All posts by Rochelle Baker

Rochelle Baker is a staff reporter with Canada’s National Observer, thanks thanks to a grant from the Local Journalism Initiative of the Government of Canada. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer in BC’s Lower Mainland for over 7 years and is also the Vice President of Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ, 89.5 FM.

Mowi and Cermaq seek an injunction in the Discovery Islands

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Two international aquaculture companies are heading to court to try to quash a recent federal decision to phase out contentious fish farms in the Discovery Islands.

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Mapping critical kelp beds along the Pacific coast

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

An ambitious project to map and monitor sea kelp forests along the entire B.C. coast is afoot, and scientists are using seemly disparate tools — both ancient and modern — to do it.

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Octopus Islands Marine Park is 20 hectares larger

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The emerald shores and unspoiled bays of the Octopus Islands Marine Park are a longtime haven and popular destination for boaters and kayakers exploring the beauty of B.C.’s Inside Passage.

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Na̲nwak̲olas council strikes agreement to protect sacred cedars

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

First Nations culture along B.C.’s West Coast is rooted in the majestic and monumental cedar tree.

Known as the “Tree of Life,” cedar has a multitude of uses for coastal peoples, says Na̲nwak̲olas Council president Dallas Smith.

But more than a century of industrial old-growth logging has mowed down these forest giants that can live for thousands of years, putting the shared spiritual and cultural well-being of First Nations at risk, Smith said.

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MP Rachel Blaney wants a transition plan for fish farm workers

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A West Coast MP is urging Ottawa to craft a transition plan with those affected by the potential employment and economic impacts of a recent decision to phase out fish farms in the Discovery Islands.

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