Living Oceans Update

Today’s share is an update from Living Oceans:

Letter from the Executive Director

Already labelled by the media as the most secretive government Canada has ever seen, the current federal government achieved a new low water mark in disclosure this month when it was revealed that Health Canada has been approving the manufacture and export of genetically modified organisms without public notice.

Read on to find out about the world’s first genetically modified food animal to go into production and the 500 other GM products for which Health Canada failed to publish notices required by law, that would have enabled us to comment on the applications.

In this issue, we also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster, announcing a motivating evening with Dr. Riki Ott at the Vancouver Public Library, Monday, March 31.

Karen WristenThanks to all of you who have supported our work!

Best regards,
Karen Wristen


Genetically modified salmon decision cloaked in secrecy

Frankenfish cartoon by Steve Greenberg

In November 2013 the Government of Canada approved the manufacture of what is poised to be the world’s first genetically modified food animal—in complete secrecy. We’re taking the government to court to stop them and we need your help.
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Push for chemical dispersants hard to explain

An aircraft releases dispersant over oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon, off the shore of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard/Stephen Lehmann

At the Enbridge Northern Gateway hearings, Living Oceans took a strong stand against the use of chemical dispersants in response to oil spills because they are toxic to certain marine life. However, both the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline application and the federal government’s recent Tanker Safety Report advocate their use.
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Riki Ott presents Pretty Slick

Dr. Riki Ott

Dr. Riki Ott presents on March 31 at the Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia in the Alma VanDusen room (lower level).

Riki is an author and activist whose life work took an abrupt turn when the Exxon Valdez spilled its cargo of heavy crude in Prince William Sound, Alaska. A marine toxicologist by training, Riki was a commercial fisher at the time of the spill and lives its consequences to this day. Her presentation of Pretty Slick, a feature documentary on the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon well blow-out in 2010, will focus on the use of chemical ‘dispersants’ to break up an oil spill–and the human and environmental toll that dispersants are taking.
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Public Input on Marine Plans – Come out and improve these plans

Many, including myself have said “without a plan you are planning to fail” so the Conservation Sector has worked hard to plan with the Province, First Nations and sector representatives  to come up with four draft marine plans for the ‘Great Bear Sea’ including Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast and the Northern Vancouver Island area.                                                           Read more>>


Good reading on important issues!

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