Monday, September 16, 2019


Environment

BC Ferries employees remove over 1,700 kg of garbage from beaches (VIDEO)

They found bizarre items like a baby stroller, various car parts, and a can of ham.

Toxic blue-green algae bloom at Beaver Lake is over, says Island Health

But beachgoers should be vigilant of a blue-green sheen appearing on the lake

Island Health expands bacteria advisory for Elk/Beaver Lake

2 previous advisories for the lake were released earlier this month.

BC’s long-term autumn forecast has just been released

Winter is NOT coming…

BC Parks working to bring rare butterfly back to habitat near Vancouver Island

The Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly disappeared from southern Vancouver Island in the early 1990s.

Wildlife rescue centre issues warning after people caught feeding black bear on Vancouver Island

“Feeding the bear is putting the bear at high risk of having to be euthanized…”

Rain is expected to fall over Victoria this entire weekend

You might want to postpone your weekend lake plans!

4 Vancouver Island breweries team up for a ‘killer’ collab

Whale, we know what we’re drinking this weekend 🍻
killer whales

3 more Southern Resident killer whales near Vancouver Island have died this year

The total population has dropped to just 73.

Vancouver Island residents spot Northern Lights early Monday morning (PHOTOS)

Were you lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis? 🌌

These common items people are recycling are putting workers at risk: Recycle BC

One British Columbian put “58 rounds of live ammunition” into their recycling.

Popular Dallas Road tree to be removed by city staff this August

The tree has been a community landmark for over a century

Province wants to know your opinion on banning single-use plastic bags in BC

BC Court of Appeals recently struck down Victoria’s plastic bag ban.

Victoria to see 7 straight days of sunshine

Take off those jackets and put on some sunscreen!

Here’s what that mysterious funnel-shaped cloud looming over Vancouver Island was

Did you see the long column of cloud? 👀

Researchers to start exploring Canada’s largest underwater volcano near Vancouver Island tomorrow

You can even watch live-streams of their underwater expedition!

You can get paid up to $550 for cleaning up cigarette butts from Victoria...

Cigarettes make up half of the waste found on Victoria’s shorelines.

Victoria plastic bag ban struck down by B.C. Court of Appeals ruling

"There is no turning back," said Mayor Lisa Helps

Baby orca born near Tofino confirmed to be a girl

This is one gender reveal party we can get behind!

Camper receives over $1,000 fine for starting campfire in a Langford park

He was in a non-camping zone 🤦🏽‍♀️

Coastal Naturalists are returning to BC Ferries starting tomorrow

Over 100 extra presentations have been added to the schedule! 🐳

Canadian government to ban all single-use plastics by 2021

Shopping bags, straws, cutlery, plates, stir sticks

Annual World Oceans Day celebration returns to Victoria Fisherman’s Wharf this weekend

Think you’re smart enough to reassemble a life-sized Orca skeleton?

Vancouver Island is currently under Level 3 drought rating

Everyone is asked to voluntarily reduce water use

UVic study says humans consume around 100,000 plastic particles per year

In the food we eat and the air we breathe

BC is sending 130+ more firefighters to assist in Alberta and Yukon wildfires

Over 250 firefighters were already sent to Alberta in May.

Canada needs better cannabis waste guidelines to prevent Greenhouse Gas emissions (OPINION)

Unclear guidelines have forced processing facilities to turn to make-shift methods

Federal government increases protections for BC’s remaining killer whales

Only 75 Southern Resident Killer Whales remain off our coast.
forest fire

Province invests nearly $300K into Vancouver Island wildfire reduction funding

The money is going towards preventing fires before they start.
supportive housing

Protest groups to host rally against Premier Horgan’s “climate crimes” this Friday in Victoria

The “peaceful protest” focuses on environmental issues.

10 unique ways to reduce your plastic consumption in Victoria

While shopping locally! ♻️🌿

Get your broken items fixed for FREE at a Repair Cafe this Saturday

Don't throw out that old computer or that broken bicycle!

BC Ferries wins innovation award for switching from diesel to LNG

As a result, CO2 emissions will be reduced by 12,500 tonnes annually.

Harbour Air will soon become the world’s first all-electric airline

They’re about to convert all the aircraft in their fleet.

Thetis Lake Park has just been expanded by over 150 hectares

At a cost of $6.5 million.

BC invests $101 million to prepare for upcoming wildfire season

Firefighters will be given night vision goggles 👀

Here are the results from the 44th annual Greater Victoria Flower Count

For the first time in 5 years, we have a new winner!

BC and Ottawa establish $142 million fund to rebuild wild salmon stocks

It will support projects by Indigenous and conservation groups who aim to protect and restore wild salmon stock

Over 200 miniature earthquakes rumbled between Victoria and Seattle

They could signal the beginning of a larger event.
Elk/Beaver Lake

The toxic blue-green algae warning has lifted from Elk Lake after nearly 4 months

The algae was potentially lethal for animals.

BC crabs may be feeding on methane as a way to adapt to climate...

Tanner crabs were previously known to feed exclusively on phytoplankton

UVic PhD student desperately searching for lost scientific instrument

It may be on a beach or drifting near Sidney.

“Most magnificent” old growth forest in Canada found on Vancouver Island

“This is perhaps the most magnificent and stunningly beautiful old-growth forest I’ve ever seen..."

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