New: Short story submission form As announced today at the Vanpoet’s blog, we will be hosting Vancouver’s 3rd annual 100,000 Poets for Change event–an event that takes place around the world in hundreds of cities simultaneously. This year, unlike in past years, we will be hosting a virtual event in the form of a short story contest. The contest begins …

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Recently CBC reported that an undercover employee at Chilliwack Cattle Sales, Canada’s largest dairy farm, videotaped other employees blatantly abusing cattle at the business. The undercover agent was from Mercy for Animals Canada, an advocacy organization dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies. The video has a strong content warning as it shows …

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Population genetic structure of gray wolves (Canis lupus) in a marine archipelago suggests island-mainland differentiation consistent with dietary niche Authors: Astrid V Stronen12*†, Erin L Navid3†, Michael S Quinn4, Paul C Paquet56, Heather M Bryan567 and Christopher T Darimont567* Background Emerging evidence suggests that ecological heterogeneity across space can influence the genetic structure of populations, including that of long-distance dispersers …

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Spirit of the Coast is a three-month canoe paddle that began this past Sunday in Fort Langley and will end in Alaska. The trip, led by wilderness guide Chris Cooper, will encompass 1,300km up through BC in order to raise awareness of the beautiful coast. The trip is not about a protest, but about celebration. According to Cooper: Spirit of …

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According to CBC, the American State of the Union study has reported that Alaska and British Columbia glaciers are rapidly melting. The cause is rising temperatures due to climate change. Glaciers worldwide are in similar decline. Of 200,000 glaciers on Earth, 17,000 of them are in British Columbia and 800 are in Alberta. Brian Menounos, a geography professor at the …

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Two years ago, James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and author of Storms of My Grandchildren, wrote in the New York Times, “If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.” Mr. Hansen was referring to Canada going ahead with oil sands expansion. (Scroll down for a background on …

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We’re getting really excited to join the #NoEnbridge pipeline rally this Saturday, May 10 at 2:00 p.m., Sunset Beach, Vancouver, to show support for anti-oil-sands pipeline expansions. We expect to join thousands of others! Recently, Ben West, of the Wilderness Committee, posted this video, asking everyone to share it. He said: Ok y’all here’s the deal… I’m gonna share this …

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As part of Defend Our Climate Day, several organizations, including ForestEthics, The Wilderness Committee, and LeadNow, are hosting a No Enbridge Pipeline Rally at Sunset Beach, May 10. This timely action comes just a few weeks before Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a decision about Enbridge’s Northern Gateway twin pipeline project. Please come to the rally and let your voice …

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Harper’s government seems to be doing everything it can to push forward Enbridge’s Northern Gateway and other pipelines–including downgrading the Northern Pacific humpback whale status from “threatened species” status to “species of special concern” just two months before a decision is made about the Northern Gateway. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, with advice from Fisheries Minister Gail Shea, made the recommendation …

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I’ve often said that every day should be Earth Day, because we cannot just look at the planet one day a year and call for environmental protection on that day. It must be every day. Committing oneself to honor the planet every day will result in good things, for us, for the Earth, for everyone. I’d like to recommend that …

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