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Trans Mountain is now Taxpayer Mountain

Transmountain, or Taxpayer Mountain

Published on 2018.06.12 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in For the coast

The Canadian federal government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain project from Kinder Morgan is financially and environmentally dubious. With this decision, Trans Mountain should now be renamed Taxpayer Mountain…

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Trans Mountain expansion poses unacceptable risk to Salish Sea

A tug lines up beside a massive oil tanker.

Published on 2018.04.26 | by Chris Genovali, Misty MacDuffee & Paul Paquet | in For the coast

Is Canada’s national interest best aligned with a Texas pipeline company? The suggestion of bailing out U.S.-based Kinder Morgan and investing tax dollars to access public assets in a sunset industry, while momentous questions of Canadian law are still before the courts, is nothing short of absurd…

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New study casts doubt on scientific basis of wildlife management in North America, offers a way forward

Wolf stands in the intertidal zone amidst the rock and seaweed, looking at the photographer, Kyle Artelle.

Published on 2018.03.07 | by Kyle Artelle, PhD | in For the coast

A new study, “Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management”, released today in the AAAS Open Access journal Science Advances, identified four key hallmarks expected of science-based management: clear objectives, use of evidence, transparency and external review. Combined, these hallmarks provide the checks and balances that give rigour to science-based approaches…

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National Energy Board’s failure haunts governments

Juvenile killer whale and mother off the coast of British Columbia.

Published on 2018.02.22 | by Chris Genovali & Paul C. Paquet | in For the coast

The cries of condemnation emanating from the Alberta and Canadian federal governments are deafening. The burgeoning conflict began when BC announced the province would limit shipments of diluted bitumen from Alberta…

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A killer whale emergency

Southern Resident killer whales swim side by side, as seen from the air.

Published on 2018.02.15 | by Raincoast | in For the coast

We are requesting an emergency order under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Southern Resident killer whales were recognized as endangered in 2002. Despite this, the Federal Government has taken no action to date to reduce the threats to these whales…

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Trophy hunting sullies the reputation of hunters, jeopardizes social licence

A wolf stands in the short grass and moss, licking its lips.

Published on 2018.01.25 | by Chris Darimont, Raincoast Director of Science | in For the coast

Most people can accept the idea of suffering and death if the hunter kills to fulfill a basic life requisite, such as feeding one’s family; in contrast, most people oppose killing inedible animals for trivial reasons, such as feeding one’s ego…

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Anecdotes, guesses no justification for killing wolves

A wolf walks along a beach in an intertidal zone with its head lowered inquisitively.

Published on 2018.01.19 | by Chris Genovali & Paul C. Paquet | in For the coast

BC’s Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is proposing to extend wolf-killing season on Vancouver Island…

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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 For the coast

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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Save the Great Bears campaign update

A grizzly bear wanders over the grassy shores of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Published on 2017.11.07 | by Brian Falconer, Guide Outfitter Coordinator | in For the coast

The NDP announcement to end all hunting of grizzly bears in the Great Bear Rainforest starting this November is a huge conservation success. But, there is more to be done…

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Maple Leaf Adventures makes long-term commitment to Raincoast science and research

Kevin Smith, CEO, and Maureen Gordon, Marketing Manager, of Maple Leaf Adventures.

Published on 2017.11.06 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in For the coast

Maple Leaf Adventures is a local expedition cruise company who have supported our research and advocacy for a long time. We are honoured they’ve made a 10-year, $100,000 commitment to Raincoast …

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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 Dr. Paul C. Paquet, Senior Scientist, Raincoast Conservation Foundation | in For the coast

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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Killer Whales versus Kinder Morgan

Published on 2017.10.03 | by Raincoast | in For the coast

Raincoast and Living Oceans Society are in court this week, represented by our lawyers at Ecojustice, to challenge the Kinder Morgan pipeline and defend BC’s endangered Southern Resident killer whales…

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