Tuesday, June 5, 2018

6/5 Poppies, BC pipe, plastic waste, public lands, Salish Sea Voices

California poppy
California poppy Eschscholzia californica
On sunny days, California poppies often turn hillsides orange. Responsive to sunlight, the flowers close at night and on cloudy days. The fragrance attracts many beetles, which serve as pollinators. State flower of California; often cultivated. (Audubon Society Western Forests)

Trudeau to talk Trans Mountain pipeline with Indigenous leaders
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to meet with Indigenous leaders in British Columbia today, including a First Nations chief who has been a vocal supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Trudeau will be in the Fraser Valley where he'll speak with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee, a group that monitors existing pipelines and the construction of the Trans Mountain's expansion project. The group includes Cheam First Nation Chief Ernie Crey, who has said the expansion project will benefit his community, located near Chilliwack, B.C. Last week, Crey told media outlets that his First Nation would consider buying a stake in the pipeline, depending on the circumstances and what's involved. (Canadian Press)

2 Kinder Morgan Canada executives each get $1.5M bonus as part of Trans Mountain deal
A pair of executives at Kinder Morgan Canada have each been awarded $1.5-million retention bonuses in connection with the $4.5-billion sale of the Trans Mountain pipeline to the Canadian government. The company's board of directors approved the bonuses, which will be paid to Ian Anderson, president of the company, and David Safari, who is vice-president of the Trans Mountain Pipeline system and expansion project. The information is contained in a regulatory document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The report is dated May 28. (CBC)

Protesters rally across Canada over Trans Mountain pipeline decision
Rallies were held outside the offices of Liberal MPs across the country Monday, as people protested the federal government's decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline. More than 100 protests were planned, from Charlottetown to Whitehorse, after Ottawa agreed last week to buy the Kinder Morgan pipeline for $4.5 billion. Construction of the pipeline expansion will likely add several billion dollars to that price tag, experts say. (CBC)

Zero plastic waste goals for Canada shared by environmentalists, industry
Canadian environmental groups and the Canadian plastics industry are both calling for ambitious national targets to boost recycling and eliminate litter from plastic packaging and single-use plastics like disposable bags and cutlery within the next decade or so. Canada should require all provinces to aim to recycle at least 85 per cent of single-use plastics by 2025 and have the rest "captured" — that is, disposed of properly by landfill or incineration and not released into the environment, a group of 33 environmental and civil society groups recommended Monday. That was one of a dozen national policies suggested in the "Towards a Zero Plastic Waste Canada" declaration released by Environmental Defence, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Environmental Law Association, the Broadbent Institute and dozens of others. Emily Chung reports. (CBC)

50 nations 'curbing plastic pollution'
Fifty nations are now taking action to reduce plastic pollution, according to the biggest report so far from the UN. It reveals that the Galapagos will ban single-use plastics, Sri Lanka will ban styrofoam and China is insisting on biodegradable bags. But the authors warn that far more needs to be done to reduce the vast flow of plastic into rivers and oceans. What’s more, they say, good policies to curb plastic waste in many nations have failed because of poor enforcement. Roger Harrabin reports. (BBC)


Outdoor Companies Take A Fighting Stance On Public Lands
When you hear about companies like REI or Patagonia, you might think about tents, rain jackets or hikers in puffy coats on a mountaintop. But how about politics? These outdoorsy companies are part of a new wave of business advocates fighting for public lands. Last spring, the outdoor retail industry had what you might call a moment of truth.  The Trump Administration had its eye on national monuments. It looked as though the Interior Department could remove protections for several of them. “The proposal coming out of the administration was quite profound,” says Mark Bereka, director of government and community affairs for REI. His company and others reacted in kind.   For the first time, REI made a national push to millions of members and customers asking them to submit comments against the plan. The outdoor co-op had been active on environmental issues in the past, but not on this scale. “I’d say we just turned up the dial a bit,” Bereka says. Amanda Peacher reports. (Boise State Public Radio)

Voices For The Salish Sea
VOICES FOR THE SALISH SEA is a family-friendly musical concert series kicking off on Thursday, June 7th in Bellingham at the Mount Baker Theatre. The series features eco-folk-rockers The Wilds and Tiller’s Folly, the British Columbia Boys Choir, and Tla A’min First Nation activist and singer Ta’Kaiya Blaney. Joining them on stage are Lummi Elder Jewell James and renowned whale and marine science gurus Howard Garrett and Ken Balcomb alongside breathtaking visuals from award-winning filmmakers Rick Wood and Geoffrey Schaaf. Adults: 20; Students: $10.


Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  240 AM PDT Tue Jun 5 2018   

TODAY  Light wind becoming E 5 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Wind  waves 2 ft or less. W swell 4 ft at 8 seconds. A chance of rain. 

TONIGHT  S wind 5 to 15 kt becoming SE to 10 kt after midnight.  Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell 6 ft at 8 seconds. Rain likely.


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