Monday, October 15, 2018

Environment

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit Victoria today

Hundreds of protesters plan to converge at the Canadian Coast Guard Base on Huron St

Emergency Alerts are coming to smartphones in BC this week

Make sure your device is compatible!
Gas Out

The April 15 “Gas Out” circulating on Facebook is a hoax

Turns out, bringing down gas prices takes more than just a day without filling up ⛽

BC Hydro reports decline in Earth Hour participation across the province

Did you power down for Earth Hour yesterday? 🌎
John Horgan LNG

BC Government outlines new LNG policy

The new policy would see Shell receive up to $6 billion in rebates

Human disturbance reduces diversity among seagrass fish communities (REPORT)

A study conducted by UVic researchers reveals some hard truths about our Pacific coastline
Environmental Assessment British Columbia

Provincial government to review British Columbia’s environmental assessment process

The review aims to ensure transparency and respect of First Nations' legal rights.

How to prepare for “earthquake season” this March on the B.C. coast

The risk of the "Big One" increases this month thanks to a slow slip - here's how to prepare.

Local company will virtually connect BC students to experts in real-time

Imagine going deep sea diving...while sitting in a classroom!

HMCS Calgary leaks 30,000 litres of fuel into the Strait of Georgia

The response to the leak is still in its early stages
air quality

B.C. looks to strengthen climate change action strategy

According to the study, British Columbia's average temperature has been increasing faster than the global average since 1900
windy weather

Siren testing scheduled for three Vancouver Island communities tomorrow

In case of an earthquake or tsunami ⚠️

Study reveals Victoria’s Harbour is the most polluted place on the B.C. coast

Water collected from near the Bay Street Bridge was revealed to be the most contaminated across the entire BC coast.

Reminder to have an emergency plan, as small earthquake rattles Victoria

Did you feel the tremors last night?

Watch out for the ‘Super Blue Blood Moon’ on January 31st (VIDEO)

Set your alarms (or stay up) so you don't miss this incredible lunar trifecta! 🌕

View Royal Fire will host a tsunami preparedness workshop in February

Waterfront residents are especially encouraged to attend

Here’s how you can get your Emergency Kit at a lower price

⚠️No more procrastinating - we've secured a deal for you!

Here’s how to get emergency alerts on your phone in Victoria

Never sleep through another emergency again!
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Two people arrested in Saanich after locking up Fisheries and Oceans Canada office

The pair said they were drawing attention to the practice of open-pen farmed Atlantic salmon in BC waters.

Three 4.0+ magnitude earthquakes strike off the coast of Port Hardy

No tremors were felt on Vancouver Island

There’s a small chance it could snow in Victoria this Christmas

Have you been dreaming of a white Christmas?

Parts of Vancouver Island wake up blanketed in snow (PHOTOS)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Massive Sitka spruce tree discovered on Vancouver Island

This tree is eleven feet wide and ranks tenth in the Big Tree Registry in British Columbia.

Over $2.4 million will be invested to develop clean ocean technology at UVic

It will be used to commercialize marine renewable energy technologies and find more environmentally friendly transportation solutions.
Beaver

Beaver cull on Pender Island temporarily suspended as residents take action

Though the number of beavers is in the single digits, their dams have caused water to build up behind a man-made dam, threatening its structural integrity.

Goldstream salmon run experiencing historically low numbers

The numbers could pick up as the run continues, but the sharp decline is worrying. 

Turn Down the Heat week in Victoria starts today

'Tis the season to bundle up in your coziest sweaters, and cocoon yourself in your favourite blanket.
Killer Whale

Killer whale community may go extinct unless drastic measures are taken

A new study in Nature warns that Southern Resident killer whales are at risk of extinction.

Learn how to reduce your waste with the Queen of Zero Waste living

If you've been wanting to switch to a zero waste lifestyle but didn't know where to start, here's your chance to find out more! 
Gorge Creek sewage dumping

Crews pinpoint source of sewage leak into Gorge Creek

Authorities have decided to resume normal operations of the storm water collection system. 

Victoria’s first 100% Zero Waste store opens in Chinatown

Time to break out the mason jars!

City of Victoria to ask fossil fuel companies to pay their share of climate...

Legal and environmental groups across British Columbia urged local governments to send climate accountability letters earlier this year.
Smoke Victoria

Wildfire smoke is returning to Victoria’s skies today

So far, no air quality warnings have been issued.
First Nations salmon farm occupation

First Nations protesters have occupied a fish farm off the coast of Vancouver Island...

A group of First Nations people, led by hereditary Chief Ernest Alexander Alfred, has peacefully occupied a salmon farm. Located 17km east of Alert Bay, near Swanson...
Salmon Run

Hundreds of thousands of Atlantic Salmon have escaped from a fish farm in the...

Fish farm owners blamed high tides due to the solar eclipse, but that explanation doesn't seem to hold water.
kinder morgan pipeline

BC NDP government to take legal steps to challenge Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion

The hiring of an external counsel and First Nations consultations mark the government's first major steps towards preventing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Air Quality Victoria

Air Quality in Victoria Reaches “High Risk” Level

Wildfire smoke has drifted over Victoria, making for some beautiful photos but also reducing our air quality considerably.
Gorge Creek sewage dumping

Deliberate sewage dumping contaminated Gorge Creek and led to swim fest’s cancellation

Lab results from the creek confirmed the presence of fecal coliform and e-coli.
Smoky Victoria Sunset

19 amazing photos of Victoria’s smoky skies

If you've been outside in Victoria today, you'll notice that our regularly scheduled blue-sky programming has been interrupted by a smoky haze. We've compiled a collection...
Smoke Haze Ferry

BC Wildfire smoke drifting over to Vancouver Island today

Smoke has started to creep over the Georgia Strait.
Great White Shark

Climate change could bring great white sharks to British Columbia

"There could be [great white sharks] in B.C. waters if we maintain the status quo and do not mitigate carbon emissions," said William Cheung, a UBC Associate Professor.

New Pacific Marine Circle Route Book Launch on July 19th

Want to explore Southern Vancouver Island this summer? Look no further. The Pacific Marine Circle Route offers a phenomenal day or weekend trip through plenty...
James Bay cruise ship

Air pollution in James Bay hits record low

The BC Lung Association revealed that Sulphur Dioxide levels in James Bay have hit a record low.

The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is now open for hiking!

Looking for new hiking route this summer? The Capital Regional District (CRD) has got your back. The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is now open for...

Harbour Air adds solar panels and beehives to airport green roof

We're not the only buzz in town!

Volunteers picked up 555 lbs of debris off Esquimalt Lagoon beach (PHOTOS)

Do us all a favour, and keep your butts off the beach!
Bear sighting

Police warn of “comfortable” bear roaming Saanich neighbourhood

Some Saanich residents had an unexpectedly eventful weekend

Bald eagle adopts orphan red-tailed hawk chick in Sidney (VIDEO)

Watch Sidney's unlikeliest foster family in action!

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