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Is Strathcona Regional District Prepared For A Major Emergency?

The ECOreport asks the local Protective Services Coordinator about floods, fires and earthquakes, Is Strathcona Regional District Prepared For A Major Emergency?

By Roy L Hales

In light of the wildfire situation in British Columbia’s interior, it seemed like a good time for an update on our area’s emergency preparedness. So I asked Shaun Koopman, the district’s Protective Services Coordinator, “Is Strathcona Regional District prepared for a major emergency?”

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Whale Tales

The ECOreport asks about whale tales and other wildlife sightings on the Cortes-Quadra ferry 

By Roy L Hales

In light of the wildfire situation in the interior of our province, it seemed like a good time for an update on the Strathcona Regional District’s emergency preparedness. Only there were three humpback whales along the route, as I crossed over to Quadra Island to meet with the district’s Protective Services Coordinator. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen whales along this route, but they were still whales in the area when I returned four hours later. So I asked I asked Jessica Towers, who works on this ferry, if she had any whale tales.

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Fighting Climate Change Through Urban Ecosystem Restoration

The ECOreport reposts news of a new study, Fighting Climate Change Through Urban Ecosystem Restoration

Originally Published on SFU News

By Ian Bryce

Flooding and extreme heat are projected to increase over the next few decades and will be extremely costly to manage. But a new study from Simon Fraser University shows how cities working together to restore and maintain ecosystems can be cheaper than building hard infrastructure to respond to climate change, and provides additional benefits such as buoyant property values and community health.

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Mapping Hot Spots For BC’s Salmon-Hungry Bears

The ECOreport reposts news of a study Mapping Hot Spots For BC’s Salmon-Hungry Bears

Originally Published on UVic News

Tracking the salmon-eating habits of grizzly and black bears for nearly two decades has revealed some surprising results for UVic geography PhD candidate and Raincoast scientist Megan Adams. She hopes the study will inform land-use managers on how the bear-salmon system goes well beyond coastal areas and into interior habitats of British Columbia. She says understanding where and how much salmon bears eat is critical to their conservation.

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West End Residents Concerned About Trump Sized Tower

The ECOreport publishes news from British Columbia’s largest city, West End residents concerned about Trump sized tower

Press Release from concerned Vancouver West End citizens

Vancouver BC – Local area residents are concerned that amidst our affordable housing crisis, evictions, and the slow carving-up of the historic and livable West End, “big money” interests are being prioritized over those of the average Vancouverite.

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Wildfires Spark Call For Pipeline Moratorium

The ECOreport reposts news of a declaration by oneof British Columbia’s indigenous peoples,  Wildfires Spark Call For Pipeline Moratorium

Press Release from the Secwepemcul’ecw Assembly

CHASE, BC – Secwepemc elders, youth, children and families are calling for an immediate shutdown of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in light of the forest fires raging through their territory. They fear the pipeline poses a serious safety hazard. They also say the unprecedented increase in fires is evidence of global warming created, in part, by Alberta tar sands oil transported by Kinder Morgan.

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Cortes Island’s One Stop Shopping Experience

The ECOreport looks at Squirrel Cove General Store, Cortes Island’s One Stop Shopping Experience

By Roy L Hales

In an era of increasing specialization, some remote locations are developing in the opposite direction. In addition to the services you might expect, Squirrel Cove’s General store is also a gas station, post office, liquor store, gift shop, hardware outlet, building supply store, shellfish interpretive centre and it hosts one of the island’s finest take-out food providers. It has become  Cortes Island’s one stop shopping experience.

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Responses To Cortes Island’s Algae Bloom Problem

The ECOreport interviews the author of a FOCI report about responses to Cortes Island’s algae bloom problem

By Roy L Hales

The global phenomenon of algae blooms has reached British Columbia. The BC Northern Health issued an advisory for Prince George area last summer. Severe outbreaks have been reported at St. Mary and Cusheon Lakes on Saltspring Island, and Village Bay Lake on Quadra Island. The Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) recently published a monitoring report. I recently interviewed the author, Rex Weyler, about responses to Cortes Island’s algae bloom problem.

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Vancouver Paddle & Carnival Protesting Site C Dam

The ECOreport reposts news from British Columbia’s ongoing struggle for democracy, Vancouver paddle & carnival protesting Site C Dam

Press Release from the Wilderness Committee

Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory – Today, hundreds of people attended the Vancouver, Coast Salish solidarity paddle and carnival to stop the Site C Dam, which was co-hosted by FightC, Force of Nature, Climate Convergence, and Wilderness Committee.
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How Do We Build A Different Economy?

The ECOreport publishes the conclusion of an interview with Guy Dauncey, How Do We Build A Different Economy?

Click here to access the first part of this interview

By Roy L Hales

Last week I began a two-part interview with Guy Dauncey, founder of the BC Sustainable Energy association and the author of Journey to the Future: A Better World Is Possible. This week Dauncey tackles the question “How do we build a different economy?”
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