February 23, 2010 09:24:39
Posted By Trish Hall

Owing to a late placement of the notification ad, the closing date for applications for standing for the Cohen Commission has been changed to 4:00pm, March 10, 2010. The date for hearings has also been changed.  For more information, see the Cohen Commission website

February 22, 2010 04:48:46
Posted By Trish Hall

Watershed Watch Salmon Society and the Centre for Coastal Studies at Simon Fraser University are pleased to announce that the conveners’ report from the Speaking for the Salmon workshopReconciling the conservation of wild salmon and the production of enhanced salmon under Canada’s Wild Pacific Salmon Policy is now available.

Categories: Conservation News
February 22, 2010 04:48:46
Posted By Trish Hall

The following email was received from John Slater, MLA Boundary-Similkameen Parliamentary Secretary for Water Supply and Allocation:

The Water Act Modernization Discussion Paper is now available for your review and comment.

The Discussion Paper outlines opportunities for using, sustaining and managing water resources in a changing environment and has been developed to encourage discussion on ways to modernize the Water Act.  The Discussion Paper proposes principles to underpin a modernized Water Act and presents goals, supporting objectives and possible solutions.

The paper does not present any preferred option or position. It is designed to help you prepare a response or submission and includes links and references to other information sources.

The way we manage water is everyone’s business and we invite you to share your views on the ideas and possible solutions presented in the Discussion Paper.  Submissions may be completed online, emailed to or sent to:

Water Act Modernization
Water Stewardship Division
Ministry of Environment
PO Box 9362 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC, V8W 9M2

The closing date for submissions is April 30, 2010.

Over the coming months we encourage you to review our website, join the discussion about possible solutions on our blog or participate in one of our regional multi-stakeholder workshops or First Nations sessions.

February 18, 2010 09:05:27
Posted By Trish Hall

The Cohen Commission of Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River announced today that it will accept applications for standing until ****Update: The deadline for applications has been extended to 4:00pm on March 10, 2010.  The date for hearings has also been changed****. Standing is necessary to participate in the commission’s hearings.

Persons (individuals, groups, governments, agencies, institutions or other entities) who wish to apply for standing at the commission’s hearings are invited to submit a written application demonstrating that they have a substantial and direct interest in the subject matter of the inquiry. Participants who are granted standing are eligible to apply for funding for legal counsel. Detailed guidelines for applying for standing and funding are available on the commission’s website The commission encourages applications by email.

For more information see the above website or contact Leo Perra, Executive Director of the Cohen Commission of Inquiry at .

February 17, 2010 04:15:34
Posted By Trish Hall

This is a reminder that the deadline for written comments on the draft Pacific Region Cold-Water Coral and Sponge Strategy is next Wednesday, February 24 at 4:00pm PST.  Please see the January 20th post (below) for instructions if you plan to submit written comments.

If you are planning to provide your feedback in person at the March 3rd session, the deadline to RSVP has passed (it was last Friday, February 12th).  If you did not RSVP but are planning to attend, please contact Elan Park (; 604-666-5295) right away.

February 16, 2010 10:17:44
Posted By Trish Hall

The Marine Conservation Caucus (MCC) is interested in learning more about how organizations like yours are getting key information about conservation issues and consultation opportunities.  This information will be used to better engage the broader conservation community in DFO consultation opportunities.  This survey is a follow-up to the MCC workshop held in November 2008 to strengthen marine and freshwater conservation initiatives and programs in BC.

The survey is short and should only take a few minutes of your time, but we hope the results will help identify gaps in communications regarding DFO consultation opportunities and help the effectiveness of the MCC and ensure conservation is given proper representation at consultation tables.

Please follow the link and complete the short survey by March 1, 2010.  If you have any questions or would like to provide more detailed comments, please feel free to contact me.

Trish Hall
Marine Conservation Caucus
Cell: 604-512-9782

Categories: MCC Activities
February 16, 2010 10:06:40
Posted By Trish Hall

The Pure Salmon Campaign have now released the full length version of the film Farmed Salmon Exposed – The global reach of the Norwegian salmon farming industry.

The launch of the film coincides with the Pure Salmon Campaign’s on the ground activities at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, BC highlighting the environmental problems of Norwegian salmon farming operations in British Columbia. To find out more about these activities, visit:

February 11, 2010 04:14:53
Posted By Trish Hall

The BC Ministry of Environment invites you to participate in upcoming Water Act Modernization Workshops.

See the above link for details on workshop locations and dates.  To attend a workshop, please respond directly to or (250) 387-9481 and detail which workshop you would like to attend and the organization you represent. Provide your contact information including phone and email. Responses should be received by Friday, February 26, 2010 at 4:30 pm.

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