Rochelle Baker joins Canada's National Observer as a reporter, thanks to a grant from the Local Journalism Initiative of the Government of Canada. Rochelle has worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer in BC's Lower Mainland for over 7 years.
A minimum of 486 sudden deaths occurred over the past five days after dangerously high temperatures gripped coastal and Lower Mainland communities in an unprecedented heat wave this week, the BC Coroners Service reports.
A shocking 210 tonnes of flotsam and plastic detritus was removed over six weeks from a mere 300 kilometres of B.C.'s intricate 25,000-kilometre shoreline in a massive cleanup of the ecologically sensitive shores of the Great Bear Rainforest.
The new panel will ensure the province is using the best science and data available to identify at-risk old-growth ecosystems and prioritize the areas slated for old-growth logging deferrals, said Forests Minister Katrine Conroy.
Despite releasing its wild salmon policy 15 years ago, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has made little headway in stabilizing the decline of wild salmon, much less restoring at-risk populations, a parliamentary committee concluded this week.
By protesting in places they’re not wanted, settler conservationists looking to save old-growth forests are being called out by some Indigenous leaders for exemplifying the colonial or paternalistic approach taken by their forebears.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has rejected two recent applications by Cermaq Canada to transfer 1.5 million fish to the company’s Venture Point and Brent Island sites following a decision by Ottawa last year to phase out salmon farms in the Discovery Islands by July 2022.
The unmarked graves at a Kamloops residential school are testimony to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's failure to make progress on his promise to radically shift Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people, says Independent MP and former Liberal justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.