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Vancouver Island communities concerned about climate change impacts

The University of Victoria completed a climate resilience survey of 106 elected officials and staff from 38 municipalities and 10 regional districts on Vancouver Island. Saanich, Nanaimo, Victoria, and Campbell River were all represented. Vancouver Island communities are concerned about climate change impacts on weather patterns.

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New COVID-19 Survey Stats May Not Reflect Elder Cortes & Quadra Islanders

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Seniors are the most likely age group to be extremely worried about their health and social isolation during COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Statistics Canada survey. But the older residents on Quadra and Cortes, rural islands located off B.C.’s west coast may be bucking that trend.

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We Are Eating, Drinking & Breathing Microplastics

A new Portland State University study found an average of eleven microplastic pieces in every oyster tested and almost as many particles in clams. This is only one report. While most of our research focuses on the ocean, far more plastic degradation occurs on land. Up to 700,000 plastic microfilaments can be shed from a single load of laundry. A University of Victoria study concluded that the average North American consumes between 39,000 to 52,000 particles a year and that number can go as high as 121,000 “when inhalation is considered.” We are eating, drinking & breathing microplastics.

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Barry & Amanda Glickman

By Roy L Hales

While many Cortes Islanders associate them with emergency communications, there is a great deal more to Barry & Amanda Glickman’s story.

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Bc’s Wave Energy Potential

By Roy L Hales

Since 2001, there have been several inquiries into the plausibility of harnessing the wave energy off Vancouver Island. So far, projects were rejected because of the associated costs. A new report from the University of Victoria’s West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI)  describes BC’s wave energy potential.

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