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Nature conservation should be central to Canada’s recovery from COVID-19

Cover of the open letter to the PMO standing beside a large elk.

Published on 2020.08.06 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, PC, MPPrime Minister of CanadaOffice of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Parliament BuildingsOttawa, Ontario K1A 1A6 July 10, 2020 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: As organizations with a strong commitment to defending nature in Canada, we want to acknowledge the efforts that the Government of Canada has made to protect […]

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Open letter to The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau: Curb the wildlife trade

A black bear sits in the stream and holds a fish against a rock in the water.

Published on 2020.07.28 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

The undersigned Canadian animal protection organizations and scientific experts commend your leadership and efforts to contain and combat the spread of COVID-19 during this most difficult time for our country. Unfortunately, the emergence of COVID-19 was a textbook example of emerging zoonotic infections…

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Terminal 2 Backgrounder: Impacts on Southern Resident killer whales

Killer whales swim by Saturna island

Published on 2020.07.20 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

The shipping expansion at the Deltaport terminal will place further stress on the Fraser estuary that has already lost more than 70% of its natural habitat. Raincoast is particularly concerned about the impacts from the terminal on Fraser Chinook salmon and Southern Resident killer whales…

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Terminal 2 Backgrounder: Impacts to Fraser Chinook salmon

Fraser river Chinook salmon settle on the rocks near the bottom under a shadow.

Published on 2020.07.15 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of its shipping terminal at Roberts Bank beside the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. The existing terminal is already a significant presence in the Fraser estuary. Its 210-acre container terminal connects to the largest coal terminal in North America. A four-kilometre long causeway across the Fraser estuary facilitates truck and rail transit between the terminal and the shore…

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Wolves in BC need our support

A darkly coloured wolf with black highlights walks across the sand in the intertidal zone.

Published on 2020.07.13 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

In British Columbia, Canada, wolves continue to be killed through a variety of means. These include legal recreational hunting and trapping. Our goal is to stop the hunting and trapping of BC’s wolves. Our initial initiative includes educating the public about the biology, behavior and ecology of wolves and their current situation in British Columbia…

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Backgrounder: The 2019 fishery and endangered Fraser Chinook

Chinook salmon on the bottom of the river bed.

Published on 2020.02.05 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

This backgrounder on endangered Fraser Chinook has been produced by Raincoast Conservation Foundation, David Suzuki Foundation, and Watershed Watch…

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Trans Mountain Expansion project background

J50 and J42, Southern Resident Killer Whales swim in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.11.05 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

Ecojustice, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society have worked through the courts to protect Southern Resident killer whales from the threats posed by the Trans Mountain Expansion project.  Timeline 2013 – Raincoast and Living Oceans, legally represented by Ecojustice, file as formal intervenors in the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain […]

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Backgrounder on Canada’s Pacific salmon fishery losing its Marine Stewardship Council certification

A salmon in a stream, with four partner logos, Watershed Watch, David Suzuki Foundation, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, and Raincoast.

Published on 2019.10.12 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

What is the Marine Stewardship Council? The Marine Stewardship Council, or “MSC”, is an international, independent non-profit organization which sets a standard for sustainable fishing. Fisheries that wish to demonstrate they are well-managed and sustainable compared to the science-based MSC standards are assessed by a team of experts who are independent of both the fishery […]

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Saving endangered whales: Strategies from above and below the 49th parallel

Southern Resident killer whales in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.07.16 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director | in Backgrounders

On May 10, the Canadian federal government announced its first wide-ranging measures to reduce the primary threats compromising survival of the salmon-eating Southern Resident killer whales reliant on the transboundary waters of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Although federally listed as endangered in 2003 in Canada and 2005 in the US, little has happened […]

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Backgrounder: Trans Mountain approval wrong choice for endangered killer whales and climate

Southern Resident killer whales surface in a group in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.06.18 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

Timeline and quick facts by Ecojustice, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation. If built, the Trans Mountain pipeline project would lead to a sevenfold increase in tanker traffic — for a total of 408 trips per year — through critical Southern Resident habitat…

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Canada’s recovery measures for endangered killer whales a positive step

J16 spy hops: Southern Resident killer whale.

Published on 2019.05.10 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Backgrounders

A coalition of six conservation groups commend the federal government’s new measures to support Southern Resident killer whale recovery. The measures are the boldest yet; greater whale-watching restrictions, expanded voluntary slow downs for international shipping and the creation of no-vessel zones in feeding areas.  However, important feeding areas protected from fishing are smaller than last year’s areas, allowing less protection for whales and more areas for fishing…

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Raincoast’s new evidence on Southern Resident killer whales for the National Energy Board’s reconsideration of the Trans Mountain Expansion

Beam Reach Haro Strait Salish Sea, with a map of the Southern Resident killer whale critical habitat and the tanker route tot he Trans Mountain Expansion Burnaby terminal.

Published on 2019.02.20 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders

The National Energy Board is now preparing its recommendations to cabinet on the Trans Mountain Expansion. When we won our legal case in the federal court of appeal in August 2018, the courts quashed the Trans Mountain permits and required the National Energy Board to reconsider their recommendations…

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