Anchorages: A Threat to the Marine Ecosystem.

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The NE shore of Gabriola is still under threat of freighter anchorages. The presence of these very large freighters would put at risk the marine ecosystem that so many fish, whales, sea birds and other marine species rely on for their survival. There are a couple of Federal government websites currently asking for public input. It is important to let … Read More