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Trophy hunting: Science on its own can’t dictate policy

Three bears, a mother and cubs, stand in the grass and water, with some words overtop: "Policy cannot be dictated by science alone..."

Published on 2017.12.12 | by Chris Darimont, Kyle Artelle, Faisal Moola & Paul Paquet | in Commentary

Science can predict outcomes of policy options, but how society ought to act is ultimately decided by values. The hunting ban aligns with most of society’s moral compass: trophy hunting of inedible animals is no longer acceptable…

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Action for killer whales cannot be delayed

Two southern resident killer whales approach in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2017.10.13 | by Paul Paquet, Senior Scientist, Raincoast Conservation Foundation | in Commentary

The Salish Sea’s Southern Resident killer whale population is one of the most critically endangered populations of marine mammals in Canada and the U.S. Both countries list this transboundary population as endangered, citing three primary risk factors…

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Alaskans close fisheries to protect BC Chinook salmon, while Canada fishes on

Measuring a Chinook salmon on the lower Fraser river.

Published on 2017.08.31 | by Misty MacDuffee & Greg Taylor | in Commentary

There are just as many warning signs that Chinook (spring) salmon in British Columbia are also returning in poor numbers. So why does Canada take a much greater risk with its salmon fisheries than Alaska? Fisheries on the Nass, Skeena and Fraser Rivers…

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Wildlife-management reform in British Columbia is long overdue

A grizzly bear on BC Coast stops to face an eagle.

Published on 2017.08.14 | by Chris Genovali & Paul C. Paquet | in Commentary

The province’s recent proposal to privatize wildlife management illustrates the pernicious effect of the North American model on the mindset of government bureaucrats and politicians…

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Rachel Notley not winning hearts or minds in B.C.

Sea lions in the Great Bear Rainforest

Published on 2017.07.24 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Commentary

With multiple lawsuits before the courts, including one by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and an anti-Trans Mountain provincial government taking power in British Columbia, Notley’s audacious guarantee seems intemperate at best. However, if Notley’s intention was to harden opposition in B.C. to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion…

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Clark’s ‘5 Conditions’ Concealed Support For B.C. Oil Projects

Published on 2017.02.28 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Commentary

Chris Genovali / Huffington Post: To no one’s surprise the provincial government of British Columbia signed off on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil sands pipeline and supertanker project in the Salish Sea…

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Christy Clark’s ‘five conditions con’

Christy Clark at the World Economic Forum in India in 2011

Published on 2017.02.10 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Commentary

To no one’s surprise, the BC government has signed off on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain oil sands pipeline and supertanker project in the Salish Sea.

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Clark’s five pipeline conditions are a charade

Published on 2017.01.29 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Commentary

Chris Genovali / Times Colonist
To no one’s surprise, the provincial government of British Columbia has signed off on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain project…

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A Diesel Spill is putting the World’s Largest Temperate Rainforest at Risk

Published on 2016.11.05 | by Kyle Artelle, PhD | in Commentary, In the News

Almost three weeks later, the sunken tug is still there, still intermittently leaking diesel, and clean-up efforts have barely begun…

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