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