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Green coalition challenges Canadian forestry certification as ‘sustainable’

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The fact clear-cutting at-risk ancient forests continues apace in British Columbia indicates Canadian forestry certification standards assuring consumers lumber products are sustainable are a mockery and need to be investigated, says a coalition of environmentalists.

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The Memorial for Jared Lowndes

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

About a hundred people attended the memorial for Jared Lowndes, who was gunned down by the RCMP outside the Campbell River Tim Hortons’ takeout window on July 8, 2021.  

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First Nations pressure Ottawa about fish farm consultations

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Ottawa is coming under increasing pressure from First Nations in B.C. as deadlines around contentious fish farms on the West Coast draw near.

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Are DFO scientists too dependent on funding from industry?

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) unleashed a storm of protests, when they announced that salmon farms pose a minimal risk to migrating wild salmon. One of the most telling criticisms came through an interview that the Globe and Mail had with Kristi Miller-Saunders, head of the department’s molecular genetics laboratory at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. Dr. Miller-Saunders is troubled about the assessments and the fact department scientists are depend on funding from industry.

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Election 2020: Fixing the Mental Health System

By Moira Wyton, The Tyee, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Experts and advocates are hoping the next B.C. government will focus on expanding preventative mental health-care services and overhauling  the aging and “outdated” Mental Health Act to protect individual dignity  in care.

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