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From the Great Bear Rainforest to the Salish Sea, here is the latest news on our work to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.

A humpback jumps into the air in the Pacific ocean.

Supreme Court of Canada asked to weigh-in on future of Environmental Assessment Law

Ecojustice lawyers, acting on behalf of Raincoast, have filed an application to appeal aspects of the Northern Gateway decision to the Supreme Court of Canada…

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Our Threatened Coast: Nature & Shared Benefits in the Salish Sea

This Raincoast report demonstrates how the region’s biological diversity is captured in our values, has shaped our cultural identity and is linked to economic benefits in the billions of dollars…

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

Released by Rocky Mountain Books, this nonfiction book shares the unique story of conservation scientist Dr. Caroline Fox as she surveys marine birds on BC’s coast, calling attention to the urgent conservation challenges faced by many of these birds…

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Marine birds and chronic oil pollution on Canada’s Pacific coast

Chronic oil pollution is a serious issue in BC. More oil enters the global marine environment from low-level human activities than catastrophic oil spills. Evidence also suggests that these chronic level spills collectively kill more birds than catastrophic spills…

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Time is running out for British Columbia’s killer whales

It has been 14 years since Southern Resident killer whales were listed as endangered. Today, less than 85 of these whales remain. Despite their legal obligation, the federal government has failed to take measures to recover these endangered whales…

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Immediate action essential for Southern Resident killer whales

Raincoast releases video to encourage public comments on the killer whale action plan.
Public comment period ends August 14th…

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Comment: National Energy Board is failing killer whales

Chris Genovali , Misty MacDuffee and Paul Paquet / Times Colonist
Last month, the NEB recommended approval of Kinder Morgan’s proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline and accompanying increase in oil-tanker traffic…

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Environmental groups launch court challenge over NEB’s Kinder Morgan report

Ecojustice lawyers, representing Living Oceans and Raincoast, have filed for a judicial review of the NEB’s report that recommended the federal Cabinet approve the Kinder Morgan pipeline…

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Big oil vs. big whale: Will pipeline trump iconic orca?

Jason Proctor/CBC News
If you don’t live on the West Coast, perhaps it’s hard to appreciate just how poorly approving an oil pipeline at the expense of an endangered population of killer whales might play out…